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Celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week You don’t need a special day or week to celebrate the human-animal bond by being kind to animals big and small in your community. This year's Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated from May 3-7, 2021 and we are sharing five simple ways you can make a paws-itive impact on the lives of companion animals. 1. Get Your Pet from a Reputable Source Check your local animal shelter first if you or someone you know is thinking about expanding the family to accept a new pet. There are always homeless animals in shelters in need of a loving home, and pets adopted from reputable shelters, such as EHS, will have essential health checks, up-to-date vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. Shelters like EHS also help ensure that the people and the pets are a good match for one another. If your are unable to find a suitable pet for your family at a shelter, do your research to find a responsible breeder. A responsible breeder will: provide information on the animal’s pedigree, let you see where the animals are being raised and let you meet at least one of the parents, and have health certificates and records of veterinary visits. Humane Canada offers a complete checklist of the essential questions [...]

By |2021-05-03T12:59:53-06:00May 3, 2021|

Caring For Canines During Covid

Behaviour During COVID 5 Canine Considerations There is no denying that 2020 caused a major disruption in our lives. It has also caused a lot of change for our canine companions. Some changes to our routine or schedule may benefit our pets, but others can cause stress. Below we've assembled a few tips and resources to help prevent behavioural issues from developing while we move through 2021 with our best furr-iends. 1. Socialize Your New Puppy Socialization promotes healthy development and that can prevent future behavioural issues. During times of social distancing and gathering restrictions, it has made it difficult to get young puppies the appropriate socialization they need to thrive. Puppies undergo a sensitive developmental period until about 3-4 months of age, where they learn about their world and develop important memories. If a puppy is inadequately socialized or has negative experiences during this period, it can cause them to develop fearful behaviour. That is why it is essential that your puppy is introduced to various experiences during that time. We've developed a free printable resource on basic Puppy Socialization, which you can find along with others on our Behaviour Resources page. Socialization activities may need to be modified to follow public health measures, so we're sharing some strategies which allow for social distancing: Bring your puppy outside in [...]

By |2021-03-28T17:01:09-06:00March 23, 2021|

An Introduction To Clicker Training

November 9th, 2020 An Introduction To Clicker Training Clicker training is an easy and effective way to train your pet so we wanted to share some helpful tips to help you get started. A clicker is a wonderful tool used to train all types of animals! Used in training basic obedience, tricks, and behavioural modification.  The clicker creates a sharp sound that marks the precise moment when your dog does something correctly. Because the sound of the clicker is so distinct, it makes it easy for a dog to recognize exactly what they did right. The clicker sound replaces words like, “good dog!” If a dog is startled by the clicker sound, you can use a softer clicker or use a verbal marker, such as saying the word “yes.” For deaf dogs, you can use a hand signal or flashlight. Loading the Clicker The clicker works because it is paired with food. The clicker itself is a neutral object until the dog learns (with repetition) that the clicker sound is quickly followed by a yummy treat! This is called classical conditioning. When the dog hears the click, they know food is coming! To get your dog to understand what the click means, take a handful of treats or kibble. Click the clicker (avoid clicking next to your dog’s ears) and drop a treat for your dog. Make sure the click comes before the food, and not after! Repeat this until you’ve finished the handful of treats or [...]

By |2020-11-09T17:00:30-07:00November 3, 2020|

Have a Pet Safe Halloween

October 30th, 2020 Plan a Pet Safe Halloween! Like many holidays, Halloween is a great excuse to stock up on sweets and treats. Having all of these extra goodies around is not only a major temptation to people but also our pets. As our friend Dr. Ted Purcell says; "Have a plan for today!" "Treats and candies are not safe in a bag on the floor or on a chair or bench - you need to be very mindful on Halloween, not just during but before and after." Here are some things for pet guardians to keep in mind to ensure they and their pets have an enjoyable evening. 1. Amongst all the candies, chocolate is one of the most toxic for pets - Smaller chocolate covered items such as raisins are double trouble. Not only are both chocolate and grapes toxic to pets, but the size and shape mimic many of the popular treats our companion animals may be used to scavenging from under chairs or tucked in cushions. The effect on a pet will depend on the amount and type of chocolate as well as the size of pet. Should your pet ingest something dangerous - we recommend you contact your veterinarian or for a $59 USD fee, you can seek guidance from the 24/h Pet Poison Hotline at 1-855-764-7661. Please note [...]

By |2020-10-30T12:56:34-06:00October 29, 2020|

Host a Pet Carnival at Home

September 20th, 2020 Host a Pet Carnival at Home! Since we can’t host the Canine Carnival at Pets in the Park this year, we’re bringing three of our most popular games home to you and your pet! These games aren’t just for our canine companions either – you can customize them for your other pets too. Playing games with your pets has many benefits, from the physical and mental exercise to helping strengthen your bond, and even learning new skills. While we may not be at Hawrelak Park this year, there are still prizes up for grabs! Here's how to participate: Record a video of you and your pet playing one of the games we provide the instructions for below. Post your video on Instagram, Twitter, or on in the comments our Tricks-For-Treats post the EHS Facebook page. Be sure to tag us @edmontonhumane and use hashtag #PetsInThePark. Two winners will be selected at random from the entries posted on September 20th to receive a treat bag for you and your pets. Download the Pet Carnival Game Guides below. We can’t wait to see your best tricks! Fetch It! Talent Show! Shell Hound! If you’re looking for fun ways to Connect with Pets at home, check out our Humane Education at Home page. Learn How to Make [...]

By |2020-09-20T08:47:23-06:00September 17, 2020|

Have a Pet Picnic

September 18th, 2020 Plan a Pet Picnic! Some have said the quickest way to another’s heart is through the stomach and we think many pets would agree. Part of caring for our companion animals is ensuring they have a healthy nutritious diet of food that supports their physical and mental wellbeing. Treats are a fantastic way to incentivize our pets to learn new skills, improve upon behavioural concerns, or reward them for exceptional behaviour and new milestones like birthdays. While we can’t picnic at the park this year for Pets in the Park, you can plan your own pet picnic at home indoors or outdoors, whatever is best suited for you and your pet. Below are a few helpful tips for you to plan your picnic from wherever you are during this year’s Pets in the Park: Neighbourhood Edition. Recommended Supplies: Picnic blanket for you and your pet to share in your home, yard, or at a local park Picnic basket or small tote to keep items clean and organized (great for easy set-up and clean-up) A few of yours’ and your pets’ favorite foods and treats Plenty of fresh water for you and your pet Food and water dish Any plates or cutlery you may need Napkins and pet safe wet wipes to clean up any messes A few [...]

By |2020-09-18T12:55:26-06:00September 17, 2020|

Spending Time Safely Outdoors With Your Pet

September 18th, 2020 Top Reasons To Get Outdoors With Your Pet! Exploring the outdoors isn’t just for dogs – you can do it with your other pets too! Why should you get outdoors with your pets? Being outdoors can support the mental health of people and pets by reducing boredom, depression, and anxiety. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the natural sunlight. Being active has numerous health benefits and can help lift our spirits. Rolling around in outside in grass, sidewalks, or patios can help your pet cool off and scratch some itches they may have been unable to reach on their own. Be sure to brush their coat out once before they go back indoors or in your vehicle to keep them from consuming anything they may have rolled in and to keep your indoor space clean. If you are enjoying time outdoors with your pet, the first thing we recommend is to check your local weather and air-quality conditions. We want to make sure everyone stays safe and has a great outdoor experience. Check Your Local Weather Check Your Local Air Quality Here are some other things to keep in mind when outside with your dog, cat or rabbit – the three most common animals we adopt out here at EHS. 10 Outdoor Pet-Cautions: [...]

By |2020-09-20T09:01:29-06:00September 9, 2020|