Archive for August, 2011

Travel With Dogs To England Will Become Much Easier and Quicker in 2012

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

For years, it was very difficult to take your pet (or service dog) to the United Kingdom and it included a mandatory quarantine for as much as six months. Only if you had to move to the U.K. would you consider taking your pet. Then, about 10 years ago, the Pet Passport Program was set up. It became possible, with very careful and six months in advance planning to bring your dog to the U.K. without any quarantine. But it was very complicated. Now, starting January 1, 2012, the U.K. will harmonise it’s pet travel rules with the rest of the E.U. and things can be done much easier and quicker. You can then enter the U.K. with a pet with as little as one month worth of pre-planning, a task that takes 5 months or more today.

You now must do the following (this is a quick summary so be sure to check the details on the link below):
1. Insert a microchip in your dog if they don’t already have one (this id’s the dog to be sure that the dog is the same one that is vaccinated for rabies).
2. Vaccinate the dogs for rabies at an approved vet and (this is important) be sure that the vet reads the microchip and records the microchip number with the rabies documentation at the time of the shot.
3. Get the appropriate paperwork for an international pet passport (your vet may have this and a health certificate from your vet).
4. Wait at least 21 days before entering the U.K. This is to allow the rabies shot enough time to be sure that it worked and that the dog didn’t have rabies at the time of the vaccine.
5. Make sure that the microchip that your dog has is one that the E.U. scanners can read or bring your own reader. (They cost about 300.00 or you can rent one).

No longer required after January 1, 2012 is the blood test to prove that the rabies vaccine was effective and the 6 month wait after the blood test. This will greatly reduce the time, money and complexity on preparing your dog for travel to England.

Note that this is now the same requirements as entering other E.U. countries from the U.S. or Canada. Also note that if you have already done steps 1 and 2 above (your dog was microchipped, then had a rabies shot with the microchip number recorded) and the rabies shot has not expired and 21 or more days have passed since the shot you will, after January 1 be able to immediately take your dog to the U.K. with no waiting period at all. There are still paperwork requirements, entry rules that tell you how you must enter the U.K. and other rules to pay attention to.

For the details, see the official page at:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/06/30/new-rules-pet-passports/

Security Dogs Taking The Place of Personal Body Guards

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

California K9 Academy Has Been Offering Training and Top Quality Personal Protection Dogs to the Public Since 1969

Today, celebrities, corporations and other VIPs are turning to Personal Protection Dogs for their safety, rather than hiring human body guards. A Personal Protection Dog is a well trained canine used to guard against, and watch for, unwanted or unexpected people or animals as well as sniff out possible threats such as bombs. Many Personal Protection Dog owners say their well trained canine gives them a sense of protection far greater than another human can offer. Plus, they get the benefit of having a best friend in their dog.

That trend is no surprise to Yaiza Magdalena, Owner and Director of California K9 Academy, Los Angeles. Yaiza is a board-certified dog trainer and a member of practically every organization her industry has to offer. Her state-of-the-art facility has played host to Diplomats, more than a few movie stars and even the occasional Prince.

“Personal Protection Dogs offer individuals and corporations the true sense of calm they desire in today’s crazy world,” explains the petite Yaiza. “One of the earliest duties of the domestic dog was guarding the property of its owners, but there is a big distinction between Personal Protection Dogs and watch dogs. A watch dog simply watches the home and alerts others to an intruder by barking. In many cases, however, a watch dog alone is not sufficient. A Personal Protection Dog not only watches and alerts but also threatens the intruder to the point of retreat. That’s where we come into the picture. We train dogs to restrain or attack the intruder while at the same time remaining a loving dog for the family.”

California K9 Academy has dedicated over 35 years to excellence in the dog industry. On any given day visiting the facility, you might stumble across a trainer working a Police K9 or a new puppy learning the basic obedience commands. The Academy offers K9 programs in security, as well as obedience. California K9 also has developed strong relationships with top International breeders, thus assuring access to the best dogs and puppies the world has to offer. Obedience training starts at $3500 for four weeks. Clients turn to California K9 Academy with their own dog or for help in selecting the right puppy for their lifestyle and needs, from a 4 pound Maltese, to a 200 pound Saint Bernard.

Most dog owners already know, or soon discover that they do not want to become dog trainers themselves. The California K9 Academy in-kennel training program, conducted by trainers who have proven their abilities on a National and International level, is the best and easiest way to have any dog trained whether it is for Civil Defense or just a well trained pet.

Besides security dogs and obedience training, Yaiza and her team have the experience in building Specialized Detection Dogs to meet the varied yet specific demands of Individuals, Corporations and Government Agencies. This can be accomplished though the training program for owners who already have a dog, or through California K9’s access to the very best the world of dogs has to offer for Personal, Commercial, Industrial, and Specialized Detection needs. Security dogs and Specialized Detection Dogs cost $20,000 and up, depending on the pedigree.

Upon entering the facility, it becomes clear that dog training and quality of service have reached a new and exciting level. At the Academy visitors are just as likely to see a highly-placed security team (and their Personal Protection Dogs) learning how to fight it out against make-believe bad guys as they are to see a rare, black Maltese puppy learning how to hold it and, well… keep it off the family’s rug.

Yaiza takes pride in the warm, caring atmosphere engendered at the Academy and the dogs that are trained. The home-like ambiance is much more than just a kennel by design; it’s a necessary component for training dogs, or helping owners find the best friend they have yet to meet.

California K9 Academy is located at 111 W. Linden Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502. Call 1-(800) Get-Dogs for more information or visit them at www.californiak9.com.

Protect Your Pets – Remember to Include Them in Your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

All too often when a disaster strikes pets are left to fend for themselves and end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well thought out disaster plan that includes your pet, so that you know where to go and what to take, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

“Many public shelters that are set up for disaster victims don’t accept pets so you need to find out in advance which shelters or hotels along your evacuation route will accept pets,” said Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I. “It is tragic, but people have actually died because they were ordered to evacuate and did not want to leave their pets behind.”

Disasters do happen—and advance planning is best way for everyone to survive the catastrophe and get their lives back to normal as soon as possible.

The I.I.I. offers the following tips to protect you, your loved ones and your pets in the event of a disaster:

1. Have a Disaster Plan

§ Plan in advance where you will go and how you plan to get there.

§ Map out your primary route and a backup route in case roads are blocked or impassable. Make sure you have a map of the area available.

§ Put together a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians along the evacuation route and outside your area that might be able to shelter your pets in an emergency. Include emergency phone numbers.

§ Talk to your vet, the humane society or the local emergency management agency for information regarding community evacuation plans that include pets.

§ Make advance arrangements to have a friend or neighbor pick up your pets in the event you are not at home when a disaster strikes. And, plan where you will meet or how you will reach each other.

§ Review the I.I.I.’s five step evacuation plan and consider downloading the I.I.I. podcast on evacuation so you have it for easy reference on your PDA.

§ Take the Ten Minute Challenge to seeing how long it would take to get you, your family, your pets and all of your important items out of the house.

2. Make a Grab-and-Go Disaster Kit for Your Pets
Medication and medical records (including proof of rabies vaccination) in a waterproof container.
Pet first aid kit
Leashes, harnesses, crates and carriers for transporting pets
A muzzle, if your pet requires one
Food and water for at least three days; a manual can opener
Cat litter and litter box
Comfort toys
Recent photo of you and your pet in case you become separated
Name and phone number of your veterinarian
If you have pet insurance, the insurance company contact information and policy number

3. If You Must Evacuate, Take Your Pets
Be prepared to leave early; do not wait for an official evacuation as you might be ordered to leave your pets behind.
Keep pets on leashes or in carriers at all times.
Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification. Include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your area in case your pet gets lost and you cannot be reached. And mark the crate or carrier with similar information.
Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier. During warm weather, carry a plant mister to mist the bird’s feathers periodically. Do not put water inside the carrier during transport; instead provide a few slices of fresh fruit or vegetables with high water content.
Review the I.I.I.’s article on pet evacuation which includes more detailed information as well as evacuation tips for reptiles and pocket pets such as hamsters and gerbils.

4. After the Disaster
Once you return to your home, do not allow your pets to roam loose right away. While you assess the damage, keep dogs on a leash and other animals in their carriers.
Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet may become disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations, so give them some time to get used to their “new” surroundings.
Be patient. Try to get your pets back into their normal routines as soon as possible, and be on the lookout for stress-related behavioral problems; if these persist, talk to your veterinarian.

KEEP YOUR INSURANCE UP-TO-DATE

Insurance is an important part of disaster planning. In addition to having an evacuation plan, the I.I.I. recommends these three steps:

First, contact your insurance agent to make sure that you have both the right amount and type of insurance protection. You should have enough insurance to rebuild your home and replace all of your personal belongings. And, ask about both flood and earthquake insurance as these disasters are not covered under standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. Separate coverage is available for both disasters, however. The I.I.I. has a brochure on insurance for your house and personal possessions. More information on flood insurance can be found at www.floodsmart.gov
Second, make sure you have an up-to-date home inventory. This will help you purchase the right amount of insurance and will make the claims process faster and easier. The I.I.I. has free Web-based home inventory software at KnowYourStuff.org.
Third, take reasonable steps to make your home disaster-resistant. The I.I.I. has a video outline five key steps for Making Your Home More Hurricane Resistant. For detailed information on how to disaster-proof your home or business, go to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.