We love agility! Agility is not only fun for the dogs but it helps build confidence. This is the first time the dogs have seen the "catwalk". Ronnie was the only one that would allow me to step back and get a picture while he was on the top. Bauer and Sago completed the "catwalk" also. Sasha started out only going up a few stairs and I rewarded her with a ball. We attempted this several times and each time her confidence increased and went up higher on the stairs. She got to the top of the stairs but would not go all the way up yet. It is great seeing the confidence being built in her. Even though she did not complete it, she built confidence and was rewarded for each attempt.
We have updated our training classes page and added a new deer antler shed dog training class. We should have more details on this new class available soon. If you are interested in a class, do not hesitate to contact us!
Now that the summer heat is on us, there are some precautions to remember. We like to train in the mornings and/or evenings when it is a little cooler. Our dogs are outside so they acclimate to the heat well but when the humidity is high, we have to be careful not to over heat anyone. Always provide fresh cool water all day long. Avoid hot pavement as it can burn the dogs paw pads. If a dog gets overheated, immediately remove them from the heat and into an air conditioned area, and provide the dog with cool water to drink. You can also cool the dog down with water, and contact your vet.
If your dog has a double coat, do not shave your dog thinking it will stay cooler. They use their undercoat to help regulate their body temp. Shaving them does more harm than good. If your dog is like ours, we are in a full coat blowing out right now. I brush our dogs daily and the amount of hair that is coming off of them right now is unreal. Today I got so much hair off of everyone that I could coat a whole other dog! Removing this hair by brushing them, while they are blowing their coat, helps them stay cooler.
Always be careful while training in the heat!
We have postponed the start date of our Basic Obedience Class to June 15th. This will allow for more dogs to register for this class. We are also excited to soon have t-shirts made with our logo on them! Keep checking our Facebook page for a T-shirt giveaway! We have had some private training sessions that have gone very well! We look forward to many more. I will have more agility obstacles completed this week and set in place.
We will be breeding soon and expect two if not three litters this year.
Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.