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Getting involved in sports with your dog is a great way to challenge yourself and your dog both mentally and physically. It helps strengthen the dog/human bond, builds confidence and gives dogs a “job” to do!
K-9 Coach strongly believes in the power of dog sports like Treibball, Agility and Nosework to enrich the lives of both the dogs and their owners.
Continue reading “DOG SPORTS – FUN FOR YOU & FIDO!” »
I’m a huge book store browser and despite owning practically every digital reader there is, I still prefer turning the pages of a real book. With a busy schedule though, it is sometimes hard to get from one end of a book to another – especially if I’m trying to read for both learning and leisure!
So I was excited when I spotted my latest treasure – in the clearance bin, though it doesn’t deserve to be!
The Dog Lover’s Daily Companion is filled with “365 Days of Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Living a Rich Life with Your Dog”. Continue reading “October Book Recommendation: The Dog Lover’s Daily Companion” »
Since laws like this affect us all, but can also be misinterpreted or misunderstood, we asked our good friend Steve Golden to recap this new law for us all. He did ask us to include the following disclaimer though!
Disclaimer: I am merely a law student, and therefore cannot provide actual legal advice, so the following should not be construed in such a fashion. This is just an interpretation of a newly-enacted law. I am, however, fascinated by animal law, so take that for what it’s worth.
Continue reading “Guest Post: HB 685, Georgia’s “Responsible Dog Ownership Law”” »
What would you do with your pets if you were caught up in a natural disaster or emergency at home? Tornado perhaps; or some serious flooding. If you had to temporarily evacuate your own home for some reason, do you have a plan for your pets? If you were on vacation with your dog and there’s an earthquake – how would you find him if you got separated? What would your pets need in such circumstances? Where would they go?
These are scary scenarios indeed, and we truly hope they NEVER happen to you, but they are even more frightening if you are unprepared for how to react.
June 2012 is National Pet Preparedness Month so we have developed a Top Ten list of tips and suggestions to help you keep your pets safe. Continue reading “Is your pet prepared for an emergency or a natural disaster?” »
Anyone who truly knows K-9 Coach, understands that as a company we are really a family of people committed to the health and welfare of every dog, whether in our immediate care or in the external community. Our philosophy of creating positive experiences for as many dog and owner teams as we can extends throughout our business – from training to grooming to retail – and we believe that each and every dog should be evaluated on their own merits, as individuals. Continue reading “Training & Rehabilitation – The Pit Bull Image” »
Regular nail trimming is very important for more than just aesthetic reasons.
• Overgrown nails can break easily and if they break below the quick, they will bleed profusely and will be very painful for the dog.
• Long-term overgrowth can cause difficulty with walking; pain, soreness, and can eventually contribute to the development of arthritis.
• Unlike humans and other animals, a dog walks on his toes like a horse, not the soles of his feet. Long nails can cause the dog to rock back on his paws, causing strain on his leg assemblies and interfering with his gait.
• Some dogs (particularly overweight ones) may find it uncomfortable to put their full body weight on their feet if their nails are overgrown, leading to sore feet, legs and hips.
Continue reading “K-9 Coach Groomer’s Corner: Mani-Pedi’s – they’re not just for the two-legged!!” »
Did you know your K-9 Coach trainers receive over 30 hours of “official” professional development every year? Which doesn’t include the hundreds of hours they spend reading books, networking with colleagues and learning from each other – and from the dogs!!
Our training team recently attended the “Karen Pryor Clicker Expo” in Nashville, TN and they are all very excited to put what they’ve learned into action, both with their individual clients and in helping to develop and improve K-9 Coach’ overall training services. Clicker Expo is chock full of interesting and motivating seminars as well as hands-on workshops from some of the industry’s leading trainers and influencers.
What did I learn at Clicker Expo this year? Over all I learned that I have so much to learn!! As trainers we are continually growing and adding knowledge to our ‘tool box’ and this expo was no exception. Each conference I’ve attended has made me grow both personally and as a trainer. Continue reading “Clicker Expo – Exhausting but fun!” »
Author Jean Donaldson wrote a very interesting and insightful book a few years back that has become quite the bible for dog trainers, and which holds much that would be beneficial to dog owners in addressing myths and misconceptions about the human-dog relationship. It has been a few years since I last read the book in its entirety, so I thought I would give myself a refresher and at the same time pass on a few words of wisdom of my own, as well as what I myself learned from The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs.
Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING OUR FOUR LEGGED FURRY FRIENDS!” »
The notion of that which defines us being inextricably linked to that which we ingest into our bodies was first penned in 1826 in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante – “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. Today, almost 200 years later, with all of our scientific studies, our quantitative and qualitative data and, of course, our good old fashioned common sense, is there any question that we are what we eat? Of course there isn’t.
Continue reading “You Are What You Eat…but what about your dog?” »