We teach dog owners new tricks


Bring your four-footed friend with you to Acme Canine Resource Center’s annual event and enjoy an afternoon of fun! A variety of activities for you and your dog to participate in as well as vendor booths to explore.   Join us on Sunday, August 10 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Our certified trainers will introduce your dog to water and help them overcome any fears of playing in the water. This 2-hour workshop includes food, water games, and more. It’s perfect for dogs who LOVE the water as well. Dogs should be friendly with people and other dogs. Bring a friend, have a blast.

Cost $20 with proceeds going to 4 Paws for Ability.  Bring a towel, you will get wet!

Acme Canine Resource Center is located at 1385 Franklin Street, Suite K9, Lewis Center, OH 43035.  Call to reserve your spot, 740.548.1717.

Want a free, fun prize for your dog? Acme Canine Resource Center is joining with the City of Columbus to protect our water and help dog owners to some cool loot.

It’s all part of a new pet waste campaign called PUP (Pick Up Poop). PUP reminds dog owners to always pick up after their pooches whether in their own backyards or out on a stroll. It’s the law  – and keeps our water clean and safe.

Take the PUP Pledge Today. Get Free Pet Prizes

It only takes a few minutes. Promise to PUP to keep Columbus water clean and the City will send you PUP biodegradable bags or a bandana – one per household while supplies last. Visit Columbus.gov/PUP to sign up or call the PUP hotline: 614-724-3000

PUPPing Is Good for Everyone

When it rains, the nasty bacteria in poop – like E. coli – washes into puddles and storm drains, which flow into nearby streams and rivers. None of this water is treated and once polluted, it can cause diseases for people and problems for fish and animals. Even a tiny dog’s poop can be harmful.

Let’s Talk Dirty
There are about 277,000 dogs in Franklin County. Each creates an average of .75 pounds of waste daily. That’s nearly 104 tons of dog poop per day polluting our water when it rains. Yuck! And that’s not good for our health or the environment.

Why Is Bagging Better?

While bagged poop still goes into the landfill, it eliminates the direct contribution of bacteria to local waterways. Biodegradable bags help even more. Find other eco-friendly options and more ways to make your home a GreenSpot at columbus.gov/PUP.

Each year Acme Canine Resource Center solicits nominations for a charity to sponsor through our fundraising events. This year’s selected group is 4 Paws for Ability. Located in Dayton, OH, and founded by Karen Shirk,  4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

Providing Service Dogs to Children Worldwide

4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. This year, Acme Canine is sponsoring a dog in training, Chewbacca, a 5-month old Goldendoodle who is set to graduate in December. Proceeds from Acme’s events, such as Woofie’s Retirement Party on May 4 and Spike’s Pool Party in August, will go toward the cost of housing and training this lovely boy! If you’d like to learn more about 4 Paws for Ability and the services they provide, you can find them on their website, www.4pawsforability.org, or by mail, e-mail, or phone at:

253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385
E-mail: karen4paws@aol.com
Phone: (937) 768-9098

Acme Canine Resource Center has  recently purchased a different kind  of  collar for daily use here in the  facility.  The martingale is a type of  dog collar that provides more control  over the animal than a buckle collar  or harness allows. Our daycare dogs and open boarders are all  trained and require minimal correction for behavior; therefore the martingale collar is an appropriate choice for our four-legged clients.

Martingale dog collars are also known as greyhound or whippet collars. The martingale dog collar was designed for sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars have gained popularity among dog owners in the recent past for trained dogs who need a slight correction.

A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a leash is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the leash pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when not in use.

from Acme Canine Resource Center
Dogs have it easy living this domesticated life nowadays. Before they became man’s best friend, they were scavengers who spent much time searching for food. Now, without having to work for their meals, dogs may exhibit bad behaviors when it comes to eating, such as gobbling their food up practically before you set the bowl down! Not only is it unsafe for your pet to eat so quickly, gobbling his food can potentially indicate more serious behavioral issues, such as aggression when another pet or person comes close to the food dish. Getting your dog to slow down, chew his food, and not stress about where his next meal is coming from are all important goals that pet owners should strive to achieve when feeding their dogs. Food-dispensing toys are not only a wonderful mental distraction for dogs who are coping with boredom-related behavior problems, they are also a perfect means to slow down your fast eater. After all, for most dogs, getting a hold of food is their primary goal in life!

Other than price, there are a few other things to consider when purchasing a food-dispensing toy for your dog. Keep in mind the following:

Difficulty: How challenging is the toy, and can the difficulty level be adjusted?

Durabilty: Is the material the toy is made from durable, and can it withstand the wear and tear of your dog?

Ease of Use: How quickly can you fill it with food? Is it easy to clean?

Storage Size: Can the toy be filled with a whole meal, or just a snack?

The above considered, my dog’s personal favorite is PetSafe’s Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom. It’s made of durable plastic that has withstood the test of time. Not only is it easy to fill, easy to clean, and able to slow my boy down, he loves carrying it around to show it off to all the other dogs.

One of our trainers here at Acme, Amy, had this to say about her dog’s favorite food-dispensing toy: I use the Toys R Us Ball Treat Dispenser Dog Toy for my gobbling Chihuahua. She has used it for 8 years for every meal. She uses her nose and paws to maneuver the ball around to get the treats out. Now she eats one piece of food at a time. She went from 10 seconds to 10 minutes at mealtime.

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