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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Page7 You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-heartedI Thanks. I am writing this article for the many pooch friends and their human compan- ions. Does your pooch chew just about anything he can get his teeth on? Save your shoes with these dog train- ing tips. When it comes to dog obedience problems many pet owners will put having a dog that chews ev- erything in sight at the top of their list. But there's a very good reason for this problem• Despite our best wishes, chewing is simply a natural thing for dogs to do. The fact is most dogs will chew. "This is a normal be- havior for dogs." Get your dog to chew on this instead: How you can get your dog to stop gnawing on every- thing in your home? Don't try to make him stop chewing altogether, Freeway says. That could lead to disaster and failure. Instead I recom- mend having available toys and other items that are safe for dogs that chew. This strategy allows you to redi- rect your dog away from the inappropriate items such as your clothes, shoes, pillows and furniture and toward the appropriate items such as chew toys. The trick is to supply your pooch friend with appropriate chew items so he or she becomes used to those before she or he becomes used to your furni- ture• If your pooch friend chews on items other than her or his toys, redirect her or him to her appropriate chew toys• When it comes to the right chew toys, different pooches will prefer different things. Kong's stuffed with yummy food and frozen are a good choice. You can stuff them with unsweetened apple- sauce, plain yogurt, your dogs kibble or wet food, peanut butter and other goodies• There are also a lot of dog puzzle toys on the market. Experiment to see what your pooch likes. In the summer you can soak a rope toy in cold water or place it in the freezer overnight to give your dog a refreshing chew treat out- doors• Another suggestion for better dog obedience is to switch out your dog's toy every few days for a new one. This will prevent him or her from getting bored and re- turning to your furniture or shoes. Also supervise your dog as much as you can while dog training so that you are able to redirect his or her chewing if it strays back to inappralbriate items. Always remember to gently guide your dog away from your possession and back to his or hers. Be cautious about chew toys While your dog may like any variety of chew toys, no rawhide toys. Freeway says: I have seen some of my pooch friends choke on them, they become wet and slippery and can easily slide down a pooches throat, be- come lodged and block his or her airway. They're just not worth it in my view. Also be careful of a dog that barks, growls or tries to bite your hand when you try to take away an inappropriate item that he is chewing. This is known as resource guard- ing and really it requires the assistance of a training and behavior expert• You shouldn't punish your dog, as this could actually make the problem worse• A dog that chews is a healthy dog. The trick is to show him what is permis- sible to chew early on and reinforce it frequently. If you stay vigilant and persistent in these practices, you'll both be happy. I am hoping a young girl named Margaret is going to read this article because she is very concerned about her dog Raine who eats everything in the house. Good Lucky That's all for nowI North End Resident Serves Up Compassion at Local Homeless Shelter Project Bread's Elizabeth Kent of the North End helped prepare healthy meals at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston- based homeless shelter and one of 430 community orga- nizations funded by The Walk for Hunger. 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TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 Elizabeth Kent of the North End. cation of the kitchen staff and helping them was great and led me to think about how important fundraising actually is in order to con- tinue healthy meal pro- grams like these." Project Bread is committed to pro- viding people of all ages, cultures and walks of life with reliable access to nutritious food -- because the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. Registration is now open for the 45 th Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5 th. For details, go to www.projectbread.org/ Walk. '  '-" "" Comedian Rosina Parmiggiano to Hit Boston Theater For the first time in Boston "Rosina and Friends" will perform on March 23, 2013 at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Mas- sachusetts, show time 8:00 pm. Rosina Parmiggiano is an international best selling Italian Canadian comedian based in Toronto, Canada. Her 2012/ 13 tour "Rosina Parmiggiano and Friends" marks her third North American tour and she has played sold out shows in Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, New York, Detroit and Chicago and BOSTON[ "Rosina Parmiggiano and Friends" opens with the elabo- rate wedding plans of her daughter, Stellina and introduces new characters, Epstine, the Jewish Lawyer and Umberto Collorosso the funeral director. She re-introduces her son Giovanni and her favorite Russian neighbors Gallina and Boris. She also brings back popular Jarut Nepal, the Ameri- can Express representative as well as Luke the masterful spa technician. As everyone knows when any of these characters cross Rosina's path the results will be comedic goldl Rosina's humor celebrates the idiosyncratic nature of growing up Italian in North America and much of the ma- terial comes from Rosina's own life experiences as the daughter of Italian immigrants from Montalto Uffugo in Calabria, Italy. Her comedy is often referred to as an "Italian Lucille Ball" -- Whatever Magazine, who often finds herself in mixed up situations based on her old world val- ues, language barriers and other misconceptions. No bond is sacred with Rosina, who takes down anyone who crosses her path with her unique brand of humor and comedic timing. Rosina Parmiggiano has also released five international selling comedy CD's dating back to 2002. This tour is in conjunction with the release of her new CD "Whena Speka Me, Suttupa You! Steve Spidone writes, "The true essence of Italian culture has been captured in these CD's. They are brilliant works of art and a MUST have in your Italian comedy collection. Her skillful combination of English and the Calabrese dialect create a "true reflection of growing up in a Calabrian family•" For tickets log onto www.regenttheatre.com or call the box office at 781-646-4849. 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