You have probably heard about yogurt, keifer and fermented foods to provide healthy gut flora for your pet, but have you heard about sprouted seeds? Sprouted Seeds offer a great source of probiotics and enzymes naturally present when seeds germinate. These types of bacteria are the closest to what a dog would actually encounter in the wild. Digging in dirt and eating new growth grass would provide them with these healthy bacteria. However in our environment where everything is treated with chemicals those healthy bacteria are not as readily avaiable. That’s where Flora4’s Organic Sprouted Seeds are a great supplement for your dog.
We picked Star and her puppies up after a 650 km journey that took seven volunteers. Many rescues come from far distances and the transport teams that move them from where they are to where there are people to help them are imperative to rescues and the work they do.
Learning theory science is not wishy-washy on this point. Punishment is an ineffective way to reach learning goals. While punishment can distinguish the appearance of specific unwanted behaviors, it does not change the emotional state of the dog. It often makes the emotional state worse, more stressed. Punishment also has been known to create other worse behaviors as a side-effect of displaced stress.
This week the dog lovers of Milton Ontario were shocked to read that 38 dogs were pulled from a puppy mill that was right under our noses at Trafalgar and the 401.
In response, several local businesses are teaming up to put on an Emergency Fundraising effort for the Oakville Humane Society this weekend at BauHound Haus Inc (276 Main St. E. in Milton.
All weekend BauHound Haus will be offering:
– $5 Nail Trims and all the money will be donated
– All Self Serve Bath proceeds will be donated
– All money from our Small Dog Play date will be donated
Help us make a stand and make it clear that treating animals like this is not okay and we will not stand for it. We have spoken with OHS and asked what donations they need and they said right now their need is for monetary donations to help with expenses of caring for these dogs. If you like to help, please donate online at https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2044&AID=2029. Write “rescue” in the notes section and we will make sure that 100% of your donation is used to make life better for these special animals.
If you’d prefer we can collect donations this weekend and add it to our donation total.
We need to keep spreading the word and making people listen.
Dogs sold in pet stores do not, ever, come from reputable breeders (as many pet stores that sell dogs would have you believe). I can say that absolutely, 100% categorically, because there is no reputable breeder that would sell a puppy to a pet store to resell. Continue reading
Do you know that feeling of being so mad that you can hear the blood thumping past your ear, that you see red and that all care about how you are about to be perceived goes out the window?
I hope you don’t, but sadly I do. Only once in my life and it was over something that so many people see as trivial – the use of abuse and punishment in the name of training of dogs.
Several months ago, I was at Maxey Park in Woodbridge with my family. Across the park there was what was clearly a “dog training” session was going on. Two couples with their poor puppies were being instructed to drag their dog back and forth, back and forth, in a terrible attempt at teaching them to walk nicely on a leash. They were dragging, cranking and pulling on these poor puppies. I was upset, but distracted by my family enough that I was able to keep my thoughts to myself.
Moments later I hear yelping – what is clearly a dog in pain and distress. I look over and the “trainer” has the dog by the neck and is holding him off the ground. This poor puppy is screaming and scared. The owners are just standing there watching. I fume, but before I can decide to do something it’s over. I am angry and can’t believe what I just saw, but again my family distracts me.
Suddenly there is screaming, yelping and this struggle again. My vision goes red, my heart pounds and I can’t hear anything over the blood rushing past my ears. I march over. It’s not a short march. It was a long march. I had lots of time to decide that it wasn’t my business. The “trainer” also had lots of time to decide to put the dog down. Neither of us did either.
I can’t remember my exact words, but I asked the “trainer” what she was doing to that puppy, told her that was abuse not training and that she needed to stop. She tried to tell me that when she grabbed the dog’s collar it bit her and so she needed to correct it. She tried to tell me that she did positive training – which I knew was a lie based on her jerking puppies around on a leash exercise. I told her there was nothing about what she was doing that was positive and that she had provoked the puppy by stressing it. I then turned my attention to the puppy’s owners and told them that they needed to find a better trainer and that this aggressive handling was going to ruin their dog.
The above alone was out of character for me, but you have to imagine how bad the treatment of this dog was for me to march over and yell at strangers. The above story alone would have left me mulling over it for months. How could owners let their dogs be treated like that? How long had this gone on for? Did they go back the next week?
However the most amazing part of this story is what happened after.
The trainer left and the owners were sitting in their car. I went over to give them a name of a trainer that I knew in the city and offer my email to help them (as surely they will need help after the damage this “trainer” has done). I imagined they’d have come to their senses and realized what had happened was wrong. I imagined they would thank me for intervening, because they had been too shocked to do so.
To my surprise the mom was more upset that I had raised my voice in front of her kids (kids? I hadn’t even seen them when my eyes were red and my heart was pounding, they must have been playing on the playground). I apologized, but told her that I could not sit by and watch while the dog was being abused. They were also concerned with whether or not we had taped the incident, because they didn’t want to end up on YouTube. I assured them that I had not and left. Slightly flabbergasted by what were their concerns. They didn’t seem concerned about their dog in the slightest.
Months later, I wish that I could have another moment with that mom. I am still shocked that her concern was that her kids had seen an angry adult. What is more concerning is her kids witnessing someone abusing their dog, handling them roughly and their parents standing around watching. What she should be worried about is how this “trainer” is modeling behavior for her kids of rough treatment of animals. She should be worried about the safety of her kids around a dog being trained using harsh punishments and being strung up by the neck. She should have been concerned that her dog had been pushed to biting and now was going to go home with her kids who would likely mimic the trainer’s force with the dog. She should be shocked that her kids witnessed that type of abuse of their family pet.
Months later, I’m not sorry. I’m not sorry that your kids saw me lose my cool. In fact, I’m glad your kids saw it. I’m glad that I made it clear that treating an animal like that was not okay. I’m glad that I stood up for their dog, when their parents weren’t.
I hope you found a new trainer and I hope your kids learn that there are some situations where you have to stand up for what you believe in.
I hope your puppy is okay and he can trust you now to protect him from people who don’t have his best interests at heart. I looked into his eyes. He’s a good puppy. He was scared and hurt, but he can learn to trust again with right trainer.
If you are reading this and you’ve paid for dog training classes that involve punishment, prong collars, choke collars and rough handling of your beloved dog, get out now. Yes, you will likely not get your money back, but you also won’t get your money back after your dog is already ruined and you have to spend thousands more on trying to teach them to trust you again.
Written by Ayella Grossman Bsc.
If you don’t already know Matisse, it’s my honour to introduce him to you. I had the pleasure of meeting Matisse a couple years ago as a young dog in Canada. There was something so special about him that I have what is quite possibly an unhealthy amount of photos of a dog that is not mine. In the world of show dogs, we often talk about the “it” factor and Matisse has it and then some.
(Matisse, the weekend I met him June 2012) Continue reading
When it comes to children and dogs, some people boast about how their dog tolerates their baby crawling on them, pulling their ears or grabbing their feet. Our dogs seek out our son’s a Continue reading
BauHound Haus strives to provide you with services that will better the health of your dog in every way. That is why we welcomed Mirkka Koivusalo, MSC, PHD, KPA CTP of Mindful Behaviors-Positive Dog Training in Toronto/Milton to work with us years ago. Mirkka believes, like we do, in force-free and science-based training. Continue reading
BauHound Haus is happy to connect you with Dr Gloria Bracchetti DC.
Why we believe in Chiropractic Services for Dogs:
Years ago, we had an Aussie named Dizzy who injured herself and tore her caudal ligament. We sought out the best surgeons and physiotherapists. Living in London at the time, we drove to Essex Animal Hospital for underwater treadmill, acupuncture and chiropractic. Continue reading