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Friday, 18 October 2013
Not everyone is capable of paying dog trainers to have a sociable dog, luckily National Geographic Channel and Pedigree came up with NGC Pedigree University, though it is just a one day event, dog owners will surely learn a lot of things from the experts that will conduct short classes for the benefit of our canine friends and those who love them.
- All dog students must approach the REGISTRATION AREA to accomplish and submit the UNIVERSITY CLASS CARD. There’s a separate registration table for ONLINE REGISTRANTS (express lane), WALK INS, and VIPS.
- During REGISTRATION, all classes pre-enlisted by ONLINE REGISTRANTS will reflect in the class card. Should the dog owners want to add more classes to attend, it will depend on the number of remaining slots available per class.
- WALK IN REGISTRANTS will only be given a blank class card. Dog owners will have to check the remaining slots available at the CLASS SCHEDULE BOARD and register at the CLASS AREAS.
- ON-SITE REGISTRATION of classes will depend on the number of remaining slots available per session. This will not happen at the registration area, but dog owners will have to personally check the CLASS AREAS and register at the CLASS MARSHALS assigned per class.
- Upon REGISTRATION, all dogs and owners will be given WRIST TAGS that they should wear all the time within the Campus premises. Dogs and owners not wearing the wrist tags will not be honored as a student even if they’re registered.
- CLASS CARDS must be brought with the dog owner all the time within the Campus premises. It must always be presented to the CLASS MARSHALS upon entering the class session. Failure to do so will not honor the dog’s attendance in the classes.
- Always make sure to have the class card STAMPED after every class, Earning of stamps is important especially when redeeming freebies after the school day.
- ALL CLASSES and FREE SERVICES are for FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis. Those who will not be accommodated can explore other classes and sessions available in all parts of the campus.
- Class sessions will be limited to the NUMBER OF SEATS available per session. Late registrants or walk ins will only be admitted to a certain class when there are slots available inside the session. Only a few attendees will be allowed to standby outside the classes. They will be asked by the marshals to explore other classes or sessions for the day.
- During the start of the program in the afternoon, all classes will be finished by then. All dogs and owners will be asked to convene in the University ASSEMBLY AREA in front of the stage.
- In order to get FREE LOOT BAGS, dogs and owners must have attended and earned stamps from Pedigree® BOOTH, NAT GEO BOOTH, and 3 more CLASS SESSIONS. Basis of judgment will be the number of stamps in the class card. The organizers reserve the right to refuse to give freebies to dog owners who will not be able to complete the required number of classes attended.
- All dogs must be ON LEASH when inside Campus. Dog Owners must handle their dogs responsibly and manage their student’s actions, control any sexual socialization acts with other dogs, clean their own dog’s poops, and avoid quarreling with other students. Dog owners should WATCH OVER their dogs and must observe safety measures when participating in any activity. Failure to do so may cause the students be expelled in the University. The University will not be held responsible for any problems and issues that may arise from the abovementioned concerns.
- There will be some classes and areas where FEMALE DOGS, MALE DOGS, and BIG DOGS will be grouped together and will be separated. Dog owners must abide by these rulings.
- Owners must ensure that their dogs practice good behavior when engaging with pets and humans.
- Dog owners must be responsible to clean up after their dogs. There are designated waste stations for proper waste disposal.
- Smoking inside the Campus is strictly prohibited. Smoking, possession of noxious substances, cruel implements and firearms are strictly prohibited inside the Campus.
- Owners must ensure that their dogs are healthy and fit to join the Campus activities and sessions and that their dogs are protected with vaccinations against contagious diseases.
- To maintain safety and order, the Organizers reserve the right to refuse entrance to people and/or dogs who are deemed unfit to join the Campus. Medics and Veterinarians will be present at the campus site.
- Organizers are not liable for any loss and/or damage of personal belongings.
- Dog owners must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Campus. The Organizers, National Geographic Channel, Pedigree®, Bonifacio Global City and other sponsors shall not be liable for any injuries or untoward incidents that may arise from uncontrolled situations like hostile dog behavior, force majeure or natural calamity.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
My dogs Armani and Chase convinced me to signed them up for the upcoming Petrifying Trail of Pet Express. We will be attending the one that will be held on SM North Edsa City Mall on October 26, 2013 at 3pm. This is the first time that my dogs will be going to a dog event and I am very excited for them.
There will be a fashion show and a trick and treat activity for dogs and cats, we will be joining both, in fact my dogs are already prepared that they already have costumes, pumpkin pail and of course the VIP ticket.
|Fairy and Sheriff Costume, 2 VIP Tickets and Pumpkin pail|
I do not usually dress my dogs, because it is hot in our country so I always make sure to turn on the aircon before dressing them up. Luckily the event will be held in a well ventilated area.
I did not take a photo of my dogs wearing their costumes yet, I will do that on the event itself.
|This is Armani and he will wear the Sheriff Costume.|
|This is Baby Boy and he will wear the Fairy costume.|
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Can Dogs Help Treat ADHD in Children?
Animal assisted therapy is now being used by child psychiatrists in parts of the United States, Europe and Australia for children with psychological disorders such as ADHD. Animals with specific traits are used to aid in the child’s recovery as a natural treatment for ADHD.
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The right techniques are applied according to the notes that therapist take about the physical, cognitive, emotional and social function of the child. Therapists make notes of the improvements or progress while watching the child interact under close supervision with the animal. Dogs are the most popular animal for animal assisted therapy, but birds, cats, rabbits, horses and even elephants and dolphins are sometimes used.
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Children with ADHD can benefit from animal assisted therapy in numerous ways. Having an animal with them can make therapy sessions feel like play when there has been a trauma such as death, physical abuse or divorce experienced by the child. Children will tell animals things they might not be willing to tell a therapist or another adult, so the therapist can have the child tell the rabbit what happened. Information that the therapist will use to guide the remainder of the treatment is obtained this way. Therapists also have children to draw the family with animals representing each member. The technique of animal therapy is different from that of traditional therapy but the goals for emotional healing are the same.
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Animals can assist in addressing the behavioral components of ADHD. Parents and children are often taught behavioral modification through the use of therapy dogs. Teachers and parents that are frustrated with the behaviors associated with ADHD may at times yell at children with the diagnosis. The dog is used to model the reactions of someone that is being yelled at showing them that they will be frightened or sad and will not come to them. The dog will go to you if you call them gently.
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A reduction in impulsiveness and hyperactivity is noted by parents that witness animal-based therapies being used on their children. Children are taught to control impulses, take turns and increase their patience levels while meeting other objectives. Eventually sitting patiently and waiting your their turn is learning by those with oppositional defiant disorder by holding the animals.
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The social component of ADHD is explored as well. Children become increasingly affectionate with animals during therapy, even if they are not comfortable with human emotions or physical contact. The social demeanor of the children may change when around the animal but it is not known if the new behavior will translate to human interactions.
Not everyone should use animal-assisted therapy. Another type of therapy would probably be beneficial for a child that has an allergy or phobia. Some children may not be responsive to the therapy, especially if they do not have an interest in animals. Improvement or management of ADHD symptoms could be aided a great deal if your child adores furry little critters.
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Tammy Mahan has 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles for Healthline.com.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Another statistical victory for our canine companions! Not that I have any problem with their feline friends. However, Americans have shown once again that dogs are still a man's best friends… at least in this corner of the world.
A recent report published by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that Americans still prefer dogs to cats. The report, which polled over 50,000 Americans in 2012, discovered that approximately 44 million households across the United States had at least one dog in the family.
The report went even further to declare Arizona the Dog capital of the U.S. with close to half of every home being occupied by one or more dogs. Around 1.7 million to be exact.
Cats took second place, naturally, checking in with 36 million households owning one or more cats. The state of Vermont was found to have the highest percentage of cat owners with the total being just over half of all homes.
Regionally, the report found that higher percentages of dogs were found amongst the central areas of the country while higher numbers of cats were found in the costal regions with larger cities.
Overall, pet ownership in 2012 declined for both cats and dogs alike. Cat ownership fell a dramatic 30 percent since 2006 while dog ownership, per household, only fell 1.9. Experts believe the struggling economy is to blame for the overall decrease but see no correlation between the declining numbers and the dramatic drop in cat ownership.
The issues don't end there! The AVMA report also found that obesity in American dogs and cats has increased for both animals. A 37 percent increase in dogs and a staggering 90 percent in cats! Looks like we need to get fluffy off the couch and onto the leash. That is, if he'll let you!
I'd like to know how many dogs and cats you have in your household? How do you keep Fluffy and Fido lean and healthy?
Until next time friends,
Susan Travellin is a world class dog trainer in Virginia. Her expertise in breeding and training dogs has served the northeast for over 25 years. Susan has extensive knowledge and experience with all breeds of dogs as well as various training programs. Whether your pooch is an apartment dwelling city slicker, your next hunting partner, or your family's lovable backyard buddy, Susan and Woodside Farms will provide your dog with valuable skills they'll keep for a lifetime. Susan and Woodside Farms now offer dog training in Virginia. Visit her website for more information.