NEW PUPPY COURSE NOW AVAILABLE
Designed for puppies between 9 and 16 weeks of age. Begin this 4 session course on any Saturday and attend four (4) consecutive classes that cover all of the esssentials to raising a puppy that will give you a head start on the juvenile stage. Puppies must have had their first series of vaccinations one week prior to their first class attendance.
UPCOMING BASIC COURSES
Our next Basic Obedience Courses begin:
Saturday, June 1st at 10:30AM
Monday, June 3rd at 6:30PM
Thursday, June 20th at 6:30
Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00
Register now to reserve your spot. View our class schedules using the CALENDAR drop down menu at the top of this page. You can still enroll in a course that has already started if you can get in to pick up your book and class schedule before Week 2 of the course.
UPCOMING CANINE GOOD CITIZEN CLASSES
Our next advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class begins Saturday, April 27 at 3:15pm. You can join the current CGC class in progress until Week 3 and wrap around to the next session since this is not a progressive skills class.
PET FOOD SAFETY
A Dog-Eat-Dog World—Does your pet’s food contain dead pets?
Deconstructing the Regulatory Facade: Why confused consumers feed their pets Ring Dings and Krispy Kremes
Pet Food Safety Tips from FoodSafety.gov
Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts from AVMA
Truth about Pet Food; newsletter
Unsafe Dog Treats. The FDA has noted a substantial increase in dog illnesses associated with imported treats and dog foods; even some very popular name brands. Our advice? Don't buy dog treats unless they specifically say "Made in the USA," regardless of the brand. Don't fall for "distributed by" city locations that happen to be in the USA. Products that are made in Canada are likely to be safer, too. Don't buy treats preserved with ethoxyquin or contain animal ingredients that don't specify which animal the ingredients came from. Cooked (pork-free) hot dog pieces, raw carrots and green beans are great treats that are healthier and safer alternatives.
HERE NOW! CERTIFIED PET THERAPY CLASSES AND TESTING
We have a new trainer at our facility who is offering classes and testing specifically for therapy dogs. She is certified by the Delta Society and is offering classes on Sunday afternoons at our Colfax-Kipling facility. Dogs must successfully complete the Canine Good Citizen Course/Test and a therapy pre-test prior to enrollment. Check out www.animals4therapy.org.
DANGER: COYOTE BREEDING SEASON IS HERE!
During coyote breeding season, coyote appetites and aggression increase substantially. Keep all dogs, even large breeds, leashed on walks and don't use a leash longer than 8 feet! Keep yard time to an absolute minimum for all dogs and personally escort small breeds when they are in the yard, even if you have tall fencing. Coyotes are known to jump 6' fences, enter homes through dog doors and will even attack or lure large dogs who are on long leashes. There have been a few recent reports of coyotes biting small children. Keep outdoor trash in animal proof containers and don't feed coyotes under any circumstances. Install Coyote Rollers on top of your fence. Make a point of scaring off any coyote in your proximity by yelling loudly and throwing rocks or sticks, making yourself look as big and threatening as possible.
RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING
Gradual, rattlesnake aversion training and kit rental, now available here!
BUILD YOUR CLASSES AROUND WINTER WEATHER AND VACATIONS!
Our Basic Courses are offered at four different times with staggered rotations on three separate days making it easy for you to make up any classes you miss, or simply transfer into another class, at no additional charge.
WATCH THIS BULLETIN BOARD FOR WEATHER RELATED CANCELLATIONS
Any class cancellations will be posted at least 60 minutes before class time. It takes a pretty major storm to shut us down, but if you're not comfortable with road conditions, please stay home and do the book reading and homework for the week, as assigned on your class schedule. You may also make up any class you miss at a later date, at no additional charge.