Hi folks I hope you are all having a great summer. As you may know my summer is being filled by travels and travails. So far I have managed to get my son off to his summer adventure in Colorado and begin re-writing my training manual as well as visit friends I haven’t seen for a long time. If you are interested in receiving an updated version of the manual, please let me know and as soon as it is done I will send it to you. It is going to have some new games, video links and an expanded tricks section!
Just a few reminders for pet safety since we are now in the heat of summer;
- Never leave your dog in the car even for a few minutes with the windows cracked! Cars can heat up extremely quickly and our dog’s cooling systems don’t work like our making them extremely susceptible to heat stroke!
- Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh cool water available when you are exercising them on a hot day. The only way for a dog to cool down is through panting or drinking cool water.
- Keep your dog off the hot pavement – it can burn the pads of their feed and cause them to overheat quickly.
- Never shave your dog thinking that will help them to keep cool. Actually, double coated dogs with a thick undercoat like Goldens, Shepards and Sheep dogs are kept cool by their thick undercoat and shaving them exposes them to sunburn, bug bites and overheating.
- Don’t soak your dog with water (especially their back) as the insulating properties of their dense undercoat will be rendered useless if you do.
- Ways to help keep your dog cool include:
o Clipping the hair of their underbelly and underarms
o Providing cool and/or wet items for the dog to lie on like towels soaked in cool water
o Providing shallow wading pools for the dogs to walk/lie in
o Providing plenty of shade for them when they are in the heat
o Providing plenty of air circulation (fans) in warm areas
o Give your dog an ice pop! Add a bit of chicken broth to water and freeze into ice cubes, it makes a great treat when the dogs are hanging out in the heat!
For those of you who have been helping me test my new group class scheduler – a big thank you! I believe it is very close to going live now.
For those that are looking forward to training again with me next fall there will be a few changes to my schedule. Lesson appointments will extend from 8 am – 3pm next year, as I’m shifting my schedule up by half an hour and adding another appointment block from 2-3 pm. I will also be offering a couple of new group classes in the fall – Puppy Kindergarten Group Class with the option to combine that class with 2 private sessions, a Beginner Obedience Class for people with older dogs, rescues and/or puppies over 6 months old who need the basics and Manners 1 which is a more advanced obedience class targeted toward those who’ve done Puppy K and Graduate Puppy who want to concentrate on taking those behaviors they’ve learned to a whole new level (lots of field trips in that class to public areas).
The class schedule is already posted on my blog at http://properpaws.blogspot.com/p/group-class-schedule.html and I will soon have an all new on line scheduling program ready for you to reserve your spot in those classes – like me on Facebook for updates on schedule availability https://www.facebook.com/Proper.paws.dog.training .