Your dog has a magic bowl. Food appears in it every day.
No hunting. No foraging. No tracking. He just goes to
his bowl and Poof!, there is the food. So, what does he
do with all that extra time on his hands? Well, he has
probably decided to eat your book or your shoes and start
his own barking choir that is not making a huge impression
with the neighbors. So put the hunt back in the food for
him! Well, sort of.
Here are five ways to feed your dog, starting today!
1) Scatter food in your yard or home
or hide small piles for your dog to find. Help him out
in the beginning by showing him where it is.
2) Teach your dog to play catch for his food. Toss a
piece of kibble or a treat right in front of your dog's
nose. He'll probably watch it fall to the ground and
then eat it. Keep working at it and he will eventually
catch it. I use this one at night when I want to watch
TV and entertain my dogs at the same time.
3) Stuff a Kong or Havaball - take your dog's regular
kibble and mix in just enough peanut or almond butter,
whipped cream cheese, or canned dog food to coat the
kibble so it sticks together. Then, stuff it into one
or two Kongs and serve! The peanut or almond butter
ones can even be frozen first for an extra long lasting
4) Use some of your dog's meal kibble for rewards during
the day. Ask your dog for a behavior or trick and reward.
Keep some at the front door to give to friends that
come over. Your dog will soon learn to love the sight
of new people. Not only is your dog working for his
dinner, but there are no extra treats to make your dog
5) Last but not least, make knotted toys out of rags.
Take old margarine or yogurt containers and put yummy,
smelly treats in them. Tie an old rag loosely around
the container and encourage your dog to untie the knots
and find the treats. This one must be supervised so
your dog doesn't eat the rags or plastic containers.
You should supervise your dog with Kongs, Havaballs
and Squirrel Dudes (toy by Premier) until you are sure
he can use them safely on his own. And, supervise or
separate multiple dogs so you don't
have any battles!
All of the classes in our family dog program
are geared towards teaching you how to help your dog become
a fun, well behaved and well-adjusted family pet. Basic manners
and obedience are emphasized using dog friendly methods. No
choke chains or pinch collars are used. You will learn how to
"think dog". We will help you avoid the most common
problems and prevent the most common bad habits. Each session
consists of one class once weekly for six weeks.
Our goal in all of our classes is to help create
a lifelong friend in your dog by making your dog more obedient,
confident, well-mannered and more enjoyable to be around. Your
dog will become a more well-behaved and well-adjusted family
pet. Our focus is on training you to train your dog with respect,
consistency and trust. Teaching your dog manners strengthens
the bond between you both and through better communication you'll
have a lifetime of companionship. We will teach you how to build
rapport with your dog using positive, reward based training
methods. These methods foster trust and learning. No punishment,
• Obedience Classes •
Please go to the Schedule
section to see what classes are currently scheduled and to sign
Learn the basic obedience and communication skills needed to
build a better relationship with your dog, or to start competitive
dog sports. This class is the foundation for all future training
and is perfect for improving the manners of your favorite pooch.
It will increase communication and awareness between you and
your dog. We will train or improve basic obedience skills such
as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, come and no jumping.
Some of the skills we will cover include attention, ability
to work around other dogs as well as people and distractions,
drive and motivation, and confidence. The focus of the class
is on improving manners, gaining skills, and increasing confidence
to build a more enjoyable relationship. We utilize clicker
training in this class.
This class is a prerequisite to Intro to Agility
as well as a great prelude to any obedience class.
At the completion of Focus Foundation the handler
should be able to:
Heel or walk on a loose leash with the dog at the handler's
Maintain Sit/Stay and Down/Stay on command for 30 seconds
Maintain Stand/Stay for 10 seconds
Come when called on cue off-leash with some degree of distraction
from a distance of 20 feet.
Leave a treat within reach until released to take it
Learn to pay attention and "watch" you
Improve manners such as issues with jumping up
Obedience II is an intermediate obedience class
for dogs and their handlers who have completed Focus Foundation,
or Obedience I or equivalent, and for those handlers who wish
to improve their companion dog handling and the dog-handler
relationship using positive reinforcement. It is also for those
handlers and their dogs that have an interest in entering the
Obedience sport and want preparation before taking the Obedience
III class. To enter the Obedience II class, the human/dog team
should be able to accomplish all of the final tasks of the Obedience
At the completion of Obedience II class the human/dog
team should be able to:
Heel (or walk with dog at side) with the dog on loose leash
to off-leash (or simulation of off-leash with umbilical cord,
leash-over-shoulder or lure techniques), do about turns, left
and right turns, move at a normal, slow and fast pace.
Heel with the dog on loose leash or off-leash, Heel in a
Figure 8 pattern, and to perform some "Rally doodles"
such as spiral left, spiral right, circle right, circle left.
Maintain a Sit/Stay, Down/Stay and Stand/Stay off leash
for a specified time.
Come when called off-leash with some degree of distraction
from a distance greater than 20 feet.
This is a 6-week course designed for dogs and
their handlers who have completed Obedience II or equivalent
training. It is intended for those handlers who wish to continue
in improving fluency in handler-dog teamwork. Obedience III
provides opportunity for experienced handlers to work in an
environment similar to a more formal obedience ring. Entry to
this class requires the ability to perform the skills of the
Obedience II Class.
At the completion of Obedience III class the human/dog
team should be able to:
Complete a qualifying AKC Novice routine.
practice, practice! Join the Club and make your dog
a Lucky Dog! Get a membership and use the facility on your schedule
to practice whenever there is no other class or event.