Spring Training!

By on Apr 8, 2019 in Event, News | 2 comments

Spring is here! Let the training begin! The weather is getting better, sunny days are ahead and lots of nice walks on the beach are in order! Imagine your well-behaved pup walking nicely by your side, coming when called when you are out on a hike or just being polite around friends, family, and even strangers! Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, let’s get started! Puppy Basic Skills Training- this is for pups 4-8 months old. This class will teach the basics of good play manners, walking nicely on a leash, coming when called, sit, stay, and leave it. Classes will start April 27th to May 25th. Meeting on Saturdays from 11-12. Cost is $125 Basic Obedience and Refresher Class. This is for dogs 9 months and older. This class will address leash work, coming when called, review of basic cues, appropriate play, and an out and about session. meeting on Saturday April 27th from 3:30 to 4:30. Cost is $150 Classes will be conducted by Laura Boro, Owner/Trainer with Good Dog Walkin’. Laura is a certified dog trainer, certified Humane Educations Specialist, certified Canine Behavior Consultant, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Sign up for classes at the Good Dog store 3115 n. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene or call Laura at...

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By on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

SIT: Have your dog SIT at EVERY corner before you cross the street. This keeps both of you safe and out of oncoming traffic. Have your dog SIT on cue when a strange dog or person approaches. When your dog is approached by strangers (or friends) you have the right to ask them not to pet your dog. If you know your dog is nervous, stressed or uncomfortable in any way, politely tell them ‘he is not accepting pets today’ or ‘he is learning to be still’. WATCH ME: The WATCH ME cue asks your dog to give you immediate eye contact when you ask for it. It is a great way to redirect your dogs’ attention to you. You can interrupt an intense stare, an interest in a passing person, animal, bike or whatever, and keep him out of harm’s away. It also helps to refocus your dog. He can’t react to something if he is looking at you and getting rewarded/praised for doing so. LET’S GO: Let’s GO lets your dog know that you are about to change direction, go forward, or move into a walk after being still. This is also a great way to move your dog away from hazards or a potentially dangerous situation on a walk. LEAVE IT: LEAVE IT means “whatever you are focused on this instant you need to ‘leave it alone’ and look at me instead”. The ‘Leave it’ cue can help your dog avoid eating food, garbage, animal droppings, or any other inappropriate objects they may have found on a walk or in your own home (medicine, cleaning products, sewing objects, children’s toys etc.). It can also signal to your dog to ignore other dogs, squirrels, passing cars, bicyclist, skateboarder etc.  Your voice should be ‘serious’ buy not scary and acknowledge him for leaving it, with a ‘good boy’. DROP IT OR GIVE: In the event that your dog does pick up something that he shouldn’t before you can stop him, a good training cue is the ‘drop it’ or ‘give’. Remember, thank and praise your dog with a treat or a nice pet, for giving you what he might see as a ‘prized possession’. HEEL AND LOOSE LEASH WALKING: Heel is a very specific ‘strict’ walking style, which requires the dog to maintain his position on your left side, with his shoulder blade lining up with your pant leg. It is an appropriate walking style for crowded streets or crowds etc. Loose Leash Walking allows your dog a little more freedom giving him the opportunity to sniff and explore to the end of his leash (without pulling) while still giving the handler control in...

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Coming When Called

By on Apr 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Use ONE word; it’s important that he hear the word over and over. When your dog hears his name and “come here’, he should look at you and come running and be happy to do it. Coming to you should always be a pleasure and reward with a happy voice, generous treats, kisses, hugs, etc. ALWAYS reward. Your dog will learn that ‘good things’ happen when he comes to you. Practice with the round robin game, in a safe indoor environment first, with a leash if necessary, have your friend have you dog, tell him to stay ( if he knows stay .. great, if not we can work on that later, if you have an adult dog, he should know stay.), walk about 6 – 8 steps, call your dog (leash dragging behind) Encourage him the entire way! When he arrives, lots of praise and treats. And then do the same thing again with you holding the leash and your friend calling. Repeat throughout the day, and move farther away (with longer leashes/lines as needed) As your dogs ‘coming’ are more and more reliable, you can mix it up. You can add distractions, change directions, back up, anything to make it fun and your dog can be successful. Keep trainings short, no more than 10 minutes, several times a day. If you or your dog is getting tired, frustrated, just take a break and do something fun. NEVER, EVER, EVER call your dog to you for something unpleasant (the vet, his crate, punishment etc.) If you need to have your dog for any of these, go and get him with the...

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Canine Good Citizens

By on Mar 18, 2017 in Blog |

Have you ever wondered if your dog has what it takes to be a Canine Good Citizen? Sign them up for a training session with me to find out. Now training classes prepare dogs to take and pass the Canine Good Citizen test! Here’s Kristy and Street with the coveted Canine Good Citizen...

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Calling All Heroes

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Calling All Heroes Well, here we are, well into another bright and promising New Year. But how many of us are already struggling to live up to our New Year’s resolutions?  Did you already give in and have that piece of cake you swore off? Have you gone to exercise class yet? Taken those walks? Cleaned out that closet?  Don’t feel bad, you have plenty of company. Each year at this time millions of seniors focus on their personal flaws and resolve to do something that will make themselves better. But I would like to offer you a different idea: This year, instead of focusing on your flaws and shortcomings, focus instead on your talents and strengths. Instead of asking yourself, “What can I do to become a better person?” ask yourself instead, “What can I do, in my own special way, to make a better world?” In my work with seniors over the years, I have heard so many comment in ways that break my heart. “Laura,” they will say to me, “I would like to volunteer in my community, but what’s the use? I’m too old. I can’t get around like I used to. What can one old person like me really do to make a difference?” What can one person do to help the world? The answer is simple. Just do what you can. As seniors and retired folks, we may not have as much money or energy as we used to have. But we have the time, and the life experiences, and the heart, and the desire to do something that makes a difference for those around us. What other age group is so blessed? What a shame if we feel called to volunteer, but we don’t answer the call. Frequent readers of this column know that my passion is in volunteering with animal rescue groups. May I suggest that you join me in this worthy cause by volunteering in your own neighborhood or community? No matter what your age or condition, I assure you there are many ways you can help make a difference for a homeless dog or cat, including: You can adopt and love a ‘senior’ animal who just wants a warm home, a cozy lap and a soft hand to pet and love them in their final years.  You can help with mailings or fundraisers. You can go to the shelter now and then and cuddle new kittens You can foster a frightened animal You can sign up at the shelter to answer phones, greet visitors, do filing, assist in off-site events, or organize pet-food drives If you can sew, you can make cat toys or dog blankets for the shelter...

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