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Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contestName a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at sfasdogdays.com.The event, presented…See More
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Local animal news in brief, May 11, 2017

Animal sanctuary celebrates collective birthdayKindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary and Hospice will hold its collective birthday party and open house this weekend.The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said the open house and party is a great way for the whole family to meet the sanctuary’s many happy and healthy senior animals in a serene and peaceful country setting. Both days feature free talks and demonstrations on wellness care for…See More
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Partners in Healing

Dogs, cats and humans get similar cancers that respond to treatment in similar ways. Despite these similarities, however, veterinarians and physicians have traditionally worked separately to improve care for their patients. By breaking down that…
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Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2017

Shelter joins Earth Day festivalThe Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday in Los Alamos.The shelter’s adoptable dogs will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The festival is hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.The free festival features entertainment, food, fun activities and interesting booths. For a listing of events, visit the group’s website at…See More
Apr 20
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CHACO Dog Training has Dog & Puppy Classes this Spring at CHACO's Hub

May 13, 2017 from 9am to 10am
Puppy Playtime:Puppy playtime is a vital activity by which your puppy will continue to practice bite inhibition. When puppies play with one another they give each other feedback as to the pressure of their “play” bites. If a puppy bites too hard, the playmate will most likely screech and stop the play as a warning to the play- biting pup that the pressure is too much and not tolerated. Thus the puppies learn to handicap the pressure of their (play) bite. Fee: $16.05/per visit /per puppy. Please…See More
Apr 17
Ben Swan is now friends with Donna, Peggy Laurel, Luvin Labs and 3 more
Apr 17

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Lost your dog? Find a lost or injured animal? Here are important contact numbers in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County:

In the city limits, Animal Services is at 955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.
In the county, Animal Control is at 992-1626. On weekends and holidays, call Sheriff's dispatch at 428-3720.

Still unsure about what to do to find your lost pet? Read these tips put together by Scoop member Julie.

Suspect an animal might be suffering from abuse? Call the toll-free statewide hot line for reporting extreme cruelty to animals at 1-877-548-6263.

Have a favorite animal-related link? Let me know at scoop@sfnewmexican.com and I'll post it here.

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Tales of Tails: Managing barking dogs before they drive your neighbors insane

By Hersch Wilson/For The New Mexican

It was 1 a.m. Laurie, my wife, and I had been married for just two years, so we really didn’t truly know each other. For most of the night, we’d been trying to ignore the incessant barking of one of our neighbor’s dog. Laurie had a pillow over her head and I could hear her muttering, “I have to be at the hospital early. . .  I’m going to call the police. . .” I replied — inanely — “It will stop soon.”

Well, it didn’t. About 30 minutes later, this woman, who I was just beginning to understand had issues about interrupted sleep, leapt out of bed, threw on her sneakers and charged out the door.

“Whoa!” I mumbled. But I got up and chased her out of the house, stage whispering, “Laurie! What are you doing? Laurie!!!”

But she was jogging down the street. Three houses down, she went up to the door and banged on it. “Stop your dog from barking!! I have to sleep!”

The lights came on in the house. I froze, but Laurie stood on their porch hands defiantly on her hips. 

The homeowner, who we did not know, came to the door.  He had a sleepy and befuddled look. Now he was faced with an angry Norwegian Viking woman.

“Put your dog inside and stop him from barking! I have to sleep!”

He began to apologize, but Laurie spun on her heels and walked off.  Message delivered. I just shrugged and followed her home.

There are two lessons. First, never get between a working woman and her sleep.  Second, as dog partners, we are responsible for managing the barking of our dogs.

So, why do dogs bark? After a little research, I think the answer is mostly because they can. Dogs bark as a warning, dogs bark when they are excited. Dogs bark when other dogs bark. Dogs bark when they are bored, scared and when they are anxious. Our dog Tank barks when it is time to get up, time to go for a walk, lay in his favorite spot or eat, especially eat.

All this barking is normal and natural and comes with the territory of having a dog partner.

But it is the dog that barks incessantly that can create issues.

What to do?  Here are some ideas.

Don’ts:

1. Obvious: Don’t leave your dog outside if he or she is constantly barking. Please!

2. Don’t yell at your dog when he or she is barking. All that does is get them excited and it re-enforces the barking.

2. Don’t give them treats to distract them from barking. They are smart. They get it, barking equals treats! Woot!

3. Don’t even think of the surgical procedure (removing vocal cords). That’s just sick. Also forget the shock collars! Would you shock your child when she has a temper tantrum? (If you’re thinking, hmmm, maybe . . . you need a glass of wine and some downtime to get your perspective back)

Do’s:

4. Start with a little self-examination: Are you leaving your best friend alone a lot? Or keeping them outside when they want to be with you? Dogs are social animals. They are wired to be with their pack (you) and it causes anxiety to be alone. Anxiety can cause that constant barking. My bet is this is the cause of most uncontrollable yapping.

5. Positive re-enforcement. Catch your puppy being quiet and give her a high value treat (Chicken! Cheese!). Help them learn that no barking equals treats. For example, in our house I sing a lot. Now, when I’m quiet my daughters chime in: “Wow, are you working out? “You’re so buff!”  Would you like a cookie?” I’ve cut way back on my singing off key.

6. So much of good dog behavior comes down to this: Tired dog equals happy dog. The more exercise a dog gets every day the better. They will be calmer and bark less. This is the number one treatment of choice at our home.

8. Bring in a specialist. If you’re despairing that your dog is too stubborn, smart or neurotic for any of the above to work, there are animal behaviorists who specialize in helping. Check with your vet or the local Humane society. There is always hope and your dog wants to make you happy.

Final note. As with most issues when dogs misbehave, it is not the dogs fault, it’s our fault. It’s up to us to fix it.

For more writings by Hersch Wilson on dogs, firefighters and life go to herschwilson.com. Contact him at hersch.wilson@mac.com.

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Blog Posts

Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contest

Name a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 18, 2017 at 10:13am

Local animal news in brief, May 11, 2017

Animal sanctuary celebrates collective birthday

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary and Hospice will hold its collective birthday party and open house this weekend.

The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said the open house and party is a great way for the whole family to meet the sanctuary’s many happy and healthy senior animals in a serene and peaceful country setting. Both days feature free talks and demonstrations…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 12, 2017 at 9:56am

Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2017

Shelter joins Earth Day festival

The Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday in Los Alamos.

The shelter’s adoptable dogs will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The festival is hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The free festival features…

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Posted by Ben Swan on April 20, 2017 at 11:57am

Local animal news in brief, March 30, 2017

Free workshop covers adoption options

Petfinder will bring nationally known animal welfare speakers to lead a free educational workshop in Albuquerque.

Adoption Options, sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and co-hosted by the Santa Fe animal shelter and Animal Humane in Albuquerque, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at Sheraton Albuquerque, 2600 Louisiana Blvd., N.E. The workshop tours through the country and is designed to engage and connect…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 30, 2017 at 11:15am

Free workshop covers adoption options



Petfinder will bring nationally known animal welfare speakers to lead a free educational workshop in Albuquerque.

Adoption Options, sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and co-hosted by the Santa Fe animal shelter and Animal Humane in Albuquerque, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at Sheraton Albuquerque, 2600 Louisiana Blvd., N.E. The workshop tours through the country and is designed to engage and connect animal welfare professionals and…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 23, 2017 at 3:21pm

Local animal news in brief, March 9, 2017

Pet store sets special events

A Santa Fe pet store is offering a talk on canine manners Saturday.

Indigo Adakai, trainer/owner of K9 Alpha Training, will present the talk at 5 p.m. Saturday at Teca Tu in the DeVargas Center mall. A question-and-answer forum will follow. All well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend with their owners. Call the store at 505-982-9374 for more information.

Rescued dog dies of cancer

A dog who gained…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 9, 2017 at 10:34am

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