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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.

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.

Destin Gives Back: Dog-Harmony

By: Savannah Vasquez (Destin.com)
Nancy Bown said the mission of her non-profit, Dog-Harmony, is simple: Dog plus human equals family.

When she started the dog rescue, training and educational program five years ago, she said she never expected it to grow as quickly as it has. Now she said she has to limit the amount of rescue dogs they take in because of the extensive training and placement program that she implements.

“Last year we adopted 60 dogs,” she said. “We have a low intake compared to county dog shelters, but in five years we’ve only had two dogs come back. We have a very extensive training and background checking system, which makes sure they go to the right home.”

Bown is a certified dog trainer and runs a dog daycare – K 9-5 Doggie Daycare – during the day in Santa Rosa Beach, but said her true passion lies with Dog-Harmony.

“I was training dogs then people would pass away or have a dog that needed a home, so I started Dog-Harmony,” she said. “Then my accountant said, ’You need to start a 501 C-3. Now we are offering bite prevention classes free of charge in the schools, we have no-charge spay and neuter programs that run on scholarships and we had a new program called Trade it Out that encourages dog owners to trade their prong collars for more humane equipment free of charge.”

The educational aspect is really the focus of the non-profit, Bown explained. As a dog trainer, she said she wants to educate the community in order to prevent dogs from entering shelters in the first place.

“Really being a dog trainer and learning why dogs were ending up in shelters is what caused me to start Dog-Harmony,” she said. “The big factors are dogs biting children, or dogs not being spayed or neutered, or pet behavioral issues. My goal is to keep dogs from ending up in shelters to begin with.”

Currently Dog-Harmony is in the process of building a new facility in Freeport specifically designed for training and housing foster dogs as they await adoption. Bown said that the non-profit relies fully on community support and donations to keep it’s program running and there are several ways to give.

“We need money, so even a $5 donation really helps,” she said. “We also have the kiosk here at Grand Boulevard where we offer local art, dog toys, T-shirts and other unique items and 100 percent of the proceeds go to our programs.”

If adopting a dog is on your mind, Bown said there is one eager puppy waiting for a home; four-month-old Cooper.

“He is a border collie mix, he is very cute and very curious,” Bown said. “He knows how to walk on a leash, he knows ‘sit’ and he’s almost potty trained.”

As for volunteers, Bown said she welcomes all dog-lovers to apply.

“It’s all fun; everything we do is fun,” she said. “I don’t ever want Dog Harmony to be sad. When we receive a dog, that’s where their story begins. We don’t get caught up in whatever happened before.”

Published in the Northwest Florida Daily News

The Neuter Commuter to roll again

Article here: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170629/neuter-commuter-to-roll-again

The Neuter Commuter, which provides convenient, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats, will take its next journey Monday, July 31.

Owners who want their pet sterilized may drop off their pets at Dog-Harmony at 3906 U.S. Highay 98 Unit 34 in Santa Rosa Beach at 6 a.m. The Neuter Commuter will then take the animals to a Panama City clinic for surgeries, according to a press release from Dog-Harmony.

After surgery, the Neuter Commuter will return the animals to Dog-Harmony after 3 p.m. for the owners to pick up.

Owners can arrange for a later pickup time if necessary, the press release said.

The Neuter Commuter and clinic are run by Operation Spay Bay, a nonprofit organization that has performed more than 19,000 spay/neuters.

Dog-Harmony transports the animals for free. Surgery cost is $60 for pets under 50 pounds and $80 for those heavier.

Appointments must be made at least one week in advance.

For more information and/or to make an appointment, call Dog-Harmony at 850-376-4190.

10 Really Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Adopt a Dog

Adopting a dog is no joke. It is a commitment. You can’t just adopt one because you find it cute or you felt pity for it. The moment you decide to adopt a dog, it becomes a major responsibility. This means that you have to devote some of your time in making sure that the adopted dog is safe and healthy.

This means that there are important questions you must ask yourself before adopting a dog. For instance, do you have enough time to take care of it? You are bringing home a living thing. The dog has to be fed, taken care of, brought to the park for a walk, groomed, and many others.

It is more or less like having children. If you think you can do it and you have enough time to spare, go for it. Otherwise, suspend your plans of getting a dog. Later on, when you can safely say that you can take care of the dog, it is time to revisit the idea of adopting one.

Your health must also be taken into consideration. Do you have allergies or anyone in the family? If the dog’s presence at home may cause allergy, it is best to just drop the idea of adopting one. If not, choose a breed that is considered hypoallergenic. You can’t risk the health of your family members because you want to have a dog.

Below are other questions you need to take into consideration before adopting a dog as presented in the infographic. Study it well so you can make the right decision.

10 Really Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Adopt a Dog

Why does my dog jump and how can I stop him?

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Okay, back to the article about how we can stop our dogs from jumping!

It may be cute in a puppy, but when your full-grown dog jumps up to greet you, it can be a nuisance and dangerous for children and elderly friends. Because dogs jump up to say “hello,” it can be difficult to break them of the habit. With some consistent training, however, you can teach your pet a more polite way to welcome you and your guests.   When puppies greet an older dog, they often lick the adult’s muzzle as an appeasement gesture. In the same way, your canine companion tries to meet you nose-to-nose, jumping on his hind legs to do so. To break your dog of his highflying habit, it is important to show him that you will only greet pets that have all four feet on the ground. If your dog jumps, don’t acknowledge him by pushing him off, but instead look over his head and turn away if necessary. As soon as your dog’s front paws are planted, reward him verbally and with affection or a treat, withdrawing your attention immediately if he hops on his hind legs again. Continue reading here.