as published in the Mountain Mail on April 24, 2020... Despite the constraints of the current social distancing regulations, Ark-Valley Humane Society has creatively figured out a way to have the annual Tails on the Trails walk/run event happen. By doing the event virtually, it still allows needed funds to be raised, encourages folks to get out and exercise their dog and offers race-type tokens for support. To register for this year’s virtual walk/run, simply go online to ar
"Reward Good Behavior." If we all spent more time rewarding our dogs for their good behavior and setting them up to do more of it, our lives with dogs would be a 'piece of cake.' Similar to raising kids, it's an effective method to molding appropriate behavior. You may be wondering what the most pleasurable reward is for a dog...it all depends on the dog. Most dogs love treats, particularly high value treats. Some dogs are more toy-focused and get a lot of pleasure out of
Question: What is a dog's normal temperature range, heart/pulse rate and breathing rate? Answer: Normal temperature range is 100-102.5 degrees F. Normal heart/pulse rate for puppies (less than a year) is 120-160 beats per minute, for small dogs (<30#) is 100-140 beats per minute, for medium to large dogs (>30#) is 60-100 beats per minute. Normal breathing rate is 10-30 breathes per minute. For a panting dog it goes up to 200 breathes per minute.
As published in the Mountain Mail on February 8, 2019...Do you like challenges? When you adopted your dog into your household, was it sort of a challenge? Was it a subjective challenge to yourself, such as “I’m going to make this dog very happy?” Maybe it was a more objective challenge, such as “ I’m going to exercise this dog every day.”Typically a challenge results in an action (ex. walking your dog). The action may result in a habit (ex. walking your dog daily). The habit
As published in the Mountain Mail on January 14, 2020...Sometimes not knowing the history or all the details about an issue can lead to incorrect assumptions and accusations. Over nine years ago the Mountain Mail invited Salida Dog Club members to routinely write column articles to help educate the community about the dog park, other dog related issues and stories.Critical to understanding the big picture is to know about the history of a subject. Fifteen years ago there were
As published in the Mountain Mail on December 7, 2018...A while back I put together a collection of action shot therapy dog photos I’d accumulated. I put them in a file on my computer as a slideshow. Then I searched through iTunes to find the perfect song to sync with the slideshow. I felt like I’d won a lottery when I came across the song called Like a Dog, by Billy Currington. The words to Like a Dog are: He never tells me that he’s sick of this house. He never says why d