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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!” »
As hard as it is to find time to read, I do carve out some quiet time for my favorite topic, dogs!
There are many books I could share but there is one book I find myself referring to clients on a consistent basis, and that is The Other End of the Leash by Dr. Patricia McConnell.
Continue reading “NOVEMBER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH” »
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” »
Is it really that time again already?? Shopping for new clothes, making sure you didn’t miss anything on the school supplies list, grasping one last chance to spend the weekend at the lake.
At such a busy time, it’s easy to forget that the kids may not be the only ones mourning the end of Summer and the return of school days and early nights! Continue reading “BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES?” »
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” »
According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost five million people are bitten or attacked by dogs every year. This is a serious issue for individuals, communities and dogs, and comes with high physical, emotional and financial repercussions. State Farm Insurance recently reported that they paid out $109 million in 2011 as a result of dog bites – and that’s just one company!
In recognition of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, K-9 Coach Owner and Head Trainer Amber Burckhalter offers help and guidance on what you can do to keep yourself and your children safe and what, as a dog owner, you can do to help prevent bites.
The key word here is “proper” socialization. Introducing a dog to other dogs, people, environments and the world at large is crucial to improve their coping skills. Dogs who are stressed by their inability to handle what or who are around them only have a few choices on how to react. And, sadly, one of those is aggression. Never force your dog to interact with someone or some thing they find frightening. This is called flooding and is a very dangerous tool to use during training, which can cause serious fall out behaviors. Make socialization fun and a positive experience.
Dogs that are ill are more likely to show aggression
Ear infections, arthritis, tooth inflammation and more can cause your dog’s ability to cope with his environment to lessen. Injured or sick dogs are also more likely to feel threatened and more likely to react with force and aggression. Make sure your dog is healthy and feeling good to avoid aggression caused by illness. Make a yearly visit to your vet and if you notice illness, see your vet immediately.
Know your breed
Recognize that certain breeds are less tolerant of children, chase and nip at fast moving objects, require extensive exercise and training or do not like to be held or picked up. Ideally, you should know your breed before you pick a dog for your family. However, even if your family already has chosen your dog, designing training and exercise programs around your dog’s breed traits can help prevent aggression. Mixed breeds should be watched for their natural tendencies and their training and exercise should also be reflective of their personal needs.
A well trained dog is a safer dog. A dog that responds to commands such as Sit, Leave It and Off is safer to the community at large and able to work as a team with their owners. Dogs who have no leash manners or basic obedience skills are more likely to suffer with issues regarding self control and body language and react inappropriately to stress. Investing time in your dog through training can pay off in huge rewards. Dogs can start formal training as young as 8 weeks, so do not delay.
Games we play
Avoid tugging with your dog and never teach your children to play tug with a dog. Rough games, such as wrestling, should be avoided, as should any games where your dog is allowed or encouraged to act on aggression or predatory actions. Any game that teaches your dog to place their teeth on humans should be off limits. Playing fetch, agility or hide and seek teach your dog skills such as self-control, appropriate human play and proper problem solving skills.
A tired dog is a good dog. Properly exercising your dog prevents many types of aggression, that are a result of bored dogs creating their own games/exercise. Fence/window aggression, for example, is not an issue for dogs receiving proper mental and physical exercise as the dogs have no need to run fence lines or run from window to window in the home, barking. Exercising a dog both physically and mentally can be achieved with fetch and stuffed Kongs, for example.
Address behavioral issues
As a responsible dog owner, you are obligated to address any and all behavioral issues your dog may be dealing with for both the safety of your family and the community at large. Behavior issues are a symptom of what your dog is struggling with internally and helping ease your dog’s stressors will help prevent him from showing outward aggression. Set an appointment with your veterinarian or local trainer if you notice concerning behaviors.
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!!” »