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

Tuesday, 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

Selecting A Trainer

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

The correct selection of a professional trainer to help a family with their dog training and behavior problems is essential. A good trainer should combine a variety of methods and be sensitive to the individual needs of the owner and the dog. While convenience, cost and scheduling are considerations, finding a class or having in-home consultation where you feel comfortable and successful should be your primary concern.These guidelines have been developed to help in that selection. Shop around until you find a trainer that will work for you.Ask your veterinarian for referrals. Vets see many well-behaved dogs often. Ask owners of well-mannered dogs where they received their training.Good training is flexible and suits the needs of the dog and the owner. Competent trainers modify their methods so that everyone can succeed.Find a trainer who can deliver what you and your dog need. If obedience competition is your dream, find a successful competitor. If you want to train your dog to assist you in your disability, find a trainer with that specialty.If you have a specific problem with your dog, ask trainers what their experience is with this problem. Ask if they have experience with your breed. Ask questions if you don’t understand their program or if something doesn’t sound right. Where possible observe the trainer with other dogs before enrolling. Are lessons orderly and enjoyable? Are students struggling with their dogs without getting help? Does the instructor use assistants to manage large classes? If an instructor won’t allow you to observe them, look elsewhere. How does the instructor interact with the dogs? Is the treatment too rough? Does the instructor genuinely enjoy dogs? Do the dogs enjoy the instructor? How does the instructor’s own dog relate to the instructor? Would you be proud to have a dog that behaved like the instructor’s dog? Instructors only spend a short time each week with the students’ dogs. Is the instructor preparing the student to practice until the next lesson? Interview the instructors you are considering. Ask where they got their experience. How long have they been teaching? Ask about failures as well as successes. Be skeptical of instructors who offer guarantees. Not all dogs and owners can be trained to the same performance standard in the same length of time. Look instead for instructors who offer to make time for students who need extra attention. Refuse to deal with trainers who make you uncomfortable. Is the trainer a member of a Professional Trainers organization such as The International Association of Canine Professionals or NADOI?

This document is provided as a courtesy by: IACP – International Association of Canine Professionals

The Dawg Trainer – Where Dog Ownership Becomes Fun Again!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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The Dawg Trainer @ Duck Dog Days hosted by Gateway Outfitters

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Duck Dog Days

Come join the fun at Gateway Outfitters on October 28th, 2007 at 11 AM! The Dawg Trainer will be on site doing retriever demos, Tritronics will be available to answer questions, Dr. Echterling of Cave Springs Animal Hospital will be there to ask the vet, along with Gateway Retriever Club. 10% off Tritronics, Hallmark and Avery products all day long inside the store. Hourly giveaways for customers who bring their dog! L’Ecole Culinaire Culinary Institute will be on hand preparing a BBQ lunch!

Good times, good food! Free admittance.

Trip to That’s My Dog – Hazel Green, WI

Monday, September 24th, 2007


I am a big believer in continued education. I just got back from That’s My Dog E-collarpalooza and E-cademy. What a wonderful trip.

E-collarpalooza was very exciting with a wonderful mix of speakers. Robin Moulds of Alpha House K-9s taught self defense.  Mary Mazzeri of Care Dog Training  spoke on communication between humans and dogs. Linn Boyke of Zen4K9s spoke on responsibility and his apprenticing with Cesar Millan, The Dawg Whisperer. Jt Clough of K9 Coachwas on hand to talk about marketing on the internet. I was there representing CPAC – Canine Political Action Corps. As always, Robin MacFarlane of That’s My Dog was a marvelous host.

I was able to stay for a week longer to attend  That’s My Dog E-cademy. I learned new training techniques and how to teach a few tricks. My time in WI was well spent. 

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