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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

posted December 8th, 2019 by
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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

by Nick Burton

You’ve just brought home your first dog. You’ve got the basic supplies — foodbedleash, maybe even a cute holiday dog costume wardrobe. But being a dog owner is also about training, monitoring your pet’s habits, and keeping track of your pet’s medical information for the vet and any temporary caretakers. So to give you a hand, we assembled our favorite apps to put everything you need at your fingertips.

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iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker

The iTrainer app comes with a bundle that combines a dog whistle with squeaky sounds, over 40 animal sounds, and a training clicker. You can also use the app to record commands, phrases like “Want to go for a walk?” or any other sounds you choose in order to entertain and educate your pup. The app is easy to use and will help you get your dog trained in no time.

 

Paw Tracks

With the Paw Tracks pet tracker, you can track all your dog’s activities. The app tracks the time and distance of your dog’s walks, as well as who walks them. You can also use Paw Tracks to log your dog’s meals and bathroom habits. Paw Tracks includes a GPS tracker, but it’s also great for storing and sharing health data or any other important information to family and caretakers.

 

Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie

CNET notes Annie’s Dog Monitor and Pet Cam is a reliable, feature-rich app. You can monitor up to four pets at once on any device, and if there is a Wi-Fi outage, it will keep searching for a signal and reconnect automatically. The app comes with full-screen video and has long reach when there’s an available network. The app also works well when viewed with a front or back camera and with your device’s night light feature.

 

Say BARK!

Don’t forget to feature your new dog on this year’s holiday cards! Celebrate your dog ownership by designing your very own animated greetings. Product Hunt explains Say BARK! is an app that lets you create cards starring your very own lovable pup. You just need to take a photo of your dog, then select one of the humorous filters that comes with the app. Add an audio message or record your own, and finally, share your original, animated card with all your friends.

 

Word of Warning

When you’re in the midst of checking on your dog’s health, or even creating a hilarious greeting card, the last thing you want to have happen is for your phone to freeze up. If you’re using an older smartphone, you might need to upgrade your phone or plan to keep your apps all running smoothly.

Thankfully, new phones are out in abundance. For instance, you can find Samsung models to fit any budget, and some service providers offer packages which include an Echo Dot and unlimited data. Apple fans can check out the new Apple iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 comes with wide and ultra-wide lenses that let you crop and zoom after you take the photo, and the new video feature QuickTake will have you capturing every moment with your new pup.

Remember, dog ownership entails more than stocking up on doggy equipment and dressing your pup to the nines. Add some apps to your phone and take some time to learn about dog health and training. With a bit of effort and engagement, your pup will be a healthy, happy canine good citizen, and you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your new furry family member.

PAWS for MAPS 4 Included!

posted August 23rd, 2019 by
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 PAWS for MAPS 4

 

Dear Partners, Friends, Volunteers, and Supporters,Moments ago, the MAPS 4 package was officially posted on the City Council agenda. I’m thrilled to tell you that the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is included in the overall package at $38 million!

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who worked tirelessly and lent your voice on behalf of the voiceless—the more than 21,000 animals that enter the Oklahoma City animal shelter each year. There have been many hurdles to cross in this year-long endeavor, but none bigger that the news shared within the last hour. WE ARE IN!

 

 

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To the tens of thousands of animal advocates, volunteers, funders, nonprofit leaders, and city employees who devote their lives to creating humane outcomes for animals of all kinds—this is a moment to rejoice in! A new animal shelter for Oklahoma City promises to be a game changer—here, statewide, and even nationwide. Today’s great news never would have happened without the big and small efforts of more than five thousand animal-loving Oklahoma City residents. A toast to you all! Thank you.Importantly, our work is not done. In fact, in many ways, it’s just beginning. The next three days are critical. It is vital that the City Council unite around the entire MAPS 4 package in a spirit of all for one and one for all. To that end, I encourage each of you to galvanize around the whole of MAPS 4—all projects, all proposals. The Animal Shelter is in the same league and on the same team as each of the other projects. Now is the time to join forces and act as one. MAPS 4 truly offers something for every single one of our residents. Not one of us is left behind. Indeed, MAPS 4 is the symbol of a city in full.

 

Right now, the most important thing you can do now is advocate for MAPS 4 in three ways:

1) Contact your city councilor if you haven’t already, today, and let them know that you are an animal advocate who supports the whole MAPS package. (Be sure to identify yourself as a PAWS for MAPS 4 supporter or animal shelter advocate and include your residential address.)

 

2) Begin the process of getting your organization to endorse MAPS 4. Each endorsement will matter, no matter how large or small your group is.

 

3) Join us in the City Council chamber at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday to demonstrate your support for MAPS 4. WEAR RED!

 

We’ve successfully crossed many hurdles over the last year and particularly the last few months. With a successful YES vote this Tuesday, the campaign for the hearts and minds of Oklahoma City municipal voters begins in earnest. We want you to be a part of it! 

 

As ever,

Louisa McCune

Education Director

PAWS for MAPS 4

 

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Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims

posted August 12th, 2019 by
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New organization seeks to help pets of domestic violence victims

A new Oklahoma-based charitable organization aims to help domestic violence victims reach safety with their beloved companion animals. The Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims is dedicated to connecting animal care resources with the domestic violence shelters that need them. Many victims will delay leaving a dangerous situation if they cannot bring their pet with them, however, most domestic violence shelters do not have the facilities for companion animal care. NPDVV aims to bridge the gap. Domestic violence shelters seeking assistance as well as animal shelters, veterinarians, and potential pet fosters simply fill out the form on the website at www.npdvv.org. The information is then added to the growing database and matched based on location. The domestic violence shelter is provided with a list of contacts for available animal care resources in their area. By having this information in advance, domestic violence shelters can save precious time and can welcome more victims with pets to safety. Jonna Whetsel, a veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, is the organization’s founder. The idea was conceived in April 2017 while working on a project for a master’s program in veterinary forensic science. Whetsel was tasked with creating a training presentation addressing the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. As she built the presentation illustrating how animal shelters and veterinarians can help domestic violence shelters, she decided to lead by example. She finished the presentation and added a companion website, which became the basis for the Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims. After two years of working on the concept, the first week of its release has proven to be a success. Whetsel says there has been a tremendous outpouring of support and that the NPDVV site has already begun to receive form submissions from several states. To learn more about the program and what you can do to help pets of domestic violence victims, please visit www.npdvv.org.

### For more information, please contact Jonna Whetsel at [email protected]

Facial Recognition Tech

posted May 31st, 2019 by
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OKLAHOMA HUMANE SOCIETY USING NEW FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS

Partnering with Finding Rover using revolutionary technology to identify lost pets in Oklahoma

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – May 2, 2019 – Oklahoma Humane Society joins the ranks of shelters and rescues across the nation in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats.

Now every dog and cat that enters the Oklahoma Humane Society system becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search OK Humane and surrounding areas right from their smartphone or computer in efforts to find their missing pet, a neighbor’s missing pet, or the family of a found pet.

Every dog and cat that leaves Oklahoma Humane Society, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet parent registers on Finding Rover with the same email address that OK Humane has on file. If that dog or cat ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, and identifying that pet will be a snap.

Registration of your pet is FREE and as simple as 1, 2, 3! Just go to www.FindingRover.com and:

  1. Upload your pet’s photo
  2. Enter a few details about your pet
  3. Enter your name, email address, and zip code

That’s it! Once your pets are registered, they’re protected for life.

“Dogs and cats are beloved family members, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved. We want to do everything we can to safeguard our pets from being lost forever. Registering on Finding Rover is another step all pet parents should take to further protect their furry family members.” — John Polimeno, CEO and Founder of Finding Rover.

You can view search for lost pets with just a click on our Finding Rover website widget on our “Lost A Pet” page at okhumane.org!

Helpful links:

Finding Rover is online at www.FindingRover.com

Finding Rover is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FindingRover/

Finding Rover is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findingrover

Together our community can become the NUMBER ONE user of this new technology. Register for FREE on Finding Rover today and help spread the word! The more people that are registered on Finding Rover, the more we can all help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families and place adoptable pets in now homes. In doing this we can all help to save more lives!

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About Oklahoma Humane Society

The Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in the state of Oklahoma with the goal of eliminating euthanasia in our community through pet adoption, spay and neuter, out-of-state pet relocation, community cats, and saving infants through our neonate nursery.  We are an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit unaffiliated with the Humane Society of the United States and receive no government funding or tax dollars. Visit www.okhumane.org to learn more.

Willie the Crow

posted May 26th, 2019 by
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Willie the Crow – Certified Great Read!

Linda Harkey just won the RWYK (Reading With Your Kids) award – Certified Great Read Status for her picture book “The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow” (A Hickory Doc’s Tale).

Here is the link of the video that was created and published on their YouTube Channel to announce the achievement of her book.

The Remarkable Story Of Willie The Crow” by Linda Harkey | RWYK Certified Great Read

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Conscientious Dog Owner

posted April 22nd, 2019 by
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How to be a Conscientious Dog Owner

by   Nick Burton

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As a dog owner, it may be a shock to learn that not everyone shares your love for man’s best friend. You see Spot as more than a companion; he is an essential member of your family. You accept his flaws, laugh when he tracks mud in your kitchen and love when he answers your hugs with sloppy face licks.

Others, like those you run into during a walk and your neighbors,  probably won’t share your enthusiasm, so here are a few tips to make sure that your dog isn’t a disturbance.

 

You are the master — be in control

A courteous dog owner values the importance of obedience. Some people shun training because they believe it requires a certain amount of meanness toward the dog, but it is, in fact, a crucial element to your dog’s happiness. Think about what happens in the absolute absence of obedience training. An untrained dog will likely be aggressive, destroy property and possibly hurt someone. This undesirable behavior is not because the dog is “bad,” but because he doesn’t know any better. Dogs are pack animals that look to a pack leader for guidance on correct behavior. And for your dog, you are the pack leader.

 

Train for courtesy, and your sanity

Obedience training will accomplish several goals. People appreciate a friendly, well-trained dog. It’s easier than you think to instill good behavior in your dog because your canine companion naturally wants to be led.

Consider two typical problem dog behaviors: pulling on leashes during walks and excessive barking. Simple repetition of expected actions during walks can nip lousy leash habits. Take steps to calm a dog as part of the walking process, such as slowly pulling on the leash, then stopping to do a few household tasks. This doesn’t confuse your dog, it reinforces the need for restraint and cements your position as the one in control.

Dog barking is similarly best curtailed as a process of establishing acceptable behavior, but also requires some common-sense tactics on your part. Ignoring barking, refraining from yelling (to your dog, it’s like you’re barking along with him), teaching the “quiet” command and asking for incompatible behavior such as giving a treat for going to his bed when another dog passes the house – are all training-based ways to limit barking.

If you need additional weapons in your training arsenal, look to training accessories. For example, some people opt for clicker training, others like to use training collars. The latter can be particularly effective at behavior modification, especially if your dog has a tendency to bark at the mailman or ignores commands. Whatever method you choose, remember that you’re helping your dog be a model animal citizen.

 

Wear him out

A tired dog is usually a well-behaved dog. And remember, by keeping your dog active, you’re not only helping him to expend pent-up energy, but you’re also contributing to his health and fitness. Avoid missing walks and play time to ensure your dog’s behavior doesn’t falter. If you need the extra help, look into hiring a regular pet sitter to help your dog get in his daily steps when you’re stuck at work.

 

Protect the planet from pooch poop

A courteous, well-behaved dog owner, of course, picks up after their pet. Make sure dog waste is bagged and properly disposed of during a walk – every time. And, since dog feces contain numerous nasty pathogens, it’s essential to remove it from your yard quickly, too. A yard full of dog poop is not just your problem – it can be a neighborhood eyesore, foul-smelling and unhealthy for your dog.

 

Accept others’ opinions

Not everyone is going to love your dog. Your pet could sit quietly and happily in his poop-free yard, and your neighbor across the street may still complain. Some just aren’t dog people. You may think non-dog lovers are missing out on a joy of life, but they disagree. And research suggests that the benefits of dog ownership may be exaggerated. Resist the need as a die-hard dog lover to defend the species. Accept their opinion, and do your best to prove them wrong through training and proper dog ownership practices.

 

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