Helpful Information

We just dropped by Calypso Boutique to pick up our family's Kenwick t-shirts!  They just received a new shipment of shirts. A portion of the proceeds for t-shirt sales is going to be donated to the community garden - so you can support a neighbor's local business, donate to the community garden, show pride in your neighborhood all at the same time!

The t-shirt is available in in 3 of American Apparel's best-seller styles: a unisex tank, a unisex tee, and a fitted women's tee as well as a tee for infants, toddlers, and youth! Neighbors can purchase on their website for in-store pickup, to be shipped, or visit her shop at 513 East Maxwell St in Woodland Triangle. They are open 7 days a week. You can visit Ann-Michael's online store here: http://www.calypsoboutique.com/kenwick-est-1909-unisex-tee

This is a message sent from the Fairway neighborhood regarding use of the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center's fields and playgrounds:

We have learned that some residents have been using the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center's fields during the day, and allowing their dogs to run loose without a leash, while the Center's children are there. The LHSC property is technically private, but they have been extremely generous in allowing us to use the fields and playground at night and on weekends. Please don't abuse that privilege--the fields are not open for our use during the day when the Center's children and clients are there.

The LHSC has been a great neighbor, and they want to continue allowing us to use the field when the Center is not open. Please respect this and refrain from using it while the center is open, on Monday to Friday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm.

Hopefully this winter storm will not be as bad as predicted, but it cannot hurt to be prepared especially if the power goes out. The most recent general meeting of the Kenwick Neighborhood Association featured a presentation from Shelly Bendall from the Division of Emergency Management. She provided this link for more information on preparing for winter storms. It includes lots of good information such as dealing with frozen pipes and using alternate heat sources safely. Stay warm and safe!

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Shelley Roberts Bendall, Preparedness Coordinator for Division of Emergency Management gave a helpful presentation  about disaster preparedness for individuals and families, touching on preparedness for winter weather and power outages, chemical hazards, and railroad accidents.

The two most important suggestions she had were:

  • Acquire a weather radio.
  • Assign an single emergency contact to send word that you are ok in the event of an emergency.  If the phone lines are tied up chances are you can get out one call or text to let a family or friend know you are ok and where you are located. Let your other friends and family know to contact that person if they cannot connect with you.

Attached is the winter weather link, the disaster preparedness presentation, and more information on CERT training.

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Kenwick Neighborhood Association.ppt

CERT Training Brochure.doc

August, 27th, 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm

The content of this meeting has been reformatted from a mainly question and answer format to retain continuity. Most answers were given by the police and some content was from Bill Farmer and Diane Lawless.

49 people were in attendance including Commander Pape from the Lexington Police, 5th District Council member Bill Farmer, 3rd District Council member Diane Lawless, and Beth Overman from the Mayor’s Office. Jay Christian, President of the Kenwick Neighborhood Association, gave the introductions.

Commander Pape brought data regarding crimes that have occurred in within Kenwick bounds between 2008 and 2013 (to date) to compare crime rates in our area over time (see following pages).  He said 2009 was a great year for crime reduction in Lexington, but after 2010 crime rates went back up. In the Kenwick area, there was a large increase in burglaries in 2012.  This year has seen a 30% reduction in burglaries for the year to date compared with last year.  Total crimes in the Kenwick area were down 10% for the year to date.  Incidents of theft are up 100% compared with last year to date.  He also said that he did not feel that there was a consistent identifiable upward trend in crime at this time. To help view the trends in property crimes more easily, there is a chart for total property crimes for 2008 through 2012 and 2013 to date.  2013 is not yet complete, but Commander Pape said crime tends to escalate in the summer and taper off through the remainder of the year.

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LEARN WHY YOUR DOG BARKS
If your dog’s “talkative nature” has created tension with your neighbors, then it’s a good idea to discuss the problem with them. It’s perfectly normal and reasonable for dogs to bark from time to time, just as children make noise when they play outside. But continual barking for long periods of time is a symptom of a problem that needs addressing—from the perspectives of your neighbors and your dog.
First, determine when and for how long your dog barks and what causes him to bark. You may need to do some clever detective work to obtain this information, especially if the barking occurs when you’re not home. Ask your neighbors what they see and hear, drive or walk around the block and watch and listen for a while, or start a tape recorder or video camera when you leave for work. With a little effort you should be able to find out which of the common problems discussed below is the cause of your dog’s barking.
Social Isolation/Frustration/Attention-Seeking
Your dog may be barking out of boredom and loneliness if:

  • He’s left alone for long periods of time without opportunities to interact with you.
  • His environment is relatively barren, without companions or toys.
  • He’s a puppy or adolescent (under three years old) and doesn’t have other outlets for his energy.

He’s a particularly active type of dog (like the herding or sporting breeds) who needs to be occupied to be happy.
Recommendations
Expand your dog’s world and increase his “people time” in the following ways:

  • Walk your dog at least twice daily—it’s good exercise, both mentally and physically. Walks should be more than just “potty breaks.”
  • Teach your dog to fetch a ball or Frisbee® and practice with him as often as possible.
  • Teach your dog a few commands or tricks and practice them every day for five to 10 minutes.
  • Take a dog training class with your dog. This allows you and your dog to work together toward a common goal.

To help fill the hours that you’re not home, provide safe, interesting toys to keep your dog busy, such as Kong®-type toys filled with treats or busy-box toys. Rotating the toys will make them seem new and interesting.

  • If your dog is barking to get your attention, make sure he has sufficient time with you on a daily basis (petting, grooming, playing, exercising).
  • Keep your dog inside when you’re unable to supervise him.
  • Let your neighbors know that you are actively working on the problem.
  • If your dog is well socialized and you have your employer’s permission, take your dog to work with you every now and then.
  • When you have to leave your dog for extended periods of time, take him to a “doggie day care center,” hire a pet sitter or dog walker, or have a trusted friend or neighbor walk and play with him.

Territorial/Protective Behavior
Your dog may be barking to guard his territory if:

  • The barking occurs in the presence of “intruders,” which may include the mail carrier, children walking to school, and other dogs or neighbors in adjacent yards.
  • Your dog’s posture while he’s barking appears threatening—tail held high and ears up and forward.
  • You’ve encouraged your dog to be responsive to people and noises outside.

Recommendations

  • Teach your dog a “quiet” command. When he begins to bark at a passerby, allow two or three barks, then say “quiet” and interrupt his barking by shaking a can filled with pennies or squirting water at his mouth with a  spray bottle or water squirt gun. His surprise should cause him to stop barking momentarily. While he’s quiet, say “good quiet” and pop a tasty treat into his mouth. Remember, the loud noise or water squirt isn’t meant to punish him; rather it’s to distract him into being quiet so you can reward him. If your dog is frightened by the noise or squirt bottle, find an alternative method to interrupting his barking (perhaps throw a toy or ball near him).
  • Desensitize your dog to the stimulus that triggers the barking. Teach him that the people he views as intruders are actually friends and that good things happen to him when these people are around. Ask someone to walk by your yard, starting far enough away so that your dog isn’t barking, then reward quiet behavior and correct responses to a “sit” or “down” command with special treats such as little pieces of cheese. As the person gradually comes closer, continue to reward your dog’s quiet behavior. It may take several sessions before the person can come close without your dog barking. When the person can come very close without your dog barking, have him feed your dog a treat or throw a toy for him.
  • If your dog barks inside the house when you’re home, call him to you, have him obey a command such as “sit” or “down,” and reward him with praise and a treat. Don’t encourage this type of barking by enticing your dog to bark at things he hears or sees outside. Remember to pay attention to your dog when he’s being quiet too, so that he comes to associate such behavior with attention and praise.
  • Have your dog spayed or neutered to decrease territorial behavior.

 

Fears and Phobias
Your dog’s barking may be a response to something he’s afraid of if:

  • The barking occurs when he’s exposed to loud noises, such as thunderstorms, firecrackers, or construction noise.
  • Your dog’s posture indicates fear—ears back, tail held low.

Recommendations
Identify what’s frightening your dog and desensitize him to it. You may need professional help with the desensitization process. Talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication. During thunderstorms or other frightening times, mute noise from outside by leaving your dog in a comfortable area in a basement or windowless bathroom, and turn on a television, radio, or loud fan. Block your dog’s access to outdoor views that might be causing a fear response by closing curtains or doors to certain rooms. Avoid coddling your dog so that he doesn’t think that he is being rewarded for his fearful behavior.
Separation Anxiety
Your dog may be barking due to separation anxiety if:

  • The barking occurs only when you’re gone and starts as soon as, or shortly after, you leave.
  • Your dog displays other behaviors that reflect a strong attachment to you, such as following you from room to room, greeting you frantically, or reacting anxiously whenever you prepare to leave.
  • Your dog has recently experienced a change in the family’s schedule that means he’s left alone more often; a move to a new house; the death or loss of a family member or another family pet; or a period at an animal shelter or boarding kennel.
  • Recommendations

Some cases of separation anxiety can be resolved using counterconditioning and desensitizing techniques. Successful treatment for some cases may also require the use of medication prescribed by your veterinarian.
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Bark Collars
There are several types of bark collars on the market, and we generally don’t recommend them. The main drawback of any bark collar is that it doesn’t address the underlying cause of the barking. You may be able to eliminate the barking, but symptom substitution may occur and your dog may begin digging or escaping, or become destructive or even aggressive. A bark collar must be used in conjunction with behavior modification that addresses the reason for the barking, as outlined above. You should never use a bark collar on your dog if his barking is due to separation anxiety or fears or phobias because punishment always makes fear and anxiety behaviors worse.
Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States.