Barkaritaville II in St. Louis

July 25th, 2008

Barkaritaville II in St. Louis

Barkaritaville II – Saturday, August 9, 2008

If you like summertime, swinging to the rhythms of Jimmy Buffet and good food, mark Saturday, August 9 for our coolest summer party yet. Once again, from 7-11pm., Stray Rescue is teaming up with Barkley House at the University of Missouri, Veterinary College. Last year’s event was wildly successful so we’ve moved it to a larger facility to ensure more can have a great time. As usual, well socialized dogs on leash are welcomed. We have a few dog contests planned as well as a really wonderful silent auction. Randy Grim and Quentin will be there to help host the event as well as a celebrity guest of honor.

Ticket price is $65 and includes a catered dinner, dessert and coffee by Russo’s Gourmet Catering; beer, wine, margarita’s, soda and water and live music by Gumbohead to make your evening extra special. Check them out at

3rd Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-4527
Valet Parking and Security available

St. Louis Dog Trainer’s Group Training Class Having Fun!

July 16th, 2008

Here are some pictures of Memorial Day Weekend Pet Group Class enjoying their dogs on a holiday weekend. We started out playing on the confidence course and practicing their command. We then moved on to a BBQ so the dogs could practice their good behavior.

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

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.

The Dawg Trainer Picture Slide Show

April 26th, 2008

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

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.

The St. Louis River City Delta Waterfowl Chapter

March 1st, 2008

St. Louis River City Delta WaterfowlThe 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. The Dawg Trainer donated 2 group gun dog classes and 2 private gun dog sessions to be auctioned off. The evening was a big success.

Wentzville Parks and Recreation is having a Bone Hunt and a Photo Contest

February 5th, 2008

Send your “Sweet Pet” photo to Wntzville Parks and Recreation or join them for their “Bone Hunt”. For more information on either of these events, check out the flyer below or call them at 636-332-9236!

Wentzville Parks and Recreation Flyer

NuVet Labs helps pets in St. Louis area

January 24th, 2008

More and more of the pets I see come through The Dawg Trainer and Canine Clips are having trouble with eye, ear and/or skin problems. A lot of them have started taking NuVet Plus supplements and I am seeing a change in these problems. They offer a 100% guarantee. Check them out at 


Retriever Training at The Dawg Trainer

January 16th, 2008

Brody Brody is returning with a bumper. Brody arrived here at The Dawg Trainer a little over a week ago. Brody likes to retrieve a lot. He also likes to play keep away. Bumper, duck, dog dish or anything he can pick up he enjoys running with. Problem was, he was usually running the opposite direction.

Brody loves attention. He will bring back all retrieves for a nice “that’a boy”. Brody is now ready to join The Dawg Trainer’s retriever class on Saturdays. Brody will sit at your side and “mark” to watch for bumpers or birds to fall then run out to pick them up. He now comes running back and sits so you can take the item so he can go again! Brody is also becoming a better dog to have around. He is off lead around the property with a reliable recall and helps me do odd and end chores here on the farm. Brody’s owners are very proud of him. In the weeks to come, Brody will make a nice pet dog as well as a nice gun dog.

Luke is looking for a new home.

January 16th, 2008

LukeMeet Luke. He really is a nice guy. You can even ask Dr. Pam Echterling and her staff at Cave Springs Animal Hospital. Luke was there on Tuesday for his vet visit. Luke had blood work done and received vaccinations without even a flinch. Luke is a healthy 3 year old Rottweiler mix. He weight 70 pounds at the vet clinic but he is on a diet. He is neutered and micro-chipped.

Luke has been in shelters, foster homes and has been adopted twice already. Luke’s only problem is he loves to run. He is full of energy and is strong as an ox. Luke is now learning manners. On Tuesday, the first time Luke was let out of the kennel, he took off like a bullet and just about took my arm out of it’s socket. I worked with Luke for about 15 minutes and put him up to rest for a little while. By the time we left for the vet that evening, he was much better behaved. He greeted the staff with a smile and a wagging tail. Once Luke is finished with the training program, he will come when called, heel, sit, down, stay, place, wait, and he will know many more commands. For the person that adopts Luke, they will have free training for the life of Luke. The Dawg Trainer guarantee.

 Luke likes everyone. His last home was with a small dog and a young boy that he slept with every night. Luke will have to be watched when outside or must be in a fenced in yard to make sure he does not run off again. He will need lots of exercise.

If you would be interested in adopting Luke, leave me a post.

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