It’s the time of year to believe in magic, miracles and —- car-driving dogs???? Believe it!
SPCA Auckland (New Zealand) has come up with an incredible way to showcase the wonderful, eager and smart adoptable dogs waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues everywhere.
Two of the three dogs trained to drive a MINI Cooper have actually passed their driving tests! Gee, do they make driver’s licenses small enough to fit onto a dog tag?
“Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO. “The dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets.” (Hear, hear!)
What do I like best about this video? The secure seat harness the dogs are wearing, and all that encouragement and praise from the handler! I LOVE that kinda talk!
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I’m a lucky rescue dog! While I know my former family loved me, they just didn’t understand how to manage some of my behavioral quirks. That’s why it turned out to be best for everyone that I be adopted by a family like the Crowes. The Crowes knew they would have to provide plenty of patience to help me shine — and boy, their efforts have sure paid off! That’s how the concept of the Bark Busters’ Dog Owner’s Pledge was born.
CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of Bark Busters’ Dog Owner’s Pledge for you and your family to sign.
Labor Day weekend is almost here—and what better way to celebrate than spending some time with your four-legged friend! Whether you plan to take Fido to a park in your town, away for a weekend at the lake/beach cottage, or on a cross-country road trip, be sure to travel safely on this busy holiday weekend.
No matter what your mode of travel, the single best safe practice you can employ to keep your dog safe during the journey is to keep him restrained. Also be sure to affix current identification to your dog. Even better, have him microchipped, which provides a permanent form of I.D. to help ensure he is returned to you if he becomes lost.
For more tips for travel by plane, train or automobile, CLICK HERE!
Bark Busters wants to know—where do you and your dog GO together? Submit your photos to Bark Busters Home Dog Training USA on Facebook during July! The 3 photos with the most votes will WIN awesome pet travel gear from Kurgo.
Tell your friends to enter, or to go vote for your dog! You can vote for your favorite photo as often as once a day. Go to www.facebook.com/BarkBustersHomeDogTrainingUSA and click on the Contest tab for more details—and to check out the competition!
In recent years, there have been increasing reports of Leptospirosis—a bacteria that is commonly found in raccoon and other animal urine—in canines. Lepto is considered a “zoonotic” problem because it can be passed from animals to humans, and it is difficult to diagnose both in pets and people. Often called the “copy cat” bacteria, symptoms mimic many other viruses and diseases.
How can you protect your dog?
The lepto booster has not been approved for three-year use and must still be given yearly. Ask your veterinarian about the risk for lepto in your area and about your options for protecting your pet. Some veterinarians now opt for a combination booster which includes lepto; others give lepto separately.
Staying informed is one of the best things you can do for your dog! Be sure to ask your vet about new risks and advances at your dog’s yearly checkup, and you can also read up on the American Animal Hospital Association‘s vaccination guidelines on your own.