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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PAHS donation helps to expand library's resources

  • In the American culture, the appropriate way to greet someone is by looking them in the eye and extending a hand for a shake. Approach a dog in the same way and it will feel threatened. A dog also considers that someone bending over to pet it is aggressive behavior and may react in a like manner.


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  • In the American culture, the appropriate way to greet someone is by looking them in the eye and extending a hand for a shake. Approach a dog in the same way and it will feel threatened. A dog also considers that someone bending over to pet it is aggressive behavior and may react in a like manner.
    Animal behavior makes sense to animals. A new DVD at the Pratt Public Library helps humans understand why canines do what they do. The DVD is part of a collection of materials donated by Pratt Area Humane Society and Dr. Pam Howell, from her private collection.
    The DVDs and books cover a range of topics to help pet owners teach their dogs to be good household members — not meeting expectations is one reason people surrender their pets. Another reason animals are given up is that new parents feel the dog will be a threat to their baby. One of the books explains how to raise kids and animals together.
    “The goal is to give people resources so animals don’t end up at the shelter,” Howell said.
    Training a dog does not have to be difficult.
    “The key words are patience and consistency,” said Sandy Scarberry, PAHS manager.
    “And rewards for good behavior,” Howell added.
    The donation comes at a time when the economy is driving more people to its shelves for free resources, even as the library is trying to make up for low returns on investments.
    “The donation provides more than I would have chosen to purchase,” Director Rochelle Westerhaus said. “Coming from a (veterinarian) I know they’re reputable material.”
     
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