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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2009

Teach Your Pooches Good Manners

 Your dog gives you a nice sloppy kiss before work, but what happens after you leave? Many dog owners don’t realize that their beloved Fluffy may be annoying neighbors by barking all day.

Dogs bark for many reasons: They’re being playful, warning of danger, threatening an intruder, or just plain lonely. It becomes a problem when barking disturbs the peace.
If you’ve received a complaint, sign up for dog obedience class or read a good book on the subject. Common tips include treating the mail carrier and delivery people as friends, spending more time with your pooch, allowing him more access to the yard and not rewarding your barking dog with play time.

Neighbors can report problems to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at 792-7151. If your dog is the offender, you’ll be contacted by an animal control officer.

For a complete list of dog-care tips and upcoming classes, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.