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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:25

Teaching your dog to cope with being alone

Dogs are social animals and actively seek out our companionship. They can quickly become accustomed to being part of a group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever a new dog is brought into a home, especially a young, playful puppy, people have a tendency to interact with them constantly. While this interaction is a very important part of socialization and bonding, you need to make sure that you are not setting your puppy up for a big disappointment when you must leave him at home alone. Including some 'alone training' right from the beginning will be beneficial to both your puppy and you.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:37

Maine trainer wins at Westminster

Cape Elizabeth native takes first-ever agility title

The Westminster Dog Show is perhaps the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Every year, hundreds of dogs and their owners compete for awards in various breeds, as well as the coveted 'Best in Show' title.

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NEWBURGH - To say Janice Kanzler is an animal lover would be an understatement. As the owner of Groomin' on 202 in Newburgh, she is not only a dog groomer but also a pet tech, pet sitter and the creator of BarkDannas, the "Kno-Knot bandanna" made especially for dogs. 

"Animals have always been my passion," Janice Kanzler said. 

Published in Style
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:42

Foster parenting for pets

Animals get second chance thanks to Bangor Humane Society's foster homes

 

 

BANGOR - There are more foster homes in the state of Maine than you think. That's because when many people imagine foster parenting, they immediately think of caring for a child, minor or ward of the state. But there is actually a large group of people out there that are foster parents to another group of children in need - fur babies. The Bangor Humane Society relies on these foster "pet" parents to care for the cats and dogs that come through its doors that aren't quite ready to be placed in forever homes.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:58

Green Acres hosting dog documentary

BANGOR - Green Acres Kennel Shop will be hosting the first Maine screening of the new documentary 'Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs' on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so please pre-register by calling 945-6841.

It's a commonly accepted idea that dogs are 'man's best friend.' We give them a special place in our lives and they are, in turn, loyal companions. At the same time, many modern dog owners also believe that they are meant to establish themselves as the 'alpha dog' in relation to their pets. This is a status supposedly achieved through attitudes and acts of domination, varying by emphasis on physical restraint and disciplinary 'correction.'

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For Maine native John O'Hurley, Thanksgiving would not be the same without the company of dozens of dogs, their handlers and upwards of 25 million people welcoming them into their homes.

Best known for his portrayal of 'Seinfeld's' J. Peterman, a fictionalized version of the real life fashion and accessory catalog magnate, O'Hurley will preside over his 11th consecutive 'National Dog Show' telecast on Thanksgiving day beginning at 12 noon on NBC.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:26

Thundershirts for dogs

New wearable pressure wrap can help storm phobic pooches

BANGOR - Thunderstorms can be a pet owner's worst nightmare, and this time of year it's almost impossible to get away from them.

"You may have some dogs that hide behind a chair or under a bed. Some dogs may bolt out of any opening, even a window, breaking the glass. Then you can have the real odd dogs, like our Gus, who growled, barked and snarled, wanting to get to whatever it was [making the noise] and tear it apart," explained Don Hanson, owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor.

Fortunately, there's now a new tool available locally to help ease the anxiety of pooches who fear thunderstorms.

Published in Style
Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:36

Who let the dogs out?

Dog owners unite for weekly walks in Bangor area

BREWER - We all know exercise is good for us and our four-legged friends. So a handful of area residents that have formed the group Bangor Area Boston Terriers, or BABT, are making walking together a part of their weekly routine.

"Our leader Claire started the group because she was alone with her two Boston Terriers and she wanted to meet new people and get her dogs together with other terriers," BABT group member Lisa Andersen explained. "She actually met her husband through her terriers. He was looking for a dog, thought her dogs looked interesting and so he got her phone number and they eventually got married."

The BABT group has been meeting at the Spring Street park in Brewer on Saturdays where they set out on a stroll with other dog walkers complete with leash, water, doggy treats and waste bags in hand.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:23

Biscuit Bucks help train service dog

Dogs have always been dubbed "man's best friend," but that old adage should be updated to "right-hand man" when you're talking about service dogs. So many well-trained service dogs are allowing disabled Mainers to live on their own by being able to open and close doors, fetch a telephone or even help their owners get back on their feet should they fall. 

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