I don't know anything about the dog walkers they link to so this isn't an endorsement, but I think it's a great idea! Anyone know of a dog walker on this list? Are there other lists like this that you'd like to see?
Banning shock collars in the United Kingdon, from ukpets.co.uk:
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, (APDT) has joined calls from the Kennel Club, (KC), the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (RSPCA), Dogs Trust and others for bans on the sale and use of electric shock collars to be included as part of the Animal Welfare Bill, (AWB) because, they say, they compromise animal welfare.
A friend of KPCT just wrote to us with the following:
"My veterinarian Jane went to New Orleans a few months ago to volunteer her services. She said there are thousands of animals still without homes, and it was sad. One dog out of the thousands she saw caught her eye and her heart. His name is Caleb, and she said he's just a magnificent animal. For those of you who aren't in a position to adopt a pet, please pass this information to anyone you know who might be looking for a dog. Caleb is a 2-year-old male with the sweetest disposition ever. He has heartworm, and Jane has done a lot of work with him, but he'll have to be kept quiet for a few weeks while she treats him for this disease. He's not contagious, and is all ready for someone to love him.
Redondo Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2006 -- Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT), organizer of ClickerExpo, the highly acclaimed educational conference specifically for animal professionals and pet owners, and 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, North America's largest nonprofit online pet adoption service, have teamed up to help more pet owners and shelter professionals learn new skills for successful pet adoptions. How? KPCT and 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com are going to pay partner shelters $25 for each individual that attends ClickerExpo in Newport, RI March 31-April 2, 2006!
This article makes a great point that I don't see enough in the press — teaching your pet some tricks is a form of enrichment! It keeps their brains active, reduces behavior problems, and strengthens the relationships between pets and their owners. So play with your pet and teach them something, not just for your benefit, but for theirs.