Wanted: Pet Friendly Housing

For most of us, moving without furry family members is unthinkable. Pet-friendly housing can be difficult to find, so we have some great tips for your housing search!

Write Your Pet’s Resume

One of the most effective tools in finding a home that will allow your dog can be a resume for your pooch! Here are some tips on what to include in your pet’s resume:

  • Training information, including obedience classes, crate and house training status and any special accomplishments;

  • Photo and description of your dog;

  • Copies of veterinary records to show you keep a healthy animal;

  • References from previous landlords, neighbours and your vet.

Contact Smaller Rental Companies

Smaller rental companies may be more flexible with their pet policies and willing to discuss your situation. Make sure that you are respectful, aware of the problems they may face renting to irresponsible pet owners, and willing to prove that you are different. Stress the pride you take in caring for your dog, and explain that the same trait carries over into your pride in taking care of your home.

Consider a Rental Home

Some homeowners may be willing to rent to dog owners, and you may be able to share the space with another responsible pet owner. Try posting a detailed wanted ad, including your pet resume and photos of your current lodgings (clean and tidy!)

Be Willing to Put a Little Extra on the Line

Being a pet owner, you can understand how a dog might damage a home. Be willing to pay extra for a damage deposit! Stating that you are willing to do so up front may help you find a place to stay.

Honesty is the Best Policy

It’s easy to lose faith and feel desperate while looking for housing. Do NOT lie to a landlord and try to hide your dog. It can result in legal action being taken against you, or even eviction for you and your dog, leaving you with fewer options than the last time you searched.

Once you succeed in finding housing for you and your furry friend, make sure that you have it in writing that your pet is welcome. Neglecting this key step can lead to eviction as quickly as trying to hide your buddy.

Here are further reading and resources about pet-friendly housing:

Dog-Friendly Summer Events

Summer is finally here and you’ll probably be spending a lot more time outside and away from home. But that doesn’t mean the dogs need to be left at home!

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival – July 17 to 28

Dogs aren’t welcome to indoor venues (yet!) but no one’s telling you your pooch can’t march around Old Market Square. Street performers and musicians put on free shows all day and into the evening. With food vendors surrounding the grassy seating area and port-a-potties in behind your dog won’t have to be left alone at all.

http://www.winnipegfringe.com

Assiniboine Park – June 1 to August 26

A lot goes on at Assiniboine Park and the pups are free to join!  The 2013 Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park is already underway with music and ballet performances at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Lyric Theatre. On Friday evening cuddle up with your dog and take in a movie at the Lyric Theatre. Pack yourself some popcorn and her a few treats and chew toys to keep everyone happy.

http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/news-events/summer-entertainment-series.php

Manyfest – September 6 to 8

Manyfest takes place on Broadway and is Winnipeg’s largest downtown festival. This year’s events haven’t been announced, but last year there was a movie night, farmer’s and artisan’s market and a parade down the street where people held candles, glow sticks and other bright items called Lights on Broadway. Your pup is welcome to join in this outdoor festival and would look spectacular with a glow stick collar!

http://www.manyfest.ca

There are many dog-friendly events and spaces in summer. Where will you be heading with your dogs?

Fireworks and your Dog

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Heading to a fireworks show for Canada Day? As beautiful as they are for you to look at, the sound might have your pooch cowering and trembling. This year it may be best to leave your furry buddies at home, but there are some things you can do to prepare for next time.

 

Getting dog used to fireworks

Find  a video of fireworks and play it on a low volume while your dog is doing something she enjoys, such as playing, eating a meal, or cuddling with you. Play the video several times a day, raising the volume slightly each time. When your dog starts acting frightened lower the volume a bit.

If you live close to a place where fireworks will be set off talk to your doctor about getting anti-anxiety medications just for the occasion. You can continue working on getting your dog comfortable with the noise using videos or get the assistance of a trainer, so that next time you won’t need meds.

Heading out to the show

If you do decide to take your pooch, there are a few things you can do to make the experience a little less stressful. Take your dog on a long walk–much longer than you normally would. A pooped pup might just sleep right through the festivities. Bring along a kennel stuffed with comfy blankets in case she wants a cozy place to hide. Having a radio or something else to drown out the sound of the fireworks can be helpful. Some people think comforting a frightened dog will encourage the fear, but imagine if you were scared and your family just ignored you. Would you feel better or worse? Probably worse. Comfort your dog. This may mean holding, cuddling or speaking soothingly to her. Figure out what works best for your dog. You could also distract your dog by getting him to do obedience tricks.

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This same advice can be used for other loud noises your pup might be afraid of, such as thunderstorms and vacuums.

DREAM Dog Friday: Pam, Cam, Salty and Dakota

For the first time in her 13 years, Pam and Cam Gilroy-Rajotte’s dog Salty had to stay at home alone when they went out. Her sister Pepper died of cancer in Dec. 2012 leaving her the only canine in the family. As an older dog Salty would not put up with a pup bouncing about and barking in her home, so Pam and Cam had to be careful in choosing a new friend for her.

They first saw Button online. She was described as being a calm, good natured, and well-mannered dog, so, knowing black dogs like her had a more difficult time finding homes, Pam and Cam decided to meet her.

Pam said Button was even more beautiful in person than in photographs. While Salty was a little leery of her during the first meeting, the second went much better! Only one problem–Button had heartworms and the couple really wasn’t sure what that would mean for the dog’s long-term health.

Button’s vet guessed she was three years old when Manitoba Mutts rescued her from somewhere near Lake Manitoba. Although Button had heartworms causing her to be unable to take care of her puppies, Pam was assured that the Bernese Mountain Dog cross was otherwise healthy and the prognosis was good.

Pam said that while the dog is cute as a button, the name just wasn’t fitting to such a powerful animal. Button has become Dakota when she became apart of the Gilroy-Rajotte family.

The family’s only trouble now is dealing with the heartworms. Pam said it’s hard because they have to keep Dakota calm. She cannot go for walks in the heat because she pants, or travel to the country because car rides excite her.

But soon the nightmare of heartworms will be over and Dakota will really be able to live the DREAM with her new furever-family.

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Living with a 4-Pack

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We have four dogs of our own now … not entirely sure how that happened, but we love ‘em all! Mia, our 8 year old from Pembina Valley Humane Society, Shodan, 4 years, Funds for Furry Friends, Lexxie, 3 years, Winnipeg Animals Services and Paisley, 7 months, Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue.

Living with multiple dogs can be rewarding and a lot of fun. It does come with it’s fair share of training and cooperation amongst the family. Three tips to live harmoniously with multiple dogs:

  1. Be sure to spend individual time with each dog to maintain a strong bond with them. It is important to give each dog the opportunity to connect individually with you and your family to improve their listening skills and overall behaviour while with the full pack.

  2. Provide plenty of resources for your dogs – bones, food bowls, beds, etc – to avoid the need to take turns or fight over things.

  3. Teach your dogs respect and manners for one another. Do not give your dogs attention for barking at, jumping on or nudging you. While giving attention to one dog, if another dog intrudes, ignore it by turning your back, looking away and standing up with your arms crossed. Once the dog realizes its behaviour did not work or loses interest, return to the dog who you were giving your attention to.

If you’re looking to add a second (or third or fourth!) dog to your family, be patient, choose wisely and put in the time training each of your dogs. Your dogs reap the benefits of extra socialization and mental stimulation!

Lyme Disease and your Dog

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Lyme disease is transmitted from ticks to your dog (and potentially you) through a bite from an infected bug. Ticks are a common occurrence in Manitoba, and can be picked up by your dog almost anywhere! Last year there were 577 diagnosed cases of Lyme disease in Winnipeg dogs. Ticks are unable to fly or jump, so they lay in wait on long blades of grass (almost like a silent ninja!) for your dog to rub up against and then attach themselves to the host. It is very important to make sure you check your dog thoroughly after they have been outside in long grass for any ticks that may have latched on. Ticks enjoy hanging out in certain “hot spots” on your dog, such as right inside their ears, in their armpit area and on their chests.

Tick Removal

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When removing a tick from your dog, make sure that you have a couple of things handy and ready to go beforehand: tweezers and a container filled with alcohol or peroxide to put the ticks in. Grasp the tick close to the skin with tweezers and pull slowly upward with steady pressure. Try to avoid twisting or crushing the tick and make sure that you don’t accidentally leave the head still attached to your dog. After the tick has been removed, cleanse the skin around the tick bite with soap/water or disinfectant. If the bite starts to scab over and your dog is uncomfortable, you can break open a Vitamin E tablet (purchased at any pharmacy or health store) and rub the liquid on the wound site.

Signs and Symptoms

Many pet owners will take to the internet to do research regarding Lyme disease in dogs, but won’t find a lot of literature that doesn’t focus on what the disease does in humans. The symptoms in dogs are quite different. For example, it is rare that a dog will develop the heart and neurological issues that Lyme disease causes for humans. Common symptoms include joint pain and fever, which won’t normally present until 2-5 months after the initial bite. Dogs with Lyme disease will sometimes exhibit lameness. Their joints may swell, causing tenderness and limping. Sometimes it is constant, sometimes it will go away and come back.

Other symptoms a dog may have the disease are swollen lymph nodes, walking stiff with an arched back, lethargy, being sensitive to touch, having difficulty breathing, and depression. Lyme-positive dogs can also develop kidney issues in the later stages of infection.

While many dogs live with this disease undetected, it is best to take your dog to the vet if you think they may be infected. Your vet will start your dog on a course of antibiotics to clear the disease from his body.

Prevention

Tick control is essential to the prevention of Lyme disease. Try to limit the amount of time your dog spends in tall grasses during the months of April-November (tick season) and check them regularly when they come inside from a walk. D.R.E.A.M. also recommends spraying your dog with an Eco-Friendly preventative spray such as our Rosemary-Lemon mix to help ward off uninvited visitors.

Your vet can recommend various preventative measures, such as sprays, collars and topical products for repelling and killing ticks. You must be careful when using such products if you have cats as they may be deadly to them. Vaccines are also available, although they are controversial due to a high number of side effects. In any case, a vet should be consulted for recommendation of an appropriate method and product.

D.R.E.A.M. can’t stress enough that prevention is the key to keeping your dog safe from Lyme Disease. A simple check of your dog before coming in from a romp in the park is a simple and effective way to search out ticks and remove them quickly before they cause any additional issues!

Thank You Supporters!

A huge DREAM thank-you to those who donated towards DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo. Thanks for making our dreams come true!

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Trainer Tuesday: Pools and Pooches

Every Tuesday we will be working with certified dog trainer Lisa from The Noble Hound, Dog Training and Obedience to answer your dog training questions. If you have a question about your pooch, whether it be leash manners, house training, getting along with other animals or anything in between, email us at info@dreamrescue.ca and we will pick a few questions each week to answer.

Dan Allen asks, “What is best way to get my dogs to swim in my pool. I installed scamper ramp. I want to ensure they dont panic in water if they fell in accidentally.”

Hi Dan,

I would first make sure that your dogs are interested in swimming. Some dogs just don’t care for water and I wouldn’t force it on them. Start with something like a kiddie pool in the backyard. A smaller pool is a little less intimidating than a bigger pool with deep water. If your dogs enjoy the kiddie pool, that’s a good sign! I would also test them somewhere like the beach (a doggy friendly beach that is) and see how comfortable they are entering the water from the shore. If the dogs don’t show any interest in the water chances are they won’t care for your pool. Never force your dog into a body of water. That can break trust between you and your dog and wreck any chances of your dog actually enjoying a dip in the pool. If your dogs pass the kiddie pool and beach tests, you’re ready to try the pool. Start with one dog inside and one dog outside with you. Have your dog on leash (I also highly recommend a lifejacket for the dog, just incase). Enter the pool (without the dog) and stand by the scamper ramp. When your dog comes near the ramp, give some verbal praise to let your dog know that he is welcome near the ramp. If the dog happily enters the pool on the ramp, you can support his body with your arms until you feel as though the dog is swimming on his own. It might take a few days for your dog to come near the ramp and that is okay. You want your dog to enter the pool on his own and when he’s ready. You want your dog to associate the pool with little stress and instead happiness and a good time. I would also make sure your dogs are supervised when outside. If a dog falls into the pool by accident, they might not be so inclined to head back in any time soon.

DREAM in the City: Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Henderson Group Vet Clinics

Dr. Bhupinder (Tony) Singh of Henderson Group Vet Clinics will be joining DREAM in the City both as a vendor and as a keynote speaker. Dr. Singh will be taking questions from the audience to make the most of your time! Are you curious why your pet requires heartworm prevention every year? Or what tick borne diseases your pet might be susceptible to? Bring your questions on Saturday for a free opportunity for vetting advice!

Since April 2000, Dr. Singh has worked mostly out of Henderson Animal Hospital. He is a part of six veterinary clinics called “Henderson Group” who offer top of the line veterinary services to pet owners across Winnipeg. Henderson, Alpine, Sage Creek, Southglen, Fort Garry and Stonewall Animal Hospitals provide professional and loving health care to all their clients. With six clinics across Winnipeg and one in Stonewall MB, Henderson Group has a clinic you can trust and count on.

ImageDr. Singh grew up on a farm in a village in Northern India, where he was exposed to a variety of animals such as cows, buffaloes, sheep goats, dogs, cats and more. He worked for three years in a mixed animal practice doing preventative and therapeutic medicine.

Dr. Singh’s love for animals also includes his 13 year old cat, Annie. Outside veterinary medicine, he enjoys traveling, meeting people around the globe and is keen on religious studies.

We are thrilled to offer this Q&A session with Dr. Tony SIngh. What a great opportunity to ask your pet’s health care questions and learn more about the importance of basic pet care!

Visit DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm, located at Four Points Sheraton South (2935 Pembina Hwy), where Dr. Singh will be among five keynote speakers, including Neil Sedlacek and Asmara Polcyn! More information at www.dreamrescue.ca.

DREAM in the City: Neil Sedlacek, Pawstruck Pet Nutrition

Neil Sedlacek, owner of Pawstruck Pet Nutrition will be joining DREAM in the City both as a vendor and as a keynote speaker. Neil will be sharing his knowledge on pet nutrition, exploring the connection between what we feed our dogs and their health. He will be discussing the different types of diets available (home cooked, raw, kibble, canned) and their respective merits and drawbacks, as well as what to look for in a commercially prepared diet. Join us for this informative session, and have the opportunity for one on one time with Neil during the day!

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Growing up with three cats and two dogs, Neil has spent his life surrounded by animals. His first four-legged sidekick was a little grey and white kittenfrom The Winnipeg Humane Society. Who would’ve known that little kitten would cause a major change in direction for Neil.

When Neil took his new kitty to the vet for a checkup, he asked “what is the best food I can feed my cat?” Armed with a list of vet-recommended foods, he selected the most expensive brand assuming that cost would equate to quality. Shortly thereafter the pet industry was rocked by a massive recall which affected over 100 brands of cat and dog food. Thousands of pets across North America died from tainted ingredients. What hit home hardest was that every single item on the vet’s list was also on the recall list. Luckily Neil’s kitten wasn’t affected, but from there on out, he decided that he had to educate himself. The more informed he became about the pet food industry, the more he realized that the odds are stacked against the consumer. Conflicting information, misinformation, and massive marketing campaigns all work to undo even the best intentions.

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Nuno, Neil’s White German Shepherd

After four years of research and countless consultations with industry insiders, Neil now owns and operates Pawstruck Pet Nutrition, a business committed entirely to providing pet parents with a selection of the best food available for their cats and dogs. Everything we do is focused towards the well being of cats and dogs. Every line of food stocked at Pawstruck is researched to determine if the diet is species appropriate, the nature of the preservatives used, the source of the ingredients, and the company’s history of recalls. “If there is anything we don’t like about a food, we simply will not sell it,” Neil states proudly. Of his many rules set when selecting what lines to carry, the most important is that he will only sell food that he is willing to feed to his four-legged family.

Visit DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm, located at Four Points Sheraton South (2935 Pembina Hwy), where Neil will be among five keynote speakers, including Asmara Polcyn! More information at www.dreamrescue.ca.