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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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In Tribute to Zeki the Cool Cat

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Dear Friends:

Zeki the Cool Cat, who miraculously survived being skinned with a hunting knife as a sweet stray to become a certified therapy pet and a very tolerant pet first aid demo cat, crossed over into feline heaven on Saturday. Though she didn’t quite make her sixth birthday, she accomplished much in her short life.

In her travels with me, I observed that she never seemed to have met a stranger or felt like she was in a strange place. She would enter a hotel room and confidently leap up on the king-sized bed and find a comfy spot to snooze after a long drive. She traveled by car and by plane, visiting people in eight states.SuperZooZekiWithFamousSkateboardBulldogTillmanAndRonDavis

Zeki partnered with me as co-keynote speakers at the Pet Sitters International conference in North Carolina; me-WOWed attendees at Blog Paws in Las Vegas, met canine celebrities like Tillman the Bulldog while sampling products at Super Zoo and even helped me open a dog park in Carlsbad, Calif. And during two Cat Writers Association conferences, she plopped in a cushiony chair – sans a leash — to meet and greet old and new friends and even attend a couple happy hours.

Among our favorite memories:

* Enjoying a “date” with Jackson Galaxy, host of “My Cat from Hell” on Animal Planet. He describes Zeki as “My Kitty from Heaven.” ZekiLicketyStikJackson

* Playfully “crashing” a book signing event for dogs and dog lovers for Dr. Marty Becker, on a national tour for the release of his latest dog book.

* Wowing Victoria Stilwell, dog trainer extraordinaire, at the Del Mar pet expo where we were all featured speakers. As she held a calm Zeki in her arms while circled by a pack of confused canines Victoria declared: “This is the best cat ever!”

* Bringing joy to a terminally ill gentleman in a wheelchair whose sister brought him to a national cat show in Del Mar to specifically meet Zeki, who was giving pet first aid demos. Ignoring all the loud speaker announcements and the throngs of people, Zeki calmly sat on this man’s lap and purred for more than 30 minutes. As he stroked Zeki’s soft coat, he began to speak softly to her and smile.

* Meeting Hall of Fame pitcher Orel Hershiser at SuperZoo. He was autographing baseballs to admirers and personalized one for Zeki and commented: “I do believe this is the first time I autographed a baseball for a cat.” Zeki showed no outward excitement.

* Tracking down a sweet senior named Edwina in Dallas with the help of Zeki’s foster parent, Dusty Rainbolt. Edwina and her sons heard painful cries from under a porch and discovered a bloodied Zeki after being attack with a hunting knife. Despite being on a fixed income, she wrote a check for $1,000 to help toward’s Zeki’s medical bills. Zeki and I were able to present her with flowers and thank her in person a few years later. ZekiMeetsEdwinaJan2013

* Hanging out at home with the other members of our Furry Fab Four: dogs, Chipper and Cleo and her older feline sib, Murphy — with regular visits from her canine cousins: Stanley, Buddy, Jeanne, Maddie and Gracie.

I have had cats all my life, but Zeki was special in so many ways to so many people, cats and yes, even dogs. This petite Turkish Van mix had a special way of bringing joy out in others, including a few who confessed that they “never liked” or “never really understood” cats until they met Zeki — and they looked forward to each time they got together with her.

For the past few months, Zeki’s health declined. She lost weight, became blind and then had difficulty breathing. We made frequent trips to our veterinarian, consulted veterinary specialists. Despite ultrasounds, comprehensive and repeated blood and urine testing, various medications and lots of love and prayers, we could never pin down what she had. Lymphoma, rabbit fever and histoplasmosis were among the top contenders behind her mystery disease. Please forgive me for not posting her medical woes publicly as it has been a very emotional roller coaster ride for me and my pets.  We were blessed to have a core of friends during this time, including Dr. Lorie Huston, Nedra Abramson, Jocelyn Shannon, Mark Winter, Cathy Conheim, Dan St. James, Flo Frum, Jill James, and my family – Deb, Kevin, Karen, Alicia, Chrissy and Andy.

My ache due to her passing is beyond words. So, I try to focus on the gift that was — and always will be — Zeki. I selected that Turkish name because it translates to “clever and courageous.” She was both. Zeki loved, loved, loved deli turkey and knew a fresh supply was always in the refrigerator where she would “guide” me often.

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She drew admiration and astonishment from many of our pet first aid students due to her leaping up on the demo table on cue, permitting strangers to brush her teeth, check her capillary refill and wrap her in a towel like a purr-ito. She taught classes in yoga studios, homes and even dog boarding kennels and never hissed once at a dog startled to see a cat in a canine hangout. And forever in my class presentations will be a short video clip of her doing chest compressions on a stuffed demo dog to illustrate that even cats know how to perform CPR.

Some cats live nine lives. Zeki lived 18 lives– plus. She taught me many life lessons, including to live in the Me-NOW. For those of you fortunate to have a special pet in your life — the one we refer to as “heart dogs” or “heart cats,” remember to celebrate each and every day you get to spend with them on this planet.

Sending hugs, tail wags and purrs,

Arden, Chipper, Cleo, Murphy and our new kitten, Casey

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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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Four Legged Life celebrates 1st anniversary — no fooling!

Happy to share the grrr-eat news! Today – yes, April 1st — marks the one-year anniversary of the unleashing of my online pet community and company brand — Four Legged Life — no fooling!

As a pet expert, my quest is to help you ‘laugh, love and learn’ about your pets so everyone benefits.  Here are some highlights from the first year:

* Expanded the monthly and free ‘edu-taining’ Arden Moore Knows Pets e-newsletter, stuffed with pet trivia, pet news, pet profiles and lots of giveaways. Sign up now by clicking here.

* Propelled our Oh Behave show on Pet Life Radio to rank #1 among all pet podcasts (based on the voting in the 4th annual International Podcast Awards). Guests have included Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Dr. Marty Becker, Dr. Nicholas Dodman and even Jim Davis, creator of Garfield the cat.

* Served as pet behavior expert for Wag World’s Dream Dog Park contest. Happy to announce Beneful is staging another dream dog park event so your community has a chance for ‘barking bragging’ rights if you win. Details will be coming soon.

* Joined the advisory board for the much-viewed Pet Connection team led by Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori. Together, this duo is committed to bringing the latest and greatest pet news to their international audience.

* Appeared on Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart, a national annual TV show that profiles 5-6 people each year who are dedicated to bringing out the best in pets.Catch a quick video clip from this show by clicking here.

* Adopted a very cool rescue cat named Zeki who survived a brutal knife attack as a stray and who now charms audiences all over the country. This lovable cat will do anything — if you have turkey treats!

* Trained my dogs, Chipper and Cleo to tandem surf. Talk about hang 40! When they see me bring out the doggy life vests, they start howling with delight!

More importantly, I have had the opportunity to connect with top people in the pet world, passionate pet parents and enlighten and educate children — our youngest team of pet ambassadors. I truly feel blessed to be able to strive to make a difference for all the two, three and four-leggers on this planet.

This year, we are embarking on an ambitious quest by hosting the first National Dog Party Day on June 24. Four Legged Life is teaming up with Pet Sitters International, the sponsor of the very popular “Take Your Dog to Work Day” event. On June 24, in San Diego and New York City, we are staging events that spotlight “working like a dog” by day and then we will “party like a pup” at night. We also give paws and applause to our other partners: K9 Cakery, Pet Life Radio and Whitegate PR.  Our ultimate goal — to party with a purpose and stage the national’s largest dog party (virtual and in person) all across the country. Learn more details on how you can participate by visiting Dog Party Day. We are looking for sponsors and vendors as well as well-mannered dogs. Join us in this celebration and heed our motto: party fur-ever!

Thanks for being part of Four Legged Life and I look forward to more fur-filled adventures with you this year!  Arden Moore, Four Legged Life founder

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Get your paws on this grr-eat book by Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori

Your Dog: The Owner's Manual

Two of my all-time favorite pet people on this planet are Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori, the brains and passion behind Pet Connection and ‘mutts’ more! Recently, they invited me to be part of their Pet Connection advisory team and as founder of Four Legged Life, I consider it an honor. Okay, they can use our help. They are about to unleash a new book and kick off a bus tour.  Here are the details:

The book: Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual.

The deal: Buy it NOW before its official release of April 15. Dash over to Amazon.com to help create a buzz and fuel them during their book tour.

Here’s the link! Click and buy! More than one!  The info inside is sure to bring out the best in your dog and bolster your bond. Paw through the pages and you will agree — this is THE book every dog lover must have.

And the P.S.: Dr. Becker and Gina (with her dog, McKenzie!) leave on a two-month, 30-city tour in a specially wrapped 45-foot bus on April 25 from Houston. Follow the tour from DrMartyBecker.com. They will be doggone busy reporting throughout, with Facebook and blog updates, Tweets and YouTube videos/Flickr photos. Also: Walking the dog.  A lot! 🙂

So, please dash over to Amazon and buy the book NOW and tell your pet pals!

Paws Up!  Arden Moore

 

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Cat expert Ingrid King Likes Trimline for Healing Felines

Ingrid King brings out the best in cats. She is a Reiki master teacher, author and founder of The Conscious Cat. She just wrote about the best ways to help cats recover — with dignity – from surgeries by using the Trimline Veterinary Recovery Collar instead of forcing cats to be ‘cone heads.’ She is a contributing writer for Dr. Mary Becker’s Pet Connection site and loves sharing practical tips and advice to feline fans every where.

Learn more about Ingrid by visiting her site: conscious cat

Cats appreciate Trimline collars

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