Posts Tagged ‘grooming’

Canine Easter Egg Hunt and Open House!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Hop on over and visit us on April 23rd! We will be holding what we hope to become an annual event! Tour the kennels and the grooming shop. Enjoy free demos with your dog or watch demos with our dogs starting at 2 PM. At 3 PM, we will be holding a race between Catch from The Dawg Trainer and Dee from Canine Life Skills on who can find….well, maybe we’ll leave that as a secret for now. Then we will be on to the Easter Egg Hunt to when dog treats and coupons! Group class will start at 4 PM so feel free to stick around to see how group classes work here at The Dawg Trainer. Things will wrap up around 5 PM. We look forward to seeing you all!

What is the definition of humane?

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

What is the definition of humane?

According to Merrian-Webster Dictionary, Humane means:
1: marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals
2: characterized by or tending to broad humanistic culture

How do you define the word humane? Does the above definition seem fair?

When we do a “good deed” it makes us feel better. Is being humane something that means you are humane if you treat someone in the way that makes you feel better or the way that makes them feel better? To me, humane means being considerate of what makes someone else better and is better for them.

Living out on the farm has given me a whole new prospective on life. I’ve lived in cities, suburbs and the country off and on my whole life. I prefer the country. Each individual area has positives….and negatives. I have learned a ton about the humane treatment of animals due to my time on the farm.

It’s the little things that eventually add up to the big things. This morning, my son was helping me let out our dogs after they had eaten their breakfast. Hunter, my 11 year old lab, ran to the kitchen and then to the back door. My son walks over to the door to open it. I stopped him and asked him to put water in the water bowl. He looks at me and says “But Hunter is ready to go out. He’s at the back door.” I said, no he’s not, it just looks that way. You see, Hunter went to the kitchen first. Since he turned around and went to the back door, he must not have found any water in the water bowls the kitchen. So, if let outside, what do you think he would have done? He would have went in search of water. If he could not find water in the back yard, then where would he have went? That is the problem you want to stop. You do not want him to wonder off looking for water. Plus, it is dear season. You really wish to keep him close to the house. “Oh” my son says. Hunter has an excellent off leash recall. I could have called him home. But, why go through all of that if you can stop it before it happens? My son filled the water bowls and Hunter had a drink, went outside and took care of business and returned to the back door. No problems, no yelling, no need to call him home.

We have a barn cat. Yes, he lives in the barn. He has a job. He is to keep the rodents down in the barn. He has food, water and over 400 bales of hay to hang out in and keep warm. He is checked on every morning and evening while taking care of the other barn animals. His vaccinations are up to date and his is neutered. Someone felt sorry for him because he lived in the barn. So sorry for him, that they talked about taking him home but the other person they lived with was not interested. So, this individual started bringing out can cat food as a “treat” and would feed the cat. This person felt they were doing something nice for the cat and it made the human feel good. This caused problems in many ways. Can you think of a few ways? Can food spoils. Any food left in the dish would spoil and make the cat sick. The cat was not use to can food as he had only been given dry food his whole life; so this did not help his belly problems. The can food also attracted other’s – more rodents and other cats. These cats then started to beat up on the barn cat. All of this could have been avoided just by thinking this through. Instead of making the human feel better, let’s think about the animal and what is best for the animal.

Most animals were bred to do a job. Sitting around the house is not the job they were bred for. When we try to turn those animals into house animals, they end up finding a way to do “their job” inside of the home. You have to ask yourself what is the most humane way of living with these animals.

Over the years, I have watched many things happen in the human world and in the dog world. Remember when we were told not to tell our children “NO”? Remember how that turned out? We ended up with more children in trouble. The children did not understand right from wrong. More people than ever are in jail or dead from making the wrong decisions in life. Our work ethic is declining.

I am very happy to see more animals being brought into the family. Of course, there are always pitfalls to that as well. Is it more humane to crate them when you can not watch them? It is. This not only saves your home but it saves their lives in many way. The dog’s owners will not get to the point they no longer like their dog because of the destruction to the home and furniture, so then the dog does not end up in a shelter. The dog does not end up ill or dying from the ingestion of an object it swallowed but can no longer pass through it’s system. We, as humans, think of the crate as a “cage” or “jail”. That is not how a dog thinks of the crate. They think of the crate as their home – the area they go to for some quiet time. Bite statistics are on a rise. One of the reasons is people believe that leaving their dog alone in the back yard for “just a few minutes” while they ran to the store because it was so pretty outside is more humane than a crate. Rather the dog has a structural problem or because the dog is guarding it’s home does not matter. The dog has an opportunity to make the wrong decision. Put the dog in it’s crate if you can not watch the dog until the dog has matured and proven himself when you are around.

More dogs die today because they do not have a solid and reliable recall. The dogs run away and the owners can not call them back. Next thing you know, the dog has been hit by a car or attacked by another dog. Our job is to make sure that dog understands that when we call him, he needs to come. It is for his safety. It is in his best interest. We need to lay the ground work to help make him successful – even if that means telling the dog “no”.

So, what is the definition of humane? Doing what is best for that animal, not what makes us feel better or what makes our lives easier. If we want to have animals in our lives, we need to educate ourselves on what is best for that animal. Do not take the word of other’s. Do your research. Remember, even humans need balance in our lives. We need schedules, we need consequences – rather good or bad – to be well rounded. We need to be told “No” when it is not in our best interest.

St. Louis Dog Trainer questions helping or hindering?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

A good friend, along with being a well known dog trainer, Robin MacFarlane of That’s My Dog! Inc. was off teaching other dog trainers how to use the remote collar at Jackson County Humane Society when she was approached by a woman calling herself a representative of PETA. I will let you read Robin’s account of the story here: After you read Robin’s story and the volunteer at the shelter response, the rest of my post will make more sense.

One of the first things that popped into my mind while reading Robin’s story was how the woman was there at least once a week to look around, yet not once during that time actually volunteered to help at the shelter or bothered to bring in any food or medication for any of the animals. All this individual was doing was looking for problems instead of helping or resolving any problems.

As my past clients know, The Dawg Trainer looks for methods that helps to solve the problems that an individual is having with their dog. In other words, The Dawg Trainer wish to find solutions. If members of organizations like PETA were to work as hard at solving problems instead looking for more problems – just think how many problems they could actually solve.

With that thought in mind, I believe it would be a good thing to help Jackson County Humane Society with their current problem. Most of their problem can be solved with money. With money they could buy kitten food they need for the spring batch of kittens dropped off or medication for the cat that has allergies. I know times are tough for everyone these days. If you can afford to, please write out a check for whatever amount you can afford. In the memo section of that check, write “TMD thanks you” and mail it too:

Jackson County Humane Society

If there is a local shelter in the area that would like to learn more about what we do here at The Dawg Trainer, please contact me. The staff at The Dawg Trainer would be more than willing to show you what we do, how we do it, and help you with any dogs you currently are having behavioral problems with.

May’s Winner for Where’s Karlie?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

We have a winner! Isn’t Sparky cute?! Sparky is sitting on a bench at Chesterfield Commons.

How Is The Economy Affecting Your Pet?

Monday, 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.

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!

St. Louis Dog Trainer – The Dawg Trainer – teaching Force to fetch

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Most of you already know from my previous post about my new Labrador Retriever puppy named Force. Force turned 10 weeks old on Monday. I have been playing fetch with Force since the day I picked him up from the breeder at 7 weeks. We played every day even when in WI on a dog training seminar. We used toys, sticks or anything we could find to throw. Look at Force now with a regular sized canvas bumper! I’m very proud of him.

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 I know the picture part I will use often. Thanks JT!

Force meets Tessa on TwitPic

St. Louis Dog Trainer attends Barkaritaville

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

The Dawg Trainer - Denise and PJ

The Dawg Trainer - Denise and PJ

Most of you that have been out to The Dawg Trainer recently have meet Denise. Denise has been helping me, especially in the grooming shop. Denise and I attended Barkaritaville last night and really enjoyed ourselves. Good food and good people. Not only were funds raised for Stray Rescue but there were activities like Caricature Artist, Share Faerber. Share did an excellent job and we enjoyed her sense of humor. If you are looking to have a caricature done; contact Share at 314-771-7762

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