The Fresh Air Doghouse closes 10/25/2017

9/10/17

After eight years, the time has come for us to move on. We will be closing the dog house on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (just in time for Russell to thoroughly enjoy hunting season). We remain hopeful that another dog lover will want to continue what we started here. We appreciate your trust in us over the years and thank you for recommending us to your family and friends.

Russell & Cynthia Scott
September 9, 2017

Many thanks to Denise Buzzelli, Executive Director of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce,
for the excellent article she wrote on July 18, 2017 about her love of dogs, also featuring Fresh Air Dogs.

Read this if you LOVE DOGS! Click HERE to read it!

Fresh Air Dogs to Hand Over the Leash

4/14/17

Notice to all Fresh Air Dogs and their humans:

As many of you know, we were blessed with a grandson 18 months ago. He lives in Durham, is a true joy and we love spending time with him every chance we get. We are also expecting a granddaughter later this month who will live in Casco. Our hearts are about to bust! We knew that the time would come when we would have to make the transition from Russell & Cynthia, the “Dog People,” to be able to be full-time, close by “Pap Pap” and “Nana” … best titles we’ve ever had!

We have prayed long and hard about what to do and when to do it. God has showed us that it’s now time for us to prepare to hand over the leash to someone who will remain committed to having an awesome place for dogs to learn, play and stay in a safe, clean, fun and friendly environment. Even though our client list has grown steadily from 2010 to 2017, there are more amenities that could be added to provide additional avenues for growth for a new owner; i.e., grooming, retail, etc.

Fresh Air Dogs is a well-respected brand that is recognized statewide and we value the goodwill created through our trusting relationships with our clients. We want nothing more than for Fresh Air Dogs to continue to serve our existing clients and grow for years to come. We are certainly willing to provide support and training to the new owner to ensure a seamless transition. If someone comes to mind that you think would be perfect Dog People, please encourage them to contact us for more information.

Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to our success over the past 7+ years; we couldn’t have done it without you.

Russell & Cynthia Scott
EmmaJean & Barkley
April 14, 2017

Click HERE to see some of our Memorable Moments posted on Facebook over the years.

Click HERE to see the online listing for our property/home/business.

Click Fresh Air Dogs 2017 for a description of the business and more details.

Happy Easter!


2017 Training Schedule – next 2/06/2017

1/18/17

The key to having a great pup is being a great puppy parent. We are always teaching our dog; every minute of every day they are learning from us. We need to be sure we are teaching them what we want and not teaching them to be confused by sending mixed messages.


This class covers how dogs think and learn and basic good manners training using science-based, positive reinforcement. Whether your want a happy and peaceful relationship with your dog or maybe you’d like your dog to be certified as a Therapy Dog, this class will get you started off on the right paw! This Intro to Clicker Training class is a prerequisite for all other trainings offered by Fresh Air Dogs. This class is for humans only – no dogs this time.


LOVE YOUR DOG – Dogs are amazing creatures who have adapted to the crazy-confusing world of people remarkably well – most of the time. Learn HOW your dog thinks and you will be able to work with his good nature to build a bond of trust and love between the two of you. Learn WHY your dog acts like a dog and you can redirect that doggie instinct and natural canine response towards acceptable-to-humans behavior.


TRAIN YOUR DOG – It’s simple. No yelling needed – just manage his behavior to prevent him from doing the WRONG things. When your dog is doing the RIGHT thing, reward him for it. No physical punishment or coercion. Would you “come when called” if you knew that bad things would happen when you got there? Everything your dog does make sense – to him. It’s your challenge to figure out how to make the behaviors you want more rewarding that the behavior you don’t want … and, you and your dog will both have fun while you’re at it!


Russell Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and has attended Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws Intern Academy Levels 1&2 in Maryland. Russell and Cynthia Scott have been training dogs, and their owners, since 1978 and have put obedience titles on their golden retrievers and have had four dogs certified by Therapy Dog International. The Scott’s own Fresh Air Dogs in Guilford, providing training, Doggie “Playcare” and in-home “Sleepovers” (no crates of kennels), for dogs and puppies of all ages. FMI: www.FreshAirDogs.com, www.Facebook.com/FreshAirDogs


Click to enroll in the spring classes being offered the first Monday of the EVEN months (February 6th, April 3rd and June 5th) through PVAEC – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative.


Don’t worry, if we’ve just held a class, you can still get started. Give us a call at 207.564.2604 or send an email to Russell AT FreshAirDogs DOT com and we’ll get you and your pup off on the right paw!

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!

Guilford Bicentennial Pet Fair – 6/11/2016

5/23/16



There are lots of wonderful events planned throughout the year as part of Guilford’s Bicentennial … here’s what’s sure to be a very full and fun-filled day on Saturday, June 11th – click the links for updates and more information.

— A Pet Fair, sponsored by Fresh Air Dogs, will be held at the athletic field from 10 AM to 4 PM. Here are some of the events and participants:

10-11:30 am – Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club Demo
11am -1 pm – Rabies and Microchip Clinic
12:30-1:15 pm – Rally Demo – Pam and Marie – Foxcroft Agway
1:15-1:30 pm – Fresh Air Dogs Clicker Training Demo
1:30-3:30 pm – Darling’s Ice Cream Truck
1:30-2:30 pm – The Pup Strut – Almost Home Rescue & Catahoula Dog (Rescue Groups)

Ashes to Ashes
Blanket Works
Calidoodle Phodography
Fresh Eggs Daily – Lisa Steele
The Maine Barkery
P.A.W.S Cat Rescue
Ruff Kuts Grooming – Michelle Lazore
Terri Kelley Palin – Children’s Crafts

Leashed pets are welcome to attend!

FREE LUNCH for kids 18 and under!
Sandiches, burriotos, wraps, bowls, etc.
Provided by the Dynamic Learning Event Center

Lots of events, vendors and great food!

Also happening that day …

— The morning will start at 8 AM with “Breakfast By the Bridge” as a celebration of Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union’s 50th Birthday this year! They will be awarding $16K to area food pantries that day.

— The Guilford Memorial Library will be hosting a “Maine Authors” event from 11 AM to 1 PM. Seventeen Maine authors will have their books available to sell and sign.

2016 TRAINING Schedule

4/4/16

The key to having a great pup is being a great puppy parent. We are always teaching our dog; every minute of every day they are learning from us. We need to be sure we are teaching them what we want and not teaching them to be confused by sending mixed messages.


This class covers how dogs think and learn and basic good manners training using science-based, positive reinforcement. Whether your want a happy and peaceful relationship with your dog or maybe you’d like your dog to be certified as a Therapy Dog, this class will get you started off on the right paw! This Intro to Clicker Training class is a prerequisite for all other trainings offered by Fresh Air Dogs. This class is for humans only – no dogs this time.


LOVE YOUR DOG – Dogs are amazing creatures who have adapted to the crazy-confusing world of people remarkably well – most of the time. Learn HOW your dog thinks and you will be able to work with his good nature to build a bond of trust and love between the two of you. Learn WHY your dog acts like a dog and you can redirect that doggie instinct and natural canine response towards acceptable-to-humans behavior.


TRAIN YOUR DOG – It’s simple. No yelling needed – just manage his behavior to prevent him from doing the WRONG things. When your dog is doing the RIGHT thing, reward him for it. No physical punishment or coercion. Would you “come when called” if you knew that bad things would happen when you got there? Everything your dog does make sense – to him. It’s your challenge to figure out how to make the behaviors you want more rewarding that the behavior you don’t want … and, you and your dog will both have fun while you’re at it!


Russell Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and has attended Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws Intern Academy Levels 1&2 in Maryland. Russell and Cynthia Scott have been training dogs, and their owners, since 1978 and have put obedience titles on their golden retrievers and have had four dogs certified by Therapy Dog International. The Scott’s own Fresh Air Dogs in Guilford, providing training, Doggie “Playcare” and in-home “Sleepovers” (no crates of kennels), for dogs and puppies of all ages. FMI: www.FreshAirDogs.com, www.Facebook.com/FreshAirDogs


Click HERE to enroll in the spring classes being offered the first Monday of the EVEN months (February, April and June) through PVAEC – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative.


Don’t worry, if we’ve just held a class, you can still get started. Give us a call at 207.564.2604 or send an email to Russell AT FreshAirDogs DOT com and we’ll get you and your pup off on the right paw!

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!

2016 GROOMING Schedule

1/7/16




We’ve been asked hundreds of times about grooming and this is our response to your requests!


Primp My Paws, a brand-spankin’ new mobile grooming van, now rolls in to Fresh Air Dogs on the 2ND FRIDAY of every month; FMI, rates, etc. click these links for Primp My Paws WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE.


Click HERE to see all the pups getting primped at Fresh Air Dogs.


It’s first-come, first-served, so e-mail Cynthia (Cynthia @ FreshAirDogs dot com) to save a slot for your pup(s) ASAP! Lucky dogs coming for grooming will be dropped off at our usual 7-9 am Drop Off Time and picked up at the usual 4-6 pm Pick Up Time.


Pups new to Fresh Air Dogs must also schedule a Meet & Greet that morning and bring immunization records with them. (Note: Dogs must be flea-free! We don’t want dem tings around here a tall!)


BIG CLEAN WOOF!!!
Russell & Cynthia Scott

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!

2015 Grooming Schedule

11/2/15




We’ve been asked hundreds of times about grooming and this is our response to your requests!


Primp My Paws, a brand-spankin’ new mobile grooming van, now rolls in to Fresh Air Dogs every month; FMI, rates, etc. click these links for Primp My Paws WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE.


Click HERE to see all the pups getting primped at Fresh Air Dogs.


It’s first-come, first-served, so e-mail Cynthia (Cynthia @ FreshAirDogs dot com) to save a slot for your pup(s) ASAP! Lucky dogs coming for grooming will be dropped off at our usual 7-9 am Drop Off Time and picked up at the usual 4-6 pm Pick Up Time.


Pups new to Fresh Air Dogs must also schedule a Meet & Greet that morning and bring immunization records with them. (Note: Dogs must be flea-free! We don’t want dem tings around here a tall!)


BIG CLEAN WOOF!!!
Russell & Cynthia Scott

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!

Parenting Class … for Dogs – Intro to Clicker Training – next 11/09/2015

11/1/15

The key to having a great pup is being a great puppy parent. We are always teaching our dog; every minute of every day they are learning from us. We need to be sure we are teaching them what we want and not teaching them to be confused by sending mixed messages.


This class covers how dogs think and learn and basic good manners training using science-based, positive reinforcement. Whether your want a happy and peaceful relationship with your dog or maybe you’d like your dog to be certified as a Therapy Dog, this class will get you started off on the right paw! This Intro to Clicker Training class is a prerequisite for all other trainings offered by Fresh Air Dogs. This class is for humans only – no dogs this time.


LOVE YOUR DOG – Dogs are amazing creatures who have adapted to the crazy-confusing world of people remarkably well – most of the time. Learn HOW your dog thinks and you will be able to work with his good nature to build a bond of trust and love between the two of you. Learn WHY your dog acts like a dog and you can redirect that doggie instinct and natural canine response towards acceptable-to-humans behavior.


TRAIN YOUR DOG – It’s simple. No yelling needed – just manage his behavior to prevent him from doing the WRONG things. When your dog is doing the RIGHT thing, reward him for it. No physical punishment or coercion. Would you “come when called” if you knew that bad things would happen when you got there? Everything your dog does make sense – to him. It’s your challenge to figure out how to make the behaviors you want more rewarding that the behavior you don’t want … and, you and your dog will both have fun while you’re at it!


Russell Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and has attended Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws Intern Academy Levels 1&2 in Maryland. Russell and Cynthia Scott have been training dogs, and their owners, since 1978 and have put obedience titles on their golden retrievers and have had four dogs certified by Therapy Dog International. The Scott’s own Fresh Air Dogs in Guilford, providing training, Doggie “Playcare” and in-home “Sleepovers” (no crates of kennels), for dogs and puppies of all ages. FMI: www.FreshAirDogs.com, www.Facebook.com/FreshAirDogs


Click HERE to enroll in the spring classes being offered the first Monday of the ODD months (January, March, May, July, September (2nd Monday), November) through PVAEC – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative.


Don’t worry, if we’ve just held a class, you can still get started. Give us a call at 207.564.2604 or send an email to Russell AT FreshAirDogs DOT com and we’ll get you and your pup off on the right paw!

Fresh Air Dogs – Your dog’s favorite place to learn, play and stay!

Feel Good Piscataquis! Expo 10/30/2015

10/30/15


6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health by Lisa Fields


Click HERE for the entire article on WebMD


Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you’re around your pet? It’s true. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters and can help you in other ways, too.


1. A Healthier Heart
Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. Why? Dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems.


2. Stress Soothers
Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.


3. Social Magnets
Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people.


4. Better Mood, More Meaning
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems.


5. Benefits for Baby’s Immune System
Babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma.


6. Social Support for Autistic Children
Kids tend to relate better to their classmates who have autism when pets are in the classroom.


Fresh Air Dogs “Feel Good” Testimonial:


Shortly after Fresh Air Dogs opened, we had a retired couple bring their dog, Lady, to us for daycare. They were thrilled to FINALLY be able to go to a nice place to eat while out and about doing their errands instead of just pulling into a drive-thru for some fast food. They had never wanted to leave Miss Lady in the car for fear that she’d get too cold, or too hot, depending on the season. Now they look forward to going out on lunch ‘dates’ and not having to worry about their pup.


Barkley and I had a fun day in Monson meeting lots of new people and reconnecting with old friends.


The Feel Good Piscataquis! Expo celebrated healthy living in Piscataquis County and showcased fun displays, interactive demonstrations, and information from a broad range of providers and organizations with products and services that support wellness.

This event was sponsored by the Piscataquis Regional YMCA’s Healthy Community project, the Charlotte White Center’s Thriving in Place initiative, and the Maine Highlands Senior Center.

Career Day at Dexter High School 10/08/2015

10/8/15

Well, what do you know … Fresh Air Dogs was featured on the evening news!!!



Barkley and I (Cynthia Scott) spent the morning at Dexter High School’s Career Day discussing many kinds of dog-related careers including dog walking, grooming, training, doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, shelters and humane societies, Canine Companions, Vet Tech, Veterinarian, therapy dogs, service dogs, dogs trained for police work and even bed-bug sniffing dogs!

We also talked about the various skills required for operating a successful business like Fresh Air Dogs; i.e., love of dogs, customer service, marketing, advertising, accounting, poop scooping, cleaning, etc. Barkley really enjoyed meeting everyone and got lots of pats … his favorite thing! Students were encouraged to get some training skills under their belts in preparation for any type of career involving dogs. We had a great time meeting so many new people in our area.

Barkley, a Certified Therapy Dog, and I enjoyed our Q&A time with the students and discussing various pet-related careers students were interested in, what training and experience would be required, and what salaried and volunteer positions might be available locally. I addressed solutions to common problems; i.e., how to keep dogs from jumping up on people, getting into the garbage, excessive barking, etc.

I mentioned a great way for students to earn money during their college years is dog walking. I urged anyone interested to get trained in positive reinforcement training and Pet First Aid and CPR. Getting a good handle on dog behavior is a must in order to keep dogs safe when out and about.

Demonstrating positive reinforcement “Clicker Training” with Barkley.


Careers with Animals – Job Descriptions – Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Animal Attendant/Kennel Worker, Groomer, Animal Behaviorist/Animal Trainer, Humane Educator, Animal Control Officer, Zoologist, Marine Biologist
Therapy Dog International – I’ve had four of our dogs evaluated and pass the requirements to become Certified Therapy Dogs.
Canine Companions for Independence – Our son did an internship at CCI in Santa Rosa, CA.
Kikopup – YouTube Dog Training Videos – “Come, Sit and Stay and learn about dog training!”

PRYMCA Healthy Kids Day

5/2/15

Pet Therapy Presentation at Senior Network

4/16/15