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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:


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

Kids & Canines: A Spring Break Day Camp

Need a break from your child’s spring break? Drop them off at Dog-Harmony’s new location for an afternoon full of fun!

On March 22 from 1 to 5 p.m., Dog-Harmony’s Kids & Canines camp will teach children all about how to interact with dogs, both in the home and out, and what a dog rescue does.

Children will break into groups based on age and rotate through stations like dog-toy making, humane education, dog handling and dog-treat making.

It’s $50 per child, and all profits will go towards improving Dog-Harmony’s new building.

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 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.

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