Via Lezle Stein: Fireworks and your cats and dogs-Keep them apart!

Every year the skies light up with beautiful fireworks displays, which we love to watch.
To dogs and cats, these bright light bursts and bangs are terrifying and completely stressful.


And it's not just the big fireworks display events on the 4th of July, but the weeks before and after when individuals love to have their own backyard fireworks' parties.

Dogs can become irrational when frightened. The instinct to run sets in and the need to escape kicks in so hard they will chew through a door or window frame or even break out a window! After the 4th of July,too many dogs can be seen running in a blind panic down
the streets, and stepping out into the streets. Our local shelters are already full to capacity with stray, un-identifiable dogs and cats.


Dogs have super-sensitive ears and can hear sounds up to 4 times the distance as humans can. Loud noises can actually cause pain to their ears!

Here is a list of stress and anxiety behaviors your dog may exhibit:
trembling
restlessness
pacing
whining, barking
panting
hiding
attention seeking behaviors
loss of appetite
loss of house training
escape behaviors
destructiveness

What you don't ever want to do:
-Don't take your dog to a fireworks display.
-Don't punish your dog for being frightened
-Don't try to comfort or reassure your dog with petting or telling them its OK
when frightened as this just re-enforces nervous behavior. Only reward calm behavior.
-Don't leave your dog outside. They will do anything to get out. If your dog lives outside, this would be the time to bring them indoors.
-Don't leave your dog alone if possible.


What you can do:
-Now is a great time to make sure they have an ID tag on their collar.
This should contain a current phone # and address.
-Is your dogs license current? Do you know where your local city
shelter is?
-Are they micro-chipped?
-Bring your dog inside and if possible, don't leave them home alone.
If you have to leave them alone for a few hours, how about in an enclosed room with the curtains drawn and a fan and/or radio, TV on to block out the noise?
-Have a safe place or den for them to hide-like a crate or covering a table with a blanket, or placing their beds behind a sofa so they can feel safe, secure and comfortable.
-Give them food filled toys or special toys to try and occupy them.
-Vets do dispense doggie downers(sedatives) if you have a pet that get highly
stressed.
There are many holistic calming products on the market now too.
-If necessary, there are vets, dog day care centers, kennels, and dog sitters to safely, care for your animals.

If you lose your dog or find one:
-Make sure you have a current photo to make a flyer. Post flyers!
-Go to your local city shelter.
Ours is North Central Animal Shelter located on 26th St/Lacy St. between Figueroa St. and Broadway. http://www.laanimalservices.com.

-In the event of a medical emergency,do you know where your local 24 hour emergency hospitals are? There is Eagle Rock Emergency, TLC in So.Pasadena, and Animal Specialty Group in Glendale to name a few..

With all that being said, good luck and have fun!
Prepare now so you can have a safe and happy 4th of July.
If you need further help for you and your dog, or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

best,
lezle stein
Dog Training & Behavior Specialist
Handle With Care Dog Training
Director of Animal Welfare/ Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Advisor/ Hermon Dog Park
Head Volunteer Trainer/Downtown Dog Rescue
323.225.6700
http://www.handlewoofcare.com


Thank You, Santa Paws Supporters!

Thank you to all the many supporters who donated to Operation Santa Paws.  Several carloads of food and treats, beds, toys and even pet sweaters were gratefully accepted by workers at Lacy Street Animal Shelter.

Santapaws
The donations are deeply appreciated! 


Operation Santa Paws Now Open for Donations

For the next several days, our office will serve as a donation center for Operation Santa Paws.

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- OPERATION SANTA PAWS seeks donated pet toys for shelters and rescues to improve the health and demeanor of those pets while reducing their stress to increase the animals' chances of being adopted. The simplest toys can make the animals much more comfortable.

Durable puppy/dog toy, such as indestructible Ball, Nylabone, Kong, Booda, Gumabones, Velva  or Best Ball brand toys
Pup-Peroni, soft Milk Bones or other soft jerky type dog treats.
Dog and cat shampoo
Dry puppy food

Dry and canned kitten food
Large and medium food/water bowls
Durable kitten/cat toys
Cardboard serving trays for use as litter boxes

Heating pads for infant animals
Cleaning supplies and air freshener spray, kennel cleaning supplies
Scrub brushes, rubber curry brushes, mops, brooms heavy-duty water hoses
Laundry detergent, dishwashing gloves, baking soda, bleach, paper towels
Plastic aprons or smocks
blankets, bath towels (used or new)
6' nylon dog leashes
Flannel baby blankets for kittens
Paper towels & bathroom tissue
Top-loading cat carriers
Cardboard cat scratchers
Ziplock food storage bags, all sizes; 33 and 13 gallon trash bags
Liquid hand soap; Bleach; Dish/laundry detergent

NOTE Because of safety and/or housekeeping concerns, stuffed toys, tennis balls, rawhide items and pig ears cannot be accepted.

You can bring items and donations to our office at

5526 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Ask for Pat Barr or Dan Jordinelli


 


Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California needs foster homes

If you are in Southern California and can temporarily open up your heart to foster a hound, Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California is in a tough spot and needs your help!

BHRSC has 2 hounds in the Pet Hotel (Clyde Jr & Duke); 1 hound with the Vet (Lulu Belle); and 4 hounds (photos below) potentially heading our way on Dec 2nd, and we're out of foster homes.

Shelterhounds


So folks - we need your help - especially if you can foster one of these kids...even if it's for one-time-only.Please let me know if you can help out - I bet the joy you receive helping a hound during the holidays is far better than any other gift yourcould receive.


You can contact Laurie McCulloch  at: lmcculloch@bassethoundrescue.org

 


Expert, Holistic Dog Training in Northeast Los Angeles

Lezle Stein, owner of Handle Woof Care in Northeast Los Angeles is an expert in holistic, positive reward based dog training.

In addition to in-home private instruction, Lezle also conducts group dog school classes regularly at both Hermon Dog Park and Silverlake Dog Park, and "Out and About" dog walking classes at different locations throughout the city.

The goal of an "Out and About" class is to teach dogs how they should behave publicly, in a setting with other people, other animals, and many distractions; so that dogs and owners alike can enjoy social settings such as outdoor cafes, public parks, retail stores or indoor malls.

This photo is of a recent graduating class at Hermon Dog Park.)

A graduate of the Animal Behavior and Training Association program, Lezle Stein is AKC-certified as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as well as a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum.

Lezle's extensive experience also includes American Red Cross certification in Pet First Aid and CPR, as well as assistance to Paul Owens' Raise With Praise Program. Lezle has also studied with Dr. Nancy Scanlon, who specializes in holistic veterinary medicine through acupuncture and herbs.

A firm believer in community involvement, Lezle is also a volunteer adoption counselor at North Central Los Angeles city shelter. Lezle has also assisted The Brittany Foundation in training pit bulls through Tia Torres' program from The Villalobos Rescue Center at the East Valley Animal Shelter.

Presently she is the volunteer adoption counselor and dog rehabilitator for Downtown Dog Rescue, Los Angeles' rescue group for homeless people and their dogs.

Follow this link to read about Lezle's involvement in Downtown Dog Rescue.

Follow this link to the Handle Woof Care web site.

For holistic, positive reward based dog training, contact Lezle Stein, Handle Woof Care at (323) 225-6700.


PLEASE! Help me find a home

doggie

My former owner tied me to the driveway gate of a business located on North Figueroa Street in Highland Park, and left me there.

 

I am now at the Los Angeles North Central Animal Shelter at 3201 Lacy Street,  Los Angeles, CA 90031.  Their phone number is 213-485-8855.   My impound number is 1045472.

 

Yes, I look big and powerful, but I’m really a pretty laid back kind of guy.

 

And the nice people at the business on North Figueroa will help you pay the fee to adopt me. 

 

You can call them at 323-257-1080. 

 

Ask for Cheryl, Bob or Alice.

 

MORE PHOTOS HERE 


"A New Year of Hope for Animals" contest

I just voted in Care2.com's "A New Year of Hope for Animals" contest to help my local animal shelter, North Central Animal Care Center - Los Angeles Animal Services, win a grand prize of $10,000.

Think of the homeless pets that could be saved with $10,000!

We need your help to get enough votes to help North Central Animal Care Center - Los Angeles Animal Services win.

Please vote here:
http://tinyurl.com/a7ov7h

Thank you for helping the animals!


Operation Santa Paws

For the next few days, the office of Bob Taylor Properties will serve as a drop off point for Operation Santa Paws.

OPERATION SANTA PAWS seeks donated pet toys for shelters and rescues to improve the health and demeanor of those pets while reducing their stress to increase the animals' chances of being adopted. The simplest toys can make the animals much more comfortable. Cats enjoy rolling toys, such as small plastic balls or other "batting" toys that can be hung from cage doors, while dogs tend to prefer items like the heavy-duty Kong rubber chew toy.


NOTE Because of safety and/or housekeeping concerns, stuffed toys, tennis balls, rawhide items and pig ears can not be accepted.

Here is Santa Paw's Wish List:

· Durable puppy/dog toy, such as indestructible Ball, Nylabone, Kong, Booda, Gumabones, Velva    or Best Ball brand toys
· Pup-Peroni, soft Milk Bones or other soft jerky type dog treats
· Dog and cat shampoo
· Dry puppy food
· Dry and canned kitten food
· Large and medium food/water bowls
· Durable kitten/cat toys
· Cardboard serving trays for use as litter boxes (available for purchase at Smart & Final)
· Plug-in, or durable stand-alone electric or battery-operated scent/aromatherapy machines
· Heating pads for infant animals
· Cleaning/kitchen supplies and air freshener spray, kennel cleaning supplies
· Scrub brushes, rubber curry brushes, mops, brooms, heavy-duty water hoses
· Laundry detergent, dishwashing gloves, baking soda, bleach, paper towels
· Plastic aprons or smocks
· blankets, bath towels (used or new)
· 6' nylon dog leashes
· Flannel baby blankets for kittens
· Paper towels & bathroom tissue
· Top-loading cat carriers
· Pet supply and home improvement store gift cards
· Cardboard cat scratchers
· Ziplock food storage bags, all sizes
· 33 and 13 gallon trash bags
· Liquid hand soap
· Bleach
· Dish washing detergent
· Laundry detergent
· Polaroid 600 film
· Postage stamps
· Office supplies: dry erase board markers copy paper, envelopes, etc.
· Donations for our special needs and veterinary bills
· Dog and cat sponsorships
· Foster homes for adult cats
· Forever homes for cats and dogs

· gift cards to retail pet supply or home improvement stores (i.e. Petco, PetsMart, Target, Wal Mart, Rite Aid, Smart & Final

Drop off through December 19th - Bob Taylor Properties, Inc, 5526 North Figueroa Street, LA 90042.  

More info www.santapaws.info


Hurricane Ike: Pet Rescue

As you can probably imagine, I follow animal rescue news during times of disaster.

Code 3 Associates, Denver Dumb Friends League, Humane Society of Missouri, Noah's Wish and SPCALA (Yay, Los Angeles!) have all deployed to aid Houston SPCA in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Conspicuous by their absence are Best Friends Society and Pasado's Safe Haven; both were very active in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and deployed early to Louisiana in preparation for Hurricane Gustav.

Pasado's web site carries a short statement about why they have not responded to Hurricane Ike.

I don't know what bureaucratic feathers might have been ruffled (Pasado's ~was~ pretty intense in their Katrina efforts), but I think it's a damn shame that ready, willing and able hands are turned away.

UPDATE 9/17: Best Friends is now on the scene.