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Animal Planet Pet Video to Provide 2 Million Free Training DVDs to New Pet Parents of Adopted Shelter Dogs and Cats

Bayer Animal Health Signs on as Major Sponsor Of Award-Winning Training


TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet Pet Video (APPV), producer and distributor of award-winning pet-training videos, today announced the launch of its Shelter Helper program, offering 2 million free DVDs to pet parents in conjunction with Bayer Animal Health, the program's major sponsor. The first-of-its-kind program will provide 500,000 free dog- and cat-training DVDs per quarter to new pet parents of adopted pets through participating shelters.

"We've developed these family friendly, reward-based training videos for adopters and their newest furry family members," stated Kellyann Conway, APPV trainer and President for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. "Providing new pet parents with these fun and educational training videos help them develop a fantastic bond from the moment their new pet arrives home."

The Animal Planet Pet Video DVDs titled "Training Your Adopted Dog" and "Training Your Adopted Cat," are an essential how-to manual for new pet parents, providing tips on how to care for their new pet as well as how to address common issues that often lead to the return of the pet back to the shelter. Common issues include house training, crate training, chewing, jumping, mouthing and teaching manners for dogs. Topics in the videos also include preparing your home, litter box training, playtime, scratching, introductions to kids and other pets and spraying for cats.

"I wish every new pet parent had the Training Your Adopted Dog and Your Adopted Cat DVDs," said Betsy Saul, Founder of "It is so much more than training and pet care. Their positive training methods lay the foundation for the relationship between pet parents and the new member of the family. They teach communication skills through fun and play that will ensure not only a successful transition for the new pet, but also a life-long trust. Nothing beats that awesome bond."

Bayer Animal Health is the leading sponsor of the Animal Planet Pet Video Shelter Helper program and is sponsoring the initial distribution of training DVDs in March 2008. Bayer Animal Health was sought out as a partner for the Shelter Helper program given the organization's strong commitment to the well-being of pets -- whether through producing quality products that improve the lives of pets or helping provide new pet parents with these valuable training resources.

"At Bayer, we understand the importance of the family pet and the relationships families have with their pet," said Eric McEwen, Advantage(R) Family Consumer Manager. "Supporting Animal Planet Pet Video's Shelter Helper program allows us to foster the pet and pet owner relationship in a meaningful and long-lasting way, ensuring healthier, happier pets."

About Bayer Animal Health

Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division is the manufacturer of the Advantage family of products which include Advantage Topical Solution, K9 Advantix(R), and Advantage Multi(R) (imidacloprid + moxidectin) Topical Solution. The division is a worldwide leader in parasite control and prescription pharmaceuticals for dogs, cats, horses and cattle.

About Animal Planet Pet Video

Animal Planet Pet Video's mission is to enhance the relationship of families and their pets by providing simple and easy-to-use tips on pet care and pet-friendly training techniques to address common issues faced by families and their pets. Dog and cat training videos produced by Animal Planet Pet Video trainers Kellyann Conway and Traci Theis are available on DVDs at Training DVDs are also provided, free of charge, to animal shelters and rescue groups across the United States to assist new pet parents through their revolutionary Shelter Helper program. Animal Planet Pet Video is currently seeking additional sponsors to help expand the Shelter Helper program. Interested parties are encouraged to contact them at (813)343-5800. For more information visit

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