We painted the building and tore down some wall. It is more homey and uplifting. Come by and check us out! The floor is now covered in Obedience Ring matting as well!
Some of the articles you will find here I have written, others I have found or have been sent to me. I have attempted to give credit where credit is due, but in some occasions I do not know who wrote them - they are just good. So if you find one you wrote or know who did, Please let me know so I can credit them!
Spring is showing her skirts lately...frosty mornings and crisp air.... but still snow and rain so we have a bit to go yet!
Don't forget that we have Heat in the building.... We have a Pellet Stove and it is just balmy in there now during the cold spells. My winter students really appreciate the difference.
We also have a brag board at the facility, so bring you pictures and good times. Need not be training related just cool stuff about clients and their dogs!
I love winter only because it is so beautiful and I have a great excuse to sit and read on cold rainy days! Time to catch up on all those training manuals I need to read...Not...I really love CSI type books and FBI, can you believe it? The dogs love the crisp air and the fact that they get to come in on the really cold days and snuggle when I am home. However it makes it really hard to work in Agility as the field is pretty much closed for winter. We now practice our ground work and around the world jumps and really concentrate on team work. Watch the schedule to see when the new classes will be starting.
Several of my students have been doing great things this year. Sandy & Max, Nata & Panda, Tom & Belle, Bev & Oscar, Theresa & Trevor, Carol & Diamond have all been working toward their Rally titles. Max has his Rally Advanced and has 2 "legs" towards his Advance. Go Max! Trevor has his Advanced Title, Panda, Diamond and Oscar have their Novice Titles and have started toward their Advanced.
Sasha (our Wild Child) now has her Rally Adv/exc (RAE) title as well... and now we will move on to moe Agility as well, but did you ever hear the shoemakers story? Kind of the way with Sasha, she gets my leftover time! And she thinks all arenas mean Agility! So she is very distracted looking for her jumps... it is realy fun!
However with a big grin I have to say that the Gig Harbor Kennel Club show in Shelton was a huge success for K9Kapers and students! We had 5 entries on both Saturday and Sunday, came home with 10 qualifying legs toward titles, 8 placements, 4 new titles and best but not least Sasha and myself finished both days with a 96 and came home Sunday with the Blue Ribbon to the great excitement of all. It is such fun to watch my students do well, but I often get so involved with making sure they are set, I forget to concentrate on us...and dear Sasha is for the most part so patient, this win was for her.... (Very big grin!) See her slide show on the latest pics page.
Also Sasha & Max both completed several more CPE Level 3 and 4 Agility titles and are now working in level 4! WooHoo! And Sasha started her AKC Agility carreer in October. She has 4 legs toward various Preferred titles and also has several titles in AKC Agility and now working in Excelent Standard AKC. We will keep you informed!
I will be starting several new dogs this year, Including maiya and her darling daughters, Twinkle and Yuppi! They were born in November of 2011.
As I get more student brags I will be putting pictures and information up here and pictures on the brags page!
Just when you think your pup is past the chewing stage, along comes another tempting problem!
The Holidays are coming - Please make sure no one throws a piece of fireworks at or near your dog. He can be badly injured or burned, as well as the resulting fear of noises will last a lifetime!
Please keep gift baskets -- and the pup-threatening hazards in the baskets -- way out of reach.
It's not just the chocolate (a no-no for dogs) you need to worry about. If your pet eats the fake grass various gift baskets, it can trigger choking or obstruct his intestines. The same is true for tiny toys and plastic eggs that hold jelly beans or other goodies. If you catch your dog sprouting fake grass from the sides of his mouth, chomping on plastic bits, or sampling other basket contents, immediately call your vet for advice.
See article below on Holiday Hazards and Toxins for the safety of your pets.
I will post an update on all things happening soon. I am adding a newsletter with an email request form shortly to keep you all up to date on new happenings. Check back soon.
K9Kapers Winter Wonderland
Please be safe and be aware that a lot of hoiday treats and decorations can be toxic to you dogs.
The level 60' x 100' fenced Agility/Training field is in full operation! Yeah! It is open and operating when the weather permits leaving the equipment outside. Sundays, weather permitting we have open house. 11:00 - 12:00 PM is for serious competitors to work their dogs. 12:00 - 1:00 PM is for all of you who just want to come practice and play in obedience, Rally or any other sport we provide!
Walk With The Trainer! FREE! Walk with the Trainer is suspended for the winter season. If you have a group who wants to walk on a specific Saturday, Please call and if we are available we will join you!
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We have a grass and fully fenced play and training area. See the pictures above and on the pictures page of the pre-Agility class in full swing. We are having a blast.
Keep checking back for new pictures and slideshows as we have time to update. We are re-working the website and will be adding new pages as time allows.
We have insulated and painted the indoor facility and now have a fully working indoor bathroom! AND HEAT!!!!!
We have also started Conformation Handling Classes at the Shelton facility. If you are interested in showing your dog come and join us. And Please welcome our Instructor:
PHA Carol Woodward 30 + Years professional handler with many of her dogs becoming top ten dogs!
Welcome to all the new students. We are enjoying getting to know you and your k9 friends!
And Congratulations to the Manners 2 and Intermediate clients and their super success!
A Huge Congrats to all of our client's dogs who attained their Canine Good Citizen Award at the Humane Society fund raiser. It was a great day and a huge success. And to those who Passed the Temperament Test a big congratulations. Thank You to all!
Each Month we will be adding training tips and discussions on solving problems. I will also include links to other sources that I feel will help you learn more about you and your dog's relationship. Please email me if you have a question or discussion you would like to have covered here.
Have a great month!
Below is a write up on Holiday Hazards. There is also a PDF link below so you may download and print out for reference.
Holiday and Seasonal Hazards
As the holiday season approaches, life, for your dogs and other pets, can get pretty hazardous. Activity increases, great smelling, wonderful food abounds; trees and plants are brought into the house; power cords and interesting lights are everywhere; all kinds of interesting packages are delivered, some full of candies and other goodies; and owners are busy and not paying particular attention to what is being investigated and/or eaten by the pets. Remember that, in most cases, the severity of the problem caused by these products will depend on the amount ingested and the size and age of the dog. When in doubt, call your veterinarian or POISON CONTROL CENTER (see below) for further information.
Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap Aluminum foil if ingested, can cut a dog's intestines, causing internal bleeding, and in some cases, even death. Plastic food wrap can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Some dogs will eat the plastic wrapping when there are food remnants left coating its surface.
Anti-Freeze If ingested, anti-freeze (ethylene glycol) is often lethal -- even in very small quantities can cause acute kidney failure. Because of it’s sweet taste, many dogs and cats like it as well other small mammals, horses, birds, reptiles and livestock, and there are always a number of animal fatalities each year caused from animals drinking anti-freeze. Poisoning from anti-freeze is considered a serious medical emergency which must be treated by a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. One company, the Sierra Company now offers a far less toxic form of anti-freeze. They can be reached at (888)88-SIERRA for information. Symptoms can include: Vomiting, drunken appearance, excessive drinking and urinating, seizures and kidney failure. Note: There is an antidote for ethylene glycol toxicity (dogs only) but to be maximally effective it must be given within a few hours of ingestion. You can read more about Antizole, an antidote for ethylene glycol toxicity courtesy of the drug's manufacturer. Unfortunately, for those dogs already in kidney failure, the antidote is ineffective; and a prolonged hospital stay will be required for recovery.
Bloat Eating quickly, changes in diet, and gas-producing foods may all contribute to this serious condition. Bloat (gastric torsion & stomach distension) is a serious life-threatening emergency which must be treated by a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Bloat is relatively common among large and deep-chested breeds, such as Basset Hounds, Dobermans, German Shepherds and Great Danes. Many experts believe that a feeding a large meal within 2 hours of exercise or severe stress may trigger this emergency. Symptoms of Bloat include: unsuccessful retching, pacing, panting, drooling, an enlarged stomach/torso, and/or signs of distress.
Bones Cooked bones from steak, veal, pork, turkey or chicken, as well as ribs, can be hazardous to your dog and are not recommended. Raw bones, if you dog is not accustomed to having them can also cause gastric problems and diarrhea.
Electrocution Christmas tree lights and electrical cords can be fatal if chewed on by a dog (or cat). Whenever possible, keep electrical cords out of reach.
Fireworks Firecrackers and firework displays can cause fear issues and long term phobias. Because these displays are common and part of life, be aware of your dog’s response to them. Make sure that no one ever throws a piece of firework at or near your dog. Some dogs may actually go after the sparks and be seriously injured. Make sure to keep dogs indoors, as many animals are lost on the 4th of July and New Years due to running when fearful and they lose their way home.Try masking loud firecracker noises with "white noise", as well as with music or other familiar sounds like a radio or television.I have also found that using Rescue Remedy of Calming Essence helps in a lot of situations.
Hypothermia Any sign that a dog is very cold -- such as shivering -- should signal the owner to bring the dog indoors immediately. When a dog's internal temperature drops below 96 degrees F (by being exposed to cold weather for long periods, or getting both wet and cold), there is a serious risk to the dog's safety. Also be aware of ice or snow on the dog’s pads. Be sure to dry them carefully when returning indoors. Dogs can get frostbite on both their ears and their toes.
Ice-Melting Chemicals and Salt Ice-melting chemicals and salt used on sidewalks and roads can cause severe burning to your dog's footpads. Try to avoid walking your dog through these substances, and be sure to wash off his footpads when you return home. There are also products available such as Musher's Secret which is applied to your dog's footpads prior to going outside. Products such as this may help reduce the pain that is often caused by road salt and chemicals. These chemicals may also cause vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation and electrolyte imbalances.
Tinsel and Other Christmas tree Ornaments Tinsel may cause obstruction of the intestines when swallowed by your pets, and the tinsel's sharp edges can even cut the intestines. Symptoms may include: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and weight loss. Treatment usually requires surgery. Most ornament dangers are foreign body hazards rather than true toxicities.The small metal ornament hooks can also cause serious problems and be quite dangerous if swallowed. EXCEPTION: The NAPCC has reported ornaments made from homemade play dough can contain high levels of salt and have had several cases where dogs ingesting homemade play dough have died of salt poisoning.
Food Related Toxins During the holiday season, we prepare beautiful meals and we want to share with our pets. Feeding your pet’s rich, fatty table scraps that they are not used to can lead to severe intestinal problems and abdominal upset. Fatty foods are a common cause of pancreatitis, a very painful disorder that can afflict both dogs and cats It can be very dangerous to give your dog a meaty turkey bone to chew after you are through with your meal. Small pieces of the bone may splinter off and perforate an intestine, or cause intestinal blockage. If you want to prepare your dog a special holiday meal, serve him his regular food with a small amount of cooked meat or canned food added, and add a small amount of other doggy treats as a topping. Here are some other foods to be aware of:
Acorns when given to dogs, horses and cattle can cause gastrointestinal upset, foreign body obstruction, and kidney failure.
Alcohol if given to your pets may produce the symptoms ofdrunken appearance, vomiting, lethargy, respiratory depression: serious intoxications have occurred when dogs have been given alcohol to drink as a "joke". Also, dogs seem to be attracted to alcoholic drinks, so drinks should not be left unattended.
Avocadoes fed todogs, cats, rabbits, goats, cattle, horses and birds may cause vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation of the mammary glands in some species, heart and respiratory problems in some species.
Chocolate During many holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and Halloween, chocolate is often accessible to curious dogs, and in some cases, people unwittingly poison their dogs by offering them chocolate as a treat. Chocolate contains an element which is toxic to dogs, called Theobromine. Even an ounce or two of chocolate can be lethal to a small dog (10 lbs. or less). Larger quantities of chocolate can poison or even kill a medium or large dog. Dark chocolate, cocoa, unsweetened baking chocolates, and chocolate chips are especially dangerous but even milk chocolate can be deadly in large enough amounts. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include: vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, hyperactivity, seizures, fast hear rate, rapid breathing, life-threatening heart arrhythmias and coma.The high amounts of fat in most chocolate items can precipitate a bout of pancreatitis in susceptible animals.Be sure not to leave any sort of chocolate out where your pet has access to it. This can be a very dangerous situation because your dog or cat may have ingested a toxic amount of chocolate while you were gone; however, you will not know it until he starts showing signs of toxicity. If you see your pet eating chocolate, note of the type and amount and call your veterinarian right away.
Coffee and caffeine is a no-no for dogs, as it acts as a stimulant and can cause severe heart acceleration. When fed to dogs cats and small mammals caffeine may cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors and seizures.
Corn Cobs Many dogs have suffered and, in some cases, died after eating corn-on-the-cob, when the corn cob caused partial or complete intestinal obstruction. Never allow your dog access to corn cobs.
Raw yeast dough - yeast from homemade bread produces alcohol - ingestion of raw yeast dough can result in serious alcohol intoxication. Additionally, here is a risk of bloat and gastrointestinal obstruction from the dough as it rises in the stomach.It can also cause respiratory depression and cardiac arrest.
Macadamia Nuts can cause increased body temperature, muscle stiffness, increases heart rate, tremors, weakness, vomiting, and in-coordination.
Raisins and Grapes may cause Vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, lethargy and kidney failure.
Other miscellaneous dangers:
Batteries will causeforeign body obstruction and corrosive injury to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract.
Human Cough/Cold/Flu medicines when ingested by cats, dogs, small mammals and reptiles may affect one or more body system, life threatening conditions possible.
Christmas gifts: perfumes and after-shaves generally contain fairly high levels of alcohol, which can be dangerous to dogs.
Candles: Most people like to burn candles during the holiday season, do not leave burning candles unattended. Candles can be fascinating to pets, cats especially. Candles can singe and burn their whiskers or face if they get to close to the flame. If the burning candle should get knocked over by a tail wag or a playful paw it can lead to a real disaster. Be sure to keep burning candles out of harms way and never leave a burning candle unattended.
Human Intended drugs Over-the-counter and prescription drugs intended for humans should not be used in dogs or cats except upon the advice of that pet's veterinarian. Some drugs that humans use routinely are highly toxic in pets. One example is “acetaminophen” (Tylenol), which is highly toxic in cats. The drug damages feline hemoglobin rendering it incapable of carrying oxygen.
Poisonous Plants Dogs (and cats) can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. Keep all unknown types of plants and any plants suspected of being poisonous out of reach of your pet, and/or spray with Bitter Apple (for plants). See the list below for some of these plants.
American holly (Ilex opaca) when ingested by cats, dogs, small mammals and reptiles may cause gastrointestinal upset and depression, severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Christmas cactus and Amaryllis when ingested by cats, dogs, small mammals and reptiles may cause gastrointestinal upset, severe depression, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Christmas trees (firs, cedars, pines) contain volatile oils that can cause vomiting and diarrhea; needles can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach. The needles of the tree (both real and artificial) are also dangerous because they are indigestible. This can lead to abdominal upset and again potential intestinal blockage
Christmas tree preservatives contain sugar and fertilizer-the sugar will attract the dog and the fertilizer can cause vomitingwhen ingested by cats, dogs, small mammals and reptiles may cause mild gastrointestinal upset.
Mistletoe (depending on the variety) when ingested by cats, dogs, small mammals and reptiles may cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting & diarrhea), lowered blood pressure, cardiovascular collapse, difficulty breathing, seizures or coma, and other variable signs.
Poinsettia The rumors of its toxicity have been somewhat exaggerated. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, but rarely causes severe problems.
Other plants can be located on the links listed below. Please take the time to look them up; you may be surprised at what you will find.
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