Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spring Class Update


Canine Good Citizen Class - Tuesday’s at 9:30 am
This is a 6 week class which runs from 3/7 - 4/11.  The class teaches the skills needed to pass the AKC CGC test, a 10 part, Pass/Fail test that demonstrates you and your dog’s good citizen skills.  Details of the test are here http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/.  The test will be administered to those participants who wish to be tested on the last day of class.  Class may include field trips in and around West Concord to hone skills.

Master Puppy Class - Thursday’s at 11:00 am
This is a rolling admission class and will be available from 3/2 - 6/1 (last start date will be 4/27), 6 weeks is $160.  This class builds on the skills learned in Puppy K and Graduate Puppy, it is open to any who have completed those classes or demonstrated solid foundational skills (sit, down, stay, come, wait, leash skills).  We will be taking daily excursions through West Concord and occasional field trips to Concord Center to practice greeting skills, leash work, impulse control and basics in real world settings.  

Adventure Class - Monday’s and Friday’s at 9:30 am
Back by popular demand this 6 week off leash class will be held in two sessions.  6 weeks $160.
Session I
Monday’s 3/3 - 4/14
Friday’s 3/6 - 4/10
Session II
Monday’s 4/24 - 6/5
Friday’s  4/28 - 6/2
This class is an off leash class, held at local area conservation lands.  The class runs for 6 weeks, and is held RAIN/SNOW or SHINE, there will be no makeup classes.  The goals of each class depend largely on the makeup of the class and generally focuses on off leash recall and distance commands, but can include sniff it games, reinforcement of ‘leave it’ skills, leash skills, impulse control exercises and more.  Pre-requisite - Puppy K and Graduate Puppy.  Dogs MUST be good with other dogs and must already have a 60-70% recall.  An assessment consult will be required for dogs that have no prior involvement in my programs.

TBD - Tuesday’s at 9:30am  
Do you have a class you wish I would teach?  I have an open class time on Tuesday mornings from 4/25 to 5/30.  If there’s something you’d like to see offered (or offered again), let me know!  If there is enough interest I will put it on the books!


Puppy Kindergarten Classes  Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday at 11am
This is a rolling admission class, 6 classes are $160.  The class is for puppies under 6 months of age and teaches the basic manners all dogs need including sit, down, stay, come, leash work, greetings as well as several other toolbox skills for daily management.

Graduate Puppy Classes  Tuesday or Wednesday at 12:30pm, Thursday’s at 9:30am
This is a rolling admission class, 6 classes are $160.  The class is for dog’s/puppies who have completed a Puppy K class either at PPDT or elsewhere.  This is a fun, game based, experiential class where we practice the basics skills learned in Puppy K with increased distractions. New skills taught include, go to mat and leave it.

Wag it Games  Wednesday’s at 9:30am

This is a rolling admission class, 6 classes are $160. This class is a fun class for any dog that has a good command of the basics skills (Graduate Puppy is recommended as a pre-requisite for this class).  The program is a pet friendly version of Agility, AKC Rally and Nose Work skills and promises to be challenging as well as fun and engaging for you and your dog.  Great for building your dog’s ability to work with you in a distracting environment.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Winter Update

I will be offering several Training Classes during the week of 12/26 - 12/30.  There will be no regular classes during this week or private appointments.

Dog Tricks for Kids Monday 12/26 from 10-11:30am and Wednesday 12/28 from 10-11:30am - this 90 minute class is for you and your kids!  Designed for kids between 8 and 15, it will cover basic tricks like crawl, shake and roll over.  If you have a trick in mind bring it with you and we will give it a try.  90 minute class $35

Leash Pullers Anonymous Tuesday 12/27 from 10-11:30am Is your dog still an avowed puller when you walk down the street?  Come in for a refresher course in how to correct this behavior!  Fun, friendly and easy techniques.  90 minute class $35

Trickmeister - for Adults  Monday 12/26 from 12:30-2:00pm  - this 90 minute class is for you!  It will cover basic and advanced tricks based on your dog’s skill level.  If you have a trick in mind bring it with you and we will give it a try.  90 minute class $35

Puppy Socialization Class  - Please note that we WILL be holding Puppy Socialization on Thursday 12/29 at 12:30pm for puppies between 8-18 weeks.  This is a free weekly socialization class, but pre-registration is required.

In addition, if you are looking for something to do with your dog this Winter, we now have openings in the following classes.

Wag it Games Wednesday’s at 9:30am (ongoing) A fun way to connect with your dog and continue building your skills.  Wag it Games consists of 4 elements that include working with equipments like bridges, ramps and platforms, walking on a loose leash though obstacles, teaching your dogs the fun game of sniff it and working novel skills like push it and scooter skills.  Building novel skills while working along side other dogs in a free form setting increases your dog’s ability to focus on you and work with you as a partner. 6 weeks for $160

Sniff it Class Tuesday’s at 9:30am starting 1/3 - 2/28.  This is a full 6 weeks of sniff it skills.  Teach your dog to find items you’ve lost, build the dogs ability to use their biggest sensory organ!  We will build sniff it skills to include food finds, scent finds and more!  6 weeks for $160

Canine Good Citizen Tuesday’s at 9:30am - 6 weeks only starting 3/7 - 4/11.  This 6 week class prepares you to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test which tests 10 aspects of a well behaved dog.  The test will be administered on the last day of class to those participants who wish to take it.  Those who pass all 10 sections will be awarded the CGC designation by the AKC.  6 weeks for $160.

Advanced Obedience  Thursday at 11am - A survey course designed for dog/people teams who have been through the basic courses and want to continue in an obedience program to keep their skills sharp. Classes will change each week and may include Rally skills, Wag it Games, Master Puppy and more advanced skills like long distance commands, shaping and competition obedience exercises.

Want something new?  I’d love to offer an AKC Rally Obedience class, if I have enough interest I will offer that class in the Friday at 9:30am time slot.  If you want to learn more about Rally Obedience, take a look at this.  http://www.akc.org/events/rally/getting-started/  AND THIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZPgPpOwJo8.

Stayed tuned for the Adventure and Master Puppy classes coming next spring!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Proper Paws Summer Newsletter #2

Wow, it seems like a perfect summer with all the sun and warm weather we are having!  I hope you are all in a position to really enjoy it.  Remember that your fur-bucket friends may not view this warmer weather the same way you do!  Plenty of shade, water and rest may be more to their liking.

For those of you who know my dog Winter, we are having some luck in her recovery (she has a partially torn ACL that isn’t bad enough for surgery – yet).  We’ve begun daily swims off the local boat ramp in the morning, with an easy .8 mile walk in the afternoon and she seems to be making small gains in her ability to support her weight and get through the day without limping.  All this with no Rimadyl since it caused her liver enzymes to go the wrong way!

So between the hot weather and resting most of the day you can imagine how pent up she is feeling, even at 11 years old this is a dog that is used to having a non-stop day.  So to combat this we are playing lots of mental stimulation games to keep her from getting really bored and redecorating the house with the trash!  Yes, even my dog will get creatively destructive when she gets bored, her shtick is to empty any and all trash cans available to her and spread the contents far and wide!
So here is the rundown of mental stimulation games we play with her to keep her occupied and happy while we are gone for the day.
       Find it.  Winter has been playing Find It games all her life, so before I leave for the day I ask for a sit/stay at the front door, I then walk into each room and scatter or place many pieces of dry kibble in the room, some are easy and some are more difficult to find.  As I walk out the door I say, ‘Find it’ and she’s off!  I have videotaped this and found that she is often busy for up to an hour searching the house for kibble!  There are many variations to this game, but this is the one we use.  For a full explanation on how to teach this game check this out http://properpaws.blogspot.com/2015/04/find-it.html
      Stuffed Marrow Bone or Kong.  These are among my all time favorites.  For puppies we use the stuffed Kong every time they go into the crate for any period of time (except at night), so that they associate the crate with good things.  For older dogs use the stuffed Kong or Marrow bone when you leave for the day.  Here are a couple of tips; stuff the Kong or Marrow bone with wet dog food instead of peanut butter or cream cheese, or use a mix of wet dog food, dry dog food, yogurt and a bit of cream cheese or peanut butter to hold the stuff together and as a flavoring.  This way the dog is getting mostly good nutrition rather than a heap of extra fat and calories.  Then FREEZE IT, so it takes a long time for the dog to get the stuff out of it.  Finally, HIDE IT so it takes time for the dog to find it first!
      Food dispensing toys.  There are some great food dispensing toys out on the marked, but you have to pick the right one for your dog or puppy.  If it’s too easy it won’t last long, if it’s too hard the dog will give up.  You may need to teach your dog how to use it first, which means supervising play with the item and nudging it a little to get them going.  I have several of these toys in my house and fill them randomly, or leave 2-3 filled in different rooms before I leave.  I try to sneak them into the rooms when she’s outside so she stumbles upon them during her day.  Again, fill these mostly with the dog’s kibble plus a FEW pieces of high value treat.
     Early morning/Late night walks – Early morning walks are great as the heat of the day doesn’t get in the way, alternatively the late night walks can be fun too, just watch out for the skunks!  J
5.     Swimming, sprinklers and water play of any kind is often great fun for the dogs as well as a way to cool off.
     Teach a new trick each week.  Pull that clicker out of the drawer and each morning before breakfast and evening before dinner use 10-15 minutes to stimulate your dog mentally by teaching him a new trick.  For ideas on tricks to train take a look at this video. http://vp.telvue.com/player?autostart=true&height=240&id=T00341&noplaylistskin=true&video=272869&width=320

Proper Paws News

We have some exciting old and new offerings coming up this fall, including Adventure Classes on Monday’s and Friday’s at 9:30am, Wag it Games on Wednesday’s at 9:30, Rally Obedience Introduction at 9:30 on Thursday’s, and Master Puppy at 11am on Thursday’s.  For those of you that have dogs with dog/dog reactivity I am starting a new class called Growlies on Monday’s at 9:30am, we will work in a group class setting on reducing your dog’s reactivity and redirecting their anxiety with play!

Please feel free to log in and take a look at the class descriptions as well as register now for your fall classes! http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/Proper_Paws_Dog_Training/Proper_Paws_Class_Signup
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.  I hope to hear from you soon!