On Sunday, May 15th and Sunday, July 24th, 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.
No parking will be permitted along the driveway. All parking will be in the parking lots at the top of the driveway. Each handler will need to sign in, pay and obtain a wrist band at the main office before proceeding to the dock. 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 1 hour before their dock dive slot, which would be 9:00a or 11:00a.
Pre-registration is required. You may register for the May 15th Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial online by clicking here.
You may register for the July 24th Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial online by clicking here.
Quail Release Program
Our new Fall/Winter bobwhite quail release program was highly successful for all our young bird dogs. Dogs are much happier performing their job they were bred for with their master.
The bobwhite quail release program gives bird dog owners the opportunity to work their dogs on controlled released quail for an hour for $30. During this time the dogs begin to learn how to use their nose to find birds and their owners learn how to interpret their body language and identify when the dog becomes "birdy" and is working a scent cone.
We rely on them to remain uninjured so that their family members can call for them to return to their coupe. Then some of the family (Covey) members can be released again to continue to work for the dogs. There is no shooting; this is nose work only. The bobwhite quail release program runs from August to April.
If you would like to learn the disciplines to train your bird dog up to a Master Hunter level, call us for more details and to schedule an appointment.
Primal Pet Food will be back at Misty Pines soon! Primal has a very diverse line of raw products, including; food, treats and bones. We will have a variety of their frozen raw food, raw treats and raw bones. Keep an eye on your inbox and be the first to know when Primal gets here and what flavors are in stock!
View their "Mission Video" below as well as another video giving helpful instruction on feeding raw foods and pointers regarding clean up afterwards.
Kong Dog Toys 20% Off
All through the month of May all Kong Dog Toys at Misty Pines are 20% off. Use this opportunity to stock up for Summer fun! Dog's need mental stimulation and exercise and Kongs are a great way to provide a delicious activity that will give them a physical and mental challenge. Here is a list of the Kong toys available at Misty Pines:
Knowing how to stuff a Kong Classic properly is the best way to ensure that your dog loves and craves their toy and spends time working to get to all the deliciousness inside. The graphic below will give a visual about layering. For recipe ideas, and they are recipes, visit the Kong Company website for their ideas as to how to stuff a Kong.
With Summer on the horizon you'll want to start thinking about freezing Kongs for your dog to give them a cool treat when the mercury is rising. This is also a good way to keep messy recipies from requiring a lot of cleanup in the house or for dogs that are already adept at cleaning out a Kong in mere minutes. Almost any recipe can be frozen with the addition of water or something mushy or liquid if it doesn't have something like that in it already.
CocoTherapy Coconut Products
CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
CocoTherapy coconut oil is 100% pure, USDA certified organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Bottled from one of the best sources of coconut oil available in the world, it is the highest quality coconut oil can give your pets.
The Beneficial Oil
Virgin coconut oil is the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA). Most of coconut oil's health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids consists of caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0) and lauric (C12:0) acids.
CocoTherapy Coconut Chips
Our CocoTherapy Coconut Chips are made from dehydrated organic coconut meat. The dried coconut flakes are made of pure, 100% organic, non-GMO coconut meat, with absolutely NO sugars, salt, preservatives, or chemicals added. Our organic coconut chips are raw and dehydrated slowly at a low temperature, 98.6° F (37° C). This keeps the nutrients intact, resulting in a raw coconut that tastes fresh, has a wonderful texture, and contains all the rich nutrients found in fresh coconuts.
CocoTherapy Fruit Crunch and CocoTherapy Veggie Crunch are made from fresh organic fruits and veggies that have been freeze-dried to preserve their valuable nutrients and taste, producing a delicious crunchy treat you and your pets will love. The freeze-dried fruits and veggies are fortified with organic coconut oil, which provides added health benefits from Medium Chain Fatty Acids. These treats are not only incredibly delicious; they are perhaps nature’s most perfect health food! A great way to add fruits and veggies to your pet’s diet anytime, anywhere! The ideal treat for those who don’t want to increase animal protein in their pet’s diet.
An excellent treat for all your pets, birds, rabbits and small mammals love these too! A great way to get coconut oil in their diet.
Benefits of Fruit and Veggie Crunch:
Provides protective phytonutrients
Natural source of dietary fiber
Excellent source of natural enzymes
Rich in powerful antioxidants
Contains naturally occurring vitamins and minerals
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS The data in our typical analysis is composed of calculated values using expected figures from ingredient databases and actual lab analyses of our foods. The table found on the Fromm Family website provides more detailed information than our guaranteed analysis, but it is not intended to represent absolute values.
This data is oftentimes helpful when determining if a specific recipe is suitable for a known dietary requirement. If you or your veterinarian have further questions, please contact your local distributor or contact Fromm directly.
DAILY FEEDING RECOMMENDATIONS The following are general feeding recommendations. Many factors including age, breed, activity level, and individual metabolism contribute to the need for adjusting portion sizes. Two to four times more food may be required for puppies, gestating dogs, and nursing dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs may require up to 25% less food.
The chart found on the Fromm Foods website provides a good place to start, but determining the correct amount of food for your pet depends upon your evaluation of your pet's overall performance on the amount of food consumed along with any treats given.
For some of us, coconuts conjure up images of palm trees and tropical locales. For others, they take us back to mouth-watering memories of our mother's home-baked coconut cream pie – or even the sweet, gooey center of our favorite childhood candy bar! But did you know that besides tasting delicious, the oil pressed from the meat of the coconut contains numerous health benefits, for people and companion animals? Let's take a closer look at coconut oil and why you should consider adding some to your pet's diet.
If it's saturated, isn't it bad?
Fats are made up of fatty acids that fall into three categories – monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated. Saturated fats, which are predominantly found in animal products such as meat and dairy and are solid at room temperature, have been linked to a host of health issues in people such as obesity, high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease. As a plant-based saturated fat, coconut oil was once grouped with other unhealthy fats, and people were advised to avoid consuming it.
However, even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is not unhealthy. In fact, it contains numerous health benefits!
The chemical structure in coconut oil is quite different from the fat found in, say, a steak or a slab of butter – and that difference has huge implications for our health and our pets' health.
Whereas most saturated fats are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Our bodies metabolize (break down) and recognize medium chain fatty acids differently than long chain fatty acids, producing a very different effect.
Benefits of coconut oil
There are many reasons to let your pet indulge in some coconut oil every day. For example, we now know that, unlike animal-based saturated fats that contribute to heart disease, coconut oil is actually heart healthy!
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid that converts in the body to monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound with numerous beneficial properties, including anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-protozoal. Lauric acid actually destroys lipid-coated bacteria, fungus and viruses such as herpes, the measles, influenza, hepatitis C and HIV, ringworm and athlete's foot.
In addition, studies show that MCTs such as those found in coconut oil provide a wide range of health benefits, including:
Help with weight loss (MCTs increase metabolism, send signals of satiety and cannot be stored as fat)
Improve digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
Benefit the skin and coat
Provide a rapid form of non-carbohydrate energy
Coconut: the new “brain food”
But of all these benefits, my favorite is that coconut oil is scientifically proven to improve brain function in older dogs – findings that have important implications for people and animals.
In one study, 24 senior Beagles fed a diet supplemented with 5.5% MCTs showed significant improvement in cognitive ability within just one month. The study's authors concluded that the MCTs (as contained in coconut oil) provided an alternative source of brain energy for the senior dogs.
As the body's “supercomputer”, the brain requires a lot of energy, most of which is satisfied when our bodies metabolize glucose from the foods we eat. However, as we age, we metabolize glucose less efficiently, leaving a “gap” in the brain's energy requirement. When this occurs, alternative sources of fuel become important to fill this gap and provide much-needed energy to the brain. This is where MCTs such as those contained in coconut oil can help save the day:
Unlike regular fats (which the body metabolizes slowly), MCTs break down and absorb rapidly into the bloodstream, providing a quick source of non-carbohydrate energy.
MCTs readily cross the blood-brain barrier, supplying up to 20% of a normal brain's energy requirement.
MCTs are important for ketone production, which serve as an additional source of “brain food”.
MCTs help the body use omega-3 fatty acids more efficiently and increase omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in the brain (a good reason to give your dog both omega-3s and coconut oil)
What to look for
When purchasing coconut oil, opt for unrefined, cold-pressed varieties. If possible, choose organic brands to avoid potential contamination from pesticides. Coconut oil does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but since it is light sensitive (like all oils), it's best to keep it in a dark cupboard. Dark glass containers are excellent storage choices, as they protect the oil from light while also ensuring that no BPAs (harmful chemicals found in many plastic containers), leach into the product.
There are many ways to incorporate coconut oil into your pet's diet. Try mixing a tablespoon into some sheep's milk yogurt or adding a dollop on top of some fresh organic blueberries. You can even scoop it straight from the container and let him lick the spoon. Pets love the taste!
Studies show that coconut oil fed as 10% or less of your dog's diet poses no digestive or other health issues. However, since too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea, I advise exercising common sense and introducing it to your pet slowly.
By: Dr. Jean Dodds
Aldrich, G, 2009, ‘MCTs an overlooked tool in dog nutrition'. Feedstuffs, 81(35) :10.
Laflamme, DP, 2012, ‘Nutritional care for aging cats and dogs'. Vet Clin N Am: Sm An Pract, 42(4): 769-791.
Pan, Y, Larson, B, Araujo, JA, Lau, W et al, 2010, ‘Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs'. Brit J Nutr, 103 (12): 1746-1754.
Health Benefits of Grooming Your Dog
Grooming responsibilities for your dog may take you a few hours each month for routine tasks like regular brushes and nail trimming, however there are pros and cons to getting your dog professionally groomed that include time, money and expertise. You may want to weigh the pros and cons of taking your dog to the groomer vs. grooming your dog yourself.
Learn how a properly trained and dedicated dog groomer may save your dog from harmful infections and reduce your costs for dog supplies.
Pros and Cons of Professional Dog Grooming and Grooming Your Own Dog
Professional Dog Groomers:
Seeing the groomer on a regular basis will help the groomer learn what is normal for your dog and therefore be able to detect abnormalities very quickly and provide guidance on numerous health issues that your dog may be presenting. The professional dog groomers at Misty Pines are experienced and may see conditions like tumors, hot spots, allergies or other skin problems you may not notice.
If your dog has separation anxiety or other behavior problems, dog grooming may or may not be a good option. At Misty Pines, we have a Behavioral Consultant who can help your dog overcome anxiety and have a positive experience while being groomed.
Grooming Your Own Dog:
Requires patience and may be time-consuming.
Quality grooming equipment may be costly, but general grooming supplies are cheaper than taking your dog to a groomer.
You can make mistakes that may harm your dog.
Grooming your own dog is a great way to bond but you must be committed and you can't take a day off or your dog's health and hygiene may suffer.
Health Benefits of Grooming Your Dog
Fleas, Ticks and Parasites: A professional groomer checks every dog over every square inch of your dog's body for ticks, fleas and other parasites which will be completely removed by the groomer unless medication is needed for worms which requires a vet referral.
Fleas are usually noticed in the tub and none should make it out alive. Ticks are noticed and removed safely and completely from your dog's skin during your dog's drying process. Your dog's entire coat is split with a dryer line by line until every bit of skin and row of coat is dry.
In the process of air splitting your dog's coat to the skin, your groomer also removes all the dead coat. It is important for your groomer to keep an eye out for abnormal skin growths so your groomer can inform you and help you prevent other serious diseases in your dog.
Ear Mites and Ear Infections: Your groomer can spot ear mites and ear infections when you bring your dog to get groomed. At Misty Pines, if our groomers notice an infection of any kind we will recommend that you take your dog to the vet for proper identification of the type of infection and to get a proper treatment based on the specific type of infection.
Skin Conditions: Your groomer may be the best way to help cure your dog's skin conditions. Compare the costs of dog medicated shampoos and vet or dermatologist visits before you make a decision on how you want to treat your dog's skin conditions since you could save hundreds of dollars by avoiding taking your dog to your vet. Many skin conditions and allergy related itching may be eased and reduced by regular bathing with hypoallergenic, medicated or oatmeal shampoos that groomers typically have on-hand. These shampoos can be costly to purchase yourself and the time required on your part to bath your dog on a frequent basis may not be worth the hassle.
Anal Gland Expression: Dog feces are normally firm, and the anal glands usually empty when the dog defecates. When the dog's stools are soft they may not exert enough pressure on the glands, which then may fail to empty. This may cause discomfort as the full anal gland pushes on the anus. The glands can be emptied by the dog's owner, or more typically by a groomer or veterinarian. A groomer addresses this need by squeezing the gland so the contents are released through the small openings on either side of the anus. This technique is known as anal gland expression.
Anal gland expression must be performed to maintain the dog's hygiene and to eliminate discomfort when the anal glands have become unable to empty themselves due to a number of different issues. Discomfort is evidenced by the dog dragging its posterior on the ground ("scooting"), licking or biting at the anus, sitting uncomfortably, having difficulty sitting or standing, or chasing its tail. If your pets do have recurring anal gland problems, identify if it’s an inflammatory response, an allergic response, or a soft stool issue. Addressing the underlying root cause of why your pets are dealing with the recurrent anal gland problem is the best choice to deal with this problem. While searching for the root cause of the issue it is necessary to deal with the symptoms, mainly by manual expression. This is a service provided at Misty Pines upon request or need for an additional fee. If your dog is not experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, this service is not necessary.
Emotional Health: Dogs who are in good physical shape in regards to their coat, skin, nails and so forth, are happier than those that are in poor condition. When a dog's fur is matted, growing into their eyes or in other states of neglect or if their nails are too long and causing pain or if they are suffering from itchy, dry skin, they are in a state of discomfort and may begin to exhibit personality changes ranging from mild irritability to outright aggression. Some dogs may even become depressed. Dogs have come to Misty Pines completely matted to the skin and are depressed or aggressive, then after being shaved, washed and properly taken care of walk out a few hours later with a completely different disposition. To avoid this situation brush your dog at least weekly with a coat appropriate brush or comb and take your dog to a groomer on a regular basis.
To put the icing on the cake upgrade your dog's bath to a spa! Our groomers will use all natural scented shampoo, conditioner and finishing spray, which, when used in combination, last longer than a typical bath or than just using one product at a time. The Silver Spa package includes teeth brushing and the Gold Spa package adds nail grinding on top of that.
Upgrade to a Spa package this month for 20% less! Call our office at 412.364.4122 and ask for grooming to get your pet on schedule now!
Training Your Dog To Walk Politely On A Leash
By: Misty Pines Pet Company
Walking a dog on a loose leash is one of most difficult behaviors for a dog and human to perform together reliably because of much longer durations, distances compared to other behaviors. Teaching a dog to stay for fifteen minutes, is much easier compared to loose leash walking ten blocks for fifteen minutes. Walking your dog on a leash is a mental and physical exercise for both you and your dog. It is one of the many ways to connect and bond with your dog.
There are several behaviors and combinations of these behaviors for you and your dog to walk on a loose leash. Training these behaviors make a walk fun and challenging for both you and your dog.
“Heel” is a formal walking behavior where your dog’s front right leg is parallel and no more than eight inches away from your left leg at whatever speed that left leg is moving, and when that left leg stops, a dog sits promptly facing the same direction as the handler. While heeling, your dog’s head is up and not sniffing the ground. “This Way” is a walking behavior where the dog is trained to turn and follow you while you hold the end of a loose leash, just as a horse would follow you at the end of the lead rope. “Easy” means to walk slowly. “Pull” means to pull you only on command on a taught leash, which comes in handy when walking uphill. The majority of dogs enjoy pulling. “Take a break” allows the dog to go to the end of a loose leash and sniff the ground. Smelling the environment is an extremely valuable reward. Dogs have 220 million scent receptors and love to investigate, explore, and check out odors in their environment. Saying “Take a break” or “go sniff’ to your dog to check out the environment can be highly rewarding and enjoyable.
Walking your dog should not be a time for your dog to be spreading their pee-mail (scent-marking) profusely throughout the neighborhood. When dogs profusely scent mark, they are defining their territory. In turn the other dogs in the neighborhood scent mark over your dog’s scent mark. Scent marking is often perceived as challenging and claiming the deed of the territory by other dogs and this can lead to competition, arousal and aggression.
To teach your dog to heel gather up and loosely hold the leash in the left hand. Begin by shaping this behavior by luring them with a treat or a small toy held in the right hand say “heel” and walk forward, keeping your dog’s right leg parallel to your left leg and keeping their attention on the object or treat in your right hand. Take two steps, stop and simultaneously cueing your dog to “sit” parallel to your left side facing in the same direction as you. Reward with calm praise and a food treat. Repeat “heel,” gradually taking more steps between each stop to sit. Use an upbeat, animated tone to keep your dog’s attention. Start phasing out the lure once you feel the behavior has been shaped.
Praise your dog whenever it heels beside you. Read and listen to your dog’s body language, before they indicate that they are going to pull, stop and instruct them to sit and to look at you, reward and start “heel” again. Train “heel” in short progression sequences of distance. Ensure your two step heel is reliable before moving on to a four-step heel, then to a six-step heel and so on. Using a hand signal cue simultaneously as your left leg stops often helps dogs to sit expediently and parallel on your left side. If your dog is pulling without being told to, stop, encourage your dog to come closer to you and start the heeling over again. Certain breeds are more inclined to pull because of selective breeding for this trait, such as the Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamute, or Bernese Mountain Dog. If your dog continues to pull without being asked, a head halter type of collar should be helpful. There are many types of collars and harnesses to aid you in teaching your dog to heel.
It is outside the scope of this article to discuss all the various techniques and methods of teaching owners and dogs to walk politely on a leash. Seek out professional help to teach you the various techniques and methods of teaching your dog to heel, and the other walking behaviors. Once these behaviors are trained into your dog, you and your dog will enjoy and gain the many benefits of walking politely on a loose leash.
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.