Play Around with your Hound

FUN PLAYTIME with FIDO

Feet and Paws_Workout with your Dog_219I often get asked, "How do you workout with your dog?" It's a reasonable question. Taking a group fitness class WITH your dog is a new idea for most people. There are other classes to take together (obedience, agility, rally, etc.) but none that focus on the health of your dog AND you.  With this is mind, I am happy to announce our new series, Play Around with your Hound. This regularly scheduled gathering allows you to come see AND TRY the types of FUN activities available at our regular group classes. All dogs and fitness levels welcome!

Continue reading for more information about this great opportunity.

PLAY AROUND WITH YOUR HOUND
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015
10 AM to 11:30 AM

WHERE: Santa Monica Airport Park
3201 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
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WHAT: Get ready to have FUN being out and active with your favorite pup! Let your feet and paws fly in some fun team games, including an energized obstacle course and (informal) rally course. No previous obedience training necessary and I will be there to help with any (training) questions. All dogs and fitness levels welcome at this gathering. No team consultation needed to participate*. Just come ready to have fun and don't forget the water!

Santa Monica Airport Park has two parking lots, one off of Airport Avenue and Donald Douglas Loop S.

Special Notes:

  • We respect the Yellow Dog Project. This is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space (aka DINOS: Dogs In Need Of Space). Reasons could include, you dog is: shy, nervous, sick, or needs time to warm up being in a group environment. Don't have a ribbon? Don't worry. I will bring some!
  • One dog per person.
  • Please keep your dog on leash at all times. No retractable leashes.
  • Signed liability, photo and video release required before participating.

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FEBRUARY IS SPAY/NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH

February is known for love, not that you need a special reason to flourish adoration on your four-legged loved one(s). This month is also National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the perfect time to consider having your dog or cat spayed/neutered if they are not yet already. It's not a cheap procedure if not done through a shelter at the time of adoption, so if finances are a concern, please visit http://www.laanimalservices.com/general-information/spay-neuter/ for Free and Low Cost options. Or, if you are undecided about spaying/neutering your pet, please take a moment to read Found Animals' List of Spay/Neuter Benefits.

Feet and Paws_Berlin_Sleeping Dog Bed

This is Berlin, my gorgeous spayed girl. With so many homeless dogs, I am happy she cannot have another litter of puppies (her belly shows that she had at least one before we adopted her at age 2).

What Are the Advantages?

  • Spayed or neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate, they stay home and have less of a chance of being involved in accidents such as being hit by a car, and lower incidence of contracting contagious diseases.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet reduces the risk of certain types of cancer that can be terminal for your pet, not to mention EXPENSIVE to treat.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet can also eliminate undesirable behaviors like spraying, marking and fighting.
  • Dogs and cats spayed before their first heat (six months of age) are virtually assured of not developing mammary cancer, a relatively common disease in unspayed females.
  • Spayed pets cannot develop the uterine infection called ”Pyometra," which occurs commonly among older, unspayed dogs and cats. Pyometra is a life threatening disease.
  • Spayed animals do not go through heat cycles or produce unwanted puppies or kittens. “Heat” refers to the time when female dogs and cats prepare for mating and pregnancy.
  • In Los Angeles it is the law and fines can start at $100. It is also cheaper to register your pet with the city if he/she is neutered or spayed.

Answers to Common Questions

  • Spaying or neutering will NOT make your dog or cat fat and lazy unless they are overfed.
  • It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one litter before being spayed. This only leads to more unwanted puppies and kittens.
  • It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one heat cycle before being spayed.
  • Altering your pet will NOT change your pet's personality. Cats' personalities do not fully develop until about one year of age, and dogs' between one and two years. If your pet's personality changes after spaying at an early age, it would have changed without surgery.

Read more at http://www.foundanimals.org/pet-spay-neuter/spay-neuter-benefits