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We are hosting a number of seminars to introduce Kevin Behan's Natural Dog Training approach. Our first one will be small and intimate for only 20 parents with Jenya Chernoff, a top protege of Kevin's, a lead member of the NDT NextGen Group and a prominent trainer in her own right.
Here is a tidbit of the core essentials:
"There’s so much emphasis today on giving dogs mental stimulation, physical exercise, play dates, hiking groups, and tons of early and on-going training, but what is getting lost in all this activity is the notion of emotional rapport. Rapport isn’t trained or learned, it is developed. In the canine mind, rapport emerges by being part of a team. I call my method “Natural” because it understands the dog’s nature as a group hunter. A dog doesn’t work for pride in accomplishment, to earn respect from a leader, praise, rewards or even play or positive experiences. A dog wants to be part of a team. Everything in a dog’s life is secondary to this social drive. If a dog doesn’t have rapport, they have problems.” -Kevin Behan
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The New Year is coming soon and so will be an important election cycle. In California, our primary was moved up from June to Super Tuesday in March. This means we are already in gear reviewing ballot initiatives and (possibly) considering candidates.
Secondhand smoke has a huge effect on our dogs and other pets. The ASPCA did a study that found that it has had a 100-fold increase in harm over the past decade. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/vaping-dangerous-pets
In 2019, we only stepped up to support San Francisco's Prop C - Regulating Vaping Law. The main proponent, JUUL, which is based here, to drop all its support for the proposition so it didn't lose the entire company...period. That said, Prop C failed overwhelmingly by over 80%!
PROPOSITION C - Vapor Products
Shall the City overturn the law passed by the Board of Supervisors suspending the sale of electronic cigarettes until they receive FDA authorization, and adopt new regulations on the sale, manufacture, distribution and advertising of electronic cigarettes in San Francisco?
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(This is just a report but in no way does DogPAC-SF provide any advice or counsel or promotion of any specific treatments. This posting is for informational purposes only)
December 2019: To date, there has been scant reports of Canine Flu in SF Bay Area. Last known was in Oakland over the summer.
June 21, 2019: New canine flu cases have been reported in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. Please review the below information. You may want to consider flu vaccination. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates on this page.
ALERT: Canine Flu (influenza)
Canine flu is a viral infection and symptoms include coughing, nasal/eye discharge, and fever.
If your dog has any of the symptoms described above, please keep them away from other dogs and contact your veterinarian. If your dog has decreased appetite or thirst, is lethargic, or has any difficulty breathing, see a veterinarian immediately.
Just like with human influenza, most who contract the disease will make a full recovery without intervention.
Canine flu is highly contagious, but fortunately, there is a vaccination available to help protect against the current strain of flu virus. Veterinarians, health providers and government agencies are recommending to vaccinate dogs who are regularly around large groups of other dogs at places like dog parks, daycare, boarding facilities, and group walking.
The vaccine requires two injections, given 2-4 weeks apart, plus an annual booster.
For more information, visit the CDC Canine Influenza webpage.