It’s Responsible Dog Owner Month - Time to Train Your Dog

January 30, 2015

This article first published in The Maine Edge on January 28. 2015

don and muppy july 20130If you are like most people, you got a dog for companionship. Companions hang out together and training your dog makes that easier. February is Responsible Pet Owners month, and one of the most conscientious things any dog owner can do is to take the time to appropriately train their dog. Odds are if you train your dog they will be able to do more with you and will be welcome more places you would like to take them. Even your


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A Holistic Approach to Dog Training - Dog Training is about Much More Than Training the Dog - Part 1

January 01, 2015

This article first appeared in the January 2015 issue of DownEast Dog News

 

don and muppy july 20130It was forty years ago this month, when I had just turned 17, that my parents finally agreed to let me have a dog. I brought home a little black fluff of fur with no real idea of what to do other than to love and feed her. Neither the pet store where I bought Trivia, nor the veterinarian who examined her, suggested she have any level of training; in fact they didn’t even mention housetraining. Nor did they suggest


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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers: Six Books That Belong in Every Dog Lovers Library

December 15, 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers: Six Books That Belong in Every Dog Lovers Library

In her book, Inside of A Dog, author and researcher Alexandra Horowitz writes, “We are known by our dogs— probably far better than we know them.” Horowitz is right, and sadly dogs don’t come with a user’s manual. In my 19 years of teaching dog training classes, I have tried to teach my students about more than training; if you want to be a good companion to your dog, you need to know about your


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Green Acres Trainers Attend National Conference—Hanson Recognized As APDT Dr. Ian Dunbar Member of the Year

November 11, 2014

For Immediate Release: Sunday, November 09, 2014

Contact: Don Hanson
Green Acres Kennel Shop
945-6841

[Bangor]- Kate Dutra, Don Hanson and Lindsay Ware, all dog training instructors at the Green Acres Kennel Shop, recently attended the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) 20th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hartford, CT. During the four day conference they attended lectures and workshops on a wide variety of topics including; People, Dogs and Psychological Trauma,


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Two Points of View – One Vision 10APR14

April 11, 2014

Don

Zombie ApocolypseEarlier this week I saw this photo on FaceBook labeled “Zombie Apocalypse.” Whether this photo was staged or not, I’m sure you would all agree we’ve each seen something similar many times, and it’s not just young people. Just walk through an airport and you’ll see plenty of old geezers like me, but dressed in suits, doing exactly the same thing. I got a good laugh out of it and filed it away thinking “That’s not me.”

This morning on FaceBook I saw the following cartoon


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Green Acres Announces Fundraising Effort for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank

November 16, 2013

For Immediate Release

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Contact:  Don Hanson
Green Acres Kennel Shop
945-6841

[Bangor]¾ Green Acres Kennel Shop will be holding its annual fundraiser for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank now through December 21st. Customers will be asked for a donation when making purchases. New this year is the ability for anyone to donate online through our website:


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Green Acres Kennel Shop Raises $2,505 for The Rabies Challenge Fund

October 13, 2013

For Immediate Release

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Contact:  Don Hanson
Green Acres Kennel Shop
945-6841

[Bangor]- Green Acres Kennel Shop held a fundraiser for The Rabies Challenge Fund from September 1st through October 6th and raised $1225 from fifty two clients, colleagues and friends. Don and Paula Hanson, co-owners for Green Acres Kennel Shop, matched what they raised with an additional $1280. The Hanson’s initiated this fundraiser as both a memorial to their Golden Retriever Tikken


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Hanson Completes Professional Animal Training Seminar at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium

September 14, 2013

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Contact: Don Hanson
Green Acres Kennel Shop
945-6841

[Bangor]¾ Don Hanson, co-owner and Director of Behavior Counseling and Training at the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, has completed a 5 day professional animal training seminar at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Taught by Ken Ramirez, the Shedd’s Executive VP of Animal Care & Animal Training, the course focused on; basic and advanced operant conditioning, animal enrichment


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Green Acres Kennel Shop Announces Fundraising Effort for The Rabies Challenge Fund

September 03, 2013

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 02, 2013

Contact: Don Hanson - Green Acres Kennel Shop - 945-6841

[Bangor]- Green Acres Kennel Shop will be holding a fundraiser for The Rabies Challenge Fund from September 1st through October 6th. Customers will be asked for a donation when making purchases and if over $1000 is raised, Green Acres Kennel Shop will match the donations dollar for dollar, up to $1500. Additionally, Green Acres will be promoting the fundraiser on their website (


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Do Animals Understand the Concept of Fairness?

August 31, 2013

Do Animals Understand the Concept of Fairness? – I recently attended an animal training seminar at the Shedd Aquarium and one of the topics we discussed was working with more than one animal at a time and the importance of being fair. This led to our instructor, Ken Ramirez showing us this video which was one of many experiments to determine if animals understand the concept of “fairness” in a similar fashion to humans. I think the video makes it pretty clear. So how does this relate to


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