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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Riding with Rover

By on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog |

Tips for taking your dog on summer car trips. This is the time of year to jump in the car and head off to Yellowstone or Reno, or visit friends and family in Anywhere, USA. And taking our furry friends with us in the car is about as good as it gets. Or is it? Driving with your dog can be a joyful ride to ‘fun city’ or a miserable trip to ‘stress town’. For some dogs, a road trip with their people is great fun, and they love it. But other dogs are just naturally more trip-averse, and will be need some extra TLC from you. Here’s what you need to know: A DOGGIE CHECK LIST FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP Determine if your dog is anxious about car travel. Fussing, whining, non-stop barking, or drooling on short trips are obvious cues that your dog will need extra preparation for long trips. Before you take him on that long trip, take him on a couple day trips to get him oriented to travel. Don’t forget your dogs’ collar, with current ID (name and phone number). Be sure he is micro-chipped, and that all his info is updated. If you’re travelling to other states, be aware that some states require all dogs to be restrained while in the car. That could be a doggy car seat, a harness or a kennel/crate depending on size. Dogs are like kids—they want something to do on a long ride. Bring a stuffed KONG, or chewy toy or ‘stuffy’ on your trip. The chewing action can be quite calming. Make sure you keep the power windows ‘locked’ while on the road, as dogs have been known to hit the down button and jump out. Even if he just gets his head out the window, someone might hit the up button, which can choke or damage his neck/throat. Potty stops are welcome breaks for your dog (and you) to get out and stretch your legs. Make sure your pup is leashed up before you open the door. The last thing you want is for your dog to bolt out the door and off into the sunset! Most dogs can tolerate about 4 hours of drive time, so make sure your potty stops are scheduled accordingly. If you know your dog needs more frequent breaks, please adjust to his schedule. To help avoid car sickness, give your dog a light meal on the day of departure, and then you can give him little snacks when you stop along the way. Don’t forget to bring water and a bowl for your stops. If staying with friends or in a hotel/motel, check ahead to ensure that pets...

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How Smart is Your Dog?

By on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog, Tips |

We all know that dogs have unique and, in some cases, amazing abilities to learn and problem solve.  Perhaps you have seen dogs performing memory games or distinguishing among hundreds of objects. Among the most famous of the “brilliant dogs” are Rico who knows more than 200 words, and Betsy who knows about 340.  But the champ so far is Chaser who recognizes more than 1,000 different words or objects!  And it probably comes as no surprise that all three of these furry little wizards is a Border   Collie—one of the brightest breeds of all. Pet Expert Warren Eckstein, a regular guest on the ‘Today’ show, believes there are two basic types of dog intelligence: instinctive and adaptive. According to Eckstein “instinctive intelligence” is breed specific.  In other words, certain breeds just naturally possess the ability to do some things better than other breeds.  Specific breeds of hounds, for example, usually do better on sight-oriented tasks, while bloodhounds, beagles and some terriers are much better at scent-oriented tasks. Eckstein describes “adaptive’ intelligence” as social and environmental learning—the kind of intelligence that comes from dealing with everyday circumstances—sort of like “on the job training.”  It’s interesting to note that dogs are like humans in that not all of us learn the same way, or at the same pace. Some of us are better at math, while others are far better at language. So here are some little “intelligence tests” that will be fun for you and your dog.  Don’t try to jam all these tests into one day, and be sure to reward your dog with treats for every effort.  If he becomes frustrated at some point, just give him a break and try again later, maybe even on another day.  Keep in mind that all of us learn differently, so don’t be surprised if your dog does better at some tests than others. Just love him and praise him for trying. Dog Intelligence Tests Towel Test:  Gently place a large towel over your dog’s head. If he frees himself from the towel in less than 15 seconds, give him 3 points; if 15-30 seconds, he gets 2 points; and longer than 30 seconds, he gets 1 point. Bucket Test:  Let your dog watch you place a treat under one of three buckets (or large plastic cups)  that are placed next to each other.  Turn your dog away from the buckets for a few seconds; then have him turn around and find the treat. If he gets the right bucket/cup on the first try, award him 3 points; if two attempts – 2 points; if he finds the treat after looking under the two others first, 1 point. Favorite Spot:...

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Petey’s Journey

By on Aug 1, 2013 in Adopt Me, Blog |

A journey of trust. Petey arrived at N.Idaho Boxer Rescue six months ago.  An amazing  and unique white boxer, who was born deaf. Skin and bones, deep wounds, skin scrapes, wide scratches and leg injuries were signs of his life. With the cards stacked against him, Petey had a challenge ahead of him.  But with his devoted caregivers at the rescue, Petey is starting to reclaim his life. He still has a way to go, but is now eager to accept petting, attention and affection. He is also working hard on his obedience skills and the hand commands needed to direct his actions without words. Every day, Petey is making progress. He is now eager for pets, touches and affection. He responds well to the hand signals and ‘taps’ to get his attention. He walks well on the leash with limited distractions. While he is still startled by surprise ‘appearances’ of bikes, skateboards, scooters etc. he has come along way.  Petey is coming alive, is actually happy, willing to please and enjoys spending time with those folks he can trust and depend on. Now the journey must continue. Petey has been doing so well, the next step is to get him to a home that will take him to the next level. Petey would be a great companion for someone he knows he can trust. He would do well in an adult environment, as an only dog (so he can soak up ALL the attention!) and someone who will continue to provide the structure and training to help him succeed.  Room to run and explore, with supervision, will help his self –confidence and get him the exercise he needs. Add in a place to lay and be comfy and safe with his new person/people would mean so much to him. We feel that Petey will flourish being part of a family and accepting the roll of loyal companion and friend and his future would look brighter than ever. We know Petey can’t hear with his ears, but he can definitely hear with his heart. For more information on Petey and to schedule a visit contact North Idaho Boxer...

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Tips for Trips

By on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog, Tips | 1 comment

(Or how to survive traveling with your dog!) Traveling with your dog can be great fun and a way to build on your relationship. Some dogs LOVE to travel and go on rides. However, others would rather stay home and not be bothered. Well, I’m happy to say with patience and an open mind in trying different ways to travel with your dog, it can help reduce any stress you and your dog, you might have.  My experience with my own dog, who is not a fan of car trips, has given me the tools to help me plan ahead and taught me great deal about traveling with dogs. How to plan for a stress-free experience Successful planning is key to traveling with your dog and the first thing you want to do is evaluate if it really is a good idea to take your pet on the trip. Are you visiting folks who will welcome your ‘well-behaved’ pet? Are there other pets at your destination that will be okay with pet guests? How long will your dog need to be confined during the trip? Have you checked for ‘pet-friendly’ lodging along the way? Would it be better for all concerned to leave you dog in the care of a qualified pet-sitter or boarding facility? Is your dog healthy enough for travel and are there any special dietary or medical needs to be taken into account. After you have reviewed the questions and you have made the decision you and your dog are heading out, here is a list of items that you will probably want to take with you. A sturdy smooth edged carrier/kennel with a grill-style door and a secure latch with plenty of ventilation holes on each side. Be sure it is big enough for your dog to sit and lie down in, but not so big that he will get bounced around if the road gets rough (or you are traveling by air). The carrier may have food and water dishes if you like and should have a cozy lining (towel, shredded newspaper, crate pad etc.). Use the crate ONLY if he is already crate-trained. A long trip is not the time to introduce your dog to a carrier. I.D. and contact information should also be with you. Your dog should already be microchipped, and have a collar with his I.D tags; rabies tag etc. and you phone number. Also carry a current photo (on your phone as well as in your wallet) for easy identification in case he gets away. Stop along the way Be sure that you and your dog can stretch your legs, allow him to potty and maybe have a small...

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