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Paw Prints January 2020 Edition

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Paw Prints January 2020 Edition

A Bimonthly Newsletter of Happenings at Canine Corners Dog Park

Council Membership, 2020

Happy New Year everyone! The
first Canine Corners Council meeting of 2020 will be January 15.  At this meeting, the present Council will
nominate and elect members to serve on the Council for the coming year. The new
Council will then nominate and vote for 2020 Council officers. The names of
elected Council members and officers will be provided in the March edition of
Paw Prints.

The Council is seeking a new
treasurer to replace our present treasurer, Bonnie Kenk. Bonnie has indicated
she wishes to step down from this position but will remain until a replacement
can be found and trained. Bonnie has faithfully served our dog park as
treasurer since 2017. Many thanks to Bonnie for her hard work and all she has
done to make us a great dog park.

By-Laws Update

Based on the recommendations
proposed by the Bylaws Committee, the Canine Corners Dog Park Council has voted
to modify its 2014 Bylaws. The new Bylaws have been updated to more accurately
represent changes in Council organization and management. In addition, the
committee recommends a Procedure Manual be created. This manual will describe operational
procedures not covered by the Bylaws. 
The goal of these efforts is to bring our Council in line with requirements
of organizations issuing grants.

Special thanks to Russ Gold,
advising attorney, and Committee Members Bonnie Kenk and Janet Freeman for
their hard work.

Becky’s Project Update

The Becky’s Project Team will meet with
representatives of the City of La Mesa to discuss the possibility of help with
the topological and drainage studies These studies must be completed to
continue progress on this project. Their assistance could save as much as $20,000
in project costs.

Information signs and brochures describing the
renovation plans and how you can help are posted in the 3 sections of the dog
park.  If you wish to help, you can
donate by

Any amount is appreciated.  As progress occurs, updates to Becky’s Project will be published in this newsletter.

Dogs on Leash

Dogs must be leashed when
outside the fenced area of the dog park. This is not only a La Mesa City
Ordinance but a common courtesy to others. This law provides for both the
safety of people using the park and your dog. A dog off leash can be very
frightening to some people. The penalty for not obeying the leash ordinance can
be as much as $350 for the first offense. Please keep your dog leashed when
outside the fenced area of the dog park. Thank you.

Holiday Dinner

The annual Canine Corners
Holiday Dinner was held December 7th at the Mission Del Magnolia Community
Clubhouse in Santee.  The event was well attended! Guests participated in
a ugly sweater contest and white elephant gift exchange.  The ugly sweater
contest was won by Susie Johnson who was awarded a $25 Anthony’s Fish Grotto
gift card.  The white elephant present swap was a great hit! 
Everyone went home with a treasure to remember!

The holiday dinner was
provided by Cupid’s Catering and consisted of: Spinach Salad, Chicken Marsala,
Port Loin, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine, Rolls and assorted
desserts.  The attendees complimented the quality of the food and
recommended using the same caterer for future events.  A grand time was
held by all.

Tee Shirts Available

There are a limited number of T-Shirts still available. Adult sizes: $10 each, Youth $5.00 each. You can order this beautiful addition to your wardrobe by calling or texting Bill Mercado at (619)249-3514.


The following tip was
provided by Sharmon Kinser, Lead Trainer for Pawsitive Paws. You can find more
of Sharmon’s helpful advice on her website: .

New Year’s Resolution: Get Moving with Your Dog

often make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, but how about making one for
your dog too? According to the 2013 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey
conducted by the Association of
Pet Obesity Prevention
, 52.5 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity in
dogs is caused by one or more of the following: free feeding (leaving food out
all day), over feeding, and lack of exercise/playtime.

overweight prevents dogs from enjoying physical activities due to lack of
stamina, difficultly breathing and joint pain. It may also cause more serious health
problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, decreased liver function,
digestive disorders, skin and coat disorders, and increased risk of cancer.

if your dog is at a healthy weight, exercise is critical for your dog’s mental
health. Lack of exercise can cause frustration, hyperactivity, night time
restlessness and behavior problems such as excessive chewing, digging, barking,
jumping and attention seeking behaviors.

this New Year’s let’s all make a resolution to get moving with our dogs. Take
time every day to go for a walk, hike, or swim. Have fun getting healthy

/ Breaking Up Dog Fights

fights can be frightening and frustrating. Especially if it is your dog who is
involved. Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM, suggests actions that dog owners can take
to help prevent or react to dogs fighting.

                                                                What to Do During a Dog Fight

by Jennifer Coates, DVM. Pet MD

Most dogs want to socialize with members of their own species,
otherwise they are living through a form of solitary confinement. Sure, dogs
love human companionship, but every now and then they just want to hang out
with someone who speaks their own (body) language.

 But allowing dogs to get together isn’t without risk.
Canine miscommunication, running into the “wrong” dog, and plain old bad luck
may all lead to a dog fight. Knowing what to do before, during, and after dog
fight is the best way to minimize injuries.

is the Best Defense

 Of course preventing a dog fight is a far better option
than dealing with it once it has begun. While you can’t control how other
owners handle their dogs, you are in charge or your own dog’s training and

 1. Keep an eye on the situation.

When your dog is interacting with or simply in the vicinity of
other dogs, pay attention to the group dynamic. Now is not the time to get so
engrossed in your phone, book, or conversation that you don’t notice when
tensions are starting to rise. Normal, happy dog play often involves a lot of
growling and wrestling so it can be difficult to determine when a problem is

 Signs to watch out for that indicate a dog fight could be
imminent include:

  • Raised hackles
  • A stiff tail or body posture
  • A deeper, more guttural tone to
    growling or barking
  • Snarling that shows a lot of teeth
  • Snapping
  • A dog who is trying to get away but
    is not being allowed to do so

 2. Practice basic obedience.

If you start to see signs of stress in your dog or other dogs in
the group, call your dog to your side and reward him for coming. Tell him to sit
and stay until he and the overall situation appear more relaxed. Work on
obedience training on a regular basis, and always praise and reward good
behavior. Your goal is to have complete confidence that no matter what is going
on around him, your dog will immediately obey your command.

 3. Know your dog’s weaknesses and triggers.

Some dogs are well behaved under most circumstances but
have certain triggers that bring out the worst in them. For example, your dog
might love to play with her housemate but can get aggressive when she feels her
food is in danger of being taken away. The safest way to deal with situations
like these is to avoid them. These two dogs should never be in the same area
when food or treats are available.

 When a
Dog Fight Happens Anyway

If despite your best efforts at prevention your dog does get
into fight, keep in mind that your primary objective is to prevent significant
injuries… to the dogs and to the people who are involved.

 1. Don’t panic.

Many so-called dog fights are really just spats that consist of
a lot of noise and posturing but which are over within seconds. If the dogs
quickly separate on their own, approach your dog quietly and calmly, attach
your leash, and leave the area.

 2. Distract the dogs.

Is there a bowl or bucket of water or, better yet, a hose
nearby? Thoroughly dousing the dogs, preferably in the face, will often get
their minds off of fighting. Citronella or pepper spray can also be used. Some
owners carry canisters with them for occasions just like this, but be aware
that they can be quite irritating to innocent bystanders who are downwind. Loud
noises will also sometimes work. Try honking a nearby car horn, blowing an air
horn if one is available, banging on metal trash cans, etc.

 3. Physically separate the dogs.

If the dogs can’t be distracted, try to find something you can
put in between them. A board, large branch, cane,
umbrella (quickly open it to startle the dogs), piece of plywood, chair,
blanket, throw rug, welcome mat, thick winter coat… anything that is on hand
and sturdy enough to prevent the dogs from biting one another (or you) could
work. As a last resort, you can try grabbing your dog’s thighs, lifting him
into a wheelbarrow position, and pulling him backwards, but this does involve
some risk that you might be bitten. Never reach for your dog’s collar or
head as this is the surest way to get injured during a dog fight.

 After the
Fight: Check Your Dog for Injuries

 Once the fight is over you still need to be very
careful around the dogs. They will be agitated and possibly scared and in pain,
all of which increases the risk that they will bite. If your dog has obvious
wounds, take him to the veterinarian immediately. Most bite wounds heal well
when they are treated appropriately, but they almost invariably become infected
when treatment is delayed. Even if your dog seems to be fine after the fight,
keep a close eye on him. Some injuries may not become apparent for a few days.

Source: Pet MD

January Council Meeting

The next Council Meeting will be January 15, 4:00 -5:00 pm, at
the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Center, 5000 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.

Paw Prints

The next edition of Paw Prints will be published March, 2020.

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