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.*

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

Preparing your pets for a hurricane

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Pet owners know their animals are more than just cats and dogs. They’re often their best friend and for many leaving their best friend behind while evacuating from a storm is not an option.

“I would take your pets anywhere. I mean, we don’t have any children, this is our child so we will take them everywhere we can with them. There are a lot of hotels that are pet-friendly so they should call and get some information on it and they can definitely find hotels that will accept them,” said Stephanie Kircher, dog owner.

That’s exactly what animal experts say you should do. According to the ASPCA if you need to evacuate you should call ahead to find a shelter or hotel that accepts pets. You also need to put together a hurricane preparedness kit for your pet. The ASPCA suggests a pet first-aid kit, 3-7 days worth of canned or dry food, disposable litter trays, litter or paper toweling, liquid dish soap, disposable garbage bags, pet feeding dishes and water bowls, extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash, photocopies of medical record, at least seven days worth of bottled water for each person and pet, a traveling bag, crate, or sturdy carrier, flashlight, blanket, and recent photos of your pets.

The founder of Dog Harmony, a Santa Rosa Beach dog rescue, suggests pet owners should get their dogs micro-chipped. Some vets and boarding facilities may stay open during storms if you have to leave your animals behind, but finding your options before a storm hits will give you peace of mind.

“Definitely be sure they’re micro-chipped so when you’re traveling. If you happen to lose a dog but you’ve got a way for the dog to be identified so they can be returned to you,” said Nancy Bown, founder of Dog Harmony.

One man we spoke with doesn’t believe any animal should be left behind if a storm threatens the area.

“Would you leave your kid behind? Would you leave anything you cared about behind? To me it’s just I would never do that. At least give them the fighting chance. You don’t want to take care of your pet then at least get it to a place where it can fend for itself. Leaving it behind locked in a cage or something like that is not humane,” said Will Jarrett, dog owner.

Red Cross officials say some of their shelters will be pet friendly if you go to a shelter that is not pet friendly they say they will still do their best to find a spot for you.

Read the whole story here: http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Preparing-your-pets-for-a-hurricane-443102553.html

You’re Invited! Dog Days of Summer: Social

Original Article here: http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Dog-days-of-summer-social-440875233.html

SANDESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A guest from Dog Harmony joined us in the studio to tell us about a doggie social for all party animals.

Dog Days of Summer is open to the public and their pets. It is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 24th at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

The event includes live music, a raffle, “pup pops,” brews by Grayton Beer Company and snapper dip by JC’s Gourmet. The outdoor party is free. Donations are asked for refreshments.

The funds from the event will go to Dog-Harmony, a nonprofit 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.

For more information, watch Paris’ interview.

Dog-Harmony kicks off capital campaign

Walton Sun Article: http://www.waltonsun.com/news/20170809/dog-harmony-kicks-off-capital-campaign

Dog-Harmony kicked off its capital campaign recently to raise $50,000 that will be used to provide more space for its growing needs.

Dog-Harmony is an education-based operation that offers Doggy Day Care and adoptions, but owner Nancy Bown’s main focus is on training, she said.

Bown usually trains between five and 13 dogs a month at her 1,000-square-foot location in Emerald Coast Plaza and needs more space. There is a 3,000-square-foot space opening up in the complex that Bown hopes to move into.

Dog-Harmony was founded in 2014 as a volunteer-run non-profit organization made up of dog lovers who wanted to make a difference.

Bown’s mission is to create life-long pet adoptions by providing personalized and ongoing education, support and training for people and dogs with a goal of building healthy relationships to improve the lives of both.

Bown believes the key element is education to make sure the people and dogs have tools they need to build a successful life together.

“So many pets are in need because of missing gaps in educating people when they adopt,” she said. “People so often don’t understand the cost, a particular dog’s personality and what goes into pets and they end up recycled.”

Training therapy dogs is her specialty and she is one of the few in Northwest Florida who does this.

Training for a therapy dog is a minimum of 50 hours, and training for the owner is eight hours. She teaches therapy to about 25-30 dogs a year at her location. Click here to read more >>

Breed Labels: When Guesses Turn Into Predictions

As we travel around the country, having conversations with shelters and rescues about the “pit bull” dogs in their care, we find that there are always a few big a-ha! moments that help people understand that all dogs are individuals just a bit better.

One of the more exciting moments typically happens during our Labels & Language presentation where we discuss the role of breed labeling in shelters and the assumptions we make about dogs based on those labels.

Read more here >>

Keeping dogs safe in the heat

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The founder of Dog-Harmony joined us in the studio to tell you how you can keep your dogs safe from the heat this summer.

There are some things you can do to make sure they don’t get a heat stroke. One thing is to make sure your pets drink enough water. You also shouldn’t leave them out in the sun too long. If you start to notice that they are panting more or their eyes and gums get red, it is a good idea to bring them inside.

For more tips or information on how you can adopt a dog, check out Paris’ interview. http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Keeping-dogs-safe-in-the-heat-435582613.html

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.

Why do dogs wag their tails?

Check out this great article from PetBucket!

Tails serve many practical purposes for our canine companions, from giving them better balance while running to spreading their unique scent to other dogs nearby. Tails are also one of our pets’ key ways of communicating, letting others know when they’re feeling nervous, excited or open to communication. By watching your dog’s wag, then, you can better understand how he’s feeling and what he’s trying to say.

Dogs use their tails, face and body posture to communicate, making his tail one of your pet’s primary means of expressing his moods. In fact, studies have shown that dogs only wag their tails when they’re with company, making it a completely social activity. Watching a dog’s tail, how it’s positioned, whether it’s relaxed and how fast it’s moving can communicate crucial information. A tail held high usually signals enthusiasm, for example, and confident canines tend to hold their tails higher, allowing them to spread more of their scent. A dog holding his tail extremely high or wagging only the tip, however, is likely on high alert and you should avoid him or proceed with caution. Those with their tails low or between their legs are more timid or feeling nervous. Read the rest of the article here.