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 – next 6/062016

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 – next 2/12/2016

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 – next 11/13/2015

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

Fall 2014 Grooming Appointments Available: 9/5, 9/27, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

11/21/14




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 a couple times a 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
August 2014


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

Fall 2014 “Intro to Clicker Training” Workshops: 9/8, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1

11/3/14

Intro to Clicker Training




Intro to Clicker Training – Basic Manners for Dogs & Puppies is brought to you by Fresh Air Dogs in cooperation with Piscataquis Valley Adult Education


WHO – This class is for humans only (no dogs for this class only)


WHAT – 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


WHEN – This two-hour class is USUALLY held on the first Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — 2014 dates: 1/13 (bad weather on 1/06), 2/03, 3/03, 3/31 (instead of 4/07), 5/05, 6/02, 7/07, 8/04, 9/08 (instead of 9/01), 10/06, 11/03, 12/01


WHERE – Fresh Air Dogs, 251 Wharff Road, Guilford — follow the road signs on Route 15, near the Dover-Foxcroft line, that direct you to turn onto the Sebec Shore Road


COST – $25 (Gift Certificates Available)


NOTE – All dogs must be up-to-date on immunizations and flea and parasite-free.


NEXT STEPS – After completion of this Intro to Clicker Training class, folks may register for additional training (dates/times to be announced), including:


The Basics (5 weeks)
Beyond the Basics (4 weeks)
Fun & Games
Workshops
Private Lessons


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!


TRAINER – Russell Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Russell attended Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws Intern Academy in Maryland; Level One, 6 days in 2012 re: How Dogs Learn and The Science of Behavior and Training and Level Two, 6 days in 2013 re: Behavior Modification and Working with Problem Behaviors.


Russell and Cynthia Scott have been training dogs, and their owners, since 1978. They have put obedience titles on their golden retrievers and have had four dogs certified by Therapy Dog International as Pet Therapy Dogs.


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.

Certified First Aid/CPR Course for Dogs & Cats 9/27/2014

9/27/14


Educational Fund Raiser at Fresh Air Dogs.
Back by popular demand, an American Red Cross Pet First Aid/CPR Certification Course, applicable to both dogs and cats, is being held on Saturday, September 27th from 9am-1pm. Just one tip you learn in this training may save the life of a beloved pet, yours or someone else’s. This is a MUST ATTEND event if you are a pet owner, sitter, walker, groomer, boarder, shelter volunteer or just want to be prepared in case of an emergency.


All students attending the course will receive an American Red Cross Pet First Aid Book for dogs and cats, DVD and certification good for life and recognized nationwide!


Attendees must register in advance; class size is 6 minimum, 12 maximum. To pre-register, contact Cynthia Scott at 207.564.2604 or E-mail Cynthia (Cynthia @ FreshAirDogs dot com). The cost the course is $70; due to the limited space, $35 (payable to The Maine POM Project) will be required at the time of registration to hold your spot with the remainder due at the class. Pre-registration payment may be sent to Fresh Air Dogs, 251 Wharff Road, Guilford ME 04443.


The instructor for this course is Bobby Silcott, Animal Control Officer for several towns in western Maine. He is on the Board of the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and the Maine Federation of Humane Societies. Mr. Silcott founded The Maine POM (Pet Oxygen Mask) Project in 2009. He has been teaching Red Cross First Aid/CPR Courses since 2008.


All proceeds from these courses will purchase POMs for Fire Department and Rescues all over Maine. FMI, check out The Maine POM Project’s WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE.


Click HERE for directions to Fresh Air Dogs, don’t rely on your GPS, it’ll lead you astray, trust me!


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