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June 16, 2013

Canine Adventure has improved play yard

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PLATTSBURGH —

The idea is to get dogs socialized as early as possible, after which they are ready to attend daycare. Berman said puppies are often isolated from other dogs and can be overwhelmed when they first interact with other dogs.

Focuses on positive

DeSilva said her training is all based on positive reinforcement, not aversion techniques such as prong or shock collars. That may take a little longer, she said, but is more likely to last longer.

“Our goal is to help them become well-rounded,” Berman said.

Play groups are organized by the size of the dog. There is one staff member for every 10 dogs.

The center has a lot of interactive toys to provide pets with mental stimulation.

“That can really lower their negative behaviors,” Berman said.

Staff from Canine Adventure have made presentations in schools and child day-care centers on interaction with dogs.

Canine Adventure started a small retail business about a year ago. Berman carries a variety of high-quality foods, treats, toys and dog accessories.

She said most people don’t realize you should change the type of food a dog eats periodically so it has a more well-balanced diet. DeSilva said that can also help prevent pets from developing allergies.

Originally from Plattsburgh, Berman worked as a veterinary technician while earning a degree in Animal Behavior and Psychology.

Worked at SeaWorld

She trained domesticated animals at SeaWorld Adventure Parks and was later assistant manager of a large doggie daycare in Virginia.

After she returned to Plattsburgh, Canine Adventures was launched due to her fascination with watching dogs interact.

“I like watching them,” she said. “I like watching the behaviors behind them.”

For more information, visit www.canine-adventure.com or call 562-0552.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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