Snowflake the Dog Saves Loose Dog on Busy Road

Snowflake the Bichone Frise

On December 28, Krista Dietz was driving with Snowflake Dixon, a Bichon Frise, in the city of Virginia Beach. On a busy road near an interstate, Krista spotted unusual driving from a van. When she looked closer, she could tell that there were two upset young kids in the car, plus a distraught driver. The driver was honking her horn and yelling “Bella!” in an attempt to get the attention of the family’s dog who had somehow gotten out at that dangerous spot!

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Krista immediately acted and pulled up her car near the van. She put her flashers on and jumped out to try and alert other drivers that a dog was on the loose to keep the dog safe until she could be caught. Suddenly, Snowflake started to bark. Krista told reporters later, “I think she felt my pain, and the other person’s panic.” Krista believes that Snowflake’s barking was what saved the other dog.

Read the complete story.

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Halo and Bone Marche Make A Difference For Minneapolis Pets

Bone Marche, Halo Pets and Good Karma Minneapolis

Today Halo Pets and Bone Marche celebrate our partnership of making a difference for Minneapolis pets. Halo donates a bowl of food with every purchase, resulting in 1.5 million bowls of Halo to shelter pets annually.

During this 4-hour pet-friendly event, Halo along with Bone Marche will thank the local community for their support by hosting a celebration that includes donating over 5,000 bowls of dog food to Good Karma Animal Rescue of MN to help local rescue pets in need. Providing super-premium, highly nutritious pet food to recently rescued animals improves their energy, coats and overall well-being and gets them ready for adoption.

Pet parents attending will receive free samples of Halo cat and dog food to share with their pets, along with a canvas Halo shopping bag.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

Friday, March 3, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Bone Marche’
3777 Park Center Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN 55416


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Praise Not Punish – The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training

Dog Training
Accentuate the Positive
Training a dog is really pretty simple, once you grasp the basic concepts and are consistent in applying them. What scientists, trainers and teachers have discovered is that all creatures – including humans, dolphins or dogs – learn from positive reinforcement, not from punishment or negative feedback.

Be Calm, Cheerful and Consistent
Similar to weight loss, which boils down to consuming fewer calories while burning more of them, teaching manners to your dog takes commitment and consistency on your part.

Like exercise, focus on keeping the training sessions fun and not too long – and you’ll both keep coming back for more.

The fundamental key to success
Reward the behavior you want, ignore behavior you don’t want.

This wisdom is true for dog training, but probably for other things in life, too! There are three types of rewards you can use: special food treats, a favorite toy, and verbal/ physical praise.

Begin teaching a new behavior with small delicious treats as a reward (Liv-a-Little freeze dried protein nuggets are perfect for this), but prepare to phase them out.

Using a favorite toy is a great reward, too.   Reward the best responses to the command by offering your dog the toy and a few minutes of play with it.

And don’t be a tightwad with praise! You won’t “spoil” your dog by lavishing him with enthusiastic words and affection. Be an unselfconscious cheerleader!

Have Patience
The results will require time and effort to build – and ongoing practice to maintain. Even if your dog grasps the concept quickly and gives you the behavior you hoped for, it will sink in as a learned response only with repetition many times, in many different situations. But try to limit teaching sessions to not more than 10 minutes at a time, so neither of you “burns out.”

Reward the Process, Not Just the End Result
Praise your dog for trying, not just for succeeding in a “perfect” rendition of the behavior.

Keep in mind that even if you make it as fun for your dog as you can – by having an upbeat attitude and tone of voice – learning is not easy for many dogs, and for some of them it can be stressful, too. And it’s difficult for the person, too, properly communicating what you want from the dog and then rewarding it appropriately.

As the ultimate reward for both of you after a training session, consider stretching out together and having a ”cat nap!”

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Warren Eckstein on Feeding the Right Food

Warren Eckstein, host of The Pet Show, is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. He recommends Halo pet food to all of his listeners.

Listen to this audio clip of him letting his listeners know that not only does the right dog food help reduce tartar buildup but it all around has general help for the dog’s entire condition. Warren talks about the digestion and absorption is important for the dog’s overall health, too. Since the listener never tried Halo, Warren sent her a gift basket for her to try. He says, “That is the food I feed my own pets…and it will get you started on the right tracking feeding the right food for your pets.”

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Oscar Nominees Can Share the Love with Homeless Pets

Halo Pets donation at the 89th Oscars

The Oscars are this weekend and the non-winning Oscar nominees in the top five categories will receive a special “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bag. According to Lash Fary, the curator of the unofficial gift bags and founder of Distinctive Assets, the most popular gift to date has been an opportunity from Halo Purely for Pets that allows stars to make a 10,000 bowls donation to an animal shelter of their choice.

“The most redeemed item in the history of doing this has been from Halo,” Fary said. “Again this year, Halo Purely for Pets is allowing the nominees to make a 10,000 bowl donation to an animal shelter of their choice. Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Rosamund Pike, Ethan Hawk, so many celebrities have redeemed that particular option.”

We are proud to partner with and to donate more than 1.5 million meals to shelter pets each year through our #HaloFeeditForward campaign.

Read about Ethan Hawke’s donation.
Read about Tom Hardy’s donation.
Read about Lenny Abrahamson’s donation.

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