Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Web Site - New Blog - One Last Post!

Hi folks,

If you've come across this page, thank you for looking into Proper Paws Dog Training.  I now have a brand new web site and a brand new blog - all in one!  

Feel free to peruse the old posts here, there's still a lot of good information, but if you are looking for current schedules, class listings and the like, please visit me at

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Update 2017

Proper Paws Dog Training News

Happy Fall here comes Winter! 

We are busy this fall with ongoing classes for Puppy K, Graduate Puppy, Wag it Games, Tricks and Rally Obedience! 

We still have spaces available in Rally and Wag it Games, space is now available in Tricks class starting 11/8 - 2 spaces available - sign up now!.

New For Fall!

RALLY will be moving to Tuesday’s at 9:30am, starting on 11/21, there will be 2 classes in November (11/21 and 11/28), two in December (12/12 and 12/19) then we will begin weekly classes in January. This is a rolling admission class, you are welcome to begin any time it is convenient for you as long as there is room, sign up early to reserve your spot! 

Canine Good Citizen Class will be offered starting January 11th , on Thursday's at 11am.  This is a 6 week course (no rolling admission) that culminates with the administration of the AKC CGC test.  Pre-requisite: Graduate Puppy, Master Puppy Recommended. Dogs must by at least 1 year old.

Wag it Games will move to Wednesday’s at 2pStarting January 10th 

Dog Sports Survey Course starting January 10th, is a rolling admission course that will be available thru March.  This class will introduce you to different activities and dog sports that you can do with your dog. Each week will be a different activity so come prepared to explore! We will cover Tricks, K9 Nose Work, Rally Obedience, Agility skills, AKC Obedience, Wag it Games and MORE! Pre-requisite: Graduate Puppy and ability to work around other dogs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Proper Paws Dog Training – Summer Update

I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your family and your dog.  I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of a few things that are particularly relevant in the summer.

1)    With all this heat and humidity don’t forget that your dog needs access to lots of fresh water, just like you do, to stay hydrated and healthy.
2)    If you have access to clean water streams, lakes or sea shore, swimming is a great alternative exercise for your dog but beware!
a.     Algal blooms! Both fresh and salt water can be affected by potentially deadly algal blooms.  For more information on these dangers
b.     No matter where your dog’s swims don’t forget to thoroughly rinse your dog with fresh clean water and dry them off!  Hot spots can develop if moisture is trapped in your dog’s fur for too long.
3)    While it probably goes without saying, never leave your dog in a car (even with the windows down) on a hot day (even 70 degrees can get unbearable hot for dogs).  Cars act like greenhouses and heat up quickly! Dog’s systems cannot tolerate heat like ours can, and even a short amount of time in high heat can be deadly!
4)    While many people shave their dog in the summers to help their pet stay cool, it can actually do just the opposite.
5)    Finally, sometimes it is more kind to leave your dog home on a hot day.  Are you planning a hiking trip, day at the beach or long drive? Please consider the WHOLE day, the beach can be pretty hot if you don’t like to go in the water, hiking can be especially taxing on a hot day and long drives are great if you don’t stop, but what happens when you need to eat and the dog can’t come with you!

Now on to future news!  As much as I love summer, I am now looking toward my fall class offerings.  There are classes for every level, some will be offered as rolling admission (Graduate Puppy, Master Puppy) and some will be offered as 6 week classes (Adventure Class, Rally, Wag it Games).  Here is the schedule starting in September.  If there is a class you’ve been waiting for and don’t see, or an idea for a class you’d like to see, please let me know!  As you can see there is a TBD class in there just waiting for people to let me know what you REALLY want to do!

Have a fun, safe rest of your summer, hope to see you all in the fall! 

Check out our schedule for the fall - some of the classes are already full, so don't forget to reserve your spot early!

Fall 2017 Schedule