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Archives for May 2016

Summer Specials & Updates

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone! We’re sweating it out in Shutesbury and though it’d be a good time to let folks know about summer updates.

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Training Specials! (psst…use the coupon code SUMMERTIME to get a 15% discount!)

Summer Mini-Camp with Connor

An awesome way to refresh or kick-start your dog’s leash-walking and recall skills! Connor will come to work with your dog for two weeks, four times a week. Click here to purchase now!

Summer Bonanza Camp with Connor

Summer is a time for BBQing, swimming, hanging with friends and family. You should feel confident in your canines being part of the socializing! Bonanza Camp will get your dog in shape and keep him there so all you need to do is enjoy their company! Connor will come to work with your dog 4 days a week for 6 weeks, covering leash-walking, recall, leave it and more. Click here to purchase now!


Updates

Canine Good Citizen Testing (TEST DATE BELOW!) cgc-dog

We now offer three CGC tests through the American Kennel Club.

  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Canine Good Citizen – Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen – Urban

CGC is a great goal for any pet and can reduce your homeowner’s insurance (depending on breed of dog and your insurer’s specific criteria). Visit the AKC site to learn more. Want to see if your pup passes the test? Join us on Sunday, August 7, 2016 for testing. Where? Horsepower Hill Farm in Somers, CT. When? 1pm-3pm. Register now! First person to sign up gets a FREE test (use coupon code FREECGC) and the next 5 people get a 50% discount (use coupon code 50CGC)!

Online Scheduling

We are loving our new online scheduling capabilities! You can now purchase and book your services at your leisure and 99% of the back and forth is eliminated. Convenient, easy and the feedback from clients has been that they love it as much as we do. Check it out…

Online Payments

To simplify and streamline things, we are moving away from checks or cash to an online payment system. Again, so far client feedback has been phenomenal about how easy and quick this makes things!

Interest on Late Invoices  

With the automation of invoices, if they are late, 18% interest is applied. Heads up!

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Have you written a testimonial about your experience with our staff and services? Do you want to? We love posting testimonials so prospective clients can get a sense of us before working with us. It’s so helpful to understand what training and behavior modification are like from your perspective. Now, you can write and submit your testimonial directly on the website. Check it out! Don’t forget to attach a picture of your pet!

Do you have ideas about how we can improve PBC? We are always striving to make training as positively effective as possible. Interested in a service we don’t currently offer? Have an idea about improving an existing service? Tell us!


Summer Tips

Avoid Water Intoxication! We never think about our dogs drinking too much water – but it can happen! Remember to monitor dogs when swimming, playing in lakes or oceans or even at home with the hose. Water intoxication is deadly. Want to know symptoms and treatment? Click here!

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Avoid heat stroke! Overexertion can be dangerous for your dogs. Learn more about signs and treatment here.

Fleas and ticks are out and about! Click on the tick to go to the blog I wrote last summer reviewing all the products on the market. Choose what works best for your dog and family.

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Infinity and Beyond!

Did you know that if you have a dog, you have the most convenient, rewarding, and accessible hobby right at your finger-tips? It’s true – having a dog gives you instant access to the coolest VIP events ever. Want to get in shape? Do tracking with your dog. Want to improve your posture? Do obedience with your dog. Want to spend more time outside? Do nosework with your dog. Want to improve your memory? Do Rally with your dog. Of course I could go on but you get the picture. There are over 50 dog sports out there!! Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dog_sports for a fairly comprehensive list.

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In addition to helping you with your personal goals, you’ll get a ton of extra perks. You’ll make friends with folks that share similar interests. You’ll get to go places you wouldn’t have thought of. You’ll grow and learn and change in ways that will be surprisingly useful…and plain surprising!

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Developing a sport or training hobby with your dog is a truly unique experience. Think about it. Your dog has evolved to work with you and the space for that relationship is huge. It’s not burdened with baggage the way that person-to-person relationships can be, it’s not hampered by anything. Your dog is always available and ready to go. And just like any great hobby, it requires you to get out of your head and focus on the moment. Stress about work, the drama with your family – all of that stuff goes away when you’re training. When you finish a training session, you realize that an hour just went by that your brain was wonderfully free of all the stuff that goes on in life.

I can’t tell you how cool it is to see clients go from having a dog as sort of a peripheral family pet to getting really into a dog sport. I’ve seen lives completely changed, people that have found love and gotten married, deep friendships developed – really remarkable stuff.

For those of you with a DWI (Dog With Issues), getting into a sport should pretty much be mandatory for you. It’s so unbelievably helpful. It builds confidence, helps develop strong coping skills, and gives you ample opportunity to work on weak spots and deficits. It’ll also give you the chance to feel less frustrated, to realize you’re not alone and provide you with a support network.

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Spring is here! The weather has been so amazing lately and I can’t help but feel excited about getting out with my dogs and doing our various sports. Tally is herding sheep, Leelah is working on competition obedience and Nomi is competing in Conformation. Recently, I spent the day at a Training Party and I was the designated photographer. Afterwards I went through over 600 pictures, narrowing it down to about 70 that I posted on Facebook. As I scrolled through the pictures, I was amazed at all the love, focus and commitment that I saw between the dogs and their owners. It prompted me to think about how truly cool the dog community is and what a precious opportunity every dog owner has whether they know it or not.

So what are you doing today, right now (besides reading this blog)? Go to YouTube and check out some dog sport videos and see what catches your eye. French Ring, herding, lure coursing, flyball, agility, rally – there are SO MANY options! Watch a video, find something you like and then find a local team or club (I can help if you’re stuck). I promise, you won’t regret it!