Metaphors Matter: What Are Your Metaphors?

This article mainly applies to horse training, however, it is equally applicable to dog training & training any animal for that matter. If you can wade through the behavioral science parts, this article really is a good explanation on how & why the following techniques work so well: clicker training, positive reinforcement training, the use is treats/rewards, back chaining & especially your own mindset.
Metaphors Matter: What Are Your Metaphors?.

Upcoming Puppy & Beginning Dog Training Classes

irish sheltieJoin us in our upcoming classes that begin SOON! Puppy Training & Socialization Classes and Family Dog Training Classes. You will have fun, bond with your dog, play, learn some valuable safety skills, and learn some obedience.  Did I say YOU will learn…. well of course you will AND YOUR DOG WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT TOO!
Click on this link to sign up and more info

A Time for Love… Will You Be Mine?

Valentines_Day_DogWill you be your dog’s Valentine? Dogs give us so much love each and every day. Celebrate this love with the perfect mix of treats, learning, toys, fun and bonding.
Join us for some training and fun in our indoor Puppy and Family Dog Training classes in west Redding. See attached Letter, Registration Form & What to Bring to Class:

Both Puppy and Family Dog Training classes will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays for 3 weeks for a total of 6 classes.

all_you_need_is_love_dog_tshirtClass Dates:
  • Class #1: Monday, Feb. 17th, 2014
  • Class #2: Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2014
  • Class #3: Monday, Feb. 24th, 2014 
  • Class #4: Thursday, Feb. 27th, 2014
  • Class #5: Monday, March 3rd, 2014
  • GRADUATION! Thurs., March 6th, 2014

Class Times:

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

Vaccinations Requested:

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

PLEASE NOTE – Class Location: First Christian Church, 3590 Placer St., Redding (We strongly suggest during daylight hours you drive by the location and familiarize yourself with the entrance as it can be tricky at night)
Please remember to mail a COPY OF YOUR VACCINATION RECORDS with your registration form and payment to:  Attn: Kathy Dunn, P.O. BOX 494694, REDDING, CA 96049-4694 THANK YOU!
For more information please call me, Kathy Dunn at 356-8286 or email: Or fill out the contact form below. We look forward to having you and your dog in class.valentine-dog-dogs-33628035-800-601
Kathy Dunn,
Certified Dog Trainer, AKC CGC Evaluator & Trainer, Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Graduate & Mentor of Animal Behavior College
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Reducing Fear in Your Dog | The Bark

Reducing Fear in Your Dog | The Bark.
Excellent article by Patrica McConnell in the The Bark magazine on Thunderstorms, Fireworks and more… well worth the read. Challenged some old training ideas with good scientific research.
Thought is was also appropriate for this Independence Day 4th of July and for all the summer thunderstorms.
For more thoughts on calming your dog feel free to send me a comment.

Puppies… When to Start Training?

I was in the checkout line of the grocery store when the subject of puppies came up. Someone was talking about their brand new puppy they just got. So of course, my ears perked right up, just like my Sheltie Dani Joy, anticipating a “treat” of a discussion.
One person in line just got a chocolate lab puppy, the young man bagging my groceries was talking about new Boston Terrier pups and the checker was talking about a poodle/schnauzer mix puppy.
“I love puppies and I love training puppies.” I said enthusiastically.
The checker questioned, “I heard you had to wait until they were 6 months old before taking a class.”
I commented on how you can never start to early for puppy training and that in the right conditions and settings you can actually have puppies begin a puppy class as early as 3-4 months.
Puppies NEED training and socialization as early as possible. However puppies also need protection from sickness and diseases because they haven’t had all their vaccinations yet. So what is a new puppy owner to do?
I would recommend private lessons with a positive reinforcement dog trainer for the puppy who hasn’t had their first two series of vaccinations. There is much you can do to enrich your puppy’s life and build a solid foundation of training and socialization skills.
Then I would recommend a carefully sanitized environment for a puppy class that is just for puppies. In the classes I offer with Cari Bowe, we sterilize the class room as well as require all puppies to be vaccinated with the first two series of vaccinations. We carefully screen our puppies before letting them participate in our class.
Then the fun begins with training, fun, games, puppy playtime and more with the puppies and their proud puppy parents!
I am so looking forward to classes beginning this January 2012. These classes are also part of the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program. If you are interested in puppy classes, drop me a note for registration forms and information. If your puppy is still too young, consider having a couple of private lessons. Don’t wait until they are 6 months old or even older.
Teach your puppy good manners and get in his socialization skills early. You won’t regret it! Your puppy will go more confidently into the world and love you more for it!
One last thing, whether your pup is 6 months old or 6 years old… they are never too old for training and learning new tricks. I also offer obedience classes for the older dogs which are also beginning this January 2012.