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Pet First Aid 4U and Pro Pet Hero Team Up To Offer Broader Pet First Aid Training Options for Pet Professionals and Pet Owners

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In a pet emergency, minutes count and that’s why these rivals are combining forces to save the lives of more cats and dogs.

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In mere minutes, a dog can bleed out from an arterial wound. A curious kitten can choke on a stringed toy and stop breathing. Knowing what to do in the minutes following a pet emergency could save a pet’s life.

That’s why two nationally recognized pet safety companies – Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U – are partnering to broaden their overall reach when educating pet professionals and pet owners about the importance of learning pet first aid and CPR. Their alignment is especially timely since it occurs during April, which is designated as Pet First Aid Awareness Month.

Pro Pet Hero offers an online pet first aid/CPR course taught by Bobbi Conner, DVM, a veterinarian board-certified in emergency medicine. Pet First Aid 4U is a veterinarian-endorsed, in-person course featuring a live cat-dog duo. Upon completion in either program, students earn two-year certificates as well as continuing education units.

Many would consider the two programs rivals, but leaders for both companies see the value in teaming up to deliver the message of learning pet first aid to benefit millions of cats and dogs.

“One of the best ways to be your pet’s best health ally is to take a pet first aid class,” says Arden Moore, founder of Pet First Aid 4U and a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. “Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U share the mutual goal of teaching practical skills to stabilize an injured or ill pet and safely transporting them to the nearest veterinary clinic. Getting the message out about how to take care of our pets in a medical emergency is of utmost importance to both companies.”

Cara Armour, product manager and blogger for Pro Pet Hero, is also a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. Pro Pet Hero is part of ProTrainings, an international company that has trained more than 1,000,000 students in human first aid, CPR and other health and safety continuing education courses.

“The merging of our two programs offers pet professionals, including pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers and boarding staff, the choice of how to learn pet first aid: online or in person,” says Armour. “Pets are beloved members of our families in America and knowing pet first aid and CPR should be a priority among pet professionals and caring pet parents. We at Pro Pet Hero know that we can reach more people with this important message by joining forces with Pet First Aid 4U.”

To kick off the partnership, Moore invited Armour as a special guest on her Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. The award-winning podcast reaches more than 750,000 listeners worldwide. To listen to the pet first aid-focused episode, click here.

The two organizations will be working collaboratively to increase the standard of pet first aid/CPR education as well as making it more accessible to pet lovers who want to learn pet first aid.

About Pet First Aid 4U: This in-person, pet first aid/CPR and safety course covers the latest protocols approved by a team of leading veterinarians. Students receive detailed course books, get to practice many pet first aid skills on Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona and earn certificates valid for two years. The five-hour course is also customized for pet professionals. Click here to learn more.

About Pro Pet Hero: This online pet first aid/CPR and safety course is led by Bobbi Conner, DVM, through video-based learning. This course is designed to allow students to take it at the pace and place of their choosing. Students are tested and upon completion, they can download the course manual, print their nationally accepted certificates and have access to the full course for review for two years. Click here to learn more.

Media note: Pro Pet Hero’s Cara Armour and Pet First Aid 4U’s Arden Moore are available for interviews. Contact Erin Fenstermaker of EF Consulting by clicking here.

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Ruffwear to the Rescue for Arden and Her Pets’ 2,800-mile Road Trip

As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, I spend a lot of time on the road with Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona. Occasionally, Cleo, my 14-year-old retired K9 surfer, joins us. For all of us who travel with our pets, one way to stay sane –and safe — is to pack the right pet essentials.

So, on a recent five-week, 2,800-mile round trip from Dallas to San Diego where we conducted several pet behavior and pet first aid classes, I made sure that my SUV contained these two Ruffwear products:

  • The Ruffwear Haul Bag Water-resistant and roomy with a sturdy zipper, this pet travel bag easily held all the pet food, leashes, doggy potty bags, grooming wipes and favorite toys for my four-legged travel mates. It was the ideal size and didn’t take up a lot of cargo space. And, I used its outside pockets to stash items I needed to need quickly: doggy bags, bag of treats, bottled water and collapsible water bowl. Keeping all the pet stuff in one bag made transporting luggage into the hotel rooms each night so much more convenient
  • The Ruffwear Hydro Plane High-Floating Disc: To break up the monotony during those long road trips, I made sure to pack Kona’s favorite toy — this durable, lightweight disc. Kona is a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who needs –and deserves — to s-t-r-e-t-c-h her legs and engage in mini-play sessions during road trips. Each time we found a safe place for her to run, I would hurl the Hydro Plane in the air and watch with amusement as Kona sprinted, leaped to catch it and then wrestle it to the ground with great glee. I like that this disc is gentle on her mouth and can even float for times when we are at dog-friendly beaches.

To learn more about these and other quality Ruffwear products, click here. And, to book us to come to your group to teach pet first aid classes or give dog/cat behavior talks, contact Arden Moore at arden@fourleggedlife.com.

Gotta go — it’s time for Kona, Casey and I to hit the road again!

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Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona make sure that I have packed treats for them inside this Ruffwear Haul Bag.

 

Kona patiently awaits another toss by me of the Ruffwear Hydro Plane.

Kona patiently awaits another toss.

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Solutions for Your S-t-r-e-s-s-ed Dog

Sit. Stay. Don’t stress. Good dog! If only helping our dogs avoid negative situations would be as easy as mastering a basic obedience cue.

Alas, dogs face stressful situations daily. And they depend on us to develop coping skills to be able to react in a healthy manner. The state of stress in dogs was one of the key panel discussions featuring leading veterinary and behavior experts at the recent Purina Better with Pets Summit held in New York City.

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“Just like us, dogs face good stress and bad stress,” says Marty Becker, DVM, renowned veterinarian and best-selling author who served as this panel’s moderator. “Only when bad stress is chronic does it lead to health problems. Constant stress can be a recipe for illness, depression and a less-than quality of life.”

Some stress is actually good for our dogs, like the stress found in trying to figure out how to get treats out of a food puzzle. It is important to work our dogs’ minds as well as bodies.

Some stress inducers are easy to identify in our dogs, like being inside a crowded waiting room at a veterinary clinic, being chased by a large, aggressive dog off his leash or panting and pacing during a nasty thunderstorm. But as the panelists pointed out, the well-being of some dogs are impacted by stress sources that often go undetected.

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Among the surprising stress culprits: flickering florescent lighting, stainless steel veterinary exam room tables and walls painted in bold reds or blues. Even by cranking up the volume on the stereo or television can spike stress in some dogs due to their superior sense of hearing.

How can you tell if your dog is feeling stressed out? Here are some common signs:

  • Ears pulled back
  • Lip licking
  • Pacing
  • Shaking
  • Yawning
  • Tucking in his tail
  • Clinging to his favorite person
  • Whining

And, most importantly, remember that our dogs are very good at gauging – and responding to – our moods. They can pick up when we are afraid, anxious or unsure.

“Some dogs suddenly start barking at other dogs on walks the second you get nervous and tighten your grip on the leash,” says Dr. Becker. “Dogs pick up on our emotional cues.”

Fortunately, pet experts are recognizing the impact stress can play on our dogs’ overall health and are taking new steps. As discussed at the Purina summit, here are some innovative stress-busting strategies being adopted:

  • Opting for pastel, soft blues, pinks and yellows in shelters and veterinary clinics. “Think Easter colors,” says Dr. Becker. Turns out that studies show dogs are calmer in those colored-rooms than ones painted white or bright red, blue or yellow.
  • Enhancing stainless steel exam tables with adding heated pads for the dog to feel warm and have better footing while being assessed by a veterinarian.
  • Placing dogs up for adopting at mobile pet events inside cages with horizontal bars instead of vertical ones. It turns out, horizontal bars are less threatening and give dogs better visibility of their surroundings.
  • Replacing long kennel runs with more living room-like rooms for dogs at shelters. New evidence suggest that kennel runs unintentionally trigger repetitive behavior (running back and forth, and soiling or spinning) that heightens stress levels in these dogs.
  • Encouraging people pressed for time to agree to be a shelter volunteer by spending 15 minutes sitting quietly in a room with a dog up for adoption. Experts are discovering that this quiet 15-minute interaction helps lower stress in some shelter dogs.
  • Replacing florescent lights with soft LED lights. It turns out that dogs are not only irritated and stressed by the flickering florescent lighting, but are also agitated by the noise these lights make.

Heather Lewis, an animal arts architect who is among the innovative pioneers re-designing veterinary clinics and shelters all over the country, shares this take-home message:

“We have an opportunity and challenge to make life better for all animals, including those in the shelter and our pets,” says Lewis. “it is vital to think about environment from the animal’s perspective.”

About the Author: Arden Moore, The Pet Health and Safety Coach, is a pet behavior consultant, master certified pet first aid instructor and host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. And, she has written more than two dozen dog and cat books. Learn more at www.fourleggedlife.com.

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Arden Moore Participates in Blog Hop – Spotlights 5 MUST-READ Authors!

Welcome to the newest page turner idea: The Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it is a way for readers to discover new authors. After all, we authors need to be creative not only with words, but with marketing. With bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, the Blog Hop is a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here is an easy, effective way to find new authors. I first wish to thank fellow author Amy Shojai for tagging me to participate. She is a best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, including her latest thriller called: LOST AND FOUND. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins penned this review of Amy’s book:  “Riveting, heart-wrenching, brilliant, the debut of a stunning talent.”

Click here to find out more about this book and Amy Shojai, co-founder of Cat Writers Association and one of the world’s top pet authors!

In this post, I am following the Blog Hop protocol by answering these 10 questions about my latest book, What Dogs Want, and my background as an author. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your pet-loving pals!

What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move, by Arden Moore

1. What is the title of your latest pet book?

My 24th pet book is entitled, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move.

2. Where did the idea come from for this book?

I’ve traveled all over North America and given talks about dog (and cat) behavior to people who are frustrated, perplexed or confused by what their pets do and say. One day, I received a call from a book editor from Global Book Publishing in Australia. She was searching for an author to write a canine communications book and said I was the publisher’s top pick to write it.

3. What genre does your book come under?

This is a non-fiction pet book filled with great insights into the canine mind.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In an easy-to-follow format, this book bridges the canine-people communication gap by decoding 100 postures, expressions, sounds and actions from dogs.

5. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

What Dogs Want is a global release from Global Book Publishing. Firefly Books is handling the North America release.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Surprising a shorter-than-anticipated time: about four months. Like most of us authors, I wrote this book while I was juggling other book projects, magazine article assignments and editing chores.

7. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

Two of my favorite pet authors who really know how dogs think are Dr. Marty Becker, America’s Family Veterinarian and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual; and Dr. Sophia Yin, a terrific veterinarian-behaviorist and author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

chipper-and-cleoMy two rescued dogs, Chipper and Cleo, who taught me to practice the three C’s in ‘chatting’ with dogs: be clear, concise and consistent.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The photos! Each page you turn ushers you to another stunning photo of dogs evoking all types of emotions. The cover features a Jack Russell terrier cocking his head and looking right into your eyes.

10.  How can we find out more about you and your other books?

I invite you to ‘sniff around’ my main website: Four Legged Life, to learn more about my mission to bring out the best in pets and their people. I am also the creator of National Dog Party Day and one of 14 Master Certified Pet Tech pet first aid/CPR instructors in the world. Visit my pet first aid site.

Below, you will find the names of five talented authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPS and new releases! Happy writing and reading! And, now in alphabetical order, I salute:

  1. Andrea Chilcote – transformational leader for corporations and individuals and gifted, inspirational author. I happily wrote the foreword to her paw-mazing book, Erik’s Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom and am proud to announce her latest book, This Very Moment, a collection of thought-provoking essays. Learn more by visiting her site and her blog: www.erikshope.wordpress.com.
  2. Cathy Conheim – official ‘cat scribe’ to Henry the Cat. Don’t be fooled by her title. Cathy was a successful business coach and psychologist whose philosophy to reach out to others grew global after she adopted this three-legged tabby. She champions the causes of people and pets and her latest must-get book is called Henry and Tink: A Remarkable Romance. This delightful book depicts the unlikely friendship of Henry and a special two-legged Dachshund named Tink. Proceeds go to various charities. Learn more by clicking here.
  3. 3. Jennifer Quasha – accomplished author of more than 40 books for children and adults. Her latest works appeal to dog and cat lovers and are part of the highly successful Chicken Soup series. The titles:I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! And I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! Discover more about this multi-talented author by visiting her site.
  4. Robert Semrow –Best known as The Pawtographer, Robert captures the full gamut of canine emotions with his camera lens. He recently assembled some of his best work in a clever, motivating gift book called Life Is Pawfect. An excerpt: “Life is pawfect…when you can shake, rattle and roll in a poodle skirt!” Learn more about Robert by visiting his site.
  5. Margie Yee Webb – This accomplished writer-photographer is a friend to all felines, especially a green-eyed tabby named Cat Mulan. Paw through the pages of her book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, and be prepared to be inspired by its words and images.  Learn more by visiting her site.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have a favorite author you would like to spotlight? A favorite pet tale? Contact Arden at www.fourleggedlife.com.

 

 

 

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Birthday Wish Comes True: A Hug from Betty White

Few people on this planet make me giddy. Notable exception: Betty White. This ageless advocate for pets and wildlife is 90 years YOUNG and sports more energy and passion that a trio of 30-year-olds. So, I aimed high this year for my birthday wish.

As host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet LifeArdenBettyWhite Radio, I was part of the media pack covering the 2nd annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Oct. 6 — my birthday.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to be with ordinary dogs who have done extraordinary things and genuine pet-supporting celebrities strolling by on the red carpet. Eight special dogs were finalists for this year’s award won by Gabe, a retired military dog who has saved countless lives and provide canine compassion to military men and women during his 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. He and his handler-now-proud-pet parent Sgt. Charles Shuck saluted all attendees, the military all over the globe and dogs who every day give us unconditional love.

Now back to Betty White. She has been a guest on my radio show and we’ve exchanged autographed copies of our books to one another, but this was our first meeting. The cameras were rolling and the media was pleading with Betty to please stop and chat during her walk down the red carpet. I was fortunate that she did stop when I introduced myself and let her know it was my birthday. She gave me a hug and wished me a happy birthday.

I also received birthday hugs from Josh Hopkins, a star on the comedy, Cougar Town (with Courtney Cox) and Mark Stiennes, former Entertainment Tonight host now doing shows for Hallmark. Not a bad birthday.

And my year-long birthday wish is one that I never alter: to do my best to bring out the best in dogs, cats and other critters on this planet. They bring so much to us and deserve our love, attention and healthy treats.

Learn more about the Hero Dogs by clicking here. You will make Betty White proud.

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How Many Surf Dogs Can You Count On This Surfboard?

Dale Porter (KillerImage) ranks as one of the best action photographers in my opinion. Here are a couple of his photos taken today in Del Mar dog beach during the So Cal Surf Dogs practice session with famous surfer Scott Chandler. We are attempting to set a world record by having the highest number of dogs sharing one giant surfboard.

We did well today and the true test comes at the upcoming surf event on June 16 in Coronado.  I share these photos taken by Dale that include my 9-year-old gutsy dog, Cleo who weighs maybe 12 pounds soaking wet! She is near the front of the board wearing the orange Purina Incredible Surf Dog life jacket. I affectionately refer to Cleo as my “$500 free dog” as I rescued her from the streets and she needed about that much in veterinary care to get her healthy. Every day, she reminds me not to sweat the small stuff and to embrace each day.

Keep your paws crossed that we set a new world record!

 

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Leash Your Fitness Shows You How to REALLY Work Out with Your Dog!

Vote for Leash Your Fitness as Best Bootcamp!

Do you take your dog for a daily walk? While on your walk, do you REALLY bond with your dog? Do you find yourself teaching them new things, working on dog obedience, and mixing up your walks OR are you talking on your cell phone, allowing your dog to pull you all over the place, and walking the same block EVERY day just so that your dog can potty and you can go home?

Working out with your dog should be fun and challenging for both of you. The goal should be a good calorie burn and a tired dog so that they stay out of trouble and don’t get bored and chew up your slippers or bark all day.
You got your dog so that you can have a buddy, right? So why not do fun things with Fido instead of the dreaded walk around the block. Leash your Fitness was created because Dawn Celapino, owner, got her dog, Jack, and fell in love. She NEVER wanted to leave Jack at home because he was so much fun to be around. As a personal trainer, she saw a need and filled it.

If you work all day and then go to the gym or a class after work, your dog is left for an awfully long time alone. Dogs really love their owners and want to be with you so why not include your dog in your workouts and activities? You may ask, why should I pay for a class when I have a gym membership or can walk my dog on my own? Leash Your Fitness classes are structured hour workouts that will give you a full body challenging workout AND tire your dog with physical AND mental challenges.

Your dog will be more tired from the workouts than they will from a dog run or walk because they will be mentally tired from the dog obedience. They may even learn new tricks in class! PLUS, you will be surrounded by dog lovers that share the same passion about their pets, want to lose weight or get fit, and you will be introduced to new exercises and activities that you may not have done otherwise. What other program offers that?

Other boot camp classes still leave you with going home to take care of Fido without offering you contests, hikes, yoga, yappy hour classes, kayaking, surfing and more. Leash Your Fitness mixes it up so you won’t get bored! Who says the only thing you can do with your dog is take them on a run or walk?
If you think that Leash Your Fitness is a good idea, they would LOVE to have your vote so others know that working out with your dog ROCKS!!! Please take a minute and vote for them for BEST BOOTCAMP. They really appreciate it. The contest, sponsored by 10news.com, permits only one vote per email address, but feel free to have your dog friends vote for them as well. Dog people unite!!!

If you would like to hear what their “regulars” have to say about the Leash Your Fitness program, please visit their testimonials page. Their family will welcome you with open arms!! Hope that you join them today – they will take your dog walks to the next level!

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Jack's Blog – Surfing with Your Dog

Here is another wise, informative dog activity article from Dawn Celapino, founder of Leash Your Fitness, and her cool, jock of a Cairn terrier named Jack:

Whoever said you can only have fun with your dog on land has never tried surfing with their dog!  Some dogs don’t want any part of it and others LOVE IT!  This weekend is the 6th annual Loews Surf Dog Competition and Jack has been training for it. He will be up against some very competitive dogs but we are going for fun and to hang with our surf dog friends.  Leash Your Fitness is all about doing different activities with your dogs and surfing is another great way to bond with your dog.

Surfing  is great for your dogs  balance and strength and really fun to watch. (It’s also a great workout for the human.) If your dog is already used to swimming in the waves–they may be ready to try surfing.  If not, you may want to get them used to the waves first by taking them out slowly, throwing the ball for them and just getting them used to the water.   There are a few things that you should know before you try taking your dog out on a board.

1. Salt water can dehydrate your dog so make sure you have plenty of fresh water available for when Fido is done hanging 10.  Don’t allow them to be in the water for extended periods of time and give them little breaks in between playing in the water so that they don’t get a tummy ache. They may get diarrhea from the sand and salt water.

2.  Don’t take them out in the surf without a Canine Floatation Device (life-vest) that fits correctly without slipping off.  When they fall off the board, even though they may be a good swimmer, they may get tumbled or get into a rip current so PLEASE be prepared. Do not go out into the ocean in conditions you’re not comfortable in.

3. Only use a Soft top (foam board) or a special dog surf board for dog surfing.  The dogs can grip much better on them and if it hits them it won’t hurt so bad.  Also, you may want to start with a long board as it is easier to balance on. You can rent boards at your local surf shop-just make sure that Fido doesn’t bite a hole in it! You might also try a boogie board for the very small dogs.

4. Get Fido used to the board on the sand first or at home. At home, feed him on the board. Only give him treats when he gets on the board. The idea is to get them to WANT to be on the board. Show them that it is not going to hurt them–let them jump on it, walk on it, lay on it and just get used to it.  Then take it out in the very shallow water and let them see that it is safe to stand on.

5.  When you think your dog is ready to try surfing–start off in the whitewash.  Don’t take fido out to the big waves for the first several times you go to the beach.  Let him get used to his balance on the board and falling off in the shallow water. When you go out, have one hand on the tail (back) of the board and one under you dogs stomach.  This way as you go out thru the waves you can push down on the tail to go over the top of the wave while holding your dog securely. It also makes it easier to turn around as a wave approaches. Make sure your surf Dog is standing in the back 1/3 of the surfboard. As the wave approaches, slowly start move to get to the same speed as the wave, then let the wave take him. No sudden moves. Remember this is fun! Lots of encouragement and praise! At first they may run to shore but after catching a few waves, or your dog may like it and swim back and jump right back on for round two!

6.  Most all dogs want to run to the front of the board which will cause a nosedive under the wave. It just takes practice to get them to stay in the correct position on the board. Don’t give up.

It takes a little practice to get Fido ready for his first surf competition, you may have to play around with different size boards and techniques as all dogs are different. If your dog is not digging the surf thing, don’t force them to do it. Many dogs do not like falling off and will run to shore. Some may not come back in the water. You want to make it a fun experience for them! If they don’t like it, don’t push it, there are plenty of other activities you can do with your dog!

A special thanks to Peter Noll and his champion surf dog, Nani, of the So Cal Surf Dogs for his input on this blog.

See you in the water!!!

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Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Dawn Celapino, founder of Leash Your Fitness, a people-dog workout class, is giving new meaning to the term, pup tent. That’s because she is organizing the third annual LYF weekend camping trip in San Diego County that will include 22 people and 18 dogs!

As founder of Four Legged Life, I am happy to share her latest blog from her site. She and Jack, her cool, athletic Cairn terrier, want to ensure that you play it safe when camping with your dog. Read on!

This weekend the Leash Your Fitness family is going camping! We are really excited as this is our 3rd annual camping trip and the other two were loads of fun!  There are a few things that you should be aware of when taking your dogs camping and we want to share them with you:

1/ Find out where the nearest 24 hour vet is.  You never EXPECT a medical emergency but if your dog gets biten by a rattlesnake or anything else tragic–you want to know where to go and FAST!  Also, take a first aid kit with you for minor accidents.

2/ Are there ticks in the area where you are going and is your dog protected?   Some flea medicines, like Comfortis, do not cover ticks so make sure Fido has coverage.  Know how to get a tick off in case your dog does get one.  There are little devices that you can buy or there are many ways to remove a tick. Whatever you do, DON’T try to burn it off, that isn’t a good idea for your furry friend.

3/ Don’t forget: an extra leash, collar, any dog meds and enough food/ treats.  If your dog has short hair, you may consider a thermal jacket or something to keep him warm.  Also, bring a bed, towel or pillow for your dog to sleep on.  Our dogs are spoiled and used to sleeping in warm houses just like us!

4/ Are dogs allowed on the trails where you are going?  Many state parks do not allow dogs on the trails.  Make sure you check all of the rules before you depart.  There is nothing worse than showing up and not being able to go anywhere because “No dogs allowed” signs are posted.

5/ Preparing your dog is a must:  you may want to put the tent up before you go and do a “practice run” and you don’t want to plan on hiking 6 miles if Fido is only used to walking around the block.   Build up to the trip and it will make it a much better experience for everyone.

Camping with your dog is a lot of fun in the right setting.  Research the area and ask other dog owners if they have camped in the area where you intend to go.  Have fun and let us know about your experience! If you want to check out our pictures from last years trip, click here. Stay tuned for pictures of this years adventure.

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Play It Safe – Enroll in Arden's Pet Safety, CPR and Wellness Class

Pet Tech's Thom Somes and family congratulate Arden Moore for becoming a certifed instructor.

If your cat started choking, would you know what to do? What if your dog severely cut his leg on a hike miles away from a veterinary clinic – how would you response? In a pet emergency, every minute counts. It is for that reason that I recently enrolled in the comprehensive Pet Tech training program to become a certified instructor to teach pet first aid, CPR, safety and wellness.

For me, it was the logical piece of the pet puzzle missing from my knowledge base. As editor of two magazines, host of a top pet radio show, author, media consultant and animal behavior specialists, I enjoy bringing harmony to households for both people and pets. But, now I can go a step further and really help people possibly skirt pet health problems and give them the hands-on training they need should their dog or cat stop breathing, choke, get wounded or other calamity.

Pet Tech’s founder is Thom Somes, best known as The Pet Safety Guy. He has dedicated his life to keeping dogs and cats healthy and safe. Why, Homeland Security honchos checked out various pet first aid programs and selected Pet Tech as the one they felt was best suited to train their dog handlers.

If you want real hands-on training using demo dogs and take home more than 50 actionable tips you can put into use right now to benefit your pet, give me a call. I am scheduling classes now. I offer two classes: a four-hour and an eight-hour (which can be divided into two sessions). All students will receive a training manual and certificates upon completion. We love our pets – heck we even spoil them with fancy outfits, healthy treats and other pet accessories. Here’s your opportunity to show your dog or cat how much you really love them by taking my class. And, we even offer a phone app you can download that contains vital pet care info you can access literally at the swipe of your finger!

Pet professionals — pet sitters, dog trainers, boarding operators, groomers and more — you will win more clients when they know you have been trained in pet first aid and safety. I know it gives me peace of mind any time Chipper and Cleo use any of these services.

For classes, fees and more details, please contact Arden

and visit Four Legged Life, Arden’s online pet community. I promise you will be “edu-tained” by my teaching style and feel more empowered to know what to do when your pet needs you the most. I also invite you to learn more about Pet Tech by clicking here. And, if you download the Pet Savers App off their site, plug in the code word: Arden. Thanks!

 

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