A series of illustrations for IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). 

“DOG PARK PROJECT: The IAABC has collaborated with Dr. Jessica Hekman and artist Lili Chin to create a series of posters for use by trainers, dog parks and community dog organizations to promote safety in dog parks and dog play.

The posters, four so far as we begin the collection, are available as PDFs, intended for 11 x 17 printing, and in jpeg form.To download a jpeg to your desktop on a Mac, control+click on the image when the jpeg web page opens.

To download a jpeg to your desktop on a PC, right or shift + click on the image when the jpeg web page opens. IAABC members have free access to these posters, which can be found under “resources” in their user accounts. 

Members are encouraged to distribute these as they see fit to their local dog owner’s groups, dog parks, training centers, veterinary offices, and anywhere else they might be useful.The jpegs are suitable for distribution on Facebook and other social media outlets as well as for placement within other promotional materials.Through this campaign we hope to educate owners in a simple, friendly way, improve safety for the dogs playing in dog parks, and to help make the IAABC a household name for people looking for further help!”


The dog-days are almost upon us.  Keep your kitties (and even goggies) safe in the heat.

Some other tips:

  • Put out multiple water bowls for easy access.  Consider freezing one, or adding ice.
  • Tie ribbons to the grill of an oscillating fan to encourage your cat to play and cool off at the same time
  • Place some zip-lock bags with ice cubes, or frozen non-toxic cooler packs in a rolled up towel, then in your pets favorite bed
  • Make sure access to the bathroom is clear.  All of that porcelain, enamel and cold water plumbing can keep bathrooms a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house.  Basements too, if available
  • Dogs will take a dip if available, anything from a kiddie pool to a lake
  • Bring your pets inside!


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Some peanut butters could be poisonous for your dog, says FDA

Chocolate and grapes are definitive “no’s” on the list of snacks your pooch can enjoy. But less suspecting food items, like certain brands of nut butter, are not safe for your four-legged pal either, according to a consumer update recently published by the Food and Drug Administration. There’s one dangerous ingredient to look for.

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8 Essential Things To Do When You See A Dog Left In A Hot Car
We've done the research so no dog is left behind.

hey everyone! now that summer is here (in all its glory), it’s no secret that the days are getting hotter. lucky for us humans, we can opt out of our cozy clothes for clothing better suited for dealing with this heat. dogs, on the other hand, are wearing their fuzzy clothes for eternity, and since they rely on us, it’s important that we do our best to cool them off. unfortunately, people sometimes leave their pooches in their cars, which can lead to very serious health issues in a very short amount of time, due to the fact that the insides of cars get very hot very quickly

please inform yourselves on what you can do if you see a pup sitting in a car by themselves. for the most part, their well-being depends on us. it can take less than 20 minutes for a dog to be severely injured or even die from heatstroke. signs of heatstroke include:

  • heavy panting
  • excessive drooling
  • lack of coordination
  • drowsiness
  • vomiting
  • collapsing

please don’t leave your dogs in your car. even if it’s for 10 minutes and even if it’s not that hot outside and even if you’ll leave the window open a little bit. and if you see a dog left in a car by themselves, please take the necessary steps to get them out of their abusive situation. please ensure that this summer is safe and happy for everyone

all credit for this article goes to barkpost​!


Noxgear Lighthound - LED Dog Vests

If you’re walking your dog when it’s dark outside or want to spot it easily in the big backyard, you should definitely check out the Noxgear LightHound. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Noxgear started producing this LED dog vest that illuminates the dog with reflectivity and fluorescent color. 

ticks are so, so bad this season. it seems they’re getting worse every year! and while we’ve been lucky that we’ve never found one latched onto machete (a couple have dropped onto his coat and immediately been spotted and swatted away, though!) it is a concern. and we’re always taking precautions.


  • keep grass low
  • prune low lying bushes
  • create a 3 foot barrier of wood chips, mulch, or stone where your lawn meets the woods (if applicable)
  • decrease leaf litter in yard and surrounding areas
  • limit areas where rodents can live. move woodpiles away from the home and areas visited often by people and pets.
  • in the summer months put out “tick tubes”: cardboard tubes containing permethrin-soaked cotton balls.  mice will use it as nesting material, and the permethrin will decrease the number of ticks on the mice.


  • when in a tick-infested environment, tuck pant legs into socks; this prevents ticks from attaching to your legs.
  • wear light-colored clothing.
  • treat clothing with insecticide (or spray with cedar oil spray).
  • place clothing in hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks.


  • monthly treatment products (available from your veterinarian) can be applied to help create a skin barrier to prevent tick bites.
  • lyme disease vaccines — a two-shot series, each one month apart — gives yearly protection against the disease (available from your veterinarian).
  • cedar oil spray (safe for dogs and humans) can be safely applied to the coat to help naturally repel ticks and fleas.