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5 Essential Tips for Sharing a Living Space with Your Dog

Here it is! The big day when you pick up your new BEST FRIEND, your dog. Everyone is excited and happy as you drive home. You get out of the car and bound up the walkway, you throw open the door and let your dog inside.

Woops you’ve just planted a lot of future dog behavioural issues. You’ve just unleashed a strange and rebellious teenager on your home!

Cute dog posing on the carpet

Home Sweet Home
In order to have a well-balanced home, one where your dog behaves himself you need to teach him/her the house rules when coming into the home. These 5 essential tips can help you share your living space harmoniously with your new pet.

Keep in mind that the message you send your dog the moment he/she enters your home is critical. This is what establishes the ground rules for your dog. If you let him run in the door, the message you send is “everything is available here.” And that leads to broken things, eaten shoes, scratched furniture, unwanted pet hair on furniture, and utter disaster.

Follow these 5 steps for a smoother transition.

Keep Calm
When you bring your dog home remains calm. Don’t get too excited. Accept the dog into your home but only give a minimum amount of attention and affection at this point.

Take a Walk
When you first arrive keep the dog on a leash and go for a long walk through the new neighbourhood. This drains out the dogs excessive energy and gets him/her used to his surroundings; smells, sounds and sights.

Introduce your Home
Once you finish your walk, keep the dog on the leash and introduce him/her to the house. Bring the dog to the front door but don’t let him/her in before you do. You need to enter first and if possible get the dog to sit down before entering.

Take a Tour
Keep your dog on the leash and lead him/her from room to room. Don’t let him/her wander around yet. Keep him/her at your side then spend a few minutes in each room before going to the next one. At every door you go first to establish your leadership.

During the tour don’t speak, just use your body language and simple sounds to communicate. This keeps your dog from feeling overwhelmed.

Show Him/Her the Feeding Area
When you finish the tour, show your dog the food and water area. Offer a reward of water and a little food, but not a full bowl of food until you are ready to remove the leash. Likewise take the dog to his/her sleeping area or the place he needs to stay when you need him out of the way of household activities. Let your dog off the leash here. This is your way of telling him “this is yours.”

Bottom Line
By following these 5 steps you will claim your leadership in the pack and show your dog that you allow him into it, so long as he behaves and follows your lead.

Woman relaxing with dog and cup of tea

Guest post courtesy of Martha from Colour Pet Studio. Martha is a painter specialized in creating lifelike pet portraits from photos.

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“The Champions” documentary now available for download

“The Champions” is an important film that tells story of pit bulls rescued and rehabilitated from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring. The film deliberately avoids visuals of dog fighting and cruelty to animals, so please do not be afraid to see the film. The film is a very inspiring and uplifting experience!

The Champions

The Champions documentary, the inspirational story about the pit bull terriers rescued from the brutal fighting ring of NFL star Michael Vick, will be widely available for audiences everywhere to download directly from Best Friends Animal Society and www.ChampionsDocumentary.com. The film will also be available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and VuDu.

The Champions is a story of hope, redemption and second chances – chronicling the work of animal welfare organizations like Best Friends Animal Society who agreed to take in 22 dogs despite pressures to euthanize them. The award-winning film has worked to change perceptions of pit bulls at film festivals across the country, including the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC and most recently the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, among others.

“This story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience,” said Darcy Dennett, director and producer for The Champions. “But the film also looks at how pit bull terrier-type dogs are discriminated against as a breed.”

In an effort to educate the public about pit bull terrier-like dogs, the film also will be shown at community screenings in 20 cities around the country. The communities were chosen because of existing Breed-Discriminatory Legislation, which targets certain breeds of dogs, or laws that stigmatize canine victims of cruelty who are seized in connection with dog fighting. Legislation to overturn these inhumane laws is pending or has recently passed in several of these communities.

The Champions

“Prior to the Michael Vick case, the traditional, historic treatment of dogs from fight busts was simply to regard them as damaged goods and to kill them,” said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society. “All along, we’ve been advocating for them to be given a chance. Our experience has shown that there’s no need to be afraid of the dogs or blame them, just because of the situation they came from.”

Best Friends Animal Society will host community screening of The Champions in 20 cities. For the full list of cities and dates, check here.

To learn more about The Champions and watch the trailer, visit: http://www.championsdocumentary.com/watch-the-trailer/

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

Become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

About Director/Producer Darcy Dennett

Darcy Dennett directed and produced the documentary The Champions, about the pit-bulls rescued from the dog-fighting ring of NFL’s Michael Vick, an inspirational story of resilience and the significance of the relationship humans have with animals. In 2013, Dennett produced a segment in Nigeria for Oprah’s landmark series Belief. She was the series producer of National Geographic’s Dogtown, directed episodes of Our America with Lisa Ling, and produced a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for HSBC with some of National Geographic’s best photographers, around the world. Darcy studied film at Wesleyan, lives in NYC, and has traveled to over 50 countries. For more Information about Darcy, visit: http://www.championsdocumentary.com/filmmaker/

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The Rollin’ Bones: Puppy Love

No need to feel blue this Valentine’s Day! To help singletons while they are waiting for “the one”, the Co-op Insurance in conjunction with The Rollin Bones have shot a new video called Puppy Love!

Could this be any more romantic? Meet the band, see behind the scenes footage, and more, by visiting the website here. Seriously friends, you need to visit the site, it’s super cute. You can even find Valentine images to share with your friends, like this one:

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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Can you pick the “Best in Show”?

Think you have what it takes to pick a winner? Purina® Pro Plan® has fueled the last nine Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show winners* and knows what it takes to make a champion. If you have what it takes, you can enter your bracket for a chance to win part of a $1 Million prize!

Purina Dog Show bracketOn Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 more than 2,800 elite dogs from across the country will gather in New York City to compete for top honors at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan. This year, the brand is hosting the Purina Pro Plan $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge – the first-ever bracket challenge for a canine competition – giving dog-lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike a new way to get in on the Westminster action. Pick a perfect bracket – including all seven group winners and Best In Show – and you could win $1 Million.**

To enter, fans can visit www.DogShowBracket.com and choose one winner from the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working, and Terrier groups, and from those winners, one overall competitor they believe will win “Best in Show.” After completing the bracket, entrants can cross their paws and tune into the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 15th at 8 PM EST on CNBC and February 16th at 8 PM EST on USA Network to follow their bracket in real time. If their selections all match the actual winners, they could win $1 Million, with the prize being split evenly among all winning entries.

“Whether it’s the Beagle or the Golden Retriever, we know that everyone has a favorite when it comes to Westminster,” said Christi Maginn, Brand Director, Purina Pro Plan. “We’re excited to give all the dog-lovers watching at home a new way to get in on the competition as they cheer on their favorite breeds alongside the “champion” dog in their own lives.”

To help guide fans in their selections, Purina Pro Plan has partnered with Joe Lunardi, expert in “Bracketology” – the “art and science” of predicting the teams in college basketball’s most famous tournament – to complete his own bracket and provide an expert opinion on the top dogs to watch. Lunardi’s picks will be announced in the days leading up to the Dog Show.

Fans can follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live Westminster coverage and behind-the-scenes action and use #WKCDogShow to join the $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge conversation.

Purina Pro Plan has a rich history in the sport of purebred dogs and has helped elevate some of the world’s top dogs to great success through innovative products and exceptional nutrition. The “Best in Show” title has been held by a Purina Pro Plan fed dog for the last nine years*, and the brand aims to continue its legacy again this year.

Live coverage of the WKC Dog Show, featuring the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups, will be televised from 8 to 11 p.m. EST Monday, Feb. 15, on CNBC, live from Madison Square Garden. The show will culminate from 8 to 11 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 16, on USA Network with judging of the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups and Best in Show.

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