National Train Your Dog Month!

National Train Your Dog Month is every January. This annual training month is promoted by and sponsored by APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). On the website dedicated to this month are many FREE resources for dog owners and dog trainers… so check it out!

National Train Your Dog Month

Be on the lookout for my training classes to begin this month SOON! Dates & times TBA but you can sign up for my email list.

Poster for APDT's National Train Your Dog Month - January 2019

CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Classes

SIGN UP SOON! ONLY 8 spaces available for participants. Great class for Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs as well as everyone wanting to go beyond basic obedience and get your Canine Good Citizen Titles. My dog, Skippy, has all 3 AKC CGC Program Titles: CGC, CGCA, CGCU! Click the link below for more information and registration.
CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Classes
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Upcoming May Classes

May is going to be a busy month! We have 3 Classes Beginning this Month!

Puppy Classes and Family Dog (Beginning Obedience/Manners) Classes will start Monday, May 14th, 2018.
“Agility for Fun” Classes will start Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.
Please be sure to visit the following pages and links for more information:

I’m also really excited that last fall, two Animal Behavior College Students completed their externships, took their finals, and graduated! Congratulations to Avonna and Renee! Now… I have a NEW Animal Behavior College Student who will be just beginning her externship, welcome Logan!
Please be on the lookout for a NEW SURVEY seeking your input on what types of classes you’d like to see offered in the future (or you could leave your comments below).

My Dog, Skippy Needs Surgery

Skippy, my Italian Greyhound

Skippy, my Italian Greyhound

Skippy has a VERY LARGE hemangioma (approximately 4 cm in size or about 1.5 inches) AND REQUIRES surgical removal. In February, I received from the veterinary clinic an estimated cost ranging between $760 up to $880.
Because Skippy’s hemangioma is so large it often starts to leak and drip blood from a simple bath or from him cleaning himself to the point of it being a regular occurrence and I keep praying he doesn’t bust it wide open by brushing against bushes or something. So I really am in need to have this surgery preferably very soon hopefully within a few weeks before it bursts and hemorrhages. Skippy has had small ones that in the last 3 years that were treated with a natural Chinese herbal supplement which reduced the size of some and eliminated others.
Skippy's Hemangioma on March 21st, 2018

Skippy’s Hemangioma on March 21st, 2018

Here’s the link to make a donation for Skippy’s Surgery
Between 6-7 years ago, Skippy had 3 hemangiomas removed and all were benign. Then a little over 3 years ago he had 3 more hemangiomas removed and they were also benign.
Some hemangiomas can become malignant (which would then be called: hemangioma sarcoma) if left to grow unchecked. However, I have requested that a histiopath not be done this time to determine if it is malignant because I would not put him through chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. I’ve also requested that he not be boarded overnight to reduce some of the cost. The cost does include lab work to make sure he is healthy to undergo anesthesia and it also includes antibiotics and pain medications for his post-op recovery.
Other than this hemangioma, Skippy appears to be healthy, is still very active and is more confident as each year passes. In fact, this past fall, I was so proud of him earning 3 new AKC Titles: his AKC Novice Trick Dog Title, his AKC Intermediate Trick Dog Title and his AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban Title. Skip continues to help me as a demonstration dog in classes and pr. He is now my only dog. We had plans to compete in Rally Obedience at the recent Shasta Kennel Club’s Dog Show that was recently held in our area, however, because of his hemangioma, I have put it off for now.
Although I teach dog classes, because I am on social security disability, I am allowed to only work so many hours/days a month & have limitations on how much income I can earn. I have just enough income to get by. In the past, the veterinary clinic allowed me to make payments on services that exceeded my ability to pay. This is no longer an available option due to changes in company policies. This is why I don’t have the finances available for Skippy’s surgery.
Any help will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity for considering to help Skippy receive this much needed surgery.
Again, here’s the link if you would like to donate for his surgery or simply to pass the info along to someone else.