Dog Fitness and Conditioning in Dog Sports

The Importance of Fitness and Conditioning
“Agility Performance Run for a Canine Athlete Sample”

Agility Champions-A Letter from a Student

Trudy won the 2014 CPE National Event High In Trial Enthusiast, Perfect Trial Award 200 Points, High in Standard, and 1st Place Games Awards with eight 1st place blue ribbons and one 2nd place red ribbon June 6-8 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Only 5 dogs out of 484 completed the 9 events correctly. We were honored to be among the best. This is Trudy’s third High In Trial as she won the 2007 CPE National Event High In Trial Regular in Nova Scota, and the 2012 CPE National Event High In Trial Veteran in Altamont, New York. Trudy won the 2014 CPE National Event High In Trial Enthusiast, Perfect Trial Award 200 Points, High in Standard, and 1st Place Games Awards with eight 1st place blue ribbons and one 2nd place red ribbon June 6-8 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Only 5 dogs out of 484 completed the 9 events correctly. We were honored to be among the best.This is Trudy’s third High In Trial as she won the 2007 CPE National Event High In Trial Regular in Nova Scota, and the 2012 CPE National Event High In Trial Veteran in Altamont, New York.

Please NOTE: The video is a sample run from an AKC trial, not a CPE event.

A big thank you to Dr. Susan Fife who found the iliopsoas strain in April as Trudy would not go up the front steps and came up with an exercise plan so that Trudy could run in June at the CPE AprilJohnson1National Event. Thank you Susan for helping me with Trudy so that she can run agility!

I would like to thank Racine Hyatt who helped give me internet support and encouragement for Trudy to be massaged and for her program which is very helpful to understand the importance of keeping your dog physically fit through exercise in a safe manner. It is great that Cheryl from E-Training for Dogs offers programs such as the dog fitness program that Racine teaches:
All-Fit Dog-How to Improve Fitness for Over-all Wellness

Athletic Performance Fitness Strategies: How to Condition an Athletic Performance Dog

It is important for handlers to understand dog fitness and conditioning and I need the programs that Racine teaches so I will become a better dog trainer for my Canine athletes.

Thank you Susan for helping me with Trudy so that she can run agility! I would like to thank Racine who helped give me internet support and encouragement for Trudy to be massaged and for her program which is very helpful to understand the importance of keeping your dog physically fit through exercise in a safe manner.

It is great that Cheryl from e learning for dogs offers programs such as the dog fitness program that Racine teaches. It is important for handlers to understand dog fitness and conditioning and I need the programs that Racine teaches so I will become a better dog trainer for my Canine athletes.

 

K9 Fit Club® Certified Trainers

K9 Fit Club® – The Most Fun You Will Ever Have in Business!

K9Fit0Cert pic (2)E-Training for Dogs is excited to be working with K9 Fit Club® to promote this exciting new Certification program for dog trainers!

Finally, an online training program that doesn’t cost a ton of cash and kibble! Not only do we offer a way to make a better living, this opportunity is a way to make living better. We’re not here to talk about an opportunity to make money, although you do. We’re talking about an opportunity to spend time doing what you love, with dogs, people, and fitness. Unlike other certification programs, and businesses with glass ceilings, four walls and a salary cap, there is no limit to where this opportunity can take you.

The beauty of K9 Fit Club® programs, is not only do they complement an existing human fitness training center, they also complement dog boarding, grooming, and daycare. Many of those already certified are blending K9 Fit Club programs into human fitness, dog socialization, and integrative care. Dogs are family. Won’t you join ours?

At K9 Fit Club, we believe that those who not only possess a solid knowledge of dogs and physical fitness, but also a passion in teaching and training, make perfect candidates for K9 Fit Club Certification. Our Certified Trainer Program is a fully standardized, integrated online course for those seeking to teach human and canine fitness.

For those who become K9 Fit Club Certified, we provide the secrets to programs and skills needed to succeed. Our K9 Fit Club Certification curriculum blends best training and best practices together with proven programs, as well as a post certification program that provides our graduates continuing support. You will also learn about the foundation and fundamentals of human/canine fitness, as well as basic methods for obedience, client assessment, the science of exercise, and other important program elements.

Level I – Basic Level Certification is the flagship program which blends the basics from the health care and fitness realms, as well as the basic skills for dog training and obedience, and combines them into one program. You must complete this level to advance to Levels 2-5.
Quarterly and monthly payments are available.

Cost: $895

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Complete this comprehensive training course on your own schedule with no need to worry about traveling to a faraway city for a quality experience. By using our simple and effective process, you will learn how to teach safely, effectively, and most of all have FUN doing what you love and loving what you do.

  •    Combine your passion for dogs with your passion for fitness
  •     Low barrier to entry
  •     A love for dogs and people is a must, but no previous dog experience necessary
  •     100% of the profits are yours
  •     Flexible hours
  •     24-7 Support
  •     Multiple revenue streams

Certification Objectives-Upon completion, the participants of this course will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and resources to ensure a fun, rewarding, and safe experience
  • Design an exercise program for both dog and human needs and goals (e.g., obesity, hypertension, muscle gain, sedentary, other), based on the basics of standards and protocols
  • Employ appropriate response(s) for safety issues such as injury prevention, pre-existing conditions, and emergency response
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise science subject matter (e.g. physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and more)
  • Apply protocols for both dogs and human within initial and ongoing assessments, health risk analysis, and liability concerns
  • Help you identify and reinforce positive canine behavior as it relates to K9 Fit Club
  • Provide you a base-level understanding of positive reinforcement training and canine behavior
  • Build your skill set so you will be able to affect behavior in a positive manner to aid in enhancing the owner/dog experience
  • Understand warning signs for fear based/aggressive dogs
  • Apply appropriate communication skills to coach, cue, and motivate clients
  • Demonstrates professionalism and best practices in his/her practice and teaching
  • Manage clients and dogs to limit problems and liability
  • General concepts of contagious diseases and infectious agents
  • General concepts and protocols for cleanup and hygiene
  • Recognize and respond to medical problems and injuries
  • Documentation and follow up
  • Understand basic concepts and terms
  • Knowledge of instability training vs. training on stable surfaces and the muscles it affects
  • Knowledge of Proprioception and the benefits
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy and major muscle groups of the dog
  • Principles of core strength
  • Proper use & cleaning of equipment
  • Safety principles

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How It Works

You have one year from the date of enrollment to complete your certification course. However, you may complete the course as quickly or as slowly as you would like within that time. On average, most complete the course within one month of registration.

It’s Pretty Doggone Simple.

  1. 1. Start Studying
  2. You will gain instant online access to your course materials and study guide. Study at the pace, and place, that fits your lifestyle.
  3. 2. Complete Quizzes
  4. Once you have submitted all of your course quizzes, you will gain access to the programs and videos.

Cost: Basic Course Fee and Level 1 Certification is $1,000.00 Which Includes:

  • Online course
  • Certificate of Completion
  •  Access to Certification Manual downloads
  • Access to K9 Fit Club Exercises and Videos
  • Complimentary membership as a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer
  • K9 Fit Club staff support
  • Inclusion as K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer on the K9 Fit Club Website
  • Public Relations and Social Media Benefits
  • Exclusive K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer Discounts

Certification Highlights

  • K9 Fit Club actively markets our K9 Fit Club Certified Clubs, locations and Trainers through media, local, regional and national partnerships. Our Trainers benefit from advertising, K9FC-BUTTON1797established brand, the K9 Fit Club website and from our national media. Our efforts promote K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers and their efforts.
  • Certified Trainers: Our Find-a-Trainer features your K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer information and contact information in front of those organizations and individuals seeking a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer.
  • Professional Resources: K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers have the exclusive benefits of K9 Fit Club Partnership discounts and other K9 Fit Club Certification Programs.
  • Graduates of the K9 Fit Club Certification Program become K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers. K9 Fit Club believes that participating in and staying connected with K9 Fit Club, upon successful completion of certification, can be as important to the success of the graduates as the program and the education itself.
  • K9 Fit Club can help our certified trainers build their businesses through networking, community building and helping to find locations and facilities to teach. K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers provides the established credibility and professional brand recognized by Veterinary, Health and Fitness professionals.

Once you complete Level 1 there are 4 more Levels to obtain if you desire.

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K9 Fit Club’s 5 Levels of Certification

K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer – Level 1

  • K9 Fit Club Level 1 Certification is our flagship program which blends the basics from the health care and fitness realms, and the basic skills for dog training and obedience, and combines them into one program. Level 1 Certification designed for students who have a basic understanding of anatomy of both humans and canines, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, health screening, exercise prescription, and exercise safety, as applied to teaching classes safely and effectively. The content will be beneficial to any fitness instructor, dog trainer or personal fitness trainer at any level of training or experience.

K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer – Level 2

  • If your clients are into high-intensity, fun workouts, they’ll love this. K9 Fit Club Level 2 Certification is an advanced certification that demonstrates your ability to work with both humans and canines with a higher fitness level. It will also allow you to enhance your clients’ quality of life with a well-designed program of a more intense physical activity. It’s all here, from the sport-specific, cardio-strength, partner exercises to plyometric and core conditioning! This requires someone with in-depth knowledge of the appropriate type of activity that will most benefit them, taking their Level 1 Certification to the next level.
  • The prerequisite to Level 2 Certification is successful completion of Level 1 Certification, and 40 hours of practicum teaching.

K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer – Level 3

  • Studies have shown that seniors are not only capable of strenuous exercise, but can vastly improve their health, strength, mobility and independence, using exercise as a tool. Using dogs to assist with, and participate in the exercise, is an additional benefit of the therapy. K9 Fit Club Level 4 Certification is for those who wish to work with rehabilitation homes, senior care, seniors and older adults. While this certification provides a great opportunity, the beauty and the value is in the joy you’ll experience in changing people’s lives one dog at a time.
  • The prerequisite to Level 3 Certification is successful completion of Level 1 & 2 Certification, and 80 hours of practicum teaching.

K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer – Level 4

  • Children, health, and wellness is one of the most important segments in the fitness industry. The gift of fitness is one that many parents will readily give their children, especially if they know how important fitness is to a young life. K9 Fit Club’s Level 3 Certification helps you show kids how to develop the skills to make them better athletes and better pet parents. This course provides you the resources and proven techniques to teach children a healthy way of life, and treating, and preventing, obesity before it causes a lifetime of health problems.
  • The prerequisite to Level 4 Certification is successful completion of Level 1, 2 & 3 Certification, and 120 hours of practicum teaching.

K9 Fit Club Master Trainer – Level 5

  • To successfully advance to the next level of certification, you must pass all levels in sequential order. Specific directions for the course are provided online once you register for the course.

 

Experienced Trainer Opening-Fort Collins, Colorado

Job opening in Fort Collins, Coloraodo:
Advanced Animal Care of Colorado and DOG TALES Activity Center is seeking an experienced trainer to teach evening and weekend classes. Applicant must be committed to and knowledgeable about positive reinforcement training, be skilled in assessing and teaching canine body language, and have the ability to discern and address a variety of student ability levels. Applicant must be able to teach puppy and adult classes; CGC/Star Puppy certification is a strong plus as is CPDT certification. Additional opportunities are possible for Rally Obedience, Treibball, Tracking, and other training classes as well as work within Doggie Daycare and Lodging portions of the facility. Please forward your resume, letter of intent and references to: drsteyn@aacofco.com

Keeping Dogs Safe in the Sun

Keeping Dogs Safe in the SunKeeping Dogs Safe in the Sun

Summer time is here, and with high temperatures, it’s very important for dog owner’s to keep an eye and be sure that their pet is thriving. The high temperatures can cause problems for pets in many different situations, some of which you may not even realize are endangering your canine companion. As a diligent pet owner you need to be well informed of the issues that could befall you pet when the outdoors start to get hot and sunny. The following will provide some insight into how the summer highs affect your animal and what to do in order to ensure your pet has just as much summer fun as you do.

Cars Can Be a Death Sentence in High Temperatures

In many countries around the world there has been a ton of focus put on the fact that children should not be left in a car, as they become a hot tomb on warm days—even some days that may not feel overly warm, and winter days, can heat up the interior of the car to dangerous temperatures. The same rule applies to your pets. Your dog is just as susceptible to high temperatures as a human, and you need to take care that you do not place them in this threatening situation. You may think that if your dog is a shorthaired variety the heat will bother it less; however, fur is an insulator regardless of its length. This means that even a dog with very little fur can succumb to high temperatures. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where an animal has been left in a car and it appears to be suffering from the heat, the best thing to do is call the police. They will take care of the issue and the ill-informed owner of the animal.

During Exercise, Pay Attention To Your Pet

You are obviously not going to stop exercising your dog when the weather becomes warmer. After all, they need this outlet for all their energy and can become destructive or depressed without it. It is incredibly important though that you pay attention to your pet while you are out with them. If you have a longhaired breed you will definitely want to have their fur cut very short in the summer. Most are not native to warmer climates and can become overheated very easily. In much the same way that you would pay attention to your own body’s cues, you need to be aware of what your pet is telling you. If your dog slows down abnormally, take it easy for a little bit and allow your pet to rest. A good plan is to exercise your dog in a place where water is easily accessible. This also provides an opportunity for a cooling swim. If water is not readily available, try dousing your dogs’ neck and paws with water from a bottle as this will help to cool them down.

Dogs Can Get Sunburns Too

On days when the UV index is high, you need to be aware that dogs need their skin cared for in the same way that you would care for your own. Dogs with light colored fur and also those who have rather short or thin coats are especially susceptible. The best way to prevent sunburn for your dog is to apply sunscreen specially formulated for pets. An alternative, if that is hard to find, instead use a sunscreen designed for babies as it will be milder that a regular type.

Lastly, and most importantly, be sure that the pet food you are feeding your dog is right for them and their activity level. This is a good thing to be aware of all through the year, but even more when your pets’ activity level increases. By observing these simple things, you will be able to guarantee that both you and your dog have a happy, healthy, and active summer together without any issues that could be detrimental to your dog’s health.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

The Quest for Understanding Dog Nutrition

Jasmine2By Jana Rade

I think we can all agree that nutrition is a corner stone of health. But do we understand what we should feed our dogs and why? And where do we turn to in order to find out? Is it OK to just grab any old bag of dog food in a grocery store?

When Jasmine came to our lives, we quickly learned that while she was a beautiful, smart, amazing dog, she was not blessed with good health. Some of her health challenges started from the get go and more piled up over the years. At an early age, she was put on a prescription diet. But did that do her any good?

Watching her body struggling with one problem after another, it didn’t make sense to me that a dog could have all those things wrong with them separately. I became convinced that there had to be a connection. How much of that could have been caused or exaggerated by what she was eating? How much of that could be improved by a comprehensive nutritional strategy?

While I was learning about the medical problems she was dealing with, I also turned my attention to nutrition. I read every article and every book I could find. We did implement some changes and they did help some. But I kept wondering whether I could do better yet.

After you read a few books on dog nutrition, you realize they are pretty much the same. For the most part, they tell you what you should be doing (in Jasmine9the author’s opinion) but very little about why you should be doing it. To me, the WHY is always extremely important. The better you can understand something, the better you can implement it.

I realized I exhausted all the books and online content I could find. I decided to further my understanding by finding and taking a comprehensive dog nutrition course.

There is impressively very little out there available for online dog nutrition courses. Of course, you can always find one provided by one dog food company or another. How reliable is their information? Do I really just need to learn which kibble I should feed? I didn’t think so.

Then I came across an integrative Canine Nutrition Courses by Dr. Ava Frick, DVM. Sounded good. Before I went on spending my money on the course, I consulted with our vet, as well as several of my online integrative veterinary friends. Dr. Frick comes highly recommended as somebody who knows her stuff. And she certainly does.

I have taken both parts of the course, Intro to Canine Nutrition (Part I) and Advanced Canine Nutrition (Part II) and I’m happy that I did. I feel like I was given the key to the secret room where real dog nutrition information is kept. The course provided insights I was looking for as well as provided my with the bases for further learning.

I did, of course, started implementing my newly-gained knowledge for Jasmine. I believe her new diet contributed to the quality of her life.

I remember a vet once telling me, “Not all the bad stuff always happens and if it does, it doesn’t all happen to the same dog.” Well, he didn’t know Jasmine.

We feel that the fact she lived as long as she did, with the quality of life she had, was just amazing. She always had an amazing zest for life and enjoyed everything to the fullest. All the way to the end she had a bounce in her stop. It was a neck injury and side-effects of the treatment that finally sealed her fate.

Jasmine1Jasmine is the driving force and inspiration behind everything I do.

I now implement my knowledge for our other dogs, as well as I am happy to help out others.

Nutrition is the foundation of health. Feed your dog right. And don’t forget, whatever you feed them, keep them lean!

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Jana Rade is a graphic designer by profession and never aspired to learning about dog health issues and nutrition until she met Jasmine. She received a crash course in the subject due to jasmine’s many health issues and has since become an advocate for other dog owners and their four-legged friends. In her blog, Dawg Business, Jana shares her experience and lessons she learned with others. This is the message she shares with all dog owners: “Your dog’s health is up to you.”

You can also check our Jana’s Dog Health Issues group or connect with Jana on Twitter.

Treating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication

Feature_FriedmanTreating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication:  The what, when, why and how

This lecture on treating canine behavior problems with medication will give an overview of how to choose which cases need or would benefit from pharmacological intervention.  The session will also cover common medications, their uses, combinations, and common side effects.

Speaker:  Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CPDT, CABC

Description: Psychoactive drug use in animals for behavior problems is often poorly understood by the public.  There are a variety of misconceptions about the effects the medications will achieve. Additionally, owners and other individuals may feel that medications will change their pet’s personality or make the animal appear sluggish and “stoned.”   There is also the misconception that conventional drug therapy is riskier than using “natural” products such as herbs and supplements.

This lecture will discuss three categories of cases:  1) those were medication is not indicated, 2) those where medication may clearly be beneficial but not crucial, and 3) those where medication should be an integral part of the therapy.  Case examples will be used to aid in illustrating some of the behavioral and physiologic symptoms used for categorizing patients.

Attendees will learn:

  • “Levels” of cases and their indication, or lack of, for addition of psychotropic medication — this will include patient factors as well as owner factors
  • common general indications for use of medications
  • common side effects or contraindications for classes of medications
  • Monitoring criteria and procedures for switching or weaning off medications
  • Tips for counseling clients on the advantages and disadvantages of medications

Due to the time limitation of the lecture, this session will not cover characteristics of individual medications in any detail.

To be presented Live online and then available as a recording.

Live Webinar: March 13th 2014
Time:
  8pm EST / 5pm PST

Cost: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

2.0 CCPDT, IAABC and NADOI CEUs available.

 

Solving Separation Anxiety

MickKenna_WindowSeparation Anxiety in Dogs

Purpose: Treatments for separation anxiety issues in dogs are done in a vague manner by both dog trainers and veterinarians. This course works to empower the student with options and information to more specifically treat separation anxiety issues in dogs without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Prerequisites: A background in basic training for dogs using positive techniques is a minimum requirement.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to announce that the “required” DVD for the class has received a nomination for an award in the DWAA contest. Other Media:DVD: Hi-Caliber Books-”Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique”

Instructor:  Peggy O. Swagger

Course Length: This course runs 9 sessions (lessons).

Description: The course offers information to help accurately identify and treat separation anxiety. Several techniques for solving this issue are given in detail as well as how to select the correct technique for the level and kind of separation anxiety issue displayed by dog. The course presentation is a combination of lecture, photo illustrations, and video material. The student is required to watch the DVD Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique. There are tests at the end of each of the nine lessons as well as a final exam.

What you can expect to learn from this Course:sa_cover_160x160

  • A new technique for severe separation anxiety.
  • How to more accurately identify separation anxiety as opposed to other behaviors which display similar issues.
  • How to identify the level of separation anxiety a dog is suffering.
  • Several techniques for dealing with separation anxiety in a dog.
  • How to choose which technique to use when working to resolve separation anxiety.
  • How to modify techniques to ensure success.

CEU Status:
CCPDT – 9 CEUs
IAABC – 9 CEUs
NADOI – 9 CEUs

Course Fee  -

NOTE: All students MUST purchase the DVD or the Course + VOD to take this course  (see below). The student will benefit from watching the DVD prior to taking the course as well as reviewing the video in specific cued places while taking the course. In other words, you must have access to either the DVD or the VOD (VOD=the DVD uploaded as a streaming video…instantly accessible f0r 12 months).

Options to purchase:

Buy Course + VOD: $115
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Course only (for those who already have the DVD): $100
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Video OnDemand (VOD) only: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy DVD only: $19.95 (Click HERE)

 

Student Information:

Access to this course will expire in 3 months. Therefore, you have 3 months to complete this course from the date of registration.
You will have unlimited access to the VOD for one year.

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Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy in the Winter

BorderCollies_Black-BrownKeeping Your Dog Safe in Winter

It’s that time of year again in some parts of the world, where the temperature plummets and frozen white snow falls from the sky. Yes, this is the season where humans bundle up in warm clothes to go outside, but what about your animal companions. Although many people think that their dogs are resistant to the falling temperatures, there are definitely some precautions to take and some ways in which you can ensure you are keeping your dog safe in winter and that your pet is comfortable in the winter months.

Burns Can Happen

In the colder months when you have the heat on in your home, candles lit, and possibly small space heater, the risk of burns for your pet heightens substantially. Candles have an open flame and can also cause fire if they are knocked over by an unknowing pet. The best practice is to make sure that any lit candles are placed out of the reach of pets. In the case of heaters, if they heat up you will need to keep your pets away from them otherwise it could lead to a burnt nose or paw.

Monitor The Amount Of Time Your Pet Spends Outdoors

When the temperature drops into the negatives; it is necessary to monitor the amount of time that your pet spends out in the subzero weather. Much in the same way that humans can get frostbite and hypothermia, many animals are also able to get it. When the temperatures are hitting extreme lows it is best to allow your pet to be indoors where they are warm and safe; however, if your pet will be outdoors for a period of time, you need to provide accommodations for them. You will want to provide shelter that will keep them safe from wind, snow and other weather elements. Inside the shelter you will want some straw or blankets in order to keep your furry companion snuggly and warm. Avoid using heating devices as they are fire and burn hazards for your pet. There are however, some pet stores that sell heated mats made for use in pet shelters. These can be a great option for providing a little extra warmth. Another consideration is that your pet will need water that can be obtained easily. Snow and ice are not sufficient water sources for your canine, so you may want to consider an insulated or heated bowl that will prevent freezing.

Salt And Deicers Used On Sidewalks Can Cause Problems For Your Pet

The various methods that people use to deice and clear their sidewalks in the winter can really take a toll on your pets’ paws. After taking your animal for a walk, you will want to clean their paws with warm water in order to prevent cracking which causes very sore paws. A build up of hard packed snow and ice can also be problematic. For this reason you may want to consider a protective bootie for your pet.

Be Aware Of The Dangers In Your Home

Just as you would protect your children from the fluids and solutions around your home that shouldn’t be ingested, you also need to pay attention to your pets. Antifreeze is one thing commonly found around the home, especially during the colder weather that is a lethal cocktail if consumed. For this reason you need to be certain that it is stored out of reach and any spills are cleaned up promptly.

Different seasons present different perils for your pets. In order to be a good pet owner you need to provide dog food and cat food that is nutritious, water that is fresh, and be aware of the different ways to keep your pet safe year round. The above are some considerations to keep in mind so that you can keep your pet thriving right through to spring.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.  If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

Tissue Mineral Analysis – Why, How, When, What

old malinoisNow Available as Recording-Tissue Mineral Analysis in Animals

SPEAKER: Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this tissue mineral analysis, 4 lecture/webinar series, is to educate doctors, animal practitioners, nutritionists, and interested persons about tissue mineral analysis testing (TMA).  TMA uses, in animals, a fur sample to extrapolate mineral and toxic metal levels, which correlate those same entities in other body tissue.  Learning about this valuable tool will expand your understanding of how to correct system and endocrine deviancies early in life before they become a “disease” or “condition.”   Once this knowledge is implemented into your particular interest of animal care you will greatly expand your success and their wellness, maintaining a higher level of health throughout the animals extended longevity.

COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Students will learn the history and research regarding tissue mineral analysis (TMA) testing.  Understanding the background of this diagnostic aid will help to give you the confidence in implementing it into your animal practice.
  • Emphasis will be on interpretation of test results, vitamin and minerals to assist in changing the suboptimal patterns, and case examples that you will be able to use as templates for future test results.

This webinar is designed for:
LEVEL 1:  Veterinarians, other doctors, nutritionists and nutritional consultants, health care providers, supplement and nutritional company representatives.
LEVEL 2:  Pet owners who want to help their animals by understanding what is available so that they can encourage their veterinarians to implement this tool.  NOTE:  Some of the information may be a little technical depending on the individual’s education level, but overall the general synopsis will be an eye opening experience and further their purpose in finding better health options for their pets.

WHEN: Available as a recording of 4 sessions.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

  • History of tissue mineral analysis (TMA) testing
  • Research validating tissue mineral analysis testing
  • The benefits of using TMA for diagnostic and therapeutic support
  • How to interpret the report and integrate it into balancing the endocrine and autonomic nervous system
  • What support minerals and vitamins can be used to improve the patient’s metabolic status and associated behavioral attitudes
  • Diet and recommendations as it relates to the oxidation rate
  • Toxic metal effects and what to do with them

COST:  $295 for the 4 Webinars/Lectures
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CEUs: CCPDT, IAABC, and NADOI Available

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Horse Care Basics for Pet-Sitters and Enthusiasts

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Purpose: To educate the pet sitter on horse care basics and to familiarize them with horse terminology and body language.

Course Info: This course focuses on day-to-day horse care basics and maintenance. Included is horse handling, feeding (grain, hay), watering, taking temperature, checking pulse, walking a horse, turn outs, stall mucking, what to look for in a healthy horse, and identifying a sick horse.

Prerequisites: Ability to ride and handle a horse is recommended.

Successful completion of this course will result in a Certificate for your Pet-Sitting Portfolio. You will have to pass 6 quizzes with at least 80% correct. You will be required to write an informal report highlighting your experience with horses. If you have no experience with horses, you will be required to “get some” to pass this course. You MUST have hands on experience with horses to be able to say you can care for someone elses’ horse.

Instructor: “Mustang” Sally Kazanis

Course Length: 6 sessions

What you can expect to learn from this Course:

  • Understanding basic horse care
  • Simple terminology
  • Identifying the parts of a horse
  • Haltering, walking and releasing a horse
  • Importance of safety
  • Grooming
  • Stall mucking
  • Identifying a Healthy vs sick horse

Cost: $95.00

Student Information: Access to this course will expire in 3 months. Therefore, you have 3 months to complete this course from the date of registration. Download Flash Player for free. 98% of computers worldwide already have Flash. You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

Grooming Your Own Dog: DIY Grooming for Man’s Best Friend

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Why is grooming important?

Finding a dog to become a new friend or part of your family is the easy part. However, dogs, like humans, need more than just their daily walk and a bit of attention when we feel like giving it. Grooming your own dog is an important part of the relationship between owners and their dogs. The following will briefly highlight some of the forms of grooming and provide some short tips on how on how to keep your dog looking nice and healthy. The time you dedicate to grooming your four-legged friend can bring you closer, and save you spending money on expensive private groomers.

Invest in a grooming kit

There are different ways to help your dog maintain its hygiene. Before you can do anything however, you have to equip yourself with few tools. Don’t be overwhelmed. Of course, there are hundreds of clippers, combs, brushes, scissors, shampoos and even more specialized pieces of equipment out there. Starting with a grooming kit is the best way to introduce yourself to the tools of grooming. When it comes to choosing a kit, it can be wiser to invest a little bit more money for more durable tools. Sometimes we are inclined to buy cheaper tools and replace them when they break. Investing in good grooming kit at the beginning can save you time and money in the long term. There are different grooming kits available for different kinds of dogs with individual needs. Make sure you inform yourself as to which grooming kit will serve your dog best, and don’t be afraid to ask for help before purchasing.

Find a suitable grooming space

Grooming can sometimes be a messy business. For smaller dogs, grooming is easiest on top of an old table (make sure to cover it beforehand to avoid any scratches on the table surface). On the other hand, the only possibility for larger and heavier dogs is to groom them on the ground. Designate a space in a room or area easy that will be easy to clean afterwards. The practice would be to prepare all the necessary tools before you start grooming, so that they can be in easy reach of your hand. Needless breaks could confuse your dog and prompt it to move.

Regular Brushing

Dog grooming doesn’t just mean keeping an eye on the length of your dog’s hair. Keeping hair in good condition by removing dirt, helping the spread of natural oils in the coat and preventing skin irritation and matting goes a long way to keeping your dog looking and feeling its best. Not only can regularly using a brush or comb be relaxing and soothing for both you and your dog, it provides an excellent opportunity to check for fleas while your dog is nice and calm. Make sure to think about the individual needs of your dog when it comes to using appropriate brushes.

Have a bathing strategy

After grooming, most of us want to give our dog a nice bath, and it is good to get your dog used to baths from young age. Smaller dogs can often fit into even a smaller sink, while larger dogs require a more substantial bathing space, typically a larger bath. As with grooming, preparing things for the bath beforehand is best. You should definitely avoid using human shampoo, but opt rather for specialized dog shampoos for optimal pH balance. While in the bath, it is useful to use a facecloth, especially around the airs, to remove any dirt from the face. Always bathe the dog from head to body, moving water away from the face as it gets dirtier, to avoid any skin irritations.

Nail clipping as a part of grooming

As well as cutting, shaving or trimming hair, and bathing your dog, clipping their toenails is another important aspect of grooming. However, be sure to be extra careful when clipping nails. Use appropriate sized clippers and make sure not to press them to close to the skin, or too hard.

Dental care

Taking care of your dogs teeth is one the most important part of maintaining its hygiene. Begin by getting your dog used to the taste of toothpaste, but applying small amounts to your finger, and getting your dog to lick it off. The next step is to get your dog used to the feel of a brush against its teeth; go slowly with this, and be firm but gentle. Start gradually by brushing only a few teeth until the dog gets used to the process. Finally, you can clean your dog’s teeth thoroughly by brushing tooth by tooth.

Treat your dog!

Making every grooming session fun and relaxed for your dog should always be a top priority. Being touched and handled, including in sensitive areas around the ears, tail and belly, can be challenging at first – especially if your dog is the excitable type. Make sure to praise your dog after a grooming session, and even offer a treat when it’s all over! You and your dog will benefit from grooming your own dog.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

 

NADOI Approved Courses for CEUs

Maintain your NADOI Certification

To find the NADOI page with these courses on it, go to http://www.nadoi.org/  Look under “Events” and then “NADOI Accredited Events”

NADOI Accredited Events at E-Training for Dogs:

Curriculum Development: The FIRST Step in Dog Training – 1 NADOI CEU

First Aid and CPR – 9 NADOI CEUs

Ethics for Dog Trainers – 1.5 NADOI CEUs

Marketing Your Dog Training Business - 1.5 NADOI CEUs

Nutrition: CANINE NUTRITION-PART I – 9 NADOI CEUs

Nutrition: CANINE NUTRITION-PART II – 21 NADOI CEUs

Rally Basics (AKC) – 6 NADOI CEUs

S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior®  – 8 NADOI CEUs

Teaching Canine Scent Work – 6 NADOI CEUs

NOTE: NADOI members, if there are other courses you wish to take and they do not have NADOI CEUs, please email me and request I submit an application for CEUs to the NADOI. cheryl@e-training fordogs.com.

Best of Pet Friends: How to Introduce Your Puppy to Your Cat (or Kitten to Your Dog)

Almost nothing is more exciting for a family than adding a new pet to the household. However, adjustment to a new pet is not always an easy process – especially if your family already owns a pet. Sometimes, pets can show hostility or aggression towards one another, leaving the owner feeling relatively helpless, and eager to resolve the tension between his or her pets. However, there are some key steps to take early on in terms of facilitating a friendship between your cat and dog. By being clear about boundaries and by displaying equal love for all of the animals under your roof, you will be able to set your pets up for a lifetime of friendship and companionship.

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Canine-Feline Tensions: Where Do the Jealousies Come from?

Most cats are upset by the addition of a new pet to a household, whether it be another kitten, a puppy, or another animal. This hostility is driven by a cat’s innate sensitive personality, as these pets are especially keen on sensing favouritism for other animals. Dogs tend to be friendlier towards kittens and other pets, but sometimes poor relationships can form during the first few weeks of pets getting acquainted with one another. Pets in general do not like to share food, toys, or litter boxes with one another, as they like to feel in control of their own space. Cats tend to demonstrate a heightened need for personal space and caring attention to remain happy, yet dogs deserve just as much attention and care as their feline friends in order to develop healthy relationships with people and other animals.

Serving as an Observant Owner: How to Facilitate Friendship Between Your Cat and Dog

One of the best ways to prevent hostility between your pets is to carefully observe and document their behaviours with one another. Does one pet have a tendency to physically attack the other? Are there any threats, made through hissing, barking, meowing, or arched postures, that are made by one pet to intimidate the other? The most troubled pet relationships are the ones that are not monitored properly by the owner, since ignoring the problem simply allows it to continue to escalate, as it sends a message to your pets that this kind of aggressive behaviour is permissible under your roof.

Keep a record of these instances in a small journal, which is a practice that will help you to pick out patterns to report to a veterinarian if the tensions persist. Flowing these dangerous behaviours and understanding the situations in which they most likely occur is one of your key responsibilities as a pet owner. Remember that any atypical behaviour by one of your pets may be the result of a developing medical condition, which can lead to outbursts or impatience in your pet as the symptoms get worse. Of course, if any scratching, biting, or other injury occurs, be sure to bring both pets to the veterinarian to be checked for infection or transmission of parasites or disease.

Remember, however, that there is a big difference between mean-spirited aggression and play aggression – the former being dangerous for your pets as they become hostile and violent  with one another, the latter as a necessary relatively safe behaviour that is crucial in helping your pets develop a friendship with one another. Play aggression is fun for pets extremely healthy, as it helps pets to maintain a strong emotional sense of well-being, allows them to learn how to set boundaries, and provides a medium that creates a long-lasting, positive bond between the animals. However, it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between mean-spirited aggression and play aggression. For more information on how to recognize the difference, speak to a specialist at your local veterinary hospital who can indicate what to look for so that you can effectively monitor your pets’ budding friendship.

Separate Spaces, Equal Attention: Making Sure Each Pet Feels Loved – So That They Don’t Hate Each Other

Dividing your attention between two pets can be an extremely daunting task, especially since most family members and friends will be especially excited to meet the new addition to your household. Your older pet can certainly sense this excitement, and can feel rejected or ignored, leading to lashing out against the pet or the owner in the future. This can be mitigated by ensuring each pet feels that they have equal attention and space in your home. For example, separate bowls of pet food should be provided for each animal, and they should be located in separate areas with plenty of space in between them so that one pet cannot prevent the other from eating by blocking the food. Each pet should have its own bed, where it can comfortably relax without competition from the other pet. Furthermore, family members should take extra time to play with and cuddle each pet separately, so that both pets feel included and welcomed as part of the family.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

Newly Revised: CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

Guest Blogger: Shelly Volsche

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

Dog training has long been a self-regulated industry. There are very few local licensing and regulatory requirements, and even fewer national standards. In response to this, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) formed in 2001. Their goal was twofold 1) to create a national certification and standardization norm for trainers, and 2) to provide owners with a way to identify trainers who have made a commitment to continued education, humane methods and adherence to a code of ethics.

The first certification exam for trainers was held September 28, 2001. Since then, biannual exam periods have certified a growing number of committed trainers. Over the past 5 years, the CCPDT has created additional examinations: a skills based assessment for trainers, a computerized knowledge test for canine behavior consultants, and a skills based assessment for canine behavior consultants.

The past 5 years have also seen a change in the Certified Professional Dog Trainer knowledge assessment. As trainers taking and passing this exam obtain the certification of Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), it was important to the organization that the exam receive an overhaul to reflect recent research in the sciences of learning theory and ethology, as well as updated information on husbandry, instructional skills and equipment. Finally, questions have been added to address the Humane Hierarchy and information on the proper use of aversives.

In response to these changes, we are proud to announce that our CPDT-KA Prep course has also received an overhaul. Registrants can expect to find expanded information on learning theory and ethology; updated resources on the Humane Hierarchy, equipment, aversives and husbandry; and an entirely new section devoted to test preparation and the computerized testing environment. In addition to the online lessons, quizzes and exams, all registrants are invited to join our Facebook study group and to attend any of the live web chats being held before each testing period.

We believe in the goal of standardizing dog training practices, and we are excited to help course registrants achieve that goal by identifying strengths and improving weaknesses in an effort to better prepare for the exam. It is for this reason that we responded to the CCPDT changes to provide you the most current preparation course we could. We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

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The course is taught by Shelly Volsche, BA, CPDT-KA, DipCFN. She has over 7 years of professional dog training and behavior experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on comparative learning and cognition, and is completing graduate work in Anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions). With her thorough background in learning and ethology, she excited to use her education to help other trainers obtain certification.

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course Revised

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CPDT-KA Exam Study Course (Newly Revised-2013) Fundamentals

In response to ongoing changes made to the CPDT-KA certification exam, e-Training for Dogs, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of our updated CPDT-KA exam study course! This new course offers expanded material with even more practice questions. In addition, it has been updated to reflect the most current exam content. It also includes supplemental material, complete presentation notes, and access to a certified instructor.

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course Fundamentals registrants will receive:

  • Individual lessons on each section of the exam study guide
  • Expanded lessons on learning theory and ethology
  • Access to live web chats for real time group study
  • Information on the certification process
  • Study hints and hints for taking a computer based test
  • Email access to a CPDT-KA instructor throughout the course

Begin studying now. You do not want to wait until the last minute to prepare. Those of us at e-Training for Dogs, Inc. want to help every candidate do their absolute best on the exam.

Register now to begin studying today! Click HERE.

This course is taught by e-Training instructor, Shelly Volsche. Shelly is a CPDT-KA, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and has a diploma in Canine Fitness and Nutrition.  Her graduate work includes research on human-canine interactions and the history of dog domestication. Because of this, she is able to deliver the most up to date information affecting CPDT-KA candidates.

Online Courses-Are they for You?

Online Dog Training CoursesIf you have ever wondered if  online dog training courses are for you, I found an excellent blog post on the “Online Courses” blog. It talks about online learning in general, but much of what is included can be applied to E-Training for Dogs courses.

The post is titled: Challenge Your Online Learning Expectations  and includes the following three pieces.

Here is the link to the blog post –  http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/online-learning-expectations.

The resource provides the realities of online college programs and what students need to know about them.

Weight Gain in Dogs and Obesity in Dogs: Free Dog Diet Recipe

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Do you worry about or have a dog who suffers from too much weight gain or obesity? I have a free dog diet recipe just for Liking us on Facebook.

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My 13 1/2 year old dog , Mazzy, was a great bird dog in her day. She could cover a field with the harshest cover (thick grasses and such) all day long, and then do it the next day over and over…for hours. When she reached about 11-12 years old, she started slowing down with arthritis, sore old joint injuries, etc. Just like the rest of us. With the slowing down came weight gain. Always “an easy keeper” (I swear that dog could maintain weight on eating dirt) she became obese. I couldn’t exercise it off of her so I started cutting down on her food giving her small amounts twice a day. She was so hungry. I knew that I would be hungry if all I ate was so small amount of food, no matter how laced with “everything I needed” it was. Some of these GREAT dog foods, recommend such a small serving, as they are so “good” …. but the problem is the dog is still hungry after eating it’s one slight cup. Of course! Who wouldn’t be?!

So I started making her dog food with fresh ingredients. It is about 3 hours of my time once a month, but the weight came off, and some of her health problems such as intermittent UTI, high blood pressure, stopped.

To get the Free Dog Diet Recipe, please Like us on Facebook and send me a Facebook message requesting the recipe.

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Pet obesity graphic produced by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.

Dog Training: What do people REALLY think about its importance?

One of my favorite blogs, Pet365, did a survey last month of over 1000 dog owners to find out what they thought about “dog training” and a “trained dog.” Most of the respondents were located in the UK and the US but there were respondents from all over the world.

She has posted her “raw data” online for you science geeks (that’s me too) in case you have other things you wish to check using the data.

Here at E-Training for Dogs, we put a strong emphasis on breadth of study for dog trainers and dog lovers. What do I mean by  THAT?!??

What I mean is, though it is important that a dog trainer knows how to teach a dog something or change behavior, it is just as important that they know dog communication, dog first aid, dog anatomy and physiology, canine basic ethology, breed differences, etc. These are TOOLS for a trainer’s “toolkit” that, to me, are fundamental and necessary.

How can you hold a class or change a behavior if you can not set a goal? How can you design a class if you know nothing of curriculum development, or how dogs AND humans think?

So, what did the study find? Here are the results!
Enjoy!

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Dog Training graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.

Pairing Pavlovian Conditioning with Operant Odor-Discrimination Training

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Recorded Live online- March 20, 2013

NOW Available OnDemand (Recorded) upon purchase.

In this talk, I will present ongoing research our lab is conducting on the canine sense of smell. I will describe the procedures we have developed to quickly train an odor-discrimination in dogs, and how we have used this procedure to evaluate the effects of procedural manipulations on odor-detection in dogs. I will then present data from ongoing research that evaluates the effect of how familiar a target odor is, on the acquisition of an odor discrimination. I will show that more familiar odors are more readily learned; however, how the odors were ‘familiarized’ is important.  The effect of familiarity in our sample was the result of Pavlovian conditioning and not mere exposure to the odor. Throughout the talk, I will review basic concepts of olfaction, Pavlovian conditioning, and how Pavlovian conditioning and operant conditioning interact. I will conclude by indicating how the present research might be useful for the training of working odor-detecting dogs.

2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC or CPDT)

Cost: $25.00

 

DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

IAABC members, Click HERE to apply your discount.
Please be sure to find the Code on your Member page at IAABC.org (under Member Discounts) first.

NADOI, CCPDT and APDT members, click HERE to apply for your discount.
APDT members will find their code on their APDT page. NADOI  and CCPDT members must email cheryl@e-trainingfordogs for the passcode.

How Does a Puppy Develop?

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Education on the development of a dog from conception to adult must be covered genetically, physiologically, biologically, mentally, emotionally and environmentally. Having all of the right factors in place gives each dog the best chance at a healthy and happy life with humans.

 

 

At E-Training for Dogs, we have several FASCINATING courses for those interested in canine development:
Introduction to Breeding and Whelping
Puppy Imprinting and Bonding
Dog Orgin and Early History
Canine Biology and Behaviour-Part I
Imprinting and Handling Puppies Birth to 10 Weeks-Webinar

Our upcoming courses are:
Canine Biology and Behavior-Part II
Canine Biology and Behavior-Part III
Introduction to Genetics

Watch for these. Sign up for our Newsletter to be the first to hear about these!

The Pet365 Blog, a wonderful blog on all things pets, has put together a fascinating graphic story of dog development from embryo to end of life. Enjoy!
Puppy Development
Puppy Development graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.