A Lawyer for Your Dog! How Can an Animal Lawyer Help You?

A Lawyer for Your Dog! How Can an Animal Lawyer Help You?

Introduction to Episode 15: Animal Law with David Samuels

The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is David Samuels from Gartner & Associates Animal Law. David is a litigation lawyer who works with clients to plan out a cost-effective strategy to achieve a successful resolution of their animal dispute claims. David is a an animal lover himself, and he has always owned animals since he was a child.

Find us at www.TheBarkShow.dog

Instagram – @torontodogwalking & @ispeakdog

 

Podcast Episode Summary

  • Gartner & Associates Animal Law is the first law firm that deals exclusively with animal related matters, located in downtown Toronto but have clients all around the country
  • Animal law is a niche industry, the firm is made of animal lovers passionate about helping animals who can’t speak for themselves and other animal lovers
  • Usually they deal with pet custody disputes between ex-couples, disputes about dog bites, vet-related issues, condominium disputes when tenants are asked to remove their pets, etc.
  • Every situation is different and looked at case-by-case, it’s a growing industry where rules aren’t black and white
  • Read the lease agreement or lease declaration for the condo before moving in or buying or renting property, in regards to allowing animals
  • To evict a dog from a property there is a procedure and a set of rules to follow as well as evidence needed to claim
  • Dangerous Dog orders by the City of Toronto are issued based on a dog biting or attacking another dog/human or by the province of Ontario if it’s a more escalated bite/incident
  • There are opportunities to appeal the order, contact the city and explain the reasons behind your dog’s aggressiveness, the circumstances and their history
  • With Gartner & Associates Animal Law they present the evidence and present a case
  • He would advise dog owners to save money for potentially seeking legal advice in the future
  • For pet custody cases, there are two options: mediation (informal, coming to an agreement/schedule that works for both parties) or litigation (formal, taking it to court, judge decides)
  • Pets are still seen as property in the eyes of the law, they don’t have their own rights but judges are realizing more and more that they are family members
  • People can call the police and get help for animal abuse cases, including seeing a pet locked in a hot car
  • A lot of times, clients don’t realize the Dangerous Dog orders are very serious. There are 2 different cases, municipal bylaw (city of Toronto) or all of Ontario. In the first case the conditions are no longer relevant when leaving Toronto. If they were ordered to muzzle their dog within Ontario, the repercussions for not following said order will be harsh.
  • Aside from client work, Gartner & Associates Animal Law participates in lobbying for worthy causes, currently lobbying against dog trapping/hunting, collect signatures to end dog trapping. Link to online petition on their website and Facebook page!

 

Quotes

“I’m very proud and happy to work in an office where we can help these animals and give them a voice.”

“The animal law industry is catching up slowly in terms of recognizing that these animals do have feelings and they can be heard and they aren’t just property.”

Recommended Resources

  1. Gartner & Associates Animal Law website: www.animallawyers.ca
  2. By phone: 416-836-9971
  3. David Samuels- dsamuels@animallawyers.ca
  4. Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnimalLawyersCA/
  5. Previous episode https://torontodogwalking.com/animallaw/

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My Reactive Husky Now Has Friends – Success Story

My Reactive Husky Now Has Friends – Success Story

On this episode we are joined by Mo Asgari to talk about her successful training she has had with her previous reactive dog Layla. Mo is an artist, jewellery maker as well as photographer. She’s a 4th generation jeweller who works in a family run business and custom designs her pieces using CAD software. She is mom to adorable husky named Layla, who just recently turned 11 years old

Mo provides some great tips that have worked well for them in Layla’s transformation.

“I was so afraid to let anyone come and say hello to Layla for fear that she would nip or bite them”

 

 

You can find Mo & Layla online.

Website – https://gemsby.com/everafterdb

Instagram – @Designs_by_Mo & @Everafterdb

Reactive Dog Success Story – Power of Positive Reinforcemnet

Reactive Dog Success Story – Power of Positive Reinforcemnet

On this episode of The Bark Show we are joined by Alaya, Prince the eskipoo’s mom where we discuss the transformation they both have made.

Prince lives in a high rise condo and was reactive to every little noise that made even leaving the condo to go outside for potty a difficult task.

Listen in to their story on how they overcame reactivity to having other furfriends.

Follow Prince on Instagram @prince_eskipoo & mom Alaya @justalaya

All Things Dog Grooming with Collette Beyer

All Things Dog Grooming with Collette Beyer

On this episode of The Bark Show we are joined by Collette Beyer from Wooftown where we discuss all things dog grooming.

Tips on how to start your puppy with the grooming experience

How to make grooming a positive experience

How to find a dog groomer

What makes a good dog groomer

Warning signs to watch out for & more…

More about Collette

You can find Collette on Instagram @ColletteGrooming @wooftown

 

Phodography with El Keegan!

Phodography with El Keegan!

Introduction to Episode 14: Phodography with El Keegan!

The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is pet photographer El Keegan of El Keegan Photography. El is als a food, product, wedding, and lifestyle photographer. El loves all fields of photography but raising two pups made her fall in love with photographing dogs. Her dogs are far from ordinary, they’re deeply emotional, hilarious and they regularly humiliate her and have done for years now. For El, it’s so important to capture their characters. Not all dogs are perfectly behaved but we love them fiercely. They are our best friends, after all.

Find us at www.TheBarkShow.dog

Instagram – @torontodogwalking & @ispeakdog

Podcast Episode Summary

  • Back in Ireland where she’s originally from, El didn’t really know what she wanted to do after graduating but had studied photography in college and got scouted by the Irish Independent newspaper and worked there for 5-6 years
  • Her and her partner decided to leave Dublin and move to Toronto with their 2 dogs
  • El took up any gigs she could get such as food and drink photography but would take her camera on dog walks to the dog park and take pictures of her dogs
  • Her two dogs are full of life and character, very wild when out on walks, so El wanted to bring that energy to her dog photography business
  • She has been trying different formats and styles with different dogs to see what suits them best.
  • Usually takes a full hour to do the shoot to leave time for the dog to get settled, sniff around, feel safe and El gets to know them with treats and toys. It’s about capturing a variety of different poses, it’s about the dog’s experience. People often put their dogs through a lot of stress to get the perfect picture but El is strictly against that
  • Dog owners might want to take the dogs for a walk before the shoot if they are hyper dogs
  • End result of her shoot is 5 really high quality images, each package comes with 8 x 10 canvas
  • She’s working on a coffee table book called The Secret Life of Dogs, to be offered in the next year, an elaborate dog lifestyle project. Huge concepts, dog centric, takes a month to shoot the dogs separately and then compose them together
  • She had the idea for a year and found a poker table on Kijiji to kick the project off, hoping to have 30 shoots in the final book
  • She is offering $50 off her “Phodography” package for shoots booked for the month of October – just mention The Bark Show!!

 

Quotes

“So many people think dog photography is for the quiet, sweet dogs that will sit and pose for any amount of time, but it’s just not. Dogs are incredible, wild, hilarious and full of character. Sometimes the photos where they look deranged, with their tongue hanging out, is the perfect encapsulation of that dog.”

“I won’t let you leave until you have excellent photos, but I want to make sure it’s done in the right way.”

“I don’t speak dog, but I’m not tone deaf.”

“There is no rule for every dog.”

Recommended Resources

  • @ElKeegan on Instagram

 

You Don’t Need To Be Punishing The Dog To Get What You Want

You Don’t Need To Be Punishing The Dog To Get What You Want

The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is Juliana Willems of Dog Latin Dog Training. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Her company Dog Latin provides in-home private training for the Washington, DC area and focuses on everything from puppy training to reactivity and aggression. Her methods are rooted in the science of learning, with a heavy emphasis on positive reinforcement.      

Find us at www.TheBarkShow.dog

Instagram – @torontodogwalking & @ispeakdog

Podcast Episode Summary

  • Juliana worked in Humane Society as an event planner, then started fostering dogs, now full time dog trainer for 3 years
  • Great thing about positive reinforcement training with dogs is the bond between human and dog that grows
  • Dog training is an unregulated industry but Karen Pryor Academy has a prestigious reputation so that’s why Juliana completed their program and learned about positive reinforcement there
  • Flexibility and thinking on your feet is key when training dogs
  • Dr. Susan Friedman’s humane hierarchy says: When you’re looking at an animal or a learner’s needs, look at their nutrition, environment, then you go to positive reinforcement, then the negative punishment/reinforcement. There is a hierarchy of steps to take. Don’t skip all the steps and go to the heavier tools, use the least invasive method of behaviour intervention.
  • Most of Dog Latin Dog Training clients referred to by their vet
  • Juliana’s specialty is reactivity in dogs, and figuring out where that behaviour is coming from
  • Good to keep the rate of reinforcement high, dog is getting many wins so that they stay engaged. It can be faded out slowly
  • The more the fun when training, the better success
  • Every behaviour has a function, instead of eliminating a bad behavior, think to replace
  • What are the benefits of positive reinforcement? Building a positive relationship with your dog.
  • Aversive training is taking a risk, it’s a quick but non-guaranteed solution. It’s not a magic trick, risk of fallout is not worth it.

Quotes

“There is a hierarchy of steps to take. Don’t skip all the steps and go to the heavier tools because every learner deserves to be looked at as an individual. What is the least invasive method of intervention we can do here?”

“Dogs are living beings and it’s a complete myth that they want to work with us just because they are intrinsically designed to want to please us. That is not the case for pretty much any dog.”

“You don’t need to be punishing the dog to get what you want.”

“You only gamble what you can afford to lose, and when it comes to your dog I don’t think you can afford to gamble.”

Recommended Resources

 

  • @dog_latin_dog_training on Instagram