BADDogs, Inc. Newsletter

Here is some more great training tidbits from Barbara Davis and  BADDogs, Inc.  Hope you enjoy, feel free to give Barbara a call or email her, contact information available on their website listed in the newsletter.

Thank you BADDogs, Inc and Barbara Davis for this information. 

Sincerely, 

Barton C. Huber, DVM (Dr. Bart)

 

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Family Dog Training & Behavior
September 9, 2014

Small Bites!

Does Your Dog Have C.L.A.S.S.?

Our new 3-level program that complements the Association of Pet Dog Trainers C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) program is here and we’re ready for you to start now!. APDT C.L.A.S.S is an educational program that promotes training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and  strengthens relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.You’ll be working with people and dogs of different skill levels on the activities of most importance to them. You won’t have to waste time working on the skills you already have down pat, and can concentrate on the areas you where need the most help! Best of all, we operate on a drop-in basis, which means you are only charged for the sessions you attend, and never charged for the ones you have to miss. This flexible scheduling scheme makes it easy for you to get started, stay interested and help your dog be all he can be! 

AKC CGC, CGCA and S.T.A.R. Puppy titles available now!
Whether your poodle is purebred or a blend, she or he can earn a title (or two or three) from the AKC! Instead of being recognized for just “looking good”, now every dog can be honored for knowing how to act!
Start your youngster out preparing to earn his S.T.A.R. puppy title! Come to class just 6 times, and demonstrate some basic principles of citizenship and good manners and receive your certificate (suitable for hanging!) and a lovely medal to hang around your neck (for a few minutes) and then hang it proudly above your dog dish or bed! This title tells the world your under-1-year-old already has a great start in life and is well on his way to being a credit to the community!
Once your pup’s past his first birthday, come on down and take the CGC test. The Canine Good Citizen test helps you and your dog demonstrate that you’re a credit to the community, and know how to act in public and around other people and dogs. Best of all, it’s a great jumping off place to get you into more advanced pursuits, such as CGCA, therapy dog training and other great stuff! 
Finally, CGCA, Canine Good Citizen Advanced or “Community Canine” is a test that allows you and your dog to demonstrate your more advanced training skills and your ability to behave appropriately in even more challenging surroundings!
We know you think your dog is special (and we do, too!), so here’s the chance to earn an official title that tells the world what we already know! Training for all these AKC titles is available from BADDogs in our puppy and C.L.A.S.S. programs, and we offer private lessons as well! for more information, please call us at 951.283.2101.
Positive’s The Way To Go!

We’ve known it for years! Positive reinforcement-based training systems are the most effective and provide the most consistent results without unwanted “side effects”. But many people are confused or misinformed about what positive reinforcement really is.
One of my favorite people, a long-time mentor of mine and noted veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Lore Haug, has written a great article on the subject that was published on September 1, 2014 by Psychology Today. We’re posting a link here to Dr. Haug’s article so you can read for yourself!
When He Won’t Give It Up

It’s called “resource guarding”. There are all kinds of funny videos on YouTube (not funny to me!) of dogs snapping, snarling and growling, even biting, as their people try to take things away from them.
Many folks manage this situation somewhat successfully for years by changing their own behavior. They put away all the toys that Rex gets snappy over, and stop buying the chicken-basted rawhides that makes ChooChoo go all Cujo on them. But in the end, management always fails, or perhaps Fido finds some new thing to get all possessive about, and we’re right back to the bad place again.
Sometimes resource guarders are born, but in my experience, most are made. Self-trainers who follow a lot of iffy internet advice about how to prevent dogs from being possessive actually create the problem or make a small problem far worse than when it started. Ever read the one about fooling with your dog’s food while he’s eating so he’ll learn not to mind you fooling with his food while he’s eating? Does that make any sense at all? How many times would I be able to finger your french fries before you gave me a good poke in the nose?Another one of my favorite people, Dr. Patricia McConnell has written a number of great articles on the subject of resource guarding. I’ve included a link to her latest one here. If you’ve got a resource guarder, at least read this article and hopefully find a few tidbits to convince you that this is a problem that can and should be fixed. If you need help, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist with referrals, book recommendations, or perhaps a consultation or two!

Get Your New Pup A Great Start! 

If you recently brought a new puppy home, or are thinking of expanding the family in the coming weeks, consider signing up for The Puppy Club, an innovative, veterinarian-endorsed puppy training and socialization program! The Puppy Club combines basic instruction in all your puppy needs to know with a well-managed puppy and people socialization experience. As with all our other programs, we offer The Puppy Club on a clinic basis, so show up for the classes you’re able to attend and don’t sweat the ones you can’t. It’s your best shot at turning your wonderful pup into an awesome dog! Open to pups from 8-20 weeks of age, our clinic format lets you start when you’re ready, so no need to wait for another class start. Give us a call at 951-283-2101 to sign up, or register online at our registration page!
Save The Date

January 1, 2015. It becomes legal for restaurants in CA to offer patio dining to their patrons with pooches. Certain guidelines for cleanliness must be followed, but we’re looking forward to a time when your dog will be welcome at your favorite eatery for a bit of alfresco socializing!

September 27, 2014. In recognition of World Rabies Day, the city of Corona Animal Services and Enforcement will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination & dog licensing clinic on Saturday, 9/27/14 from 3PM to 5PM.  Mandatory rabies vaccinations have been effective at wiping out the instances of this dread disease in domestic animals over the years. Vaccines at this special event will be administered by our own Dr. Bart Huber of Animal Medical Center here in Corona.  All dogs welcome, but please leave your cats at home. For more information, please call Corona Animal Services and Enforcement at 951-739-4802. 
Save 5%
For existing clients who have completed any in-home training plan with us, we’ve got a deal for you! Just sign up for one of our continuation packages (3-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack or 8-pack or semi-annual/annual plans) by September 30, 2014, and receive 5% off the total cost of that package. Remember, you do have to sign up, book your first appointment and prepay your plan by September 30, 2014 to quality for the discount (your first appointment may be scheduled after the sign-up deadline, though!) Enjoy better behavior, and save a few bucks right now! Give us a call at 951-283-2101 to reserve your space right now!
Offer Expires: September 30, 2014
Walk In Sync Banner 
So many of you are showing up in class sporting your Walk In Sync harnesses! Much to my surprise, the sporty teal color seems to be the most popular!If you haven’t gotten yours yet, and are still struggling with a tight leash, think about ordering yours today. Our clients are snapping them up and making their dog-walking lives a breeze!
Click on the banner above to view some helpful videos that discuss how this remarkable product works, and get ready to change your dog walking experiences forever!