Advice For The Children In Your Life

Thursday, 17. October 2013 12:55 | Author:

This advice comes from Right Start Maryland trainer, Michelle Mange, who teaches classes at Your Dog’s Friend.


How to approach a dog who is walking with their human while on leash:


1.    Make sure you are 3 feet away from the dog  (jump rope length) and standing in a calm manner.
2.    Stand still while you say “may I pet your dog?”.
3.    Walk up the mini rainbow; this means you should walk in an arch as opposed to walking straight up to the dog.
4.    Stand sideways or kneel sideways, never facing the dog head on.
5.    Offer your hand to the dog – fingers in and down in a loose fist. This is an invitation for the dog to approach.
6.    If the dog approaches, pet him under his chin. If the dog doesn’t approach, he is saying that he’s not comfortable right now.


Ways children can help with their own dogs:

1.    Making sure their dog always has fresh water and filling the water bowls.  Fresh water should always be available unless your vet has told you otherwise.
2.    Helping to feed the dog by getting the food ready (dogs should be fed at least twice a day).
3.    Having two leashes hooked to the dog when going for a walk, so the child can hold one of the leashes.  No child under the age of 15 should be holding the leash or walking the dog alone.  No dogs should be walked on a retractable leash!  There is a risk of amputation (according to their own website), and the company actually says the leash should never be used around children

Do not share with your dog:

1.    Candy or gum
2.    Grapes
3.    Raisins


1.    Touch a dog’s food bowl while she is eating.
2.    Touch a dog while he is chewing on or playing with a chew toy.
3.    Pet or try and grab a dog while she is in a “hiding place”(like under a bed or couch or in the crate).
4.    Put your face in ANY dog’s face.
5.    Hug a dog.

When to get an adult:

1.     When you see a loose dog outside (no adult and no leash).
2.    If your own dog gets something she shouldn’t (one of your toys for example).
3.    If your dog seems hurt, frightened or is hiding.
4.    If your dog gets out the door and takes off.

Resources for Children & Parents:

The Animal Welfare Institute sells Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person by Sheila Hamaka.  This book, for children 4 – 8 years old, is inexpensive, yet beautifully written and illustrated.  You can also download a free board game, matching game, and coloring pages.

DogGone Safe‘s website has dog bite prevention safety tips, body language flashcards, games, storybooks and coloring books. Also, home to the “Be A Tree” program, teaching children what to do around a loose dog.

May I Pet Your Dog? – The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson and Jan Omerod, teaches children in pre-school through second grade when and how to approach a dog.

At The Family Dog, you can find tips, videos, and an online training program for families, with a special section just for kids. The highlighted video on our website is a short, easy-to-understand body language video for families produced by The Family Dog.

Doggone Crazy sells a board game on dog behavior and body language for families and children.

Living With Kids and Dogs offers all sorts of useful information for parents, as well as a link to order the books,  Living With Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind and Puppy Training for Kids by Colleen Pelar.

Family Paws includes both Dogs & Storks and the Dog & Baby Connection. There are articles and resources for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers. Family Paws also runs a Dog and Baby Support hotline at 1-877-247-3407.

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B Corps volunteer at Namaste Solar

Thursday, 19. September 2013 6:46 | Author:

Who says that a small group of dedicated people can’t have a huge impact? Yesterday two groups of Changemakers and Business leaders pitched in to help dismantle and clear the bottom offices of Namaste Solar in Boulder CO after the floods filled their lower offices with water, mud and silt.


We had 27 B Corps memberswho cleared the 1st floor space along with the employees of Namaste in 2 hours! Volunteers included People from B Lab, West Paw Designs, Give Something Back, Greener Retirement Plans, and a number of other companies. For many, this is one of many highlights of the B Corps Champions Retreat this year.

I have to mention a second team who were working with Firefighters on the Sunshine Canyon, and they helped literally clear rocks to make way. Lesley, our merchant services sales person from Inspire Commerce was on that team, as well as our friend, Jim Epstein of Blue Ridge Produce

Businesses doing good.

Pennye, Co-Owner
The Big Bad Woof


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USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

Wednesday, 11. September 2013 4:15 | Author:

reprinted from the HSUS blog by Wayne Pacelle, Sept 10, 2013

Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today. This change, a long-held aspiration for The HSUS, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Doris Day Animal League, is decades in the making and will extend federal oversight to thousands of puppy mills that do business online.

Of the dozens of puppy mills that The HSUS has assisted in closing down over the past five years, the vast majority were selling puppies online and escaping any federal oversight because a loophole in federal Animal Welfare Act regulations exempts Internet sellers. Because large-scale dog breeders who sell animals to pet stores are regulated, but breeders who sell directly to the public are not, there has been a massive migration of breeders to the latter sales strategy within the last decade or so. If they could sell dogs and escape any federal oversight, why not get in on that act and continue to cut corners on animal care?

The HSUS, HSLF, and DDAL pointed out that it was fundamentally unfair that people involved in the same underlying business enterprise (breeding dogs to sell for profit) would face entirely different regulatory standards. It was a circumstance ripe for fraud and misrepresentation. Internet sellers of puppies often displayed images of puppies frolicking in open fields. In reality, the dogs were languishing, crammed inside feces-encrusted cages, receiving no protection from the elements and no veterinary care whatever. And until the legal standard was modified, the federal government couldn’t take action because none of these mills required federal licensing and inspection.

Due to pressure from The HSUS and DDAL, the USDA’s inspector general looked into enforcement of the rules governing dog breeding, finding appalling abuses of the dogs, deficient exercise of authority by USDA where it had authority, and identification of this glaring gap in the law that allowed Internet sellers to evade any federal oversight whatever. It was that OIG report, combined with our advocacy efforts in Congress and with the Obama administration that finally compelled federal action.

We thank the Obama administration and the USDA for bringing new standards of care to thousands of puppies, but also to kittens, rabbits and other warm-blooded animals who are often raised in inhumane facilities and sold as pets over the Internet, by mail or by phone, sight-unseen.

The HSUS and HSLF called on supporters to act in 2011, and 32,000 people signed a petition urging the Obama administration to crack down on unregulated puppy mills. When the USDA proposed an actual change in its regulations in 2012, HSUS members and other animal advocates generated 350,000 public signatures and comments in support.

There has been strong bipartisan support in Congress for closing the “Internet loophole” in the Animal Welfare Act regulations. Federal legislation, S. 395 and H.R. 847 – known as the PUPS Act, or “Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act” – sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif., galvanized members of Congress in support of efforts to finalize and implement the rule.

Puppy mills aren’t going away overnight, and it’s still important for any potential puppy buyer to meet the breeder in person at his or her facility to see how and where a puppy was born and raised. But this rule has the potential to allow federal inspectors to peer behind the closed doors of puppy mills and improve the lives of tens of thousands of animals. That is a change worth celebrating, and we thank our supporters, the USDA, and our allies in Congress for supporting this significant step.

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