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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Declares January “National Train Your Dog Month!” The APDT announces a new annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization to create a healthy relationship between dogs and their owners. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. We, at the APDT, think it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT has selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible. It is our hope that the everyday dog owners will visit our Web site, so that they can see how easy and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of their dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. We have a wide range of topics that we’ve covered so that pet owners will recognize themselves & their dogs. We have provided a great deal of information that will help using methods that are kind gentle and that have an emphasis on building your relationships with your dogs. In addition the APDT has more than 5000 members who are willing and able to help dog owners who need help with their dogs. If there is one thing that current television shows about dog training have taught the public its that there are solutions to help dogs with behavior problems and there are alternatives to try before giving up your dog. Our web site content will include contests winners from our membership, downloadable handouts on training, and regular updates on Facebook and Twitter with fun ideas and tips on how to train your dog. APDT members nationwide will help promote the event and focus on bringing awareness to their own home towns. Please join the APDT in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month! See www.trainyourdogmonth.com.
“National Pet Travel Safety Day”. National Pet Travel Safety Day, recognized on January 2nd annually, was founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate and former EMT-Medic, Colleen Paige, to highlight the dangers of unsecured pets in vehicles and educate the public about how to make vehicle travel safer for people and the pets they love. For more information see pettravelsafetyday.com.
“National Dress Up Your Pet Day”. Dress Up Your Pet Day is an opportunity to wow the neighbors, and to unleash the inner diva of your favorite pooch or Persian… Why not go the extra mile, and get the little guy or gal something to match your finest glad rags – that way you can both dress to impress and really set some trends! It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Does your pet have an impeccable sense of style? Today is the perfect opportunity to break out the bejeweled collars, sassy sweaters, and fashion accessories. A Weimaraner named Man Ray is arguably the most famous dressed-up pet in American history. In the 1970s he collaborated with his owner, photographer William Wegman, to produce a collection of internationally acclaimed portraits. Whether you choose to dress your pet in a little devil costume from Halloween, a miniature tiara, or your Aunt Mildred’s floral dress, snap a photo of your pet in a fabulous outfit to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day!
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February is Spay/Neuter Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, and Dog Training Education Month!
“Spay/Neuter Month,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Throughout February, spay/neuter surgeries are on sale. The cost includes a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, hospitalization on the day of surgery, and the Spay-Neuter surgery itself. We do have additional charges for those animals in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid and/or obese ($50 for each 15 minutes time period) and all animals must be current on all vaccinations. Additionally, we have mandatory take-home pain medication. By appointment only! Space is Limited. Call 408.727.3383 x827 or x828 to set up an appointment.
“National Canine Weight Check”. This February, be your dog’s best friend. Join us for the National Canine Weight Check. In February, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight. Just take your dog to a participating veterinary office, and in many cases, you won’t even need an appointment. For more information and to find a participating vet, click here.
February 5 (every year)
“Thank a Positive Reinforcement Champion Day”, everywhere. In honor of the birthday of Dr. Sophia Yin, take a moment today to thank someone who has been helping to spread the word of positive training and gentle handling!
February ? 2023
“Palo Alto Humane Society presents Virtual Yappy Hour,” 5:00-6:30 pm, online event from Palo Alto. Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) presents VIRTUAL YAPPY HOUR – a family-friendly event via Zoom on Thu, Feb 11 (5:00 – 6:30 pm). This popular PAHS event brings the community and their pets together. Victor Adint will host, and guests are encouraged to bring pet(s) and preferred beverage and snacks. Attendees will be able to participate in interactive games, win prizes and share stories. Special poolside background provided by Sheraton Palo Alto. $10. Register at paloaltohumane.org for Zoom link.
February ?, 2023
“Fear-Free Pet Behavior Symposium,” virtual. Hosted by the SF/SPCA. The conference will focus on three audiences: Veterinary Professionals, Shelter Personnel, and Pet Guardians. Featuring renowned Fear Free founder Dr. Marty Becker, SF SPCA Senior VP of Rescue and Welfare Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA staff veterinarian Dr. Wailani Sung, and a variety of Fear Free experts from the veterinary and shelter world, this all-virtual symposium will focus on the practical and environmental concepts of Fear Free as well as the latest strategies and processes demonstrated in veterinary clinics and shelters today. For more information see the website.
February ? 2023
“Paws for Love Online Auction”, online. Paws for Love provides a vital safety net for homeless, abused, and abandoned pets by offering life-saving financial assistance when there is no one else. When you make a donation, you become part of a miracle for these animals in need. We are here to support those unwanted pets who depend us – no matter how old. We believe every one of them deserves a soft bed and someone to love them! Details at: PawsForLove.info and the FB Event page.
March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month
“If Pets Had Thumbs Day”. If Pets Had Thumbs Day leaves you wondering what would happen if……. One thing that sets humans apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb. It allows us to do many things that other creatures can’t do. Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with their new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with today. Note: If you have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like for your pet to have thumbs. For more information see petmd.com.
March ? 2023 (First Full Week in March)
“Professional Pet Sitters Week,” everywhere. The annual celebration of professional pet sitters has pet parents gearing up to thank those trusted individuals who take care of their furry companions. The week-long event recognizes the commitment and dedication of professional pet sitters nationwide.
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“Iditarod Race,” Alaska.
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“Pucks & Paws,” 3pm, SAP Center (Shark Tank), San Jose. Have you ever wanted to attend a San Jose Barracuda’s game at the Shark Tank with man’s best friend? Bring your canine friends to Pucks & Paws this Sunday, 3/10 @ 3pm at the SAP Center as the Barracudas take on the Stockton Heat. Pet Awareness and Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care and Services, The Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue Referral & Furry Friends are participating in this fundraiser for pet groups. For more info, dog waiver forms & to purchase tickets ($10 per human, $5 per pup), email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Barracuda’s are the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
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“Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show)” Birmingham, England. “A celebration of dogs – Crufts attracts over 20,000 competitors alongside hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is broadcast to an international television audience.”
“K9 Veterans Day” March 13 marks the birthday of the United States K9 Corp. Unofficially, it’s known as “K9 Veterans Day”- a national effort to annually honor all war dogs – from Border Patrol K9s to Bomb Detection K9s to the Therapy Dogs that help human veterans recover from their traumatic injuries. This week’s newsletter is dedicated to all military working dogs worldwide and their handlers – those on active duty, retired, deceased, or fallen heroes. For information see http://k9veteransday.org/.
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“St. Pawtrick’s Day Play Dates – Mission Bay,” Healthy Spot Mission Bay, 1200 4th Street, #Suite F, San Francisco. Celebrate the luck of the Irish at our St. Pawtrick’s Day Play Dates! Put on your green attire and join us for our luckiest event of the year! Make matching charms for you and your pup, enter our Pup Chug Contest and let your dog meet new pals with an hour of off-leash play. After playtime, grab a drink token and head to Sip Bar at SPARK Social SF to enjoy a beverage. For more information see Eventbrite.
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“Bark n’ Brewfest,” Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual Bark n’ Brewfest at West Washington Park in Burlingame. With over thirty beer and wine vendors and 500 guests, the event was a huge success, raising over $67,000 for our Hope Program which allows us to save the neediest and most vulnerable animals in our community. THANK YOU! We look forward to the next Bark ‘n Brewfest on June 22, 2019! Check out the fun and see photos from Bark n’ Brewfest 2018 by clicking here. If you’re interested in learning more about our events, please contact Lauren Schneider at (650) 340-7022 ext. 374 or Lschneider@peninsulahumanesociety.org
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“Pups & Pints @ Seabright Social” 12-4pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz SPCA and Seabright Social have teamed up for an afternoon of pups, pints, food and sunshine Sunday, March 20th from 12-4pm! Adoptable dogs will be mingling with the crowd so come ready to snuggle some loveable pups looking for their forever homes! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to your Santa Cruz SPCA! Come join the paw-ty!
March ? 2023 (Third Full Week in March)
National Animal Poison Prevention Week. National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for animals of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
March ? 2023
“St. Pitty’s Day!” 10-5, Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Pl, Martinez. Join us for our annual St. Pitty’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 16th from 10am – 5pm. At our Martinez shelter we’ll have food, drinks, vendors, and local rescues. At both locations, all Bully Breeds will be FREE to qualified homes, and all other animals will be $25! This annual event is an opportunity to showcases our wonderful Bully Breed shelter dogs, enlighten and educate the public about this amazing breed and highlight the work of our transfer groups who specialize in this breed of dog. There will also be some Star Wars characters from Rebel Legion Endor Base and Golden Gate Garrison walking around, and posing for pictures! For more information see facebook.com/events.
March ? 2023
“Annual Paws on the Avenue”, 1-4 PM, Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen (San Jose). Dress Fido in his finest and join us for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! This free event is presented by District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, the Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) and the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) Hop on over to downtown Willow Glen for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! Dress Fido in his Easter finest, put Bella in her best Easter bonnet, and join us for an Easter stroll. Festivities kick off at 1pm under the balloon arch at 1261 Lincoln Avenue. You and your BFF (best furry friend) will pick up some great treats along the way and then join us for some live music, cake, raffle prizes and of course plenty of great photo opps! Even the Easter Bunny will be making an early appearance – don’t miss him hippity hoppin’ down Lincoln Avenue! Check Facebook regularly for updates on this event! For more information see willowglen.org.
March ?, 2023
“Husky Hoedown,” 6-9pm, Pet Camp San Francisco, 525 Phelps Street, San Francisco. Enjoy Hoedown music with your husky and meet amazing humans and their sled dogs. Howdy! Down to kick it country? Kick up your heels at Pet Camp’s Husky Hoedown on Tuesday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meet other pawsome humans (like yourself) and their sled dogs. No need to bring a sled. Just your husky! FREE! No one likes a party pooper, so don’t let your dog be one at this event! Well-behaved guests are welcomed, and that includes the humans, too. Masks are encouraged, but proof of vaccination is required. For more information see Eventbrite.
“National Puppy Day”. It’s National Puppy Day! A woman named Colleen Paige declared the first National Puppy Day in 2006. The purpose of the occasion is to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that puppies bring to our lives, and to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills. There are more than 8,000 puppy mills and “backyard breeders” in America that supply our nation’s pet stores. The dogs at these puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions and are often killed when they are no longer fertile. How can you make a difference? The official motto of National Puppy Day is, “Adopt instead of shop!” To celebrate National Puppy Day, give a puppy a hug, learn more about this important issue, or adopt a dog from your local shelter!
March ? 2023
“Paws on Main”, 10:30-12, Main Street’s town square, 19459 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. Main Street Cupertino is inviting all four-legged friends and their two-legged companions to the city’s downtown on March 24. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Main Street Cupertino is hosting Paws on Main, a fun-filled festival for dogs and humans. The event will feature agility activities, free 1:1 consultation with professional dog trainer Brad Greene, complimentary nail clippings, giveaways and more. Main Street is also debuting yoga for dogs sessions. Attendees are asked to bring their “sense of humor, a non-retractable leash, favorite treats, yoga mat and water” for both dog and human. The session, affectionately called “doga,” begins at 11 a.m. The Silicon Valley Pet Project will be on-hand at Paws on Main with puppies in need of a home. The event will be in Main Street’s town square, 19459 Stevens Creek Blvd.
March ?, 2023
“Ales for Tails” 12-10pm, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St, #27, Santa Cruz. It’s a dog party! Come meet adoptable dogs, drink beer and raise money for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. On the last Thursday of each month, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing hosts Ales for Tails! A day of beer drinking, fundraising, and meeting adoptable dogs from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. We’re adding mobile dog grooming with Pawsitive Styles. Plus, it’s a fun reunion with dogs adopted at previous Ales for Tails. $1 of every beer purchased goes to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. For more information, see Eventbrite or contact email@example.com
April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month National Adopt a Greyhound Adoption Month, National Heartworm Awareness Month, and Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
“Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay Award Voting” Our popular reader’s poll is back and voting is live now through Jan 31. Vote for your favorite dog-friendly people, places and things in our 7th Annual Beast of the Bay Awards. Winners will be announced in the ? 2020 issue, and the party to celebrate it all will be at the fabulous El Rio, San Francisco, Saturday, April 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available – call 415-525-4040 for details. Stay tuned to Baywoof.com for more info, and don’t forget to VOTE!
“Free Spay/Neuter for San Francisco Pit Bulls and Pit Mixes” at the SF SPCA. Did you know that over 60% of the dogs euthanized in the City of San Francisco are at least part pit bull? As part of an awareness campaign and in an effort to encourage San Francisco residents to spay or neuter their unfixed pits, the SF SPCA is offering FREE spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit mixes during the months of March and April . Please call us at 415-554-3030 to schedule an appointment.
Through April 30
“Registration for National Service Animal Eye Exam Event”. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will conduct free eye exams to eligible service animals throughout the month of May. Clinics and hospitals in San Francisco, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Fremont, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, San Carlos, San Rafael and Santa Rosa will be participating in the event. To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. Owners/agents for the animals must first register the animal via an online registration form 1 at ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30.
“International Pooper Scooper Week,” everywhere! The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) was founded in February 2002 by a group of pooper scoopers who believe every dog should have its day. In recognition of a growing problem in our communities, environment, and water tables, aPaws has established a special week of educating pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Dog waste is no joke! If you can’t pick up the dog waste yourself then please hire an aPaws Professional Pooper Scooper! For information about aPaws, the Find-A-Scooper Directory, and other health information, please visit www.apaws.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see http://www.apaws.org/about/media/details.aspx?id=1044
April ?, 2023 (First Saturday in April)
“Every Day is Tag Day”, everywhere. Millions of dogs and cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year — but only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats who end up in shelters without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Why? Because their owners failed to put identification on their animals. Yet even the most responsible pet owners can be accidentally or unexpectedly separated from their pets. That’s why American Humane Association celebrates Every Day Is Tag Day™ on the first Saturday in April each year: to encourage all pet owners to tag and microchip their companion animals. For more information see americanhumane.org.
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