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Misty Pines Gazette

May 2015
Volume XI: Issue 5

Table of Contents

...bring May flowers.

Upcoming Events for:























Kids Class

Electronic Collar Workshop Day #1

Electronic Collar Workshop Day #2


Intro to Scent Work Day #1

Puppy Test Out

Electronic Collar Workshop Day #3

Starter Orientation

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Test Prep

Intro to Scent Work Day #2

Dock Diving Fun Trial

Dock Diving Class

Puppy Orientation


Intro to Scent Work Day #3

Nuisance Behaviors Class

Selecting the appropriate training collar or harness for your dog


Sat. 2:30 Schedule Change

Please note that there has been a change to the Saturday 2:30 class format that will begin on Saturday, April 4th.

The Saturday 2:30 class will now feature specialty training of various topics. Advanced class attendees are encouraged to join the 1:15 class.

Upcoming classes:

Intro to Scent Work: Saturday, May 9th, 16th & 23rd.
Space is limited.

Nuisance Behaviors: Saturday, May 30th.

All Levels Swim Class: Saturdays, June 6th and June 20th.

Kids Class: Saturday, June 13th.

All Levels Field Trip: Saturday, June 27th.

Recall & Walking Politely On A Leash Class - $17

Recall and Walking ClassSaturday, May 2nd | 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Saturday, September 5th

All Levels Welcome


Does your dog come running quickly every time you call his name? Or, does he have selective hearing when you say the word come? This specialty class will teach the art of recalls, or coming when called.

If your dog ignores your calls while outside or while in class, or even if your dog has a very strong recall, but you still want extra practice, then this class is for you. Throughout the class we will be offering different techniques, tips, and exercises dealing with strengthening your dog's recall command. Please pre-register.

Walking Politely On A Leash

Having a dog that is a pleasure to walk is, well...a pleasure. We want to help you enjoy your time outdoors with your dog and make your walking time enjoyable. We'll be working on Heel, Easy, Take-a-Walk and This Way, as well as helping you distinguish between a training walk and a pleasure walk.

Class will be indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately.

Intro to Scent Work - $99

Saturday, May 9th, 16th and 23rd | 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Call 412.364.4122 to register

Every dog is equipped with an amazing tool: their nose! Olfaction, the act or process of smelling, is a dog’s primary special sense. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans have only 5 million! Teaching dogs to use their nose to identify a target odor offers many benefits.

In level 1 ("Intro"), tasks are kept simple and this is the phase where the dogs are taught how to properly search for a scent (treat or toys only are used during this phase) and how to properly cue the handler that the scent has been targeted. Handlers will learn how to teach their dogs to be independent in their searches and not look for cues from the handler. Initially, searches are limited in area and boxes or other containers are used for scent. Over the course of several sessions we will increase the search area, add environmental objects, and change locations within the facility, all the while ensuring that the dog’s desire to hunt or search is triggered and increased. By the end of this level, dogs will be searching on cue and targeting the containers.

Product Spotlight

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April Sales

Fromm Family Dog Foods

15% Off this month at Misty Pines!

In 2003 Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals became the first variety-driven gourmet pet food. Fromm Four-Star allows pet parents to feed a variety of recipes without the digestive upset usually associated with switching foods. Fromm Four-Star is marketed as “True, Four-Star canine and feline cuisine”, utilizing extremely high quality meats and fish as the first ingredient complimented with a vast array of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fromm Family 4 Star Dog Food $5 off any dog spa package



Friday, May 1st. Tests beginning at 5:30.

Recall & Walking Nicely On A Leash

Saturday, May 2nd @ 8:00 AM

Kids Class

Saturday, May 2nd @ 2:30 PM

Remote Recall Training Workshop

May: Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th & Monday 11th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Saturday, May 9th & 23rd @ 8:00 AM

Intro to Scent Work

Saturday, May 9th, 16th & 23rd @ 2:30 PM

Puppy Test Out

Saturday, May 9th @ 4:45 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, May 16th @ 8:00 AM

Dock Diving Class

Sunday, May 17th @ 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Dock Diving Fun Trial

Sunday, May 17th | Jumps at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM with Final Jump at 3:00

Starter Test Out

Saturday, May 23rd @ 4:45 PM

Selecting the appropriate training collar or harness for your dog

Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 AM

Nuisance Behaviors

Saturday, May 30th @ 2:30 PM



Friday, June 5th @ 8:00 AM

Dog First Aid

Saturday, June 6th @ 8:00 AM

Swimming Class

Saturday, June 6th @ 2:30 PM

Class at North Park

Tuesday, June 9th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Saturday, June 13th @ 8:00 AM

Kids Class

Saturday, June 13th @ 2:30 PM

Puppy Test Out

Saturday, June 13th @ 4:45 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, June 20th @ 8:00 AM

Swimming Class

Saturday, June 20th @ 2:30 PM


Saturday, June 27th @ 8:00 AM

All Levels Field Trip

Saturday, June 27th @ 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Starter Test Out

Saturday, May 27th @ 4:45 PM

Reliable Recall

By: Misty Pines Pet CompanyDoes your dog come when called?

After calling your dog “come” once, have you ever:

  • Repeated yourself?
  • Chased your dog?
  • Brought out the treats and cookies?
  • Chased and captured your dog and then gotten angry?
  • Although your intentions may be good, you are unintentionally reinforcing unreliability at the recall. Imagine this. . . You are sitting in your living room watching your favorite TV show or reading a great book AND eating your favorite dessert! Suddenly someone calls you, “COME”! What's your first impulse? Our guess it would be to filter out the request and stay focused on your own interests.

    For dogs, “COME” is just the same concept. Their immediate, untrained impulse will NOT be to drop everything and run joyfully to you. Unfortunately, response to the come command is not quite that instinctive. However, it is possible to teach the proper response by using a lot of structure, enthusiasm, patience, and praise.

    Like heel, come is taught as a specific position. It tells your dog to run into you as quickly as they can, sit in front (facing you), and focus on your eyes. Consistency is crucial with a command like come.

    Dog recall and front.
      Tried and True Training Tips:
    • Surround the word “Come” with positives and never call for negatives. Use come for lessons or when offering something of high value such as a special treat, toy, or lots of praise. On the other hand, if you must retrieve your dog for grooming, isolation, or discipline, retrieve and escort him calmly. Using the come command for something negative may create fear or a negative association with the word.
    • Practice everywhere! In order to create a strong recall command you must find out which location causes your dog the most difficulty! Go to this spot to practice among the most difficult of distractions. This may be challenging at first, but with practice and patience your dog will succeed!
    • Use the park to your advantage. Being in dog parks is the perfect opportunity to strengthen your recall. Practice recalling your dog about every five minutes. Have him sit for approximately 10 seconds, and then release him to play again. Repeat this exercise every time you go to a new park or distracting location. Make sure to use this to demonstrate that “come” doesn’t always have to mean the fun is over!
    Dog come when called.

    You can learn more tried and true training tips and the steps for properly teaching your dog “Come” on May 2nd at Misty Pines. Join us for class to learn and practice “Come” with the help of our professional dog training staff. You can sign up here. This month we are also offering our annual Remote Recall Training Workshop on Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th & Monday 11th. You can sign up here. The Misty Pines Remote Recall Training Workshop is designed to teach dogs to come to their handlers under any circumstances. This is a tool to enhance the recall your canine partner already has. The remote/pager collar is a tool for communication and must be used with good judgment and discretion once learned. Keep in mind this collar is NOT a quick fix for training your dog. Basic training is needed and all the fundamentals need to be sound. Reinforcing the proper behavior is the key to success with any dog training program. When remote/pager collar training, the use of traditional methods like clickers, treats and lots of praise are extremely important and are the foundation for a training relationship.

    Recall & Walking Politely On A Leash Class - $17

    Saturday, May 2nd | 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Saturday, September 5th


    Remote Recall Training Workshop - $149

    May: Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th & Monday 11th | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

    Our Remote/Pager Collar Workshop will help you achieve a reliable recall under any circumstances. Handlers will learn how to utilize a tactile cue, via handler operated remote, for long distance recalls up to 1/2 a mile. This three evening workshop is hands-on and teaches dogs and owners proper application of the remote/pager collar.

    Yeast Allergies in Dogs

    By: Misty Pines Pet Company

    Itchy dogAn itchy, smelly dog may not always be caused by allergies. Yeast infections can also cause similar symptoms. Both dogs and humans have healthy levels of yeast that occur naturally on the body. The typical, healthy flora of dogs is a naturally occurring staph, as well as a light layer of naturally occurring yeast. These healthy flora levels are possible due to a balanced immune system. Far too often when dogs are diagnosed with allergies, they are in fact, suffering from a systemic yeast infection which resides in the gut. The yeast/fungus die off, working their way out to the skin surface. It is highly acidic, which can itch and burn, causing the dog to chew and scratch.

    Yeast infections occur when the immune system is underactive or immature which leads to the unbalance. The other end of the spectrum is an allergy, which is an overactive immune response. When a veterinarian sees a dog with allergies, they will typically prescribe steroid therapy. This will “shut off” the immune response, but will not fix the underlying cause. Secondary skin infections may also be involved, often leading to a prescription of antibiotics. Along with destroying the bad bacteria, they also destroy good bacteria. This includes the healthy yeast levels in the process. When your dog’s immune system is suppressed with drugs, it can’t do its job of balancing and regulating normal flora levels. When this occurs, your pet may end up with yeast blooms making a bad situation worse.

    Another reason an allergy dog can end up with a lot of yeast is due to developing an allergy to his yeast. Intradermal tests often reveal that a dog is having an allergic response to his own natural flora. This situation can be very problematic because the dog's allergic response can affect his whole body. They are often red from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail – their entire bodies are flaming red and irritated.

    Dog with yeasty earsDiagnosis of a yeast infection is done either by cytology (looking at a skin swab under a microscope) or by culturing (submitting a sterile swab of the skin to the lab where the cells are grown and identified on a petri dish). Yeast has a very characteristic odor; most owners are able to tell if their dog has a yeast infection just by smell. Some will say it smells like moldy bread; others liken the odor to cheese popcorn or corn chips. It is not uncommon to hear the phrase “Frito Feet” referring to the smell of their dog’s paws. Another sign your dog is yeasty is scratching. Yeast overgrowth is tremendously itchy. If it's a problem with their paws, they will not be able to leave them alone. They may also scratch at their ears.

      If your pet is dealing with yeast overgrowth, there are a few things that can be done.
    1. Have your dog’s thyroid checked. The problem is that when yeast die-off, the toxins produced can actually destroy the thyroid gland, which is the key to the whole glandular system (endocrine system). This is why having a current and accurate thyroid test done is critical to a successful rebalancing of the yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract. Most veterinarians do not do a complete thyroid panel (5 panel test). We recommend that you use the thyroid test analyzed by Dr. Jean Dodds at HemoPet ( You will note Dr. Dodds has 4 sections with instructions and forms for you to print out and take to your vet. Your vet will draw the blood and mail it to her laboratory and she will send you the accurate results. She does a complete Thyroid Antibody Panel which includes T4, Free T4, T3, Free T# and a TGAA (thyroglobulin autoantibody) test.
    2. Address their diet. If your pet is like the majority of most yeast cases, it is affecting more than one area on their body. Diet is the foundation of health. Your dog’s nutrition is either going to help maintain a healthy immune system or feed into a yeast overgrowth situation. Carbohydrates and sugar are what provide the yeast its source of energy. Read pet food labels carefully, avoiding ingredients such as honey, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, wheat, and rice.
    3. Adding a digestive enzyme that contains a probiotic. Probiotics contain a blend of live microorganisms recommended to help support a healthy digestive tract and maintain a healthy immune system.
    Dog with yeasty pawsDog Yeast infection on stomach.

    Misty Pines carries NaturVet Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics Dog & Cat Powder Supplement. It contains a source of live/viable naturally occurring microorganisms recommended to help support a healthy digestive tract and strengthen your pet's immune system. Probiotics (FOS) help to support your pet’s naturally occurring beneficial bacteria. They also increase and enhance normal digestion and maximize nutritional benefits in the food. NaturVet is also made in the USA!

    To address their dietary needs, consider the Fromm Family line of dog foods. All natural and grain free these foods will help to cut down on the carbohydrates and sugars yeast needs to grow. This month all Fromm Four-Star foods are 15% off at Misty Pines. This is a perfect time to try a new food and make a difference in your pet's health.

    Fromm Family dog food.

    Therapy Dog Visits

    Locations To Visit

    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

    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:

    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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