Last Chance to Donate to the “No Fleas” Flea Market at FitnFurry!

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There is only one week left to donate items! The excitement is catching on as many of you have brought in your donations. Great stuff is beginning to come in daily; don’t miss out on the fun and prizes! Make sure your friends and neighbors know about this event; they may have some things they’d like to donate too and you’ll benefit from bringing them in!

What We’ve Received so Far:

Toys, collars, harnesses, leashes, bowls, clothes, beds, doggie back-packs, designer doggie carriers, tire biter toys, a dog house and flea medication. These great donations will provide revenue for our furry friends at the Petaluma Animal Shelter and the Sonoma Humane Society!

What We Still Need:

We need many more donations to make this a success. We could use more crates, beds, slightly used leashes and collars, harnesses, doggie gates, dog or cat bowls, kitty equipment, blankets, toys for dogs or cats and flea medications.

When You Give, Fit’n’Furry Will Give Back to You!

Our wonderful donors have been drawing  from our “Dog House” of prizes. Among the prizes are:No Flea Drawing

~ 1 night of boarding for a dog, cat or bird

~Pampered Nail trim for dog or cat

~A luxurious dog bath

~Great apparel-Fit’n’Furry hats

~A fun-filled day of daycare for your pet

Remember when you bring in a new visitor who donates something you will receive $5 in “Bark Bucks”. If this new visitor becomes a client you will receive a $20 credit on your account once they use our services.

We want to be able to sponsor and give back to two of the organizations that do so much for ‘homeless’ pets. Please help us as we reach out to support them. You can make a difference so please tell everyone you know about this event and help make it a success!!

Thank you for your help. Please keep those donations coming in!

Donations accepted at Fit’n’Furry until October 17th.

The ‘No Fleas’ Flea Market will be held on Saturday October 24th from 9am to 3pm.

Our trainer, Ina, will be there from 2 pm to 3 pm to give some FREE training tips.  There will also be a representative from the Petaluma Animal Shelter & the Sonoma Humane Society.

FitnFurry is Hosting a Benefit For Two Great Organizations!

The “No Fleas” Flee Market at Fit’n’Furry will be held on October 24th and all proceeds go to benefit the Petaluma Animal Shelter and  Sonoma  Humane Societysadshelterdog. We value your time and want to keep those of you who love to help animals updated on our progress as we get closer to this critical event for these two wonderful and giving organizations.

What We’ve Received So Far:

Three dog beds, a crate, many toys, a few collars, a scratching post, feeding dishes and some doggie clothes.

What We Still Need:

We need many more donations to make this a success. Slightly used leashes, dog colars, harnesses, doggie gates, dog or cat bowls, crates, beds, blankets, toys, and any unused flea medications.

When You Give Fit’n’Furry Will Give Back to You

When you bring in your donations you will be eligible to draw  from our “Dog House” of prizes. Among the prizes are: 1 night of boarding, a nail trim, a dog bath, and various other prizes. If you bring in a new visitor who wants to donate something you will receive $5 in Bark Bucks. If this new visitor becomes a client you will receive $20 credit on your account once they use our services.

We want to be able to sponsor and give back  to two of the organizations that do so much for ‘homeless’ pets so please help us as we reach out to support them. You can make a difference so please tell everyone you know  about this event and make it a success!!

We will keep you updated  on how we are doing and how much you are helping the Petaluma Animal Shelter & Sonoma Humane Society.

Kennel Cough – The Common Doggie Cold

dogcoughing1Everyone has heard of K-9 Cough or Kennel Cough, and some of us have first hand experience with it. It is equivalent to a human catching a cough or common cold that is going around. If your dog comes down with K-9 Cough he will start coughing, but his general health will remain the same he won’t loose his appetite, have a temperature, or feel lethargic. His incessant coughing will be annoying to both you and him, but life threatening cases of this infection are extremely rare, and dogs will often recover on their own in 7-21 days without any type of treatment. It is a good idea to take your dog to the vet for treatment just to be safe, and the veterinarian will prescribe cough suppressants or antibiotics. K-9 Cough is transmitted by a virus expelled from an infected dog. This virus can be airborne, or anywhere that an infected dog has been; say in a common water dish at the dog park. Just like humans have a higher chance of catching a cold in an enclosed and heavily populated environment like an airplane, elevator, or an office, dogs have a higher chance of catching a K-9 Cough in an enclosed area that is not well ventilated. Many dogs can be carriers without exhibiting symptoms themselves and a dog may carry the virus for several days after they have fully recovered. Just like in humans some dogs are especially susceptible to the virus whereas others seems to have a higher level of immunity to it. A dog may catch K-9 Cough from a Champion show dog at a show, from the dog down the street, or from the Vet’s office. Because it is often refereed to as Kennel Cough people associate K-9 Cough with a kennel. Though dogs can catch K-9 Cough in a kennel, it is often not the source of the infection. No matter how well ventilated, spacious, and hygienic the kennel is, there is still a possibility a dog may develop K-9 Cough. In many cases the cough will simply run its course and the dog will recover. In some cases it will persist and a veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic to assist the dogs immune system. The best method of prevention is to vaccinate the dog twice a year with the Bordetella Vaccine. This will HELP prevent K-9 cough. The Bordetella vaccine acts much like the Flu vaccine in humans. It will minimize the risk of infection but will not completely prevent it. Also, you should be aware that once your dog has received this vaccine he may carry the symptoms and either pass the illness or contract it himself simply by being vaccinated. Really the bottom line is that your dog could pick up this common doggy cold anywhere, and although it’s no fun it’s not a big deal.

Mew Years!

You have your New Years resolutions and your pets have theirs.  As you start the year you should keep track of who is more S0071-14successful you or your pet at conquering those resolutions.

~I don’t need to suddenly stand up while lying under the coffee table.
~I don’t need to go through the trash while my parents are out.
~I will remember the Trash Collector is not stealing!
~I will remember the Mail Man is a nice man, oh and he doesn’t taste good.
~My head doesn’t belong in the refrigerator.
~I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.
~I will grow opposable thumbs!
~I will start feeding myself and decide for myself how much is TOO MUCH!
~January 1st: Kill the sock! Must kill the sock!
~January 2nd to December 31st: Re-live victory over the sock.
~I will remember the sofa is not a scratching post, no matter how tempting.

Clicker Training – From Dolphins to Dogs

Click to Communicate!
Unfortunately dogs don’t speak English, however the clicker provides you with a clear and simple form or communication with your pooch.

This method of training was first developed to train dolphins. The trainers needed to devise a way of rewarding them for doing the desired behavior. If the dolphin jumped through a hoop and then had to swim back to the trainer for his fish reward he wasn’t quite sure what he had done right. The trainers began using a high pitched whistle that the animal could hear even under the water, then they ‘loaded’ the whistle (feeding the dolphin whenever the whistle was blown) thus the dolphin associated the sound with the reward. When he jumped through the hoop he heard the whistle and knew that was the behavior that was wanted and that a fish was coming. This wonderful method has been used to train all types of animals but works particularly well with dogs, the only difference is instead of a whistle they use a clicker. This method is actually a conditioned response or ‘operant conditioning’ which is when an animal intentionally performs an action for the desired outcome, namely a treat. This actually employs the animal to act with purpose instead of just habit. Any behavior can be taught using these steps: get the behavior, mark the behavior, reward the behavior. This method can be used for basic obedience or for more advanced training.

Think about it: if you had to go to work every day and never got paid, most likely you wouldn’t last long, but you get up every morning and work hard because you know that you are getting some form of compensation. So, let’s not forget to pay our dogs for a job well done; come and learn the steps behind getting this method to work for you.

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Call Fit’N’Furry today to find out more about our Clicker Training Classes and when they start.

Best Doggie Goodies in Town!

Include yourself in the drawing and you could win the GRAND PRIZE! At www.fitnfurrynews.com you can check out the prizes that will be given away, as well as the short Training Tips that we have for you to watch. It’s so easy to sign up for the drawing, you can do it in person at Fall Home Show and Family Expo at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, or on www.fitnfurrynews.com. We would love if you stopped by our booth at the Fall Home Show and Family Expo just to say Hello!

Toxic foods for your dog! He won’t have to look far to find them.

Tomatoes

This fruit contains tomatine which dogs cannot process; tomatine in tomatoes and solonine in potatoes are cholinesterase inhibitors – meaning they inhibit the breakdown of a neurotransmitter in nerves causing excessive stimulation.

Keep in mind that there is very little tomatine is in ripe fruit. The highest concentration is found in flowers and the lowest found in ripe fruits. Symptoms include lethargy, breathing difficulties, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, paralysis, seizures and/or death.

Raisins/Grapes

Raisins and grapes are foods that dogs simply cannot process (exact cause unknown) and can result in kidney failure. One single serving can be fatal to a dog’s system. However, not every dog or cat is susceptible and some dogs can tolerate large quantities of grapes or raisins without any clinical signs. Additionally the amount of grapes or raisins that may cause renal failure is not exactly known, so any amount could potentially be dangerous. Given the unknowns of raisins and grapes it is best to err on the safe side and avoid giving these foods to your dog.

Garlic/Onions

While onions are stronger, both garlic and onions contain thiosulphate which can severely damage red blood cells and cause anemia, difficulty breathing and lethargy.

Avocados

Avocados contain persin which is destructive to the heart and lung as well as other tissues in animals – the exact way is unknown. Additionally the high fat in avocados can upset a dog’s stomach and cause vomiting and possibly pancreatitis . Symptoms are subtle but include breathing difficulties and a bloated abdomen.

Pits

Most fruit pits including apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, avocado pits, plum pits and all pits of that ilk contain cyanide which is poisonous. The accumulation of small amounts of cyanide or a large ingestion will lead to death.

Caffeine

Caffeine, which can be found in coffee grounds or tea bags, is a natural stimulant and thus stimulates the heart as well as the nervous system. Caffeine in dogs can result in vomiting, agitation, heart palpitations and possibly death. Further symptoms are similar to those associated with chocolate.

ENTER to WIN!

This weekend don’t forget to come out and join Fit’N’Furry at the Santa Rosa Home Show and Family Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. If you stop by Fit’N’Furry’s booth we will give you a Bark Buck, plus you can enter yourself in the drawing to WIN the GRAND PRIZE. To find out more about the prizes go to www.fitnfurrynews.com, you can even add yourself to the drawing from this site and we have some FREE training tips for you! We will see you at the Expo.

Are the Dogs REALLY Playing?

Have you even been at a dog park watching you pooch play, then things start to get a little more serious? All the other owners say, “Their just playing, let them have fun.” However, it is not always a good idea to let the dogs continue playing when they get too excited. There is such a thing as good and bad play, just because the dogs are playing does not mean it is appropriate behavior. We all need to remember that play is shaping our dogs behavior, and certain behaviors can develop into problems over time, both with dogs and humans.

There are some characteristics of Good Play, both dogs should be willing participants, that is one dog should not be pushing another into activity. There should always be a loose body language throughout the play session, and no one should be getting hurt or yelping in pain. If the play is to hard and fast many times things will escalate and the play can turn into a fight very quickly. Pay close attention to whether your dog is actually having fun or engaging his prey drive. Many times all that is needed is a brief distraction or interruption from you to change the tone of the play time.