Fourth of July Hideaway – 2016

Fourth of July Hideaway – 2016

Are you and your dog staying in town for the July 4th holiday? If your dog does not like fireworks, consider our Fourth of July Hideaway. Bring your dog and hang out for the evening in our quiet space and watch movies to boot! We had a great time last year and look forward to it again! The Hideaway is a unique opportunity to avoid the firework fears that many dogs experience, in a safe and quiet space. We are able to accomodate dogs who are comfortable with people and dogs, and dogs who are uncomfortable with other dogs. One of our attendees last year said that it was the most relaxed July 4th that she and her dog had ever had! What: Fourth of July Hideaway Where: Synergy Behavior Center (2127 NW York St, Portland, OR) When: Monday July 4th, ~8pm to ?? (last year we went past midnight!) How Much: $30 per dog ($15 for an additional dog in the same household). Space is limited to a maximum of 4 reactive dog stations and 6 non-reactive dogs. Registration: Please fill out our online Registration Form. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. CLICK HERE To Pay. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail it to Synergy Behavior Solutions, 2127 NW York St., Portland, OR 97210. Your spot  in this workshop will be reserved once we receive your registration form and payment. Cancellation policy – Cancellations before June 15th: Full  refund. Cancellations after June 15th: Fee is on-refundable. Includes human treats (popcorn, sodas, and so on), as well as doggie treats, and supervision (and relaxation tips) by our staff...

Happy Howl-o-Ween! Halloween Pet Safety

When I was young, Halloween was one of my favorite celebrations. Not so much because of the candy (although it was definitely a bonus) but because of the chance to be someone (or something) completely different from my usual everyday self.  It’s a great time to play with costume make-up, wear funky clothing, and put on things that rattle and clink. Try to imagine this from your dog or cat’s perspective though. All of a sudden their family members all look, sound, and smell different! So do all the visitors coming to the door!  You can imagine that Halloween, while fun for us humans, may be somewhat stressful for our pets. Some things that can make your dog or cat stressed out on Halloween: Lots of kids.  Kids can be stress-provoking for many pets because they may not have had a lot of experience with kids.  Also, children move fast and often in unpredictable ways, which can make dogs and cats scared of being around them. Lots of costumes. Even if your pets are comfortable with children, they may be very concerned about the different ghouls and goblins coming to the door.  If your pets are not highly socialized and comfortable with people in costumes, this will make them afraid. Lots of people coming to the door.  If your dog is like many others, the doorbell is a signal for great excitement. Now imagine that excitement repeated 20 or 30 (or more!) times in one night!  Other pets see the doorbell as a signal for great anxiety.  It’s important to remember that this much excitement or anxiety can lead...