4 Dog Classes to Start the New Year!

Ahhh . . . a new year. A clean slate. A chance to start over and do everything right this time.

Perhaps your new challenge comes in the form of a new dog, either a new puppy or a newly adopted rescue dog. With your new pup, perhaps it’s time to begin training. Perhaps you didn’t get a new pup, but are wanting to build on the relationship with the dog you already have

We all strive to be good pet parents, but busy schedules and competing priorities often make it hard to find time for training, exercising and bonding. But this year will be different! Consider joining one of our classes to help you become the pet parent you always wanted to be!

4 Classes Beginning THIS Week! Puppy, Tricks, Family Dog Level 1, and Family Dog Level 2.

Click on the link for more class info and details!


Upcoming January 2018 Classes!

logo_tydm_v3January is…
“National Train Your Dog Month”!

So Join the Fun…
Bring out the best
in your best friend!

  • Puppy Socialization & Training Class
  • Family Dog Manners and Obedience Class

Classes BEGIN JANUARY 22nd, 2018… for link on complete class info and to send to a friend or sign up for future emails… click HERE!
Classes meet TWICE weekly on Mondays and Thursday for a total of 6 classes. Each class lasts approximately 1 hour (Puppy class is an additional 15 minutes longer to allow for “puppy play time”).
ALL our classes include: skills to help your dog or puppy learn that responding to your requests is great fun and learning to focus in spite of distractions!

  • Confidence building games and activities
  • Impulse control
  • Relationship building games
  • Building enthusiastic responses on and off leash

Visit this page for Complete Class Descriptions
I’m looking forward to having you and your dog experience fun while training. For more information please call Kathy, 356-8286.
If your dog is reactive or has any aggression issues, PLEASE, first talk with me, Kathy Dunn.
COST:  $100.00 (for Puppy or Family Dog Class)
DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE for the following:

  • Registering for more than one class
  • “Bring a Friend”
  • “All in the Family” (aka multiple dogs in one home)
  • Repeating the Same Class

Class Times:

  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Puppy (Ages 10 weeks – approximately 4-5 months old)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Family (Ages approximately 5-6 months and older)

Vaccinations Requested:

  • Puppies: DHLP-Parvo – at least first 2 sets, & Bordetella
  • Dogs 6 mos & older: DHLP-Parvo, Rabies & Bordetella

Classes will be held at:
Pilgrim Congregational Church
2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, 96001 (park in back lower parking lot; it is recommended to find this location during daylight hours so you can be familiarized with location and parking lot.) (click on the above link for google map & directions)
Class size is limited to ONLY 5 – 8 dogs per class. This will allow for more personalized instruction.
EARLY REGISTRATION is strongly encouraged.
NO ONE who is NOT PRE-REGISTERED can just “show up”.
Please… Save your Place… REGISTER ASAP!
And Don’t forget to download “What to Bring to Class” info sheet… there will be a quiz the first night of class on what was on this info sheet!

Last Classes of 2017

DON’T MISS THE LAST CLASSES of this year! (New Classes will begin in January, but these classes will begin October 16th!

  • Puppy Socialization & Training Class
  • Family Dog Manners and Obedience Class!

ALL CLASSES WILL BE INDOORS with Air Conditioning!
I am so looking forward to starting classes again and meeting some of you for the first time and others of you returning. Each class is so unique and fun! Not only do we learn new skills, and teach our dogs new things, we build our bond, teamwork and friendship with our four-pawed friends!
For ALL of our Classes… space is limited & they fill up fast. Insure You have a Place…
ALL our classes include fun & games help your dog or puppy learn that responding to your requests is great fun!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! Both Puppy & Family Dog Classes begin: Monday, October 16th, 2017 (for more info on these classes follow this link)
Send me message or Facebook message for more information on the classes and to let me know you are interested in registering for these classes. 
DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE for the following:

  • Registering for more than one class
  • “Bring a Friend”
  • “All in the Family” (aka multiple dogs in one home)
  • Repeating the Same Class

Click here for Online Registration Form
Or visit this link for more info and registration.
And Don’t forget to download “What to Bring to Class” info sheet… there will be a quiz the first night of class on what was on this info sheet 🙂

Exercise vs. Recreation & Our Perceptions

Exercising & stretching, for me personally is like taking unpleasant medicine or eating a particular vegetable that I may not be fond of but, “it’s good for me”. I equate exercise with discomfort, out of breath, boring, & sometimes painful.
I do enjoy walking, hiking, climbing, softball, biking, swimming. But if one was to ask me to do these things as exercise, I immediately get into a “stubborn” mode & the things I may like doing have now just become “work” or “drills”. What’s the problem? It’s perception of is it “fun” or is it “work”? Is it “recreation” or is it “exercise”?
The point I’m trying to make is how we perceive something affects how we actively participate in something. If we perceive training, exercising, stretching as something akin to work & drudgery then we will be less likely to stick with it unless forced to do so. If on the other hand we perceive something like, learning tricks, going to a wonderful destination, playing games, camaraderie of companions, relaxation & massage; then not only do we look forward to participating we are more apt to do these things more often.
This applies to dogs as well as people. If training times with your dog become a time of being in a military school filled with repetitive drills, abrupt commands, and all “work” and no “play”; you and your dog will not look forward to this time together.
So get creative, what are some ways you can think of to make training fun for both you and your dog?
Recently at a doctor checkup, my doctor encouraged me to exercise more. I think he saw the scowl that immediately appeared on my face. So then he suggested Yoga or Tai Chi and go slow with these things. He also suggested walking more.
All I could think of was, walking in my neighborhood is no fun & at times can be stressful for various reasons. But change of location, along a river or a creek, along a beach, through a forest, up a mountain, in a park all can transform “exercise” into “recreation”. And what can make this even more enjoyable is bringing my dogs along!
I use outings with my dogs as an opportunity to train some fun into our ordinary “drills”. Looking for trees or lines, or objects that I can have my dog heel in creative patterns in, through & around, over & under, zigzags, weaving, hide-n-seek, playing fetch, and so much more. In all these fun activities simple commands can be put into the mix: sit, down, come, stay, wait, up, over, off, leave it, stand, etc.
Now, when you’re all done & ready to relax. Spread out a big blanket and stretch out your tired muscles very slowly. Now is a great time to stretch your dog too!
Here’s a great video to get you started on how to stretch your dog. This guy has a total of 11 videos on how to stretch the various muscles in your dog. He also has some for people too! It looks so very relaxing and not only will you feel great your dog will benefit so much from the stretching but it deepens the bond you share with your four-legged friend!
Enjoy this YouTube video: ” “The Other End of The Leash -Dog Stretches”
Okay whose going to give me a massage now. LOL!



Start on the right Paw – Puppy and Dog Training Classes!

ImageWe are looking forward to beginning another series of  Puppy Socialization and Training Classes.
These classes are for puppies 10 weeks – approximately 5 months old and will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays for 3 weeks for a total of 6 classes.
Our Basic Obedience classes for the Family Dog who is above 6 months old begins the same night but a different time.
The Puppies will learn their basic obedience skills such as: sit, down and come. They will also learn some manners like walking (not pulling on a leash), waiting at the door, not jumping (on people, counters, furniture, etc.) leaving things alone like snakes, cats, socks, shoes and more. We will also cover various topics on problem solving like chewing, digging, potty training, crate training. Puppy class last 1 hour and 15 minutes each night and includes time for puppy playtime and learning socialization skills.
The Puppy classes qualify for the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy certificate program.
Family Dog classes teach basic manners and obedience skills. Family Dog class meets for 1 hour each night.
Both classes are taught by 2 long-time, experienced Certified Dog Trainers: Kathy Dunn and Cari Bowe with a combined training experience of over 45 years.
Positive training techniques are used based on the most update scientific animal behavior training techniques. Classes are held inside and space is limited so pre-registration is a requirement! Please email me for more information and registration forms at info (at) k9keltsdogtraining (dot) com.