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Misty Pines Gazette

February 2015
Volume XI: Issue 1

Valentines Day

Upcoming Events for:



















All Levels Class


All Levels Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

Starter Orientation


How to Create a Well-Mannered Dog

All Levels Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Test Prep

All Levels Class

Small Breed Conformation

Large Breed Conformation

Puppy Orientation



Conformation Class

Learn how to handle your dog for the show ring. Learn how to stack, gait and to have proper etiquette in the sport of show dog handling. Enter a sport that will bring many hours of enjoyment and education to every member of your family.

Classes will be taught by Mick McCormick with Gary Nestor assisting. Mick has been breeding and showing Alaskan Malamutes since 1968. He is the current President and previous Show Chair of the Butler County Kennel Club. He has taught conformation classes for numerous years, and several of his students have won conformation classes against professional handlers.

Sundays in 2015 Beginning Sunday, February 8th and ending Sunday, March 29th.

1:00 – 1:45 PM | small breeds, need to be examined on a table
2:00 – 3:00 PM | large breeds, examined on floor

You must Pre-Register!

Treadmill & Treadwheel Class

Quite often, what we are doing outside with our dogs just isn’t enough to keep them healthy and fit. The evening stroll or sniff is great for the senses, not so much for the body. That is when a dog treadmill and other indoor exercise equipment can be a dog’s other best friend. Not a replacement for outside adventures, merely a supplement to fill in the void. Learn how to teach your dog the treadmill and keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Our most fit and athletic dogs can run on the treadmill at 8 - 10 mph for twenty to thirty minutes!

Class will be held Saturday, February 7th, 2015 @ 8:00 AM.

How to Create a Well-Mannered Dog

One of the most common issues for owners and dogs, especially for younger dogs and puppies, is jumping up on people when greeting. This problem and lack of manners can occur on the street or even in the home. In our new "How To Create A Well-Mannered Dog" training class we will be addressing meets & greets, pulling on leash, lunging on leash, counter surfing, jumping up and more. While this may sound like our Nuisance Behaviors class we will be focusing more on having polite and civil dogs versus addressing negative behaviors such as barking and chewing. When registering for this class, please include a note regarding your specific problem areas.

This class is ideal for young dogs or dogs with little or no training.

Class will be held Saturday, February 14th, 2015 @ 8:00 AM.

Intact Males in Daycare

Misty Pines is dedicated to the health and safety of your dog while visiting our facility. Male dogs that are sexually intact often become pushy or confrontational as they mature, especially toward other male dogs. Behavioral changes associated with testosterone in adolescence most commonly begin after six months of age.

Many daycare facilities do not accept unneutered male dogs for group play. Managing the social dynamic created by unneutered males in a large group requires specific skills and carries additional challenges and liability for staff and other dogs. Not all dogs are good candidates for group play.

Beginning January 1st Misty Pines will accept unneutered males that have been assessed by our trainers for daycare. There are additional fees for unneutered males attending daycare or that are receiving play times during lodging. This fee applies to male dogs over the age of 8 months that are not neutered.

1/2 Day Daycare:
Extended Daycare:


 $48 (4 to 8 hours between 8 and 5)
 $40 (up to 4 hours between 8 and 5)
 $56 (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

While Boarding

˝ Day of Daycare:

$14 (1 hour of socialization with other dogs)
$40 (4 hours of socialization with other dogs)

Product Spotlight

Tropiclean Fresh Breath

February is national Pet Dental Health month, and in celebration we are marking all of our Tropiclean Dental Health products down 20%. Come to Misty Pines and ask our knowledgeable staff to recommend the Tropiclean product to fit your dog's needs. While visiting Misty Pines your dog can have his teeth brushed by our experienced groomers for just $6. That's 25% off!

Periodontal Disease affects millions of pets each year.
25% Off Teeth Brushing.


All Levels

Every Sunday beginning January 11th through March 29th @ 11:30 AM

Treadmill & Treadwheel Class

Saturday, February 7th @ 8:00 AM

Small Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 8th @ 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 29th.

Large Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 8th @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 29th.


Friday, February 13th - Tests begin at 5:30 PM

How To Create A Well-Mannered Dog

Saturday, February 14th @ 8:00 AM

Puppy Test Out

Saturday, February 14th @ 4:45 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, February 21st @ 8:00 AM


Saturday, February 28th @ 8:00 AM

Starter Test Out

Saturday, February 28th @ 4:45 PM


All Levels

Every Sunday beginning January 11th through March 29th @ 11:30 AM

Small Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 8th @ 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 29th.

Large Breed Conformation Class

Sundays beginning February 8th @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The last class will be Sunday, March 29th.

Weight Pulling

Saturday, March 7th @ 8:00 AM


Saturday, March 14th & 28th @ 8:00 AM

Puppy Test Out

Saturday, March 14th @ 4:45 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, March 21st @ 8:00 AM

Starter Test Out

Saturday, March 28th @ 4:45 PM

Treadmill Training

At Misty Pines we say that a well-trained and well-exercised dog is a good dog and by working your dog on a treadmill you are accomplishing both at the same time. Why a treadmill, you ask? You can infinitely exercise your dog indoors, which means that you are no longer governed by the weather.

Below are some excerpts from an article by Jt Clough from All Things Dog Blog about treadmill training:

Most people wish they had just some of the energy their bouncy happy-go-lucky dog naturally possesses. Unfortunately for many dogs bad behavior happens because the energy level the dog mom or dad has simply does not match the energy level of their dog.

What are the reasons your dog would benefit from dog treadmill training?

Dogs need exercise. Some dogs need a lot of exercise and end up in some sort of trouble because of something they’ve done that was bad simply because they have energy that needed to be burned. Chewing on the house and all the things in it, barking, jumping up on people or pulling on the leash so hard while walking or running feels like a really frustrating task are a few of the reasons to think about adding a treadmill to your dog’s life.

Weather conditions is another huge reason for treadmilling your dog. Too hot or too cold, too windy or raining, the treadmill is a great way to get your dog the exercise needed to remain a happy healthy, well behaved dog. Lack of activity during winter months can not only put added pounds on your dog cutting years of their life but add to the misbehaving aspect of daily living as well.

Ziggy on Treadmill

Many people feel like this option is one that will stop them from going outside and enjoying time with their dog and so never consider the idea, when in fact the treadmill can open up the world to a dog who has bad leash manners. Exercise takes the edge off the nervous system in people and it works for dogs in the same way.

What kinds of dogs do well with treadmill training? All dogs. Honestly. From big dogs to little dogs to anything in between treadmill training can benefit any dog for a variety of reasons. The training program can vary depending breed, what kind of energy level and behavior you’d like to address with your dog or for training specific dog sports like agility or herding.

Treadmill training programs can go from very basic to quite specific. As a DogTread Pro training expert, I always recommend when starting a training program with your dog, start with short periods of time--10 minutes or less. This is true for dogs that are already fit or need to lose a few pounds. Once your dog has become familiar with the activity and had time to loosen up muscle tissue and ligaments you’ll be able to build the workout time and find variations of speed and incline.

Another bonus that has come with this new activity to do with your dog is the number of people who end up catching the training endorphins from their own dog, and find themselves exercising more. Even those who use some of the time to sit and answer e-mails while in the same room with their dog treadmill, get the benefit of a stronger bond with their dog.

Treadmill Class - $17

Saturday, February 7th | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Learn how to teach your dog the treadmill to help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Our most fit and athletic dogs can run on the treadmill at 8 -10 mph for twenty to thirty minutes!

We will also have out GoPet Treadwheels available for use at this class. They are circular treadwheels which dogs can run on at their own speed. Those who have used them have really enjoyed them.

Periodontal Disease

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common disease affecting dogs and cats. Periodontal disease is an inflammation of some or all of the supporting structures of the teeth. These structures include the gingiva, periodontal ligament, cementum, and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria, mostly aerobic gram positive bacteria such as actinomyces and streptococci.

When dogs and cats eat, food particles become trapped along the gum line and in between the teeth. Bacteria are then attracted to the area which then joins with the food particles to form plaque. This is what creates the “dog breath” odor. If the plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva begin to mix with the plaque and form tartar. Tartar, also known as calculus, will strongly adhere to the teeth. The tartar will become irritating to the gums and will separate the gums from the teeth to form little pockets where more bacteria can grow. At this point, the damage is usually irreversible and is called periodontal disease. It can be very painful by causing infection, loose teeth, abscesses, or infection.

There are numerous factors that affect the development of periodontal disease. They include diet, age, grooming habits at home, breed, and even genetics.

    The signs of periodontal disease include some of the following:
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pus around the teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Stomach or intestinal upset

How is periodontal disease treated?

Treatment will depend on the severity of disease. It is important to treat and control periodontal disease to maintain the health of the teeth and gums and to protect from infection from spreading to other parts of the body. The severity of periodontal disease during the examination will be “graded” into one of four groups.

Gum Disease Level 1

Grade I - Early Gingivitis
Has a mild amount of plaque and mild gum redness. There are no radiologic changes and the condition is reversible.

Gum Disease Level 2

Grade II - Advanced Gingivitis
Has plaque below the gum line. The gums are red and swollen. There is little radiologic changes and the condition is reversible.

Gum Disease Level 3

Grade III - Early Periodontitis
Has plaque and tarter below the gum line. The gums are red, swollen, are receding and will bleed with gentle probing. There is 10-30% loss of bone support shown on an x-ray. This condition is irreversible.

Gum Disease Level 4

Grade IV - Established Periodontitis
Has larger amounts of plaque and tarter below the gum line. There is severe gum inflammation, gum recession, loose or missing teeth, pus, and gums bleed easy. There is over 30% bone loss visible on an x-ray. This condition is irreversible.

Treating Grade I and II periodontal disease will require and dental cleaning and polishing. The plaque and tarter will be removed and then the teeth will be polished. The vet may also apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen them.

Treating Grade III and IV periodontal disease also require a dental cleaning and polishing as well as several other procedures. These procedures may include root planning and subgingival curettage, periodontal debridement, gingivectomy, periodontal surgery, and tooth extraction.

Remember that periodontal disease is irreversible. Prevention is the key pertaining to dental care in our pets. Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth can reduce plaque from accumulating and the development of tarter. Along with regular brushing, provide your dog with various toys and bones to help remove plaque build up.

TropiClean Dental Health ProductsMisty Pines carries TropiClean Dental Health products! You can fight periodontal disease without brushing their teeth. 93% of users noticed cleaner teeth in less than two weeks and 86% of users noticed better breath in less than one week!

Clean Teeth Gel: Works fast and naturally to help reduce plaque and tartar on dogs and cats -- no toothbrush required. A proprietary blend of natural, holistic ingredients produce a healthy oral environment. Kills the germs that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. Soothes minor gum irritations. For clean teeth and 'up close' fresh breath everyday!

Mint Foam: Regular use of Fresh Mint Foam keeps teeth and gums clean. Its natural formula helps freshen their breath. For best results, your pet should receive daily oral care to promote periodontal health and overall wellness.

Water Additive: Was developed to provide dogs and cats with essential daily oral hygiene care. It will promote healthy gums and eliminates bad breath for up to 12 hours.

Puppy Oral Care Kit: Periodontal disease is the number one disease among dogs, effecting nearly 80% by age three. Developing good oral care habits at an early age is key to promoting complete pet wellness throughout the entire life of our dog. Fresh Breath Oral Care Kit begins working immediately to address plaque and tartar. A proprietary blend of natural ingredients produce a healthy oral environment, and promote periodontal wellness while also soothing minor gum irritations.

For puppies 16 weeks & up.

Brush teeth once daily for 30 days. Depending on your puppy’s liking, use the TripleFlex brush or the Quick Finger brush. Squeeze a small amount of FreshBreath Brushing Gel onto the brush and allow your puppy to taste. Reapply and gently brush in a circular motion. Never use human toothpaste, as it can upset your puppy’s stomach.

Remember that during the month of February all TropiClean Dental Health products are 20% off at Misty Pines. Bring your dog to our groomers for 25% off teeth brushing ($6) and pick up your TropiClean Dental Health products today!

Therapy Dog Visits

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


Baden Memorial Library
Dog reading program. Need volunteer for 2 Thursdays per month from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
and 1 Saturday per month for 1 1/2 hours.
Contact: Kathleen Wagner

Gateway Hospice
Contact: Sr. Linda Larkman OSB, Volunteer Coordinator 412-737-0969

West Haven Manor
Contact: Karen Zimmerman, Coordinator of Volunteer Services 724-727-3451

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

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:

Services & Teams

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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