Sat., May 18, 2013
, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. -- 13th Annual Pet Day on the Bay
, sponsored by Hornblower Cruises, with its towel and blanket drive. This narrated one-hour cruise ($24 per adult) benefits pet rescues at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Board at 970 North Harbor Drive (between Broadway & Ash streets) in downtown San Diego.http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+petdayonbay
Sat., May 18, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. --
Bark at the Park, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Poway & the Poway News Chieftain, at the Poway Dog Park (southwest corner of the Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway, CA 92064.
Admission is free, and $10 to enter contests for Best Dog Trick, Dog-Owner Look-Alike, Cutest Dog and more. Vendor booths, entertainment by Ballistic Racers & Sheriff's K-9 Unit, to benefit Rady Children's Hospital & High School Scholarship
Sat., June 8, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m. -- Dog Beach Cleanup, with Friends of Dog Beach, in honor of San Diego River Days, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach. Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs
Sat., June 8, 2013
, 3 to 7 p.m. -- 20th Anniversary PAWS Fiesta Celebration
, presented by PAWS San Diego to provide pet services and support to low-income, elderly, chronically ill and disabled individuals. Tickets are $75 to $100. At 1048 Myrtle Way, in Hillcresthttp://www.pawssandiego.org/fiesta2013 Fri., June 21, 2013
-- 15th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day
®, originated by Pet Sitters International in 1999, to celebrate dogs and promote their adoption. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees and their four-legged friends on this special dayhttp://www.takeyourdog.com/About/ Sat., June 22, 2013
, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- 34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
, presented by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, with food, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping and more. The chili competition, presented by the Ocean Beach Town Council, features more than two dozen tastings from amateur entrants. While friendly dogs on leash are not excluded, it's best to leave them at home due to the noisy crowds and excessive heathttp://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival
Sat., June 22, 2013
, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- 8th Annual Loews Surf Dog Competition
, to benefit the ASPCA®.
Attendance is free and open to the public. The cost to enter the competition is $50 for singles and $55 for teams. In Imperial Beach, next to the pierhttp://loewssurfdog.blogspot.com/ Mon., June 24 through Aug. 26, 2013
, 7:30 p.m. -- 26th Annual Summer International Organ Festival
, presented by the Spreckels Organ Society, featuring internationally celebrated organists playing free concerts each Mon. evening under the stars at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Children, as well as music loving pets on leash are invited. Light snacks, beverages and unique gifts are available on the pavilion grounds to benefit the Organ Societyhttp://sosorgan.org/news.htm
Sat., July 27, 2013
, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- 5th Annual Doggie Street Festival
, to celebrate our pet companions and promote dog & cat adoptions, with good eats, music and lots of pet products & prizes. At Preble Field, Liberty Station in Point Lomahttp://doggiestreetfestival.org/2012/san_diego.php Sat., Aug. 10, 2013
, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- 8th Annual Dog Days of Summer
, presented by Cardiff 101 Mainstreet, with vendors, food, live music, contests, crafts, doggie photo booth, and pet adoptions. More than 10,000 attendees are expected. At Aberdeen Dr. & Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Seahttp://cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/index.php Sat., Aug. 24, 2013
, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Bark For Life by the American Cancer Society
, a noncompetitive walk event with demonstrations, contests and games to help fight cancer. At Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park, off Soledad Rd. in Pacific Beachhttp://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=47943&pg=entry
How to Enjoy a Walk with Your Dog
Most of us who have taken a dog obedience class have been exposed to having the dog "heel," or walk closely by or behind the handler's side. Some former show-dog handlers have even confessed to having taped raw calf's liver behind their left knee to keep the dog focused in place in the ring. Yet in observing most people walking dogs in their neighborhood, you see dogs walking comfortably on a loose leash moving in all directions.
Walking dogs is good exercise -- at least for people. But unless you are walking five miles or more, it doesn't raise the dog's heart level as much as 10 minutes of chasing a ball, running with other friendly dogs at a park, swimming, or a rousing game of tug-of-war. So make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise in addition to daily "walkies."
On leash, a dog wants to potty, sniff, explore, scan the ground for edibles, mark territory, and a loose leash may be fine for a leisurely stroll. But if your dog sees a squirrel or gopher, another dog or person, or even a bike or skateboard go by, they can
yank on the leash and be very difficult to handle. So how can you maintain control and prevent being pulled over or risk injury to you or your dog?
* A 4- or 6-foot nylon or leather leash will give you more confidence and control than a flexible leash that can quickly extend to 16- or 26-feet
* A non-restrictive harness or head halter will protect a dog's trachea when they pull or strain against their leash. If your dog has a serious aggression problem on leash, you
should not go out in public without a basket muzzle. You can tell others that may be unduly alarmed at the sight of the muzzle that it's to keep your dog from eating rocks or feces
* If your dog is wildly distracted on your walk, without jerking the leash, calmly turn and walk in the opposite direction until the leash is loose. Offer praise with many "good dogs"
* Divert your dog's attention by asking for an
already learned behavior such as "watch me" or "sit/stay" and reward the behavior with praise and/or a delicious treat
* When you see a possible threat coming toward you (a skateboard or someone walking their dog), determine what safe range or distance your dog will tolerate (this may be 10- or 20-feet) and cross the street or walk off to the side. Dogs that have a herding instinct just may want the moving object to stop, sometimes with a nip or bite
* If your dog is consistently calm when meeting other
dogs on leash, keep the leash loose to allow mutual movement and sniffing. A taut leash may signal a threat to the dog or a need to protect you
* One of most difficult situations for many people is when your leashed dog is approached by another dog not on leash. The dog who is on leash may feel threatened because there is no possibility of "flight." So "fight" it is. Often this is just posturing with teeth bared or growling, but not knowing what the unleashed dog is capable of is unnerving, and a nasty engagement can occur.
The only solution is to keep your dogs on leash on neighborhood walks, give them adequate personal space, and seek compliance of leash laws from others including local police and animal control officers
Why Dogs Mount
There is nothing more embarrassing (or funny, depending on your perspective) than watching your dog hump another dog, a visitor's leg, the air, or even his or her favorite toy. Many dog owners scream out in frustration when they see this fairly common dog behavior from their beloved pet.
Mounting in dogs is frequently described as a "dominant" behavior. Many people mistakenly believe that mounting occurs because the dog doing the humping is trying to establish dominance over the other dog, our leg, or that big rubber ball. Rarely is that the case. Dogs don't need to conquer their toys, or your bedding, and are more likely to show dominance by resource guarding.
Then why do it? Reproduction is only one reason, but dogs that are spayed or neutered do it, puppies of either sex do it, and dogs do it to animals of other species as well as to inanimate objects. Perhaps it just feels good.
Other reasons include:
* Stress or insecurity
, especially in undersocialized dogs or those who are unsure of their environment or the arrival of new guests
, especially when the behavior initially appears during adolescence. This may decrease after spaying or neutering, but not if it has already become a learned behavior
* Medical problem
, a sign of irritation, infection or inflammation in the genital area. See your veterinarian if your dog is also chewing or licking this area excessively or compulsively
, especially if excited or aroused. This behavior may be an outlet for this excitement and help relieve tension, much the same way that some dogs wag their tails uncontrollably
* Attention seeking
, often triggered by boredom or loneliness, since the behavior gets a quick reaction from you, either loving or scolding. This just reinforces the behavior
Whatever the reason, you might want to discourage mounting behavior by ignoring it, redirecting it with another activity, or training the dog to respond to commands such as "Off," "Leave it," or "Sit/down/stay." This is especially important if the dog mounts other dogs at social occasions such as at a dog park. While some dogs tolerate it for periods of time, others will react aggressively and attack.
Mindy & Jane (with Juno, Chipper & Zydeco)
"If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."