February 2017 Wag

Another Chance to Shine

2017-2-daycare-gamesIt’s that time of year again — time for The Daycare Games, sponsored by The Dog Gurus. As they describe it: an annual competition of offleash dog play attendants and pet centers. It’s like the Olympics…but with dogs! And Happy Camper has been competing since 2014, winning medals each year.

There are three types of competitors based on size, and Happy Camper ranks in the Large Class (nine employees or more). In addition to the Day Care Games, Happy Camper Camp Counselors are always learning from the nationally acclaimed Dog Gurus by earning their certificates in KNOWING DOGs 101 and 201. Knowing Dogs is the best program available in the pet industry for training staff how to safely manage dogs in playgroups. This course has been awarded 10 CEUs by the Certification Council for
Professional Dog Trainers.

Staff learns
Body Language Basics
Human & Dog Greetings
Dog Emotional States
Dogs in Stress
Dog Aggression
Leadership
Human & Dog Social Interactions

Sleepover Counselor Sonia works with Baxter S., Doc D., and Chance D. on Group Sit.

Sleepover Counselor Sonia works with Baxter S., Doc D., and
Chance D. on Group Sit.

“This is a chance for my staff to be recognized nationally for what they do. It helps them improve their skills as canine counselors and compete with dog handlers across the country,” said Mary Beth. “It’s beneficial for my employees because it makes them better canine counselors, as we don’t ordinarily do dog training at Happy Camper.”

There are three events:

Dog Recall — When a dog that is at least 6 feet away responds to a cue within 3 seconds by coming close enough easily to be petted. Judged on the percentage in the playgroup that come when called.

Group Sit — This is judged by the number of dogs in a playgroup that, on cue, will sit at the same time with their rear touching the ground for 2-4 seconds.

Managing the Gate Boundary — Judged by the number of dogs in a group that either sit or stand calmly at the boundary line of the door or gate.

Recognition and awards consist of weekly Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for handlers and facilities, as well as recognition for overall medals at the end.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:

  • bad breath or broken or loose teeth extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food
  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat or pain in or around the mouth or bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and
any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your
veterinarian. Always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth,
because a painful animal may bite.
Causes of pet dental problems

Although cavities are less common in pets than in people, they
can have many of the same dental problems that people can
develop:

  • broken teeth and roots
  • periodontal disease
  • abscesses or infected teeth
  • malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
  • cysts or tumors in the mouth
  • broken (fractured) jaw
  • palate defects (such as cleft palate)

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