July 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
& July 25th, 26th & 27th, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost - $99 for first child, $89 for subsequent children in the same family.
Yes, we are having TWO Kids Camps this year! Spaces are limited for each week so sign up for your preferred dates now. Don't miss out!
Kids Camp is the perfect way for your child to enjoy their pet and learn proper handling skills and dog safety. Help your child have a great relationship with their canine best friend. The kids enjoy games, dog obedience, agility obstacles, trail hikes, and pond time. Kids Camp is available for kids ages 7-13 years of age.
This open forum class focuses on how to correct and inhibit common nuisance behaviors of dogs and how to train the dog for a more desirable behavior. Some of the behaviors we address are pulling on the leash, jumping up, digging, barking, counter surfing, mouthing and play-biting and more. Please join us if you would like help in training your dog to be a better housemate and companion. Classes will be held on the 5th Saturday of each eligible month. Please pre-register.
Tuesday, July 12th | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 9th | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 13th | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Misty Pines Pet Company will be holding a special location dog training class in North Park. Class will be meeting at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot at 6:30 PM. Please bring all of your usual tools needed for class and be sure to have a treat bag filled with your dog’s most favorite treats. You may want to skip feeding your dog lunch this day to ensure you have your dog’s full attention. Please sign up and prepay in advance. This class is open to students from all levels of classes.
Location At Misty Pines we work towards building solid obedience and behavior throughout any distraction that we may come across. To solidify these behaviors we work through four variables of dog training; Distance, Distraction, Duration, and Location. Location is perhaps one of the most important variables of training a dog to cope with everyday situations such as someone coming to your door or taking your dog to the park on a sunny afternoon. As a general rule, a dog will only work where it has been taught to do so. Therefore, if the only place that you ever practice obedience such as heeling and stays is here in training class or at home in your living room, it is likely that your dog will find it difficult to hold their focus while faced with the unique distractions present in a new location. Keep in mind that when we change a criteria or variable in training, we make a command new again. Remember that you may need to take a step back and teach the sit command with lure and reward techniques the first time in a new location so that the dog learns to “listen” at this new place with unique distractions.
Swimming and Dock Diving
Believe it or not Summer is here and brought the fun with it. This summer the place to be is the pond at Misty Pines! We've got Swimming and Dock Diving Competitions planned for this summer and on top of all that, you can use the pond any day of the week when visiting the park. For $7 you'll get full use of the park grounds for 2 hours and that includes full access to the pond.
Take a look below for some of the schedules or you can head over to our Specialty Classes page for a full description and list of dates for each class. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of dogs having fun in the pond.
Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial
Sunday, July 31st
On Sunday, July 31st, Misty Pines Pet Company will host a Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial. This will be a competition for practice, fun, ribbons and prizes.
There will be 2 rounds of jumps. One will be at 9:30 AM, and one at 12:30 PM. Each dog entered will get 2 jumps off the dock. The better of the two jumps will determine the dog’s division and place in that division. When the 12:30 jumps have concluded, the top 6 dogs of each division will jump for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their division. The top three places will receive a ribbon and prizes.
Novice Division: 1 inch to 9 feet 11 inches.
Junior Division: 10 feet to 14 feet 11 inches.
Senior Division: 15 feet to 19 feet 11 inches.
Master Division: 20 feet to 22 feet 11 inches.
Elite Division: 23 feet to 24 feet 11 inches.
Super Elite Division: 25 feet and above.
An open practice for beginner and non-jumping dogs with the Three Rivers Dockdog members will take place from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. This practice is limited to 15 dogs.
You may register for the July 31st Dock Diving Practice online by clicking here.
No parking will be permitted along the driveway. All parking will be in the parking lots at the top of the driveway. Participants and spectators are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit along the hillside, which will provide a spectacular view of the event.
Each round of jumps, at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM, will have a 50 dog maximum, so be sure to get your spot soon. Participants will be organized into groups of 10 and each group will be assigned a jump time.
Each handler/dog team needs to be here 30 minutes before their dock dive slot, which would be 9:00a or 11:00a.
You may register for the July 31st Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial online by clicking here.
Swimming Class - $15
Saturday, July 2nd | 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Does your dog need a swimming lesson? Is your dog a good swimmer but wants to have friends to swim with? We offer a Summer Swimming Class! This helpful class will be sure to get your dog in the water at our dog pond in no time. Be sure to bring a water toy, enticing dog treats, a long leash, your bathing suit or old clothes and water shoes. You Will Get Wet! Please pre-register.
20% Off West Paw, Chuck-It and Chomper dog toys!
Kids have all summer to do nothing, why not get them off the couch and playing with the dog? West Paw, Chuck-It and Chomper toys are made for long lasting play sessions that focus on interaction with owners. These toys will keep your kids and your dogs busy for hours at a time and keep them active throughout the whole year. Stock up now and save 20%!
Canine Plus™ Multivitamin for dogs provides the added nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that keep active dogs healthy. This updated formula incorporates over 25 nutrients to meet the health needs of dogs including major systems like cardiovascular, brain, liver and immune. The new Canine Plus™ formula now includes biotin, which promotes moisture and elasticity in the skin and healthy coat growth. Inositol, also known as vitamin B8, has been included to add extra support to the cardiovascular and cognitive systems.
Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids provide support for the skin and coat while also offering the cardiovascular, digestive and nervous systems the nutrients necessary for proper functioning. Formulated with a balance of amino acids, fish oil omegas and B vitamins for added immune system support, these tablets are designed to help maintain the overall physical well-being of your dog, no matter his size, age or breed.
Canine Plus™ Multivitamin is specifically formulated with a balance of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients to help maintain the physical health of dogs of all ages and breeds. Age, breed, genetics diet and environment may contribute to additional nutritional needs for our dogs. A complete multivitamin, such as Canine Plus™ Multivitamin, can help keep your dog in peak condition. This formula complements all commercial and homemade diets.
Canine Plus™ Multivitamin incorporates over 25 nutrients including:
Water and fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, C, D and E – antioxidant which help eliminate free radicals from the body.
Vital minerals to support proper composition of body fluids, and the formation of bone and red blood cells.
Omega 3 and 6 (Linoleic Acid) to help animals achieve a soft, shiny, heathy coat.
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients the body needs to function properly and cannot manufacture enough on its own. As we have seen, nutritional deficiencies have been found in commercial diets. Although the deficits are corrected as they are discovered, more are possibly lurking in the next bag. Besides, the vitamin and mineral content of pet diets is based on "average" animals. Stresses such as surgery or illness, change in environment/schedule, and athletic performance such as agility cause a need for extra nutrition.
Additionally, the nutrition in pet foods is linked to calories. For example, if the food bag says that, based on his weight, a particular dog needs three cups of food, then that is what he needs to get the required vitamins and minerals. If the dog gains too much weight on this quantity of food (a very common situation) and the owner cuts the amount fed, then the animal's nutrient intake will likely be deficient. For these reasons we recommend that all pets get a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.
To understand a specific choice of vitamins, you need to look more closely at the vitamin industry and research. Most vitamin supplements consist of synthetically made chemicals. However, if you listen closely to the reports on nutrition you often hear statements like, "Researchers have found that people eating foods high in such and such nutrient have such and such health benefit." Many times when studies are done using the same nutrient from a synthetic source, there are no health benefits. It is difficult to improve on Mother Nature so supplements made from whole foods are best.
Feeding Directions For Adult Dogs And Puppies:
Under 20 lbs: 1 tablet daily
20 - 70 lbs: 2 tablets daily
Over 70 lbs: 3 tablets daily
When more than one tablet or chew per day is required, dividing between AM and PM is optional
DL-Methionine7.5 mg- essential amino acid, important for skin, coat, eye and heart health, urinary acidifier, not good for dogs with liver or kidney damage
Calcium 75mg- essential for bone formation, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission
Phosphorus 37.5 mg- necessary for the absorption of calcium, aids in bone and teeth formation, promotes kidney health
Potassium .375 mg- necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, muscles, nerves and proper fluid balance
Magnesium 37.5 mg- necessary for the absorption and proper use of certain vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium and phosphorus, sodium and potassium, necessary for proper bone growth, and functioning of enzymes and production of proteins
Iron 4.5 mg- primary function combines with copper and protein to form hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen, also necessary for certain enzymes to function normally
Copper .0045 mg- necessary for the formation of collagen, bone and connective tissue, absorption of iron, the development and maturation of red blood cells, functions as an antioxidant and the development of the pigment in hair
Zinc 1.5 mg- essential mineral for protein and and carbohydrate metabolism and hormone synthesis in the liver and throughout the body
Iodine .0060 mg- necessary for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the production of thyroid hormones, thyroid hormones regulate the rate of metabolism in the body and play an important role in normal growth
Selenium .00525 mg- antioxidant which functions with vitamin E and certain enzymes to protect cells
Vitamin A 900 IU- fat soluble vitamin, important for vision, hair, skin and other functions, can be toxic if overdosed
Vitamin D3 75 IU- fat soluble vitamin, regulates calcium and phosphorus levels within the bloodstream, important for skeletal growth, muscle control, and nerve functions
Vitamin E 7.5 IU- fat soluble vitamin, plays a role in the formation of cell membranes, cell respiration, and in the metabolism of fats, antioxidant and protects various hormones from oxidation
Thiamine (vitamin B1) 7.5 mg- water soluble vitamin, helps metabolize fats and proteins, convert food into energy, essential for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 3.75 mg- essential for normal growth, muscle development and hair coat
Panthothenic Acid 7.5 mg- B vitamin, the acid enables the body to create usable energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, deficiency has been associated with abnormal graying particularly in black coated animals
Niacin 7.5 mg- B vitamin, plays a role in helping enzymes to function properly
PyridoxineHCl (vitamin B6) 3.75 mg- used by the body in utilization of amino acids
Folic Acid(vitamin B9).003 mg- necessary for the bone marrow to produce red blood cells
Vitamin B12.003 mg- necessary for the bone marrow to produce red blood cells
Choline 7.5 mg- helps with detoxification pathways of the liver, promotes healthy brain function and prevention of cognitive disorders and seizures, aids in urinary incontinence
Cobalt .060 mg- required in the manufacturing of red blood cells with vitamin B12
Biotin .003 mg- maintains healthy skin and hair, necessary for growth, digestion and muscle function
Medadione .003 mg- source of Vitamin K activity
Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) 18.75 mg- involved in bone growth and bone mineralization, makes urine acidic so may discourage the formation of most bladder stones
Para-amino-benzoic Acid3.75 mg- part of the molecule of folic acid is required for the synthesis of this vitamin
Inositol 3.75 mg- helps in the peristalsis (contraction of muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract) in the stomach and small intestine
Lecithin 7.5 mg- essential components of cell membranes, a natural emulsifier
Betaine HCL 7.5mg- helps break up fats and proteins
Pepsin (Porcine) 6750 FCC Units- degrades food proteins into peptides
Protease (Aspergillus oryzae) 40.0 HUT Units- digestion aiding enzyme of proteins
Bromelain (Pineapple) 1.35 GD Units- protein digesting enzyme of proteins
Misty Pines recommends and sells Vetriscience Multivitamins. We have observed increased energy and overall improvement in health for dogs that regularly take a balanced multivitamin, particularly those that take Vetriscience Multivitamins. It's never too late to get your dog on the right track. Stop by the Misty Pines Health and Nutrition center and our staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right product for your dog.
The average temperature of a dog is 99.7° F to 102.5° F. When a dog has heatstroke, their temperature can be 106° F or higher. The technical term for heatstroke is hyperthermia: Hyper=high, thermia=temperature. This causes a body temperature that is so far above normal that the normal physiological process is subject to damage and dysfunction. The damaging effects of hyperthermia can be temporary or permanent and can cause sudden death. The higher the temperature and the longer it persists without treatment, the more damage it can cause.
Dogs only have sweat glands on their pads and nose which are inadequate for cooling during hot and humid weather. Dog’s become less efficient at cooling themselves as the humidity rises. They regulate their body temperature by panting and drawing air over the moist membranes of both the nose and tongue, cooling by evaporation. However, if they can’t expel the heat fast enough, their body will temperature rise. Panting will actually generate more heat due to the muscle action involved. A rise of 3 degrees to a temperature of 105° F is all it takes to send your dog into a dangerous situation. At this temperature, the dog can no longer cope with reducing their body heat and the oxygen demand increases to where the dog cannot keep up and their temperature continues to rise. When their temperature hits 108° F, the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and intestinal tracts begin to breakdown at a cellular level and the damage can progress at an alarming rate.
Signs of Heat Stroke:
Rapid heart rate
Dry mouth and nose
Saliva is thick and sticky
Gums that look dull, grayish-pink, or bright red
Very high body temperature (above 104°F)
Staggering, unsteady, disorientated behavior
Collapse and become unconscious in advanced heat stroke
Treatment for Heat Stroke:
Move to a cooler environment.
Take the pet’s temperature rectally, if it is above 103°F you will need to begin cooling them.
Using cool water making sure that the water is contacting their skin. Cool their belly and groin area and run water over their mouth and tongue. Cool them gradually.
Pack ice in their groin, head, and neck areas. Cold towels can also be wrapped around the dog; just be sure to replace with fresh cold ones frequently. The towels will become warm quickly and will trap their body heat.
Monitor their temperature every 2 minutes; discontinue cooling them when their rectal temperature reaches 104°F. Their body will continue to cool itself when you discontinue the cool water.
If their temperature should fall below 100°F, keep the dog warm by covering them with a towel or even towels warmed from the dryer.
Transport the dog to the nearest veterinarian ASAP!
**The only exception to not taking their temperature first is if the dog collapsed or already unconscious. At this point, you need to start cooling them as quickly as possible. While the dog is being cooled, have another person take their temperature at the same time.
Never leave your pet in your vehicle or tied out in the direct sunlight on warm, sunny days. Even a few minutes in your vehicle with the windows down can be critical for your pet. There are other factors that can increase the risk of developing heat stroke: lack of water, enclosed space, excessive humidity, obesity, age, cardiovascular disease, and exercise intolerance. Brachiocephalic breeds such as bulldogs, boxers, and pugs are more risk for heat stroke than other breeds because of their short noses. Any animal when faced with high temperatures, high humidity, and time to build up heat within the body, can face the misfortune of being affected with heat stroke. Exercise your pet in the morning or late evenings when it is cooler and be sure to have fresh cold water or ice cubes for them. Please use common sense when taking your pet outdoors on hot days; if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them.
Kids and Dogs
Each July we have two Kids Camps that focus on proper interactions between kids and dogs. This is a common theme at Misty Pines and is brought up at our Puppy Orientations as well. If children are taught how to correctly and safely interact with dogs they will grow up to become adults who know how to safely and correctly interact with dogs which will, over time, improve the relationship between humans canines.
Below is an info-graphic illustrating the proper way to interact with dogs and below that graphic are links to other articles detailing how NOT to interact with dogs. Be sure to print these out, show them to your children and practice these habits on a daily basis. Putting them on the fridge might not be a bad idea either!
Let's all enjoy what we have left of Summer, but remember to be safe! Keep all these things in mind and you'll be sure to have enjoyable family trips and safe dog friendly activities.
Therapy Dog Visits
Locations To Visit
Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. Read below for a list of places that are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:
Contact: Barbara Hammil - 412-371-3726.
Washinton-Greene Alternative Residental Services
Contact: Valerie Loughman - 724-228-7716.
Contact: Jessica Kubas - 412-431-7079.
Passavant Memorial Homes and Subsidiaries
Colleen Perry, Social Services Coordinator - 412-820-1015 ext. 521
Services & Teams
If you would like to have Therapy Dogs visit your facility, please contact one of the following Therapy Dog Teams or contact Misty Pines to have your facility listed in the above section so that our teams may contact you. Click the link below for teams that are interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:
Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey.
Animal Friends coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits contact Ann Cadman - (412) 847-7031.
"The golden gift is this: Intimately connected with his own emotions, the dog cannot lie. What he feels, he expresses. What he shows in his body posture is true, without guile, completely and utterly honest. Distanced from our own feelings, bound by our fears, we treasure and are amazed by this quality of complete truth in our dogs."
2523 Wexford Bayne Rd.
Franklin Park Borough, PA 15143
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- Mon. through Sat.
Tues. & Thurs. the dog park is open 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
On Sundays the dog park is available 8a - 5p only for those with Park Passes or Pre-paid appointment.