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April 11 - National Pet Day

In honor of National Pet Day, celebrated on April 11, 2012, take the Pet Owner's Pledge:

I recognize that having a companion animal to love, enjoy and respect is a privilege.

A pet is a living creature, not a "throwaway" item.

My family and I are aware of our daily responsibility in caring for a pet and the changes this will make in our lives.

My pet depends upon me for safe shelter, fresh water, wholesome food, grooming, proper veterinary care and training. I will provide these to the best of my ability.

When selecting my pet, I will consider the life expectancy, physical characteristics and behavioral differences among animals.

I will begin to properly socialize and train my pet when it is one to two months old.

I will control my pet's ability to reproduce in an effort to prevent the cruel over-production of unwanted animals that will be abandoned.

I will obey all laws pertaining to my pet in order to prevent it from annoying or injuring my neighbors.

My pet will be properly identified in a suitable manner at all times. If my pet becomes lost, I will make every effort to promptly find it.

If for any reason I can no longer keep my pet, I will not abandon it. I will do my best to find my pet a suitable home, take it to a reputable animal shelter, or, if no other choice exists, have the animal euthanized by a veterinarian.


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Rachel Baum,CPDT-KA

RACHEL BAUM, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Canine Professionals, and is recommended by local veterinarians and rescue groups, including Forever Home Greyhounds and the Capital District Humane Association. Rachel does Pre-Pet Counseling (assistance with choosing the right dog for your family), Welcome Puppy (in-home instruction on housebreaking, obedience, problem prevention, crate training) and Behavior Consultation (any dog, any age, any problem). Using dog-friendly techniques, Rachel can help owners establish a relationship with their dog based on love, trust and guidance. She can find solutions to potentially embarrassing problems like jumping up on people, nuisance barking, and pulling on the leash, as well as aggression, separation anxiety, housebreaking, and destructive behavior. Clients (or dogs) with special needs are welcome! Rachel is also available to speak to organizations, schools, or businesses about dog safety and dog behavior. She can be reached at 518-248-1781 or

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