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Misty Pines Gazette

April 2014
Volume X: Issue 4

Happy Easter

Upcoming Events for:

















Scent Work Level 3


Starter Orientation

Dock Diving 101

Scent Work Level 3

Puppy Orientation

Holiday Kids and Family Dog Training Class

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Test Prep

Chiropractic Clinic

Scent Work Level 3


Scent Work Level 3

New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression - Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar



New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar

Tuesday April 29th, 2014
1:00 - 7:45pm

Dog-dog and dog-human aggression are both very easy to prevent in puppies. Treating these problems in older dogs uses many of the same protocols (classical and operant conditioning, progressive desensitization and socialization) but is much slower, more complex and dangerous. Recently though, new techniques have been developed that can accelerate the process and lead to faster and more complete re-socialization.

For detailed information, please visit the details page at

Space is limited, register now at
Group discounts available. E-mail for group pricing.

Dock Diving 101

Workshop at Misty Pines Dog Park Company
Sunday, April 13th, 2014

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$5 per person
This is open to the public.

Paul Leabhart, President of the 3Rivers DockDogs club, will be conducting an intro to Dock Diving. This workshop will include a brief description of the various events within Dock Diving and an explanation of the rules for competition. After the information has been given the class will visit the Dog Pond for demos and/or to let the dogs have a swim.

If you are interested in dockdiving with your dog, this is one class you don't want to miss, learn the facts about techniques, rules and getting yourself prepared for when you do your first event.

Bring your dogs and their favorite toy, there will be experienced Three Rivers Dockdog members, ready to help you and your dog at the pond.

Be sure to check our website for upcoming Dock Diving class dates.

Sunday Classes Done for Season

Please remember that the Sunday All Levels Class and the Sunday Large and Small Breed Conformation Classes are no longer being held. Please check our event calendar to keep current with our class schedule.


This year Misty Pines will now have Summer and Holiday rates for boarding. Dates and new prices are listed below.

Dog Boarding Rates


Dogs under 40 lbs:
Dogs 41-80 lbs:
Dogs 81-120 lbs:
Dogs over 120 lbs:
"Difficult Dogs*":

$30 per day
$32 per day
$34 per day
$36 per day
$55 per day

Summer Rates:
(May 23rd - September 2nd)

Holiday Rates:
Easter (4/18 - 4/22)
Thanksgiving (11/25 - 12/1)
Christmas/New Years (12/23 - 1/5)


Dogs under 40 lbs:
Dogs 41-80 lbs:
Dogs 81-120 lbs:
Dogs over 120 lbs:
"Difficult Dogs*":

$32 per day
$34 per day
$37 per day
$39 per day
$60 per day

Checkout time is 11 a.m.

There will be no charge for the departure day
for dogs checking out by 11 a.m.

Girl Scout Troop 55035 Builds New Obstacle

Thank you to the girls from Girl Scout Troop 55035 for building Misty Pines a new Moving Platform obstacle for our park. The Troop built this obstacle for their Bronze Metal Award.

Congratulations on a job well done!

To read their letter to Misty Pines, visit our Community Outreach page. Click on the picture and follow the link to the facebook gallery of photos of the girls working on their project.

Girl Scout Troop 55035

Daycare Remodeling and Closure

In order to provide our clients with the best possible facilities, we are extensively remodeling our Daycare yards. During this process our Daycare yards will be closed to accommodate this massive renovation.

What does this mean for you?

While we will not have our regular yards available, we will be taking dogs by reservation only to have a kennel for the day. The cost will not change from the usual Daycare rates. We will be offering services such as walks, play ball, agility training, treadmill and treadwheel training, and obedience training for exercise options. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins during this time.

We will be reaching out to you when construction nears completion to reinstate our regular daycare procedure.

We understand this is an inconvenience to some, but the renovations we are putting into place will be a major improvement. The yards will be featuring leveled yards, artificial grass as the top surface, sky-lit roof over the yards, and 4 foot openings to the outside on top of the four walls to integrate the best of both worlds – indoor protection from the elements while bringing in the outdoor fresh air.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to sharing our new and improved Daycare facilities!

March Sales and Spotlights

Natures Variety



Saturday, April 5th @ 8:00 AM

Scent Work Level 3

Mondays beginning April 7th @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. The last class will be Monday, April 28th.


Saturday, April 12th & 26th @ 8:00 AM

Canine Chiropractic Clinic

Saturday, April 12th @ 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Dock Diving 101

Sunday, April 13th @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Holiday Kids and Family Dog Training Class

Friday, April 18th @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, April 19th @ 8:00 AM

New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar

Tuesday, April 29th @ 1 - 7:45 PM


CGC & TDI Test

Friday, May 2nd Tests begin @ 5:30 PM


Saturday, May 3rd @ 8:00 AM

Training Reliable "Come" Command with a Remote Pager Collar 2014

Monday, May 5th, Wednesday, May 7th and Monday, May 12th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Saturday, May 10th & 24th @ 8:00 AM

Canine Chiropractic Clinic

Saturday, May 17th @ 12:00 - 3:00 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, May 17th @ 8:00 AM

Test Out

Wednesday, May 28th Test begins @ 6:30

Why is training recall so difficult for dog owners?

Sue McCabe

As with any training, recall is all about putting a routine into your dogs day which he enjoys taking part in. Recall should never mean "if I run back to my owners, she'll put me back on leash" but always, "if I run back to my owner, it's usually worth my while". With adult dogs, all recall training is easier done using a long line, which is dropped on the ground & dragged behind the dog. Never go from a short leash, to no leash. Instead use a long line which gives your dog freedom, without you losing control.

    Here is my quick guide to recall training, both for use with young puppies & older, more routine established dogs.
  • First, pick a recall command (not your dog's name) and only use it when the dog is either running towards you, or can be enticed towards you because you are worth running to (what reward are you offering?).
  • Start all training in a low distraction environment such as your house and/or garden.
  • Only call your dog to you when you are sure he will come back, or you can bring him back or go to get him. Don't waste your recall command, no point in calling if he's ignoring you.
  • Always make it worth your dog's while to come back to you, at first using food or his favourite toy. Surprise him with the reward, sometimes use his boring food kibble, sometimes using real chicken, liver, hot dog, cheese. Always keep him guessing & deliver the reward in a fun way. Don't just push it into his mouth. Toss it, drop it or roll the food/toy.
  • When first training recall on a long line, give & expect 100% attention. This means that even if he's only on the long line for 2 minutes, during this time you are playing with him. This way, he's really paying attention to you & enjoying his time as the most fun he has on a walk. If you cannot watch your dog, he should be on a short leash.
  • Invent games to keep your dog thinking "it's always worthwhile to check in with mum/dad". Any voluntary engagement by the dog should be rewarded. Use tasty treats & toss or roll them on the ground. Take out his favourite toy & play for a short period when he's not expecting it. Drop some food then quickly run away calling his recall command. When your dog catches up, drop some more food & run away again.
  • Teach your dog a range in which to stay while walking off leash. When he's reaching the end of his long line, give a command such as 'this way', then stand briefly on the line before immediately changing direction. This teaches your dog to watch you, as you're unpredictable & he may loose you if he doesn't keep an eye on where you are going. When you've done this a few times, begin to change direction without saying anything, always rewarding your dog when he catches up.
  • Teach your dog that the quicker he comes back, the quicker he'll get to resume what it was he was doing before you called him. This improves speed of response & enthusiasm & means you don't always need to use a food or toy reward.
  • The quickest way to teach a dog not to come when called, is by allowing him to run up to & play with every dog he sees. This is confirming in his mind that you are less fun than other dogs who are always worth investigating. This is also the quickest way to get your dog beaten up by other dogs. When you see another dog, always teach him to sit & not leave you until you release him. Remember just because your dog is friendly, does not mean the other dog is.

It is my belief that if your dog does not have a reliable recall, regardless of the distractions present, he simply should not be off leash. Thankfully, it's also my belief that every dog can be taught a reliable recall so that, where appropriate, they can run free. This is, afterall, the biggest reward you can give any dog.

Flea and Tick Prevention

    Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort and serious illness in pets and even people.
    Fleas and ticks are easily prevented from bothering your pet through the use of safe, easy to administer, effective products.
    Parasite prevention also may require treating your home and yard and keeping pets out of areas where fleas and/or ticks are likely to lurk.
    Flea or tick control products meant for dogs should never be used on cats and vice versa.

What Are Fleas and Ticks?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also cause serious diseases.


Fleas are insects that are ubiquitous in the environment – meaning they can be found almost everywhere. There are more than 2000 species of fleas, but the common cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the one that most commonly afflicts dogs and cats.

A disease of concern that can be caused by fleas is flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), which is a severe allergic reaction to flea bites. Some pets are so allergic that even a single bite can cause a reaction. FAD makes pets miserable. In severe cases, it can cause severe itching and inflammation that, if left untreated, can lead to excessive scratching and chewing that can damage the skin. Secondary bacterial or fungal infections can develop as a result.

Fleas can also play a role in transmitting parasites, such as tapeworms, and bacterial diseases, such as cat scratch fever (bartonellosis), to humans.

Finally, in very severe infestations, particularly in old, ill, or young animals, fleas can remove so much blood through feeding that they can weaken the animal.

Fleas are prevalent throughout the United States. They prefer warm, humid conditions, so infestations are typically worst during mid to late summer and early fall. In some parts of the country, they can be a significant problem year round. Even during the cooler months, fleas can survive very well indoors once an infestation has been established.


Ticks are not insects, but they are closely related to spiders, scorpions, and mites. There are approximately 80 tick species found in the United States, but only a handful of them are of real concern to pets and people. Some of these include the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), and the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). The brown dog tick is the only species that can complete its entire lifecycle on a dog and can infest homes and kennels.

Tick bites can be painful and irritating, but the real concern with ticks is the number of serious diseases they can transmit, such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can cause significant illness and even death in both pets and people.

Ticks are found in virtually every region of the United States. They are most prevalent in the early spring and late fall, although some species are well adapted to temperature extremes and can be found any time of year. In general, however, they prefer dark, moist, brushy places in which to lay their eggs.

How Do I Know If My Pet Has Fleas and/or Ticks?

Larger tick species can typically be seen or felt in the hair coat, especially once they are engorged after feeding. Deer ticks, on the other hand, are very tiny—about the size of the head of a pin in some stages—and can be harder to see.

Repetitive scratching is a telltale sign that your pet may have fleas. Adult fleas can be identified on the pet, but fleas in other stages of their life cycle (eggs, larvae, and pupae) can be harder to find. Adult fleas are tiny and can be hard to see, but flea combs can be used to remove fleas as well as flea dirt. Flea dirt is essentially flea feces, which is digested blood. To check your pet for fleas, run a flea comb through your pet’s fur and dump any hair and debris onto a white paper towel. Dampen it slightly with water. Any small, dark specks that stain the towel red are a clear indication your pet has fleas. Finally, excessive grooming is also a sign of a potential flea problem. Infested cats will groom themselves repeatedly in an effort to remove fleas.

How Do I Prevent Fleas?

There are many safe, effective, and easy to administer flea control products. These products are typically administered orally in tablet (or liquid) form or topically by applying the medication as a fluid directly to the animal’s skin—generally between the shoulder blades or at the back of the neck. Some flea control products are only active against adult fleas, whereas other products can also target other stages of the flea life cycle, such as eggs and larvae. In some cases, your veterinarian may recommend more than one product in order to most effectively kill fleas and break the flea life cycle.

Once an infestation is established, fleas can be very difficult to get rid of. You may need to treat your pet repeatedly. In addition, fleas must be completely removed from the affected pet’s environment. Therefore, all other animals in the house must also be treated with flea control products, and the house and yard may need to be treated as well.

Vacuuming rugs, throwing out old pet bedding, and laundering other items may also be recommended by your veterinarian to help remove fleas from your pet’s environment.

How Do I Prevent Ticks?

There are many safe, effective, and easy to administer tick control products. Many of the major flea control products also have formulations that will help prevent ticks. These products are typically administered topically by applying the medication as a fluid directly to the animal’s skin—generally between the shoulder blades or at the back of the neck.

Prevention also includes keeping pets out of “tick habitats,” such as heavily wooded areas or tall grass. As much as possible, create tick-free zones in your yard by keeping grass mown short and bushes cut back. Ticks like moist areas, so remove leaf litter from around your house. If necessary, you may need to treat your backyard with a pesticide to reduce the number of ticks.

Finally, make a habit of performing a “tick check” on your pet at least once a day, especially if he or she has any access to wooded or grassy areas where ticks may lurk. If you find a tick, grasp it with a pair of tweezers as close down to the mouthparts as you can reach. Exert a gentle, steady pressure until the tick lets go. There are also tick removal tools that are very easy to use. Never remove a tick with your bare fingers. Avoid using lighter fluid, matches, or other products that may irritate the skin or cause other injuries to your pet. When in doubt, ask your veterinary care team for assistance removing the tick.

Never use flea control products intended for dogs on cats. Some medications can be highly toxic to cats. Only use products on the species for which they are intended, and follow all label instructions.

Therapy Dog Visits

Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. These places are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:

North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center
Contact: Teri A. Slimick 724-935-3781

McGuire Memorial
Contact: Susan Matlock 724-843-3400

Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (Westmoreland County)
Contact: Joan Roth, Volunteer Coordinator

Family Hospice Palliative Care
Contact: Pam Tomczak 412-572-8803

Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey

Odyssey Health Care
Cliff Mine Rd., Pittsburgh
Contact: Barbara Coulter 1-800-861-8584

Condordia of Franklin Park
Contact: Carol Kosela 724-935-1075 ext. 103

VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh
Activities Director: 412-688-6000 ext. 3682

Country Meadows (South Hills)
Activities Director: 412-257-4566

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Volunteer Coordinator: 412-690-6508

Animal Friends also coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations. To join their therapy group contact:

Ann Cadman: (412) 847-7031

Allegheny General Hospital
Jennifer Kopar: 412-359-3067

Tail Waggin Tutors at Baden Library
Laura Bain: 724-869-3960

Heartland Hospice
Barb Kralik, Volunteer Coordinator: 412-919-5617

Caring Hospice Services
Brittany Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator: 412-563-3300

Concordia of Wexford
Michelle Moon: 724-935-1266

Passavant Memorial Homes and Subsidiaries
Colleen Perry, Social Services Coordinator: 412-820-1015 ext. 521

Therapy Dog 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. The Teams listed below are a small portion of those interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:

Pets With Heart, Pet Therapy
Sister Sharon Costello: 724-869-6545

"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."

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