LI sleuths ID doggy-do DNA

Pooper Snoopers

WHO'S A BAD BOY? A Long Island development is considering DNA analysis of poop that disobedient dog owners fail to pick up.
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It’s poop-ulation control.

A just-opened Long Island rental building has ordered up DNA-sampling kits for dogs as a way to catch scofflaw owners who don’t clean up after their pets.

It would be the first genetics-based poop patrol in New York.

The pilot program at the Avalon Bay Community complex in Rockville Centre has already ordered four “PooPrint” kits that would require a saliva swab taken from each dog’s mouth. The samples would then be sent to a Tennessee-based lab for analysis and entered into the DNA World Pet Registry.

If a groundskeeper then finds an offending mound in a common area, he would pluck a marble-sized sample from it and store it in a plastic tube. The sample is mailed to the DNA detectives at the Bio Pet Vet lab in Knoxville, who then match it to the doggie who dunnit.

The errant owner could be fined from $50 to $1,000, but that would be up to building management.

That’s on top of the $90 charge the tenant pays to sign up for the registry in the first place.

“I think it’s a little extreme,” said a new Avalon renter about the complex’s pet police. But she and her daughter have no pets, and in any case, she said, “I would curb my dog.”

Avalon management says the program is not under way yet, but it’s a good idea.

Currently, Avalon requires a $650 one-time pet fee and a monthly $50 charge for either a cat or a dog.

Pet lab company executive Eric Mayer says the PooPrint program — whose motto is “Match the Mess Through DNA” — expects to have 300 franchises opened by the end of the year.

“We’ve been getting a ton of interest from all over,” he said.

“It’s like CSI. We build a database for the community.”

He added that PooPrint only matches the individual dog’s saliva to the poop. It does not identify the breed, mix or gender of the dog.

According to the company, an average dog dumps 276 pounds of waste a year. About 40 percent remains unscooped

In Jupiter, Fla., the village of Abacoa, a 458-condo complex, used PooPrint to curtail the pets that poop in off-limits areas. Offending owners can be fined $1,000 and even have a lien placed on their condo.


Last Updated: 2:52 AM, July 3, 2011

Beach Safety for Pets

June 25, 2011 | By Maggie Marton

Tips to keep your pet secure in the surf and sand.

With summer officially underway, it’s time to hit the sand and surf. While taking your dog to the beach can be fun for the whole family, there are a few safety considerations that will make the trip even more enjoyable.

Surf Dog Ricochet is an award-winning surf dog and philanthropic role model. Not only does Ricochet clean up surfing awards, but she was also an extra in the movie Marmaduke. With all her beach know-how, Ricochet’s person, Judy Fridono, a certified professional dog trainer, shares her tips for keeping your dog safe at the beach.

Test your dog’s swimming smarts. It’s a common misconception that all dogs know how to swim. Not all dogs like to swim, either. Before you dive in, allow your dog time to explore along the shoreline or in shallow areas.

Scope out the beach. “Survey the surrounding area. Are there cliffs? If your dog is prone to chase critters like Ricochet, you’ll want to keep them away from potentially dangerous cliffs. They can fall off the side, or the structure may be fragile, and a whole section of the cliff can fall from underneath them,” said Fridono. She also cautions owners to look for any reefs that your dog could access. “Running on reefs can be dangerous as they have very sharp edges.”

Gear up for safety. If your dog’s recall isn’t strong or if your dog tends to chase animals like Ricochet does, bring a long lead. And even if your dogs are strong swimmers, “they should wear a life jacket because riptides can take them out,” said Fridono.

Watch for wildlife. “Watch for jellyfish lying on the shore. Dogs tend to be curious and they can be dangerous,” said Fridono. “Same thing with stingrays that like to swim near the shore. They can sting a dog’s paw.” Practice the “leave it” command before your trip to the beach to keep your dog from picking up dangerous wildlife.

Guard against the elements. Just like you check to see if pavement is too hot for your dog’s feed, check to see if the sand is too hot. If need be, get your pup booties to prevent burns. Even though your pup may enjoy romping through the water — or maybe even surfing like Ricochet — keep him hydrated on shore. “Don’t let your dog drink salt water from the ocean. It can make them very sick,” said Fridono. “Bring plenty of fresh water, and make sure they drink it.”

You and your dog can have a blast at the beach this summer as long as you take a few safety precautions. The bottom line, according to Fridono: “Make sure you keep an eye on your dog at all times. It only takes a second for an accident to happen.”


Happy 4th of July to You and Your Pets!


ASPCA, July 1, 2011


Pet Parents, Prepare for the Fireworks!

Boom! It’s that time of year again—BBQ, sunscreen and fireworks. Unfortunately, these holiday light shows are no blast for many pets. In fact, the sound of fireworks, even small ones, can terrify your dog. In some cases it may even cause hearing damage—dogs’ hearing can be 10 times more sensitive than humans’. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help your dog get through the Independence Day festivities.



  • Keep them home. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them. The best option is to leave your pup indoors in a safe, secure, escape-proof room. Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime fireworks might be set off.
  • Make it comfy! Set up a comfy bed, food and water. Consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the fireworks and to provide familiar noises. And keep the windows and curtains closed to help muffle the noise and block bursts of light.
  • Use Proper I.D. Make sure your pooch is wearing correct identification and tags just in case he or she becomes scared and runs away from home. Microchipping also is a great precaution.
  • Keep the goodies at bay! Keep your pet away from used and unused fireworks, as well as alcoholic beverages, human foods and other Fourth of July treats since many of these items can be harmful.




For our full list of holiday precautions, visit our Fourth of July Safety Tips!













Desperately Seeking Loving Home!

Please help find Tai a new home. He’s a Taiwanese Mountain Dog, about 5
years old and 30 pounds. He needs a quiet loving home where he is the
only dog and no small children. He is obedient, doesn’t chew on
furniture or pee in the house. He is not a guard dog.

He does have some fear aggression (typical for this type of dog). It is
not a huge issue, but he is aggressive towards other dogs.

Here is more info on the breed:

Photo is attached, he is hanging out at work 🙂



I am excited to announce Good to the Bone’s summer classes! Basic Obedience & Good Manners as well as Puppy Kindergarten have now been expanded to a seven-week course! The course will now include an orientation, which is just for the humans so we can go over lots of information without the distraction of the pups being there. We will also be having our first round of Tricks for Treats, as well as Reliable Recall. Please see the class schedule below, and be sure to let me know right away if you are interested in signing up for class in Astoria.

Tricks for Treats!
Want to teach to impress your friends and neighbors with your dog’s cool tricks? Teaching your dog tricks is also a great relationship-building activity! This two-week workshop will cover roll over, sit pretty, stick ’em up, jump, and more!

Mondays in Astoria:
Classes start Monday, 9/12 at 8:15pm at The Jumping Bulldog.

Reliable Recall
Are you tired of your dog only coming when called when he has nothing better is going on? In this four week class, you’ll learn how to train a reliable recall, so that when your dog hears his name, he’ll drop everything and come running to you! Whether your goal is to take your dog to off-leash hours in public parks, or get his attention when he’s playing with his buddies at the dog park, this class will help.

Mondays in Astoria:
Classes start Monday, 9/12 at 7:00pm at The Jumping Bulldog.

Puppy Kindergarten
Want to learn how to communicate with your new canine friend and have tons of fun in the process?
Our classes focus on teaching bite-inhibition (gentle jaws), socialization, household manners and obedience (sit, down, come, and more!) You will learn how to housetrain your pup, as well as how to prevent and troubleshoot common behavior problems, such as barking, nipping, and chewing. Classes also include puppy playtime, where your pup will learn vital socialization skills, which can prevent fear-based aggression as your puppy matures. All puppies 8 weeks to 6 months are welcome.

Mondays in Astoria:
Classes start Monday, 7/11 at 8:15pm at The Jumping Bulldog.

Basic Obedience & Good Manners
This class is designed to help you better understand your dog, enhance communication, and teach your dog to make good choices. With an emphasis on impulse control, you will learn how to apply essential obedience commands, including sit, stay, come, leave-it, and loose-leash walking to your daily life. Whether this is your first attempt at training your dog, or you are building on the skills learned in previous training endeavors (including Puppy Kindergarten), you and your dog will benefit from this life-changing class – all while having a blast! Dogs 6 months or older are welcome.

Mondays in Astoria:
Classes start Monday, 7/11 at 7pm at The Jumping Bulldog.

Email me to reserve your spot in class!

Wendy says:!

Happy Monday!

Returning to the office on a summer Monday can be rough after a weekend of fun in the sun.  Mondays can be rough (or ruff!) on your pooches, too.  The warm weather means we get to have more fun outside with our dogs.  Perhaps your pup has been enjoying longer walks, more time at the doggie park, or joining you for a barbecue or sidewalk cafe where they receive lots of attention and stimulation from your friends and family.  When Monday rolls around, they are back to their boring routine of waiting for you to come home from work.  Boredom and excess energy can lead to behavior problems.  How about giving them an extra special Kong before you leave for work?  A Kong is a hollow rubber toy you can stuff with food.  They are a great way to keep your dog’s brain and jaws busy while you’re away from home.  Kongs are the staple food puzzle toy, but there are many others, including the Buster Cube, Tricky Treat Ball, Tug-a-Jug, Twist ‘n Treat, Atomic Treat Ball, TreatStik, to name a few!

Try not to get stuck in a rut, stuffing the usual treats in your pooch’s Kong. If your dog’s digestive system can handle a wide variety of foods, be creative and think of new and tasty snacks to give Rover.  Have you considered keeping some halved bananas in your freezer so you can quickly and easily stuff one in a Kong before you leave for work?  It doesn’t get any easier than that!  I suggest making up some Kongs on Sunday night and keeping them in your freezer, ready to go for the week.  Below you will find a fancy Kong-stuffing suggestion, but you can click here for more examples:


Wendy DeSarno, CPDT-KA, CTC

Certified Trainer and Behavior Consultant

Good to the Bone Dog Training

(516) 967-8177