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Dog-Harmony to host first humane education symposium

To help keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters, Dog-Harmony Inc. is offering a low-cost day of seminars June 16 to help owners understand and train their pets.

The morning seminars, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover topics such as “how to talk dog,” fear at the vet’s office, and what it takes to become a therapy team with a dog.

The afternoon seminars, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., offer strategies to help dogs that lunge and growl at other dogs, clicker training, and how to use playtime to teach dogs good behavior.

The seminars will be at Dog-Harmony’s new education and rescue headquarters, 237 Market St., off County Highway 393 north.

The seminars, for people only, will be conducted by trainers with the highest level of credentials.

For more information, visit the event page.

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Dog-Harmony set to host open house at new location

Dog-Harmony, an education-focused nonprofit dog rescue in Santa Rosa Beach, recently announced the acquisition of its new location at 237 Market Street, and now, it’s set to host an open house on May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. for the community to check out the new space.

“We’re thrilled about the new space, but we have a long way to go before it’s really ready for the dogs and larger events,” said Nancy Bown, founder of Dog-Harmony. “We need some major community involvement to get this location to where it needs to be.”

Complete with live music by local artist Matt Lyons, drinks from Grayton Beer Company and Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar and light bites from Townsend Catering, this event will give members of the community an opportunity to learn more about Dog-Harmony and the work it does in the area. Bown and members of the nonprofit’s board will share their vision for the space, providing local businesses and individuals an opportunity to find out how they can help.

“There are so many ways for the community to contribute to the space,” said Bown. “We need everything from modular fencing to cabinets and kennel mats, so there are plenty of options for businesses to support this project.”

Dog-Harmony isn’t your standard breed of rescue. This nonprofit focuses on keeping dogs out of shelters in the first place by creating programs to combat the top reasons and ways dogs end up being rehomed.

There will also be a number of incredible items as part of a raffle. To purchase raffle tickets in advance:


Raffle Tickets




For more information about Dog-Harmony or this event, please check out the event page.

Dog-Harmony offers low-cost training options

Every five years an estimated 6.12 million pets find themselves re-homed, and more than 40 percent of the owners say it’s due to behavior issues, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

What could have solved those issues? Positive-reinforcement training. Unfortunately, training can be costly. But, Dog-Harmony, a nonprofit rescue in Santa Rosa Beach, has a solution.

Dog-Harmony—led by Nancy Bown, a certified pet dog trainer-knowledge assessed, or CPDT-KA—announced that it’s offering low-cost training options for dog owners at a variety of levels.

“Dog-Harmony’s main goal is to keep dogs out of shelters in the first place,” said Bown. “And, with that many dogs ending up in shelters because of behavior issues, I knew we needed to offer something to remedy that.”

Bown is set to lead two, four-week course for basic cues and manners. Level one focuses on initially teaching cues like sit and stay, and level two works to polish those skills as well as add a few more advanced cues. Each four-week course is $125, and if you have a new puppy at home, there’s also a puppy play time class to work on socialization and have puppy behavior questions answered, which is $20 per class.

“Being a responsible pet owner can be hard, and at Dog-Harmony, we truly understand the financial burden a dog can be,” said Bown. “But, we’d rather offer loving dog owners low-cost options to help keep their dogs in the home rather than them feel like they need to surrender their dog.”

For more information about the courses, visit dog-harmony.org/events or Dog-Harmony’s Facebook events page.

To register, please fill out the form below. Within 24-48 hours after you’ve submitted your form, you’ll receive a PayPal request for the cost of the class. Once that is paid, your space will be held.

Dog-Harmony announces Kids & Canines: A Spring Break Camp

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.—Calling all dog lovers! Dog-Harmony, a dog rescue and education organization in Santa Rosa Beach, announced that it will host a kids’ camp, called Kids & Canines, on March 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. to teach children how to interact with dogs, both in the home and out, and what a dog rescue does. The funds from the $50 per child camp will go towards the renovation of the nonprofit’s new building.

Children, ages five to 12, will break up into groups and rotate through different stations like dog-toy making, humane education, dog handling and dog-treat making. All supplies will be provided, and each child will take home what he or she has made.

The camp will take place inside Dog-Harmony’s new building—237 Market Street, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida—which was acquired in early February.

Dog-Harmony is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization in Santa Rosa Beach whose mission is to reduce the number of unwanted dogs at shelters through education, training, low-cost spay/neuter and microchipping. What makes Dog-Harmony different is that the focus is on training and support before, during and after the dog’s adoption, therefore building healthy, lifelong relationships between them and their humans.

To register, fill out the the following form after reading the Kids & Canines Terms of Agreement. Once the form has been submitted, you will receive a PayPal request. Once you’ve paid, your space is secured.

Kids' Camp Registration

Please fill out this form. Once submitted, you will receive a PayPal request. After payment has been completed, your space will be held. For more information, please email hello@dog-harmony.org.
  • By signing this form, you agree that all of the above is true/accurate and that you have read and agree to the terms set forth by Dog-Harmony, Inc. for the Kids & Canines Day Camp.
  • I release the child listed above to participate in Dog-Harmony’s Kids & Canines Day Camp. I understand that I do so at our own risk. I understand that participation in the above event/activity could include actions of tasks, which might be hazardous to the participant named above. By signing below, I assume and risk of harm or injury to the participant due to his/her participation in the event/activity. I hereby release and waive Dog-Harmony, Inc., any of its volunteers or paid/contracted employees as well as any entities affiliated with the foregoing from liability for any and all loss, damage, injuries, claims, demands, lawsuits, expenses and any other liability of any kind, directly or indirectly out of or in connection with Dog-Harmony’s Kids & Canines Day Camp. I further provide my consent for Dog-Harmony, Inc. to seek emergency treatment for the participant if necessary. I agree to accept financial responsibility for the costs related to this emergency treatment.

Dog-Harmony announces Hops for Hounds

Dog-Harmony is excited to announce the newest dog walk and fun run in South Walton. Hops for Hounds, taking place February 17 at Grayton Beer Company, features a two-mile dog walk and one-mile kids’ fun run as well as an array of activities for the whole family, including the four-legged members. All proceeds from this event will go to Dog-Harmony to help keep tails wagging in the community. What could be better than taking a walk with your pup on a beautiful Saturday and then enjoying a fun packed after party at Grayton Beer Company for a good cause?

Hops for Hounds will start at 10 a.m. at Grayton Beer Company, make a pit stop at Idyll Hounds Brewing Company and circle back for the after party with food, live music and draft beer. The cost is $30.00 for one human and one hound to participate in the Dog Walk and $20.00 per entry for the kids’ fun run. Each registered person will receive a t-shirt, wag bag and those over 21 will get a draft beer in Grayton Beer Company’s Tap Room. Back Beach BBQ and Deep Dish Rescue will be onsite serving lunch and plan to donate a portion of proceeds to Dog-Harmony.

Dog-Harmony’s main goal is to build healthy relationships between humans and dogs to improve the lives of both and reduce the number of dogs placed in shelters. This event will aid in the funding of the local nonprofit’s many community programs, including humane education, spay/neuter services, microchipping clinics and, of course, adoption services.

“We have been blown away by all the support we have already received for this event. We look forward to the community coming out with their hounds to support our mission,” said Nancy Bown, Founder of Dog-Harmony.

This event would not be possible without the many generous sponsors of Hops for Hounds, such as Grayton Beer Company, The Hive Creative Consulting, Destin-30A Mom’s Blog, Community Broadcasters, LLC. and many others. To register for this event, click here. For more information on this event or to become a sponsor, please contact The Hive Creative Consulting at info@thehivecreativeconsulting.com.

Dog-Harmony and the Destin Library set to host humane education events

Dog-Harmony has teamed up with the Destin Library to host a lecture series over the next few months. From workshops focusing on educating children to teaching you the difference between service dogs and therapy animals, this series will cover it all.

Upcoming events:
Children’s Humane Education Workshop
Feb. 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Cruelty or Neglect? Responsible Pet Ownership Workshop
Feb. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

To sign up for these courses, please fill out the following form.

Humane Education Sign up

Dog-Harmony offers group training classes

Dog-Harmony offers community humane education courses featuring group training classes. Nancy Bown, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and Dog-Harmony’s founder, leads these courses at Dog-Harmony Headquarters, 3906 U.S. Highway 98 W, Unit 34, Santa Rosa Beach.

For more information about the individual classes, visit Dog-Harmony’s events page.

To sign up for one of these classes, please fill out the form below:

Group Training Class Sign Up

The Hive releases sponsorship package for Hops for Hounds

The Hive Creative Consulting released a sponsorship package for Dog-Harmony and Grayton Beer Company’s Hops for Hounds dog walk and fun run. The Hive’s team is now allowing businesses in the local area to sign up to support Dog-Harmony and the event.

Hops for Hounds is the newest walk to celebrate the hounds that have our hearts as a family. This two-mile dog walk and one-mile fun run is designed for all ages. The walk starts at Grayton Beer Company’s taproom, takes a quick break at Idyll Hounds Brewery and loops right back to the starting point for the after party.

Registered walkers will receive an official walk t-shirt, “wag bag,” one complimentary Blueberry Blonde draft beer and, most importantly, a great family friendly morning with your hound.

For more information about how to become a sponsor for the event, check out the Hops for Hounds Sponsorship Packet.

Nancy in the News: Gift ideas for your pets (WJHG)

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) – The owner of Dog Harmony joined us in studio to give you some Christmas gift ideas for your pets.

For some of those ideas, check out Jessica’s interview:

Gift ideas for your pet

To purchase these presents, visit our kiosk in Grand Boulevard. For more information on the Furbo Dog Camera, click here.

Furbo Dog Camera recommended for dog-lover present this holiday season

Need the perfect present for your dog loving friend? Try the Furbo Dog Camera! It’s the only pet camera that’s designed for dogs. It lets dog-parents see, talk and toss treats even when they’re not home.

The designers received input from over 5,000 dog parents, experts, trainers and vets to meet dog-specific needs, including:
A Barking Alert- When it detects your dogs barking, Furbo sends a notification to your smartphone.
Clicker Training- Furbo makes a “clicking” sound before tossing a treat.
Blue and Yellow Light Status Indicators- Using the colors dogs can see (yellow and blue), Furbo’s light indicator changes from yellow to blue to attract your dog’s attention.

It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can toss treats or schedule treat tossing through voice command.

Furbo Dog Camera is beautifully designed to blend with home aesthetics, and goes hardly noticeable when it’s not shooting out treats. And, whether you have a larger dog or a scrappy puppy, Furbo’s natural bamboo wooden cover sits perfectly flush at the top of Furbo to make sure your smart pup can’t get their paws on all the treats.

Furbo can be purchased online and through Amazon and Furbo’s official website.

Use Dog-Harmony’s promo code (FURBOHARMONY) for an additional $15 off Furbo.

Dog-Harmony offers its own wine with donation

Dog-Harmony has its own wine! Interested in taking some home for the holidays? You can get the wine if you are 21 years or older and have signed up for a monthly donation of $20+.

To sign up for a monthly donation, please visit our “Donate” tab, select “Donate Online Now” and checked the “make this a monthly donation” box while filling out your information.

Contact Nancy at (850) 376-4190 or hello@dog-harmony.org

for more details.

*Note: We are not selling the wine.*