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Danny Hearts the Best Trainer in Town

Spot magazine, an all-things-pet Northwest publication, recently announced its 2011 Top Dog awards, and Tanya Roberts at the Oregon Humane Society was at the top of the list of trainers! Readers of the magazine voted for their faves in more than two dozen categories, including everything from Apparel to Veterinary Specialty.

Tanya, along with her fellow behavior specialists at OHS, helped us train and bond with Danny in those first few months, and again when we took the Reactive Rover class at the shelter. Tanya taught me how to teach Danny, and we’ve used her “ah-ah” and shaping techniques for every trick and behavior Danny’s learned. (Maybe she didn’t invent these techniques, but I learned them from her, and she has a British accent, so she’s quite convincing.)

Oregon Humane Society took top honors for Best Rescue/Shelter, not surprisingly. It also nabbed two places in the Best Pet Event category: first for the Doggy Dash fun run, and third for the Pug Crawl. Both events take place in May and benefit the shelter. OHS earned a second-place rating for its pet cremation services, too, which I can vouch for being very humane and kind.

Another of our faves on the list is Beauty for the Beast dog wash. Well, it’s my favorite; no dog wash will ever be Danny’s favorite. But he usually gets some kind of disgusting animal part basted in meat stuff and filled with whatever for being a good boy in the tub, so he puts up with it.

In case you’re not a Portlander, but you and your dog would like to be for a few days, Jupiter Hotel just announced that they’re donating $1000 to OHS for National Pet Month this February. All the rooms at the Jupiter are pet-friendly, but you can upgrade Fido’s experience with a package that gets him his own bed, fresh-baked treats, and a pass to an indoor play group.

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