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Mon.-Fri. 9 am- 6 pm Sat. 9 am-lpm and happy talk Sepa rate, them immediately if there are any growls, teeth bared, prolonged stares or other warning signs of fighting; or if either of the dogs seems to be too frightened. It is important to interrupt before tensions escalate. You can try again later through a fence first. If you own more than one dog, introduce each one at a time. 6) Make sure you leave leashes on for in tervention. If the session Too bad Emily Post never wrote a book about canine etiquette. There is a prim and proper way for two dogs to be introduced that will not irritate the sensibilities o f canine high society; especially if the owner hopes Ijhese dogs will be able td live together. W h en people i are considering adding an other dog to their household, the first “Meet n’ Gfeet” between the family dog and the newcomer should be carefully orchestrated. By following some initial steps that reinforce “pack’ rules, the dogs may read ily accept each other. If all goes well, building their buddy relationship will take a bit longer. Surprising your dog with a new canine sibling is not a wise strategy. It is best that the dogs meet before the newbie enters your home. The following intro duction tips will help foster safety and peaceful co existence: 1) Take your time selecting your new dog. Even when rescuing a dog, you are allowed to be picky. Make sure the breed, age, temperament and play style complement your present pet pack For example, if your Toy Poodle is 14 years old and arthritic, think twice before you bring home an exuberant Lab puppy that might make the rest o f the Poodle’s life miserable. Sometimes seniors are rejuvenated by youngsters but please view the sudden change in dog dynamics from your resident dog’s perspective too. 2) If you are shelter shopping, see how the dog of your desire interacts with other shelter dogs (spe cifically one on one; not just a walk down the kennel aisle). The shelter staff may have an impounded dog known to be dog friendly that can test the social skills of your chosen dog. If this goes well, then bring your dog to meet him. 3) To minimize territorial disputes, have your dog and the prospective new one meet on neutral grounds. (My Toy Spaniel had a play date with my female Af ghan at a Bayville park; my Afghans met at a kennel where the male boarded after being seized from the New Mexico hoarder.) Nowadays before approving an adoption, many shelters require that you bring your dog there for a “Meet n Greet.” They even have designated areas. A fenced in yard is best, but indoors can work as well. If the dogs must meet at your home for the first time, start step #4 outside your property line, even in the road. Then gradually work your way into your yard before entering the house. 4) Both dogs should be on a loose leash. Pulling too tightly can instigate altercations. You should handle your own dog while someone else, such as a shelter staff person, handles the other one. As they behave calmly, approach each o ther slowly. Allow the dogs to sniff briefly while observing body postures for signs of play bowing o r aggression. 5) Circle around inching closer and closer with out letting the lea shes get tangled. (Easier said than done.) Reward positive interactions with praise seems to be going well, drop the leash on one dog and let him roam while the other dog gets used to his scent and “yard” presence. Then give the other dog a chance to wander while the first dog is held. If at titudes are still cheery, try a supervised few moments with both dogs dragging their leashes. 7) Several Meet n Greets over a period of time may help dogs to get acquainted. Often there are more signs o f recognition and tolerance on subsequent vis its. 8) I am a firm believer in the power of a “paral lel walk” to begin a canine friendship. Start with two handlers taking the dogs for a fun walk side by side around your neighborhood. This exercise helps to dis sipate anxious energies and cement a bond. You can try another Meet n’ Greet after a short jaunt Once you feel secure that they will tolerate each other, you alone may want to walk both dogs simultaneously. I do this before I invite the new dog into the house. Once you have decided to adopt your new dog dependent there are several suggestions to ease the settling-in period: 1 ^Prevention is the best way to eliminate d og fights. Avoid scenarios that may provoke sibling rivalry. Un less you have a crate in the car, leave your other dog home when you go to pick up the new pooch. You cannot drive and referee at the same time. 2) Have everything set up at home before picking up the pup. Crate is ready. Desirable toys and raw- hides, anything that may spark a spat, are up off the floor for the time being. Spend time with each dog individually so no one gets jealous. 3) Feed the dogs In separate areas, or give the new guy meals in his crate. Pick up left overs. Only hand out treats that can be eaten quickly, not big bones or filet mignons that can be carried off and guarded. 4) In the beginning no matter how comfy the dogs seem together, supervise all interactions and do not leave them free together when you are n ot home. Yep, even if one o f the dogs is Lassie incarnate. 5) If things get ugly, use two crates side by side but not touching. Then contact a behaviorist o r reputable trainer for professional advice. F o r A d o p tion at B a b y lon Tow n S h e lter ( 6 4 3 - 9 2 7 0 ) L a m a r St. W . B a b y lon: “Patrice” in Cage 36 is a unique looking gal. This sweetie has the profile and figure o f a Bull Terrier (ala Spuds M acK enzie) with the co a t texture o f a Shep herd. “M a rconi” a young H o u n d m ix in Cage 18 is nam ed for the Copiague street he was found. He loves his squeaky toys. Both dogs are about a year old. Fem ale: yellow Lab m ix pup Cage 30; “Star” longest resident Pit; “A lexa” A m e rican Bulldog Cage 37; M am a m ix found em a c iated after giv ing birth recently Cage 47. M ale: “W esley” b londe C o c k e r/C a v a lier m o ved to the Puppy R o o m ; roly poly “Teddy” Cage 6. C ats: “Stoli” declawed; “M issy”- official greet er; “Tiny’ tuxedo & “M u shy”- all in the lobby. F r e e S e m in a r ab o u t F e r a l C a t T r a p / N e u ter /R e lease: hosted by Babylon Town Shelter this Sat. April 24 frqm 9 am to 1 pm at Town Hall A n nex, Phelps Lane N. Babylon. Em a il TN RSem i- n a r@ a o l.com or call 5 1 6 - 4 4 8 - 5 0 9 6 to register. Pets for Adoption Shown left, 6 Patrice ” ~ Bull Terrier/Shepherd Shown right, “Marconi” Hound mix Babylon Village Chamber o f Commerce Casino Night April 23 Babylon Village Chamber o f C ommerce announced that it will hold its Annual Casino Night, Fri., April 23, 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45 and includes $ 2 0 mon ey back to play with, open bar and live band. Din ner will be sponsored by local food establishments. Games include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Slots as well as a Chinese auction. Casino Night will be held at the Babylon American Legion Hall, 22 Grove PL,Babylon Village. Our Lady o f Consolation Bereavement Group April 23 Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabili tative Care Center’s Pastoral Care Department and Good Shepherd Hospice will provide a support group to community members mourning the loss o f a loved one. Eight sessions will be held on Fridays from April 23,2 0 1 0 through June 11,2:30 to 4 p.m. in the board room of Our Lady of Consolation. For more infor mation or to reserve a place in this group, please call (631) 587-1600 ext. 8297. Action Long Island Housing and Development Free Housing Event on April 24 In an effort to boost the housing market and edu cate the general public, Action Long Island’s Housing & Development Task Force will present a free hous ing event for all renters and buyers on Long Island. If you need a place to live, help will be available. The event will be held Saturday, April 2 4 ,10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall at SUNY Farmingdale. Renters and buyers o f all ages and backgrounds will be connected with lenders, builders, landlords, real tors, attorneys, the Long Island Housing Partnership, Habitat for Humanity, Suffolk County United Veter ans, Community Housing Innovations, Community Development Corporation o f Long Island and many others to help Long Islanders find and finance the perfect place to live. For information online go to www.ActionLongIs- land.org, call Lenae McKee 631-425-2700 or email LMcKee@ActionLongIsland.org BVAC sponsors book signing of poet Nancy Keating April 25 The Babylon Village Arts Council is sponsoring a book signing o f local resident and poet Nancy Keating. Keating, chairperson of the BVAC Poetry Committee, will be signing copies of her new book, Always Looking Back, Sunday, April 2 5 ,3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Rose and Bob Norman, 28 Roosevelt S t, Babylon Village For the past three years Keating has organized BVAC’s Poetry in the Village series o f readings held monthly at the Babylon Public Library. A graduate o f Bucknell Univer sity and the University of Minnesota, she has participated in writing workshops in France, New England, New York and Long Island and given readings around the metro politan area. Her work has been published in Long Island Sounds: An Anthology, Xanadu, Abbey, Barbaric Yawp, Pegasus, Mad Poets Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and other journals, websites and e-zines. For more detailed information contact Rose Norman at 631-669-1810 or visit BVAC’s website at www.babyionvil- lagearts.org. .