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St. Louis Dog Trainer, The Dawg Trainer, is pleased to announce Luke has a new home!

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Here is a picture of Luke with his new owner, Chris in their back yard. Chris contacted The Dawg Trainer a few weeks ago after seeing Luke on PetFinder. Chris and his family set an appointment to come out and meet Luke. Luke liked the family as much as the family liked Luke. They looked like the perfect match. Luke now has his own family to love and watch over him and I’m sure he will do the same for them.

St. Louis Dog Trainer, The Dawg Trainer to be speaking at Delta Waterfowl Fundraiser at Gateway Outfitters!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

This Saturday, Oct. 11th, 2008, will be the annual Delta Waterfowl fundraiser at Gateway Outfitters. The Dawg Trainer has always been a big supporter of Delta Waterfowl and is looking forward to supporting them again this year with raffles and speaking on How to Train Your Retriever at 2 PM. Group Pet Class will take place at the same location at 4 PM so we can work with your dogs in a public setting. I will be on site with Kane, Hunter and Force! Come help raise funds and awareness for Delta Waterfowl at Gateway Outfitters!

Force in WI

Friday, September 26th, 2008

What a weekend. I’m still recovering and catching up. Robin MacFarlane and the staff at That’s My Dog! Inc. did an awesome job of putting on one of the best seminars that I have seen in awhile. JT Cough talked about Twitter and Twitpics along with other marketing ideas on the web.

George Cockrell….Wow. George is an old dear friend that makes trick training look so easy. George has been training most of his adult life. He owns Companions Dog Training in MD. George has made me look at starting a trick class next spring.

Dick Russel’s appearance and his Large Field Socialization was interesting to watch. Dick LFS is set up that no dog needs training to join. He tells the owners they are to completely surrender their dogs to his control and he lets the dogs work out the problems unless there is blood shed. He claimed that even the most dog aggressive dog improves with only a few sessions.

And Force had a blast as well. Denise is making me a CD of all the pictures she took. Once I have the CD, I will make a slide show for the blog and will talk about how important socialization is for a young pup. Force spent time with adults, children, dogs and a cat while in WI. He also learned how to travel for a long distance and to behave in a hotel room. All this at 7 weeks old. Keep an eye out on the blog. I will be posting more on this soon.

Twitter and TwitPics

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

While at E-collarpolooza this weekend, JT Cough talked about networking on the web. Twitter and TwitPics were 2 areas in which she talked about. I can post from my iphone a quick comment or a picture and it will show up at www.twitter.com/thedawgtrainer. I know the picture part I will use often. Thanks JT!

Force meets Tessa on TwitPic

Meet St. Louis Dog Trainer’s New Pup!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I went on a new adventure today. I took the Golden Eagle Ferry across the river to Siever’s Retrievers There were Labs and Goldens everywhere. There were even a few that came out to greet me.

Hunter is starting to show his age. Since he has been such a wonderful retriever; I felt he deserved to be healthy enough to enjoy retirement. So, I have trained a few of Siever’s Retrievers; I figured I would check out what they had. I came home with a cute puppy Lab from Angel and Gunner. I played with a few pups but this young man just loved to play with a bumper and a duck wing. His tail wagged the whole time. While I was there talking to Roger Siever; he showed me an older boy about 6 months old. His name is Haus. Haus also came home with me for retriever training.

Meanwhile, I still have not picked a name for the new puppy. I had thought about PJ’s Fetch’m Up and call him Fetch but so far, no one seems to appreciate that name. Maybe it will grow on them? I figured I would start a new thread on the forum: Name That Puppy! If you believe you have a name to add; go to www.thedawgtrainer.com/forum and let me know what you think “puppy” should be named!

Keep an eye on the blog. I will be posting more about “puppy” and Haus.

St. Louis Dog Trainer Cutest Dog Contest

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Enter to win a $50 gas card! Check out www.thedawgtrainer.com/forum today!

St. Louis Dog Trainer attends Ecollarpallooza

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

It’s that time of year again. Robin MacFarlane at That’s My Dog! Inc. has lined up a wonderful seminar for E4. Check out this line up:

For those of you that are thinking of training dogs as a profession; this is one seminar you should not miss.

The Dawg Trainer Visits Central Elementary School – Dog Safety for Children

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Jilly and I were invited to speak at Central Elementary School on July 10th. I had a very hard time thinking up what to talk about to the children of the school until I started doing some research. I found that 50% – 75% of dog bites reported in the United States each year were children. I know from personal experience that most children do not know how to approach a strange dog. I can remember a trip to PetsMart with one of my dogs where a child came running up from behind my dog and I and grabbed him around the back legs and gave him a hug, resting her head on his back. Thank goodness I heard her coming and I had a well trained dog with me or that could have become a scary situation. I have not had an adult do something like this yet, but I have had adults make the wrong decision when it comes to approaching a strange dog. I believe everyone could use a refresher course in safety.

Statistics show that there are common patterns surrounding dog bites. A few of these patterns include: more than one dog, a dog is in the backyard at a neighbor’s, no adult supervision, and the dog is normally kept on a chain or a rope.

There are many ways to keep a child safe around strange dogs. Talk to your children about these safety steps:
1. Always stay calm around dogs. Do not make loud noises or sudden moves. Talk softly.
2. Do not run up to a dog.
3. Do not hug a strange dog.
4. Do not put your face near a dog’s face.
5. Do not touch a dog that is growling, showing his teeth or barking alot.
6. Only approach a dog when a grown up is around and watching.
7. Do not take toys or food away from a dog.
8. Do not bother a dog when it is sleeping.
9. Do not pull a dog’s tail, fur or ears and do not poke at a dog through a fence or with a stick.
10. When a dog approaches you, stand still and quiet. Keep your hands at your side and allow the dog to sniff you.
11. Do not run away from a dog that is chasing you. Stand like a tree. If the dog knocks you down, curl up in a ball with your arms over your face and head.
12. Avoid eye contact with dogs that are barking loudly, showing their teeth or growling. Back off slowly and walk away.
13. Always ask the dog’s owner if you can pet their dog.
14. If the owner says yes, slowly reach towards the dog and make a fist so the dog can sniff your hand and then pet the dog under the chin.

The Humane Society of the United States has a Dos and Don’ts coloring page to help your children spot the proper responses and improper behaviors. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a Yes or No Picture Page to help your children practice their new knowledge of dog safety. Also check places like Dog Bite Law, Kids and Dogs: Safety First, and Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet.

St. Louis River City Delta Waterfowl Chapter – February 29th, 2008

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

The Dawg Trainer was on hand last night at the St. Louis River City Delta Waterfowl banquet. It is always nice to be around good food and good people. STL Delta is currently raising money to build a handicap accessible blind at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. The beauty of Delta Waterfowl is that 25% of all funds raised by your River City Committee stay right here in St. Louis.

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