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Animal Radio for April 2, 2016  

A Chastity Belt For Dogs?
Dexter Blanch, Highly Favored Creations, LLC.

Dexter Blanch  Dexter Blanch considers himself quite the inventor. And he should. He's created a chastity contraption for dogs to wear. His saying is, "Stop it. Block it. Lock it When The Heat Is On." It's also the tagline for his new product, the Pet Anti-Breeding System (PABS), a kind of chastity belt for dogs whose owners opt out of spaying and neutering but want to avoid unintended pregnancy. He's also thinking about designing a special dog-bra, but is too busy selling the belts to work on anything else. In fact, he was just commissioned to invent a chastity belt for camels in Dubai.

Dexter invented PABS (Pet-Anti-Breeding System) because he claims that there are a lot of accidental and unwanted breeding that was happening when he first invented the product.

Being a handler and trainer himself, Dexter states that there are issues when a female comes into heat. If you are training a female dog when this occurs, she has to be isolated. Dexter found this very unfair and cruel. Plus, he was not able to train any males around females in heat.

Recently there is new scientific evidence that has come out, explains Dexter, that shows we are spaying and neutering too young. PABS is perfect against juvenile spaying, which if done too early doesn't allow hormones and growth platelets to grow out, thereby causing debilitating issues, as they grow older.

PABSOur own Dr. Debbie tells us that there are some concerns against early spaying and neutering, but there are far more unwanted pregnancies avoided and less pets being injured by cars (usually males chasing females in heat). So, spaying and neutering is not a bad thing. She states that a pet owner should be counseled on when is the right time to spay or neuter their particular pet and their potential lifetime risk for various diseases.

So how does it work? PABS is a rear-end harness made out of polypropylene straps that are very durable. It also has a mesh cover to allow the female to defecate over the top and urinate through the mesh, so it never has to be taken off while she is in heat. It also comes with a pocket for a sanitary pad for the bleeding during the early stages of the heat cycle. It is basically an 8-point buckle system that keeps her covered.

Although Dexter supports and promotes the indisputable benefits of spaying your pet at the right age, that age varies with the breed of your dog. Knowing the right age to breed or spay is extremely important. His products allow pet parents to be prepared until that time comes and eliminate diseases associated with premature spaying.

Dog Friendly Boating
Jen Seitz, Boatsetter

Dog on BoatSummer means lots of outdoor fun with your dogs. Many pet-lovers will take their furry-companion on boats. This is where Jen Seitz comes in the picture. She's from the website and she has tips for making your journey safer for everyone including the pets.

Most dogs love the water almost as much as they love being with their people and more and more people are taking their dogs boating. However, there are some safety things you need to prepare for before taking your dog out on a boat.

Jen Seitz, the Marketing Manager for Boatsetter, says the first thing you need to consider is actually your dog. Each dog is different, with some being less fazed by loud noises or unfamiliar surroundings.

Sometimes when a boat starts up it is very loud, even for dogs that don't mind loud noises. So perhaps a test run should be done. But before you do that, you should take your dog on the boat while it is at the dock to see how they react to the new surroundings.

If you find that your dog is not warming up to being on a boat, perhaps this isn't a good idea for them. But if you find that they are getting comfortable just being on the boat, next just start it up while at the dock, without taking it out to see how they do. Then, if they don't mind it, they might be ready to go out in the water. But don't go unprepared, make sure you have the necessary items for your pet.

The first thing you need is a doggy life jacket. Even if your dog is a natural swimmer, a life jacket will provide peace of mind for everyone. Canine life jackets are made of high-floatation neoprene or nylon and they feature reflective trim, rescue handles and leash rings. If your local pet supply store doesn't carry pet life jackets, check out West Marine, Outward Hound, Overton's, L.L. Bean or SwimOutlet.

Next, you should put together a doggie first aid kit in case your dog steps on a sharp shell or decides to take on a marine animal. In addition to the basic supplies like a muzzle, leash, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, scissors and tweezers, consider items such as hydrogen peroxide, extra towels, ear cleaning solution, styptic powder, a flashlight, needle-nose pliers and the phone numbers for your vet or an emergency clinic and even a poison control hotline number.

You should also have a water dish and extra fresh water for your dog. Even if you're boating on fresh water, it's never a good idea to let your pet drink from the lake, as it can contain harmful bacteria.

Don't forget the sunscreen. Yes, even pets need sun protection. Dogs with short hair or light skin, such as white boxers, are especially susceptible to sunburn. Sunscreen with SPF-15 is a good choice for most dogs. Be sure to reapply often.

But what about potty time? Whether you're on land or in the middle of the lake, when a dog's "gotta go," a dog's "gonna go." An ideal situation would be to train your dog to go on puppy training pads in a certain spot on the boat, but we all know that's not always going to go exactly as planned. Be sure to take lots of pet waste bags along with you on your boating adventures. Paper towels and odor neutralizer are also good items to have on board. Take along some odor neutralizing trash bags, the kind you use in your kitchen trash can, to dispose of everything until you're near a proper trash receptacle.
So go ahead and take your dog out on the boat, and if you are properly prepared, everyone will have a good time!

Boatsetter was founded in 2013 with the goal of bringing together over 3,900 boat owners, 1,500 boat captains, marinas and those seeking a way to experience boating with no ownership or boating experience. Boatsetter exists for those who love boating. Boatsetter has a simple goal: to make boating available to everyone. We provide world-class insurance, 24-hour free cancellations, connect our network of boat owners and certified captains with boaters, allowing everyone a chance to get out on the water. No ownership required.

Dr. Debbie WhitePheromones In Puppy Training -Dr. Debbie

So you just got a new puppy and you have all your training tools at the ready, the collar, leash and dog crate. But beyond that, do you have the one thing that can make your training tasks easier all around? Tap into your puppy's own sense of smell using canine pheromones, and ease your new pup's training and transition into the home.

Pheromones are scent signals emitted by all animal species, including humans. Various pheromones work under the radar to influence the perceptions and behaviors of others within a species.

Shortly after whelping, a pheromone is emitted from the bitch's sebaceous (oil) glands located between the mammary glands. The pheromone, dubbed the canine appeasing pheromone, reassures the puppies, calms them and facilitates nursing. The bitch stops emitting this pheromone as the pups mature, but all dogs retain the ability to "read" this pheromone. Not only do older dogs recognize this pheromone, but it continues to have a natural calming effect on canines of all ages.

In veterinary behavior cases, the dog appeasing pheromone is used for dogs with noise phobias, car travel anxiety, separation anxiety and other fearful situations. Various forms are available including pheromone collars, plug in diffusers and sprays. The canine appeasing pheromone doesn't sedate the dog; rather it decreases fear and excitability.

The dog appeasing pheromone is also helpful for newly adopted puppies. Those first few days to weeks in a new home are full of changes for the pup faced with novel environments far from the comfort of mother and siblings. The dog appeasing pheromone has been shown to ease the transition of the pup into new home and improve sociability and training during a pup's critical socialization period.

Pheromone Research
For skeptics that need to see the proof in the studies, veterinary behavior studies have examined the positive influence of the dog appeasing pheromone. When comparing treatment responses for dogs with separation anxiety, the use of the dog appeasing pheromone equaled the benefit of the anti-anxiety medication, amitriptyline.

One study looked at 66 puppies as they settled into new homes after adoption. Approximately half of the puppies wore a pheromone collar and half wore a placebo. The study found that puppies wearing a pheromone collar displayed significantly fewer nuisance behaviors like vocalizations or scratching within 3 days of adoption. Pups wearing the pheromone collar woke their owner's less during the night and displayed fewer signs of distress and vocalizations throughout the course of the study.

The researchers concluded that pheromone collars helped both the pup and family. Pups were less stressed and adapted easier. By decreasing the pup's stress and fearful behaviors, the pet owners found a more enjoyable bonding experience with the new pup and faced less frustration through the training process.

In another study, puppies 8 to 15 weeks were enrolled in an eight-week long puppy socialization and training class. Half wore a pheromone collar and the other half wore a placebo collar. The pups wearing the collar were calmer in the face of novel experiences and displayed less fear, anxiety, and aggression. In the end, the pups with pheromone collar not only were less nervous, but had fewer behavioral problems and learned better. And a long-term effect on sociability was recognized in dogs up to one year after the class and study was completed.

Pheromones and My Pup
NikkiAs the new owner of a nine-week old Bouvier puppy named Nikki, I used both the pheromone collar and diffuser upon welcoming my new pup home. One day before bringing Nikki home, I placed a pheromone diffuser close to the puppy crate, where it would have maximum benefit during her first nights in the kennel away from mother and siblings. Immediately upon leaving the breeder's home, Nikki was fitted with a pheromone collar to serve as a source of reassuring pheromones that went everywhere she did. The pheromone collar has become a tool in Nikki's socialization. It's on her when she meets new people or animals, when she explores new environments, and during puppy kindergarten class.

Did pheromones help in my pup's transition and training? The four hour drive home from the breeders was a dream, no crying or whining the entire trip. Now three weeks later from acquiring my pup, and Nikki never soiled in her kennel during the day or night. I'll admit I had my share of interrupted sleep in the first two weeks, but most of Nikki's night time wakes were for genuine elimination needs. Overall her transition into the home was smooth and lacked the wailing, inconsolable cries of a stressed pup.

The canine appeasing pheromone isn't a magic bullet though. Nothing matches a quality pup obtained from a reputable breeder who focuses on health, genetics, and early socialization. Likewise pheromones do not replace the hard work and consistent training efforts that any new pet owner must provide. However, by adding the the canine appeasing pheromone to your new puppy training, you can help your pup become the best he or she possibly can.

Featured veterinarian known as "Dr. Debbie" on national pet radio program, Animal Radio. Ebook author of "Yorkshire Terriers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Pugs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Mini Schnauzers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; and "Shih Tzu: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend."

5 Trends Seen At Global Pet Expo
Robert Semrow, Animal Radio Listomania

I recently attended one of the largest pet expos for the pet industry, Global Pet Expo, which is hosted by the American Pet Product Association and the Pet Industry Distributors Association. It is one of the largest pet industry showcases in the world, featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors and many thousands of pet products. Each year, this show serves as a trendsetter for what pet parents will see in the stores over the following year and in years to come. This year, there were several trends that I saw developing.

Dog TreatsLet's start with the trend of functional and healthy treats. That's right, the pet treat market continues to expand, but increasingly this expansion is based on functionality and health. We saw a plethora of new treat releases, many of them with enhanced benefits both in the ingredients, as well as the functionality of what the treats do for the health of our pets. From dental improvements to addressing specific health conditions and even serving as meal replacements and more, the pet treat world seems to be increasing in size and also impact to our pets' health.

Diabetic DogNext up was technology. Technology is touted at nearly every booth, from the way things are developed to the way they are manufactured; technology continues to revolutionize the pet industry. Toys and trackers have technology included, which can improve not only play time, but monitoring of your pets health, activities and more. On the health front, we saw an innovative new product for dogs with diabetes that had a blood-testing unit similar to humans. That's right, dogs can get diabetes and it has been a challenge to keep track of it. Now we are seeing the human solutions transitioning over to the pet world. It's not that surprising considering that many of the trends we feel help us humans, will also help our pets.

Next is the overall push to make things healthier, greener and to educate. It is encouraging that nearly every booth I walked in to, and I walked in to a lot of them, touted that they were improving their products to provide better health outcomes for their customers. Additionally, the continued drive to have a more positive impact on the earth was also prevalent. Finally, it was also good to see that many companies were not just putting out products and expecting everyone to know the benefits, they were putting a big emphasis on educating pet parents about the reasons their products were being created the way that were. There is a reason for what is being done, and in the past we were left to try to figure it out on our own. Now, the better companies are informing us the whys and how's of products.

The pet product industry is alive and thriving. It continues to grow and improve, which is a positive thing. Share your ideas on what pet products you hope to see soon on our the Animal Radio Facebook Page.

Cats Incredible Litter
Doc Halligan, Lucy Pet Foundation

Cats Incredible LitterHal is still honoring his New Year's Resolution and buying products from companies who give back to the animals. That is why he is buying his shampoo from Lucy Pet Products.

Now, Lucy Pet Products has now come out with a new product, Cats Incredible Cat Litter. We are anxious to try it and are waiting for it to arrive in the studio.

What makes it so special is that they've solved the ammonia problem that is so dangerous for cats and their owners. They did this by creating a patent-pending, break-through, nontoxic technology that prevents ammonia from developing in the litter box. It doesn't simply mask or neutralize the toxic gas; it stops it from forming. Cats' sense of smell is so much better than ours, so if we can smell ammonia, just think of how bad it smells to them! They may even stop using the litter box because of it.

As if that wasn't enough, they've also created a unique package. It is a two-handled bag with a side spout. A picture of a rescue cat named Ricky adorns the bag, with his tail actually being the handle for the bag.

The Cats Incredible Litter is available in two forms, unscented and lightly scented with lavender, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the animals.

The Mission of The Lucy Pet Foundation is to reduce pet overpopulation by having mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. The Lucy Pet Foundation currently has two buses that travel around Southern California focusing on spaying and neutering. These buses are state of the art surgery units. Their next focus is in generating more funds to expand the work of these buses and have more across the country.

Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile ClinicThe Lucy Pet Foundation not only offers free and reduced spays and neuters, they also do microchipping, vaccines and de-wormings. Spaying and neutering is not only great for pet population control, but it has been proven that an animal will live on an average of 40-percent longer after having this surgery.

Upcoming April Clinics

Free Spay & Neuter for Los Angeles City Residents! Here is a list of upcoming free or reduced fee mobile spay and neuter clinics in California:

Call for more information, questions and to reserve space to get on the list: (855) 499-5829

April 2, 8, 15 & 29: Hansom Dam Recreation Center, 11480 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic - 10:00am-2:00pm

April 4 & 18: Berkshire Hathaway, 8370 Foothill Blvd., Sunland-Tujunga, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic - 10:00am-2:00pm

April 5, 12, 19 & 26: Algin Sutton Rec Center, 8800 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

April 7 & 21: West Valley Shelter, 20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

April 13 & 27: Food 4 Less, 1748 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

April 16 & 30: East Valley Shelter, 14409 Van Owen Street, Van Nuys, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

April 23: Monterey Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey, CA Vaccine Clinic 8:00am-11:00am

County and City Vouchers accepted. But remember, you must get on a list to have your pet seen at these locations. Please call The Lucy Pet Foundation toll free at 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment, or register at the events.

See the current list of clinics at

Tails Inc. Pet National Events for April 2016
Janice Gork, Tails Pet Media Group, Inc.

Tails Inc. LogoPassionate about rescue and adoption, Tails Pet Media Group, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Janice Brown. What started as a magazine, is now a mission! is an interactive website and online community committed to connecting the animal welfare community with the general pet-loving population. Tails Inc. features expert knowledge, advice, pet product reviews, local resource guides, community event news and monthly contests, in order to promote and encourage people to live responsibly with their pets.

Here is a list of upcoming April Events around the Country:

WHAT: Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash - scenic and fun walk to help raise money for shelter animals. After the walk, check out the festivities at our Bark at the Park Festival, featuring the Ruff Mutter contest or participate in a variety of other doggy contests.
WHO: Sacramento SPCA
WHEN: Saturday, April 9
WHERE: William Land Park, 3800 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA
INFO: (916) 504-2802 or email

WHAT: Art For the Rescue - Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, an exciting cocktail/hors d'oeuvres & live auction
WHO: ACC - The Tiny Tim Rescue Funds
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 6-8pm
WHERE: Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, Manhattan, NY
COST: $150 - 100% of the proceeds go to ACC
INFO: 212.279.8555 or

WHAT: K-9 Heroes Day, Starting out with the 5K or 1 mile Pooch Pursuit - AFTER THE WALK: visit vendors, watch military & police K-9 demos, the Hanover Hounds K-9 search & rescue dogs, plus fun activities such as Bobbing for Tennis Balls, the Frosty Paws Eating Contest, a Howling Contest and even A Spring Egg Hunt
WHO: Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and Hanover Hounds Search & Rescue
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 9am-Noon
WHERE: Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA
COST: Free / $20 for 5K / $10 for 1 mile
INFO: 804.365.7150 or

WHAT: El Rey Fido XIV (14th) Coronation - crown the 2016 El Rey Fido and celebrate the Royal Court
WHO: The San Antonio Humane Society
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 10-11am (Saturday, April 16 from 10am-11am! )
WHERE: Grand Hyatt, 600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX
COST: Free
INFO: 210.226.7461 or

WHAT: Joining Hands & Paws Anniversary Gala - special guests Victoria Stilwell (Animal Planet's "Its Me or the Dog"; and Chef Nona Johnson (Hell's Kitchen). Event will also have both a silent and live auction, raffle items, fund-a-need and auction games. Open bar, food and fun!
WHO: Ahimsa House - celebrating and supporting people and pets reaching safety from domestic violence together
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 7:30-11pm
WHERE: The Venetian Room, 50 Hurt Plaza SE, Atlanta, GA
COST: $75 in advance, $90 at the door
INFO: 404.496.4038 or

Want to list your event for free? Click here. Please note that non-profit events (fundraisers, adoption events, etc.) will be listed for free and for-profit events will incur a fee. Please email the advertising team if you wish to advertise your for-profit event in their directory.

Tails has local focus, but national reach - with magazines in 10 different cities across the United States, and 150,000 issues printed per month, 12 times a year, and an ever-increasing audience of over 1 million people. Pet lovers can pick up their free magazine at pet-related businesses and vet offices, grocery stores, health clubs, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, park districts, and other "mainstream" locations. Currently they are in over 10,000 individual locations.

To find out where you can get a copy of your own, email

Lori and FlobearAnimal Radio News - Lori Brooks

Most Stolen Dog Breeds
Last week we wrapped up Pet Theft Awareness Week and it worked. We're now aware of the most stolen dogs in America. In no particular order, these ten breeds are stolen far more than others: Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, French Bulldog's (some of which are then resold for as much as $4,000), Pomeranian (resale is said to be around $3,000) Maltese dogs are also on the most often stolen pet list, as are Boston Terriers, Labradoodles, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds (puppies go for around $2,500) and the number one breed in the county, the Labrador retriever.

12,000 Year-Old-Dog12,000 Year-Old-Dog Found Frozen In Ice
A fully intact ancient dog was recently found in the ice of Siberia. It's believed to be over 12,000 years old! Scientists have now thawed out the dog and say they are learning many things about dogs because of this one furry find. The specimen is thought to be a now-extinct species of dog that went out about 12,400 years ago. The dog was so well preserved in the ice, that it still has a fully intact brain to study. Scientists are hoping to better understand the history of man's best friend and there's going to be an effort to see if there are any breeds alive now with similar genetics and even if the dog could possibly be brought back from extinction. Back in 2011, a similar species of dog was found. However, that one was nowhere near as well intact as this one is. Scientists hope to bring us even more insight into our dogs.

IzzyProsthetic Legs For Baby Goat
A Colorado woman is trying to get crowd funding to pay for permanent prosthetics for a baby goat she rescued that suffered from frostbite on its hind legs. The baby goat is able to walk on four legs now thanks to the woman who made a custom pair of prosthetic legs from PVC and other things found around her home. She adopted the little goat from a meat ranch after it suffered frostbite on its back legs due to paralysis from malnutrition. A second battle with frostbite caused the goat, named Izzy, to have his back legs amputated from the shin down. "His name, Izzy, or 'Is he' was coined from the constantly being asked, 'Is he going to live through the night?' 'Is he going to walk?' 'Is he going to be able to keep up with his mother to nurse?" With his homemade prosthetics, Izzy has since learned to walk up to 600 feet on the temporary prosthetics his mom made.

Bird on Train TrackTrain Stops For Pet Bird
A girl in Australia acted quickly by asking train station staff to stop a train after her pet bird flew onto the tracks. Security footage shows a group of girls walking along a station platform when the parakeet flew away from them and landed on the track. One girl immediately ran to alert a train station employee about her bird. Luckily the train was stopped as the engineer climbed out to rescue the pet budgie. Both the engineer and Queensland Rail praised the girls for acting quickly and not attempting to go onto the tracks themselves.

Kitty Convict Cat Wearing Orange CollarIf You See A Cat With An Orange Collar - Help Them
Cartoonist Matthew In-man would like to see every housecat wearing an orange collar with its name and number on it. Then, if the cat gets lost by escape or mistake, the collar will signal, "Help me!" It's part of what he's calling the Kitty Convict Project, which is trying to increase the percentage of cats that are reunited with their owners. While loose dogs are often picked up on the assumption that they're lost, loose cats are usually ignored on the assumption that they're either allowed outside by their owners or that they are wild. Overall use of collar IDs is lower for cats than dogs. And the likelihood of you being reunited is lower if it's a cat. People wait longer to look and about 25-percent don't come home. This isn't Inman's first venture into the feline world. He was part of a trio that created the Exploding Kittens card game, which is now an app. He admits, "It was a horrible name for a game," and says that the Kitty Convict orange collar project is cat atonement - or catonement.

Burmese PythonsMore Than A Ton Of Snakes
Forty-Three Burmese pythons collectively weighing about 2,000 pounds have been pulled from Southwest Florida in the last three months as part of a new study. One of the snakes broke a state record, coming in at 16 feet long and weighing 140 pounds. From the study, researchers have already learned that many of the snakes like to hide in burrows made by other animals. Pythons are considered an invasive species in Florida. Many were likely former pets that were released by their owners when they no longer wanted them, or some maybe escapees from breeding facilities. Nevertheless, pythons have become one of Florida's top natural predators around Everglades National Park.

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