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Misty Pines Gazette

May 2016
Volume XII: Issue 5

Table of Contents

Spring is here!

Upcoming Events for:

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CGC/TDI Prep Class

Starter Orientation

CGC/TDI Test

Agility

Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial

Puppy Orientation

CGC/TDI Prep Class

Agility

...more

Warm Up and Practice
Dock Diving Trial

Sunday, May 15th and Sunday, July 24th

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.

$15 per entry.

Click here for Official Rules.

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.

Click here for more information on the Bobwhite Quail.

Quail in a covey.

Welcome Back Primal Pet Food

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.


 

May Specials

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:

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.

How to stuff a Kong Dog Toy

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.

Product Spotlight

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.

    Benefits of Coconut Chips:
  • Rich source of dietary fiber
  • Supports digestive and intestinal health
  • Supports digestive and intestinal health

Ingredients: Raw, dehydrated organic coconut Net Weight: 6 oz/170g (resealable pouch)

CocoTherapy Fruit Crunch and Veggie Crunch Treats

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
  • Provides beneficial medium-chain fatty acids
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Naturally low in calories

Ingredients - Fruit Crunch: Organic Bananas, Organic Blueberries, Organic Mangoes, Pineapples, Cranberries, Organic Coconut Oil

Ingredients - Veggie Crunch: Organic Peas, Organic Green Beans, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchinis, Organic Coconut Oil

Net Weight: 1.5 oz/42g (resealable pouch)

Made in the USA.

ALL OUR TREATS ARE: Raw. Vegan. No artificial colors or flavors. No chemicals or preservatives. No added salt or sugar. No Sulphites (Sulphite Free) Non-GMO. Cholesterol Free. 100% Human-Grade.

CocoTherapy $2 off Coupon

New At Misty Pines

Fromm Heartland Gold Puppy Formula

A grain-free red meat recipe for puppies and pregnant or nursing mothers. Naturally formulated with beef, pork, and lamb.  Enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion.

Fromm Family Heartland Gold Puppy Food for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for gestation/lactation and growth.

AVAILABLE SIZES
4 lb, 12 lb, 26 lb.

Heartland Gold Puppy

INGREDIENTS
Beef, Pork Meat Meal, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas, Potatoes, Dried Whole Egg, Pork Fat, Salmon Oil, Pork Liver, Flaxseed, Pea Flour, Cheese, Lamb, Brewers Dried Yeast, Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Lettuce, Celery, Salt, DL-Methionine, L-Tryptophan, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Sorbic Acid(Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Crude Protein 27% MIN
Crude Fat 18% MIN
Crude Fiber 6.0% MAX
Moisture 10% MAX
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.6% MIN
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.6% MIN

CALORIC CONTENT
3,993 kcal/kg
1,815 kcal/lb
419 kcal/cup

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.



CLASSES & EVENTS

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, May 7th @ 8:00 AM

CGC/TDI Test

Friday, May 13th @ 8:00 AM

Agility

Saturday, May 14th @ 8:00 AM

Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial

Sunday, May 15th beginning @ 9:30 AM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, May 21st @ 8:00 AM

Agility

Saturday, May 28th @ 8:00 AM

LOOKING AHEAD

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, June 4th @ 8:00 AM

Swimming

Saturday, June 4th @ 2:30 PM

Agility

Saturday, June 11th @ 8:00 AM

North Park

Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:30 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, June 18th @ 8:00 AM

Swimming

Saturday, June 18th @ 2:30 PM

Agility

Saturday, June 25th @ 8:00 AM

Coconut Oil: The "Good" Saturated Fat

coconut Oil

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.

fats

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:

    puppy with coconut
  • 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)
Unrefined 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

Resources

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

dog in tub grooming your dog in your tub.

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 in a dog's ear

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.

Dog needs groomed

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

Dogs walking politely on loose leashes.

Keep calm and walk the dogWalking 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.

Dogs heeling with owners.

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:

Interroom Hospice
Contact: Barbara Hammil - 412-371-3726.

Washinton-Greene Alternative Residental Services
Contact: Valerie Loughman - 724-228-7716.

Community Options
Contact: Jessica Kubas - 412-431-7079.

Heritage Hospice
Contact: Erica Kinkade - 724-334-6600.

Adelphoi
Contact: Bethanne Petrylak - 570-579-8700.

Remed
Contact: Tina - 412-477-0901.

Cranberry Township Library
Dog reading program. Looking for 3-4 dogs, the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact: Annemarie Lamperski.

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 - 724-689-1653

Family Hospice Palliative Care
www.familyhospice.com/
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 coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits 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
sharon@sisterspettherapy.com

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."

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