Pictures From Dog Beach

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What is one of Orange County’s favorite doggy hangouts? No, I’m not talking Google plus. I’m talking about Dog Beach. I visited Dog Beach recently and had the chance to take a few pictures. At Dog Beach there is always a great assortment of dogs to see and friendly dog owners to chat with.

I have more photos on the blog at my dog training site

Pitbull At the Beach

Pitbull At the Beach

Beagle at the Beach - HB

Beagle at the Beach

Corgi On Beach

Corgi On Beach

Spinger With a Ball On The Beach

Spinger With a Ball On The Beach

 

 

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Jags Birthday party three dog bakery

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Video of Jag the Labrador Retriever’s birthday party at three Dog Bakery. Three dogs Bakery has a summer pool party every year to celebrate the owner’s dog Jag. The Corgi in the video is a dog that was staying with me for a homestay dog training program . This was one of our field trip into the community. A doggy birthday party was the perfect distracting environment to work this dog in. However, I did find it a bit difficult to do video, still pictures, and handle a dog all at the same time. Because humans often multi task when taking their dogs out for fun and recreation it’s best if the needed training has been done before the dog is taken to problems areas.

Corgi Training with A Friend

Corgi out socializing, training, and partying

Dogs Getting Birthday Cake Three Dog Bakery

Dogs Getting Birthday Cake Three Dog Bakery

Jag’s Dog Birthday Cake at Three Dog Bakery

Jag’s Dog Birthday Cake at Three Dog Bakery

The birthday party had dog friendly cake, play pools and a photo studio.  I did not get any video or pictures of the photo area. I wasn’t the only one covering the dog party, you’ll also see Ted Nguyen was doing interviews. Ted is another social media enthusiast in Orange County.

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Your dog’s risk for Heart worm will get worse in 2010

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The expected escalation of canine heart worm problems in pet dogs is due to four environmental factors, temperature, rain fall, and infected coyote populations. Hold on that’s only three, the fourth is the somewhat rare western tree hole mosquitoes. Well it used to be rare and still is, but this year the western tree hole mosquito population is up 5 times what’s normal. This is according to statistics from the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. So San Gabriel Valley folks need to be careful. But what about the rest of us, isn’t Orange County somewhat sheltered from the problems of Los Angeles County? From what I can tell it looks like most of Orange County is fairly safe compared to many other areas of California. However those living in inland Orange County and along the San Diego county line should probably take extra precautions this year.

Wishing all the best in dog training and in life
Andrew Ledford
714-827-4058

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Deadly Poisonous Plants in Huntington Beach Central Park

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While dog training at Huntington Beach Central Park recently I notice an extremely poisonous plant growing along the walking path. The plant is water hemlock the poison that killed Socrates. I would encourage the park department to eradicate this plant because so many pets and children pass through this danger zone every day. I imagine it would only take one bite, one accidental mouthful to do a child or dog great harm.

Water Hemlock

Water Hemlock at Huntington Beach Central Park

When I was younger and into survival camping I had heard that even cooking over a fire of hemlock could kill a person.

The hemlock patch is at the South East end of the park close to the Huntington Beach Central Library. If you look you will notice them just before you approach the bend in the walking path.

Water Hemlock by walking path

Water hemlock at the South East side of Central Park

Flower of the Water Hemlock

This is the Flower cluster of the Water Hemlock

The flowers of the water hemlock look a little like an umbrella

Leaves of the water hemlock

Leaves of the water hemlock

The leaves of the water hemlock resemble wild celery and it grows in the same environment as wild celery

Spots on the stock of water hemlock

Tell tale spots on the stock of the water hemlock

One of the best ways to distinguish water hemlock from wild celery is finding the distinctive purple spots on the hemlocks stock

Second example of spots on the stock of a water hemlock

Another variation of the spots on a water hemlock stock

Notice where the leaf branches from the stock looks a little like celery from the Asian supper market

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Parvo in Anaheim

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In my travels over the last week I have discovered that there is a pocket of unusually high levels of parvo in western parts of Anaheim. After talking to a veterinarian in the area it was suggested that the high number of parvo cases was most likely due to pet owners not properly vaccinating their pets. All other parts of Northern Orange County and all of Long beach seem to have the normal low number of parvo cases.

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