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Nominations are open

Written By: on September 28, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

At the Board meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Directors of the Chelmsford Dog Association officially opened nominations for the three board positions which are open this year. Nominations will remain open until the October meeting of the board.

Nominations may be presented, in writing, by submitting a letter stating your interest in a position on the board of directors with at least two signatures of current CDA members.

Howl’ween 2017 Vendors

Written By: on September 10, 2017
Posted in: Event

Howl’ween 2017 is coming up at the Chelmsford Dog Park, on October 28th – 10am-2pm! In addition to food, raffles and games, the following Vendors and Organizations have signed up…

End of Summer Work Party

Written By: on September 8, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

We are planning a work-party and park cleanup to do maintenance on the park on Sunday, September 24, from 8 till 12.
The park will be CLOSED for normal usage during this work-party, but volunteers can bring their dogs to hang out in the training area while we humans make the park nice for them (and us).

Howl’ween 2017

Written By: on September 7, 2017
Posted in: Announcement, Event

Calling all bone stealers, food gobblers, & treat thieves of the night, Creep, float or crawl over to:

Howl’ween
Dog Costume Party
When: October 28, 2017 — 10AM – 2PM
Where: Chelmsford Dog Park on Richardson Road
Coloring Contest, 50/50 Raffle, Costume Contest with Prizes!

Main Park Closure Again Next Weekend – Scouts Working

Written By: on August 27, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

The main area of the park will be closed again on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from 10am to 4pm in order for the scouts to continue (and hopefully complete) their projects.

Check out the works in progress when you come down this week!

Park closures this weekend

Written By: on August 15, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

The entire park will be closed at 7 a.m. on Saturday for mowing. It will be closed until the mowing is complete.
Additionally, the main area of the park will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday this weekend in order for the Scout to work on the bricking.

Barkday 2017!

Written By: on July 25, 2017
Posted in: Event

The 2017 Barkday Party is coming up!
In addition to food, raffles and games, the following Vendors and Organizations have signed up to be present

Thanks for the help!

Written By: on July 23, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

A HUGE thanks to everyone who showed up to the work party today. You all worked incredibly hard and chewed through all of the stuff that needed to be done to make the park look totally awesome!.

MOWED!

Written By: on July 22, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

The grass in the main area has been (mostly) mowed… it will be completed on Monday morning.

Many thanks to folks for stepping up with offers and suggestions.

Special thanks go to the Parlees for potentially allowing us to use their tractor-hayer to chop down the high grass and also to John Salem from Salem Landscaping who had offered to come down today to get it done.

Summer Work Party and Park Cleanup

Written By: on July 1, 2017
Posted in: Announcement

We are planning a work-party and park cleanup to do maintenance on the park and prepare for the official re-opening and Bark Day Party – On Sunday, July 23, from 8 till 12.
The park will be CLOSED for normal usage during this work-party, but volunteers can bring their dogs to hang out in the training area while we humans make the park nice for them (and us).

Barkday Party

Written By: on June 28, 2017
Posted in: Event

The 1st Barkday Party will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 10AM – 2PM at the Chelmsford Dog Park located at 52 Richardson Rd, North Chelmsford.

A Dog’s Eye View: You Ate What???

Written By: on June 22, 2017
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

I created an online survey where people told me the strangest things their dog has eaten and not make himself (or herself) sick. The following list has me convinced me we are all surrounded by Bad Dogs to such a degree, that when my major policy renewal season is over at the insurance agency, I may just start petitioning the State Legislature to make Chronic Bad Dog Syndrome (CBDS) an ailment worthy of allowing me to obtain an ADA placard for my car, and maybe install some sirens and flashing lights. Simply because when I need to get to the emergency vet, I need to get in there RIGHT NOW, and really, really need the closest parking space in order to minimize distance to their front door.

Did You Know?

Dogs

The Ladder of Aggression

The Ladder of Aggression is a depiction of the gestures that any dog will give in response to an escalation of perceived stress and threat, from very mild social interaction and pressure, to which blinking and nose licking are appropriate responses, to severe, when overt aggression may well selected. The purpose of such behaviour is to deflect threat and restore harmony and the presence of appeasing and threat-averting behaviour in the domestic dog’s repertoire is essential to avoid the need for potentially damaging aggression. The dog is a social animal for whom successful appeasement behaviour is highly adaptive and it is used continually and routinely in every-day life.

It is most important to realise that these gestures are simply a context and response-dependant sequence which will culminate in threatened or overt aggression, only if all else fails. Contrary to persistent misinformation, the gestures identified are nothing to do with a purported dominant or submissive state relative to companions. In all dogs, inappropriate social responses to appeasement behaviour will result in its devaluing and the necessity, from a dog’s perspective, to move up the ladder. Aggression is therefore created in any situation where appeasement behaviour is chronically misunderstood and not effective in obtaining the socially expected outcome. Dogs may progress to overt aggression within seconds during a single episode if the perceived threat occurs quickly and at close quarters, or learn to dispense with lower rungs on the ladder over time, if repeated efforts to appease are misunderstood and responded to inappropriately. As a consequence, a so-called ‘unpredictable’ aggressive response, without any obvious preamble, may occur in any context which predicts inescapable threat to the dog, when in reality it was entirely predictable.

(Shepherd, K 2009. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behaviour, 2nd edition.pages 13 – 16. Editors Debra F. Horwitz and Daniel S. Mills).

Category: Dogs

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