Canine Professionals Gathering at St. Louis’ The Dawg Trainer

May 24th, 2009

May 17th was a fun fill day for professional dog trainers and professions that work with dogs. The Dawg Trainer held one of their well know Canine Professionals Gathering. These gatherings allow for networking and continued education. Of course, there is always the free food to make the day worthwhile.

Demos were readily available on this day. A demo on how to start training with the remote collar was followed up by off lead socialization for all dogs to attend. Then we were off to have lunch and on to a protection work demo. From there we moved down to the confidence course for some fun times. We discussed different training techniques as well as just had fun with our dogs.

When looking for a professional to work with you and your dog, always check to see if they are continuing their education. We all know how things do change on a regular bases no matter what profession we work in.

May 2009 Where’s Karlie?

May 2nd, 2009

April’s Winner of Where’s Karlie

May 2nd, 2009

And the winner is……………….. Greta & Jessie! This picture was taken out front of the Lake St. Louis Equine center in Hawks Point, MO. You may also know the area by Green’s Feed Store off of Hwy. N and 40.

Congrats Greta & Jessie!!

Where’s Karlie?

March 26th, 2009

Karlie is new in town. Can you help her learn her way around the area?

First off, figure out where Karlie is. Take your dog to that location and take a picture of your dog doing what Karlie is doing. Email you picture to PJ@TheDawgTrainer.com along with the location of where you took the picture. The first correct picture PJ receives will win a prize! Keep an eye on the blog at the end of this month to see where Karlie was located and to see the pictures of that owners took of their dogs at the same location as Karlie. Always follow leash laws and safety precautions.

Look on the Dawg Blog at the first of every month to see a new picture of Karlie at a new location!

Download a .pdf flyer here.

St. Louis Dog Trainer Believes In Continued Education

March 26th, 2009

Wow! I just returned home for Hutto, TX and I am exhausted! It was well worth it though. I enjoyed my week long trip. I made new friends, meet up with old friends plus learned a few new tricks along the way.

What made me make the trip to Hutto, TX you ask? Let me tell you all about it. I am a professional member in an organization called IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals). Their yearly conference is held at Triple Crown. Triple Crown is one of the best known schools for dog trainers and IACP has been lucky enough to have their facility donated every year for their conference. I am also a co-founder of an organization called CPAC (Canine Political Action Corps). IACP is a sponsor of CPAC and always donates a booth to CPAC during their conferences.

Robin MacFarlane of That’s My Dog! Inc. is also a co-founder of CPAC. Robin and I sat at the CPAC booth through the IACP conference. Robin shared her wisdom with all that visited the booth. Robin and I also brainstormed about business and CPAC.

Sarah Wilson of My Smart Puppy was one of the speakers at the conference. Wow. What a woman. I truly enjoyed meeting her. Sarah also joined the IACP Safe Handlers committee and I look forward to working with her on that committee. Sarah is written books and been interviewed on radio stations, newspaper and tv shows.


John Wade
spoke on dog aggression. What an entertaining speaker he is. He made a lot of sense during his talk about how to deal with aggression in a dog. John made a comment during his presentation and I’m afraid I have to agree with him. John talked about when dealing with aggression cases, purely positive training does not work. In this writer’s opinion, dogs need both sides of the conversation. Imagine what your teenager would be like if you only told them when they were right. By the time they learned what they were doing was wrong – we would all be in a world of hurt – or at least they would have been hurt and we would be upset because our child was hurt when we could have prevented it.

Pam Lauritzen of ISCC (International Society of Canine Cosmetologist) spoke on grooming for the non-groomer. What an awesome and inspiring lady. I met Pam many years ago and this woman still continues to amaze me. ISCC has been a supporter of CPAC from the beginning when it was just a tiny little thought in my head. Over the year, Pam has continued to expand her collection of educational material for the groomer and it is a must for every groomer to own.

I was also able to spend time with Brother Christopher from the Monks of New Skete. Religion and dog training – who would have thought. :) Mark from Kong and Chris from PetSafe where also on hand to enjoy their company.

What an great group to hang around with. This was one of my favorite conferences ever.

Delta Waterfowl Annual Dinner and Fundraiser on February 20, 2009

January 12th, 2009

The Dawg Trainer is a big supporter of Delta Waterfowl and we are looking forward to their annual dinner. To learn more about Delta Waterfowl or to learn more about their dinner, check www.stldelta.org or call Dan Patrick at 314-537-1796.

How Is The Economy Affecting Your Pet?

January 5th, 2009

Today I had an interesting grooming case that got me to thinking. I have been grooming these 2 Bichons for a few years now. I have not seen these Bichons for about 5 months; so I’m sure you have a real good idea on how they looked when they came into the shop.The owner said to me, “Do whatever you have to do – I do not care. Please do not be upset with me over their condition. I just can not afford to get them groomed.”

As I lifted the first ear flap, the smell was very strong. The ear was very warm and red. After removing some of the hair from the ear canal and cleaning up the ears, we moved on to toe nails that were very long. The toes of the dogs were actually starting to cramp up. Then off to the bath tub where anal glands were very full and uncomfortable.

I was able to fix most of the above problems. I expressed the anal glands; took the toe nails as short and the long quicks would let me, and removed all mats. The owner was very lucky but not completely off the hook. Both dogs still have to make a vet visit for their ears. Odds are good they will have to go on antibiotics for ear infections. That alone will cost more than bringing the dogs in for a groom sooner. Imagine how many more grooms this owner could have had if there had been skin break down from the mats or impacted/infected anal glands or a toe nail embedded into a pad. Sometimes what seems like a good way to save money, actually cost you more money.

Elephant and dog make best friends!

January 4th, 2009

Check out this cool video! Life should be so easy.

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New dog food arrives at The Dawg Trainer

November 21st, 2008

The Dawg Trainer is proud to announce finding a food that will not break the bank but will also supply your favorite pet’s daily nutritional needs. What is the name of this food you ask? Life’s Abundance! Life’s Abundance is made by Healthy Pet Net/Trilogy and can not be found in stores and can only be found online. This keeps your pet’s food fresh. The company does not keep food on the shelves for more than 6 weeks so there are not the preservatives in this food that you find in food at the stores. Food at the stores tests the quality of their products about once a year; Trilogy test the quality of their products with every delivery. This way they know the contents of their pet food line does not change. This also keeps the company from needing to recall any of their food.

One of the first things you notice when you start checking into Life’s Abundance is the ingredient list. When you look at the ingredient list of any food, look at the first 5 listed ingredients – 3 in the list of 5 should be a protien. Those items are the majority of your dog food. You can check how your food rates with Life’s Abundance by clicking here.

Also check the recommend amount to feed. I know when I started feeding it that I was able to cut the amount that my dogs ate almost in half.

Since most of the ingredients are absorbed during digestion; that also mean less to clean up in the back yard.

You can also set up your order to auto ship. No more trips to the store after getting home from work to pick up dog food because you forgot Fido was out. Your food will be delivered to your front door.

Healthy Pet Net also carries a line supplements, skin care sprays, grooming supplies.

If you would like to learn more about Life’s Abundance, please email or call me. I’ll be happy to talk to you about it. You can also click here to look at the website to order free samples or for more information.

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

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.

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