The November news is here a little early. Why? We have Jr. High starting, Halloween here, and some brags to share.
1. Halloween is here and the rest of the holiday season is coming soon
We will be closed only in the evening of Halloween. Morning classes will take place, but we close at 2:30 pm on October 31. See below for Halloween tips. We will also be closed Weds-Sunday on the week of Thanksgiving and December 23 – January 1.
If you are registered for a class, you got an email with dates that you have reserved. Notice that these are not always consecutive! Your registration may have a skip date because we are closed for a holiday or because that hour of the class was full when you registered. Please note the actual dates you reserved with your class.
You can log in at http://ahimsadogtraining.com to see or CHANGE your reserved dates, using your order ID (which is in the email and on your punchcard). Changing dates allows you the flexibility to celebrate your own holidays or go on vacation.
2. Best of Western Washington Contest Results
We won second place this year! The first place winner is also a positive trainer (yay!) and does private lessons outside of Seattle. So that still makes us the top facility in Seattle, and the top group classes in Western WA! Thanks so much to those of you who have voted this year and in the past. We’ve been in the top 3 for the last four years, including a win last year. Thanks in advance for next year’s votes.
3. Puppy Jr. High starting this week
Most of our classes are ongoing (so you can start any time), but “series” classes have 6 set meeting dates, so if you miss the start date, you miss out! If you are currently enrolled in an ongoing class, contact us and we will give you a pro-rated discount to switch into one of the series classes.
Puppy Junior High is for dogs 5-9 months who have finished Puppy Kindergarten. It has socialization and rock-solid training. Small breed and all sizes classes start this week!
Note: series class students can still drop into our ongoing classes and the workshops for dog owners, like Come Here, Jumping Up, Bravery Boost, etc. for free (space-available basis). Info on all of our classes, including Nose Work, Growly Dog, and Backyard Sports and Games is at http://doggiezen.com/class
4. Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Mireille and I (Grisha) attended the national conference for positive dog training, APDT, in San Diego. We both came back with great new ideas. Mireille attended a variety of talks and assisted my presentation on BAT. Both of my seminars on BAT had about 500 people in them!! The books at the seminar just about sold out, and I recently heard that they did sell out at the APDT conference in Australia.
5. Featured store items (We ship anywhere in the world, so think about us for the holidays)
- BATting 1000: 2 Day BAT seminar DVD on Aggression, Frustration, and Fear. It has video clips of what to do with a frustrated greeter. This replaces the 1-day DVD and has more info on everything. A great add-on to the book!!
- Premier sale continues. This is your last chance to get these Premier items without supporting Petsafe (long story, involves one of my favorite brands being taken over by a company that makes shock collars). We’re selling the rest of the stock we have at near-wholesale prices. Search http://doggiezen.com/store for CLOSEOUT.
- DuraDoggie Beba Toy is a squeaker and food puzzle all in one! And 20% of the company’s profits go to charities, based on the colors you choose.
- Look for 3 new items soon: Prairie Dog antlers, car seatbelts for dogs, and hammock-style seatcovers for your back seat.
6. Did you know?
Your dog may enjoy all the fun and visitors of Halloween, but many dogs don’t like the constant intrusion. If you can’t just shut out your lights to keep the visitors out, give your dog a series of stuffed food puzzles throughout the night, preferably in a room away from the door.
If you have a puppy or happy-go-lucky dog, this is a great night to practice polite greeting at the door, if you have one person to answer the door and one person to treat the dog. If you live alone, have a friend come to your house to help out! This will pay off big time in your puppy’s future. If that’s not possible, use a baby gate or a tether to keep the puppy from dashing out the door, and remember to reward good behavior with dog treats, not candy.
You may even be able to get the children to give your puppy a treat, but make sure that your puppy is allowed to get away if she’s nervous, and that she doesn’t get any candy!
Candy is a big danger on Halloween, so keep yours up on a high surface to keep your dog out of trouble. Click for more tips from the ASPCA.
p.s. A few more reminders from our trainers:
* Any dogs enrolled in Puppy Kindergarten or attending puppy play times should not be going to dog parks, day care, or boarding kennels.
* Wear warm clothing, as many of our training classes spend some time outside.
p.p.s. Visit our Facebook page for news and info, or to just “Like” us. http://www.facebook.com/doggiezenWritten by Grisha Stewart, Ahimsa Dog Training, Seattle Tweet This Post!