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Congratulations
to the following people who showed recently:

Nicole Parker and Steele-T2B Agility 5pts, Open JWW Agility 2nd leg, T2B Agility 8 points, Open JWW New Title Agility 3rd leg, Open Stnd New Title Agility 3rd leg 1st place, Open Fast Agility 2nd leg 3rd place, Open JWW Agility 2nd leg 3rd Place

Valerie Anderson and Brim- Winners Dog Best of Winners Conformation 5 Point Major

Valerie Anderson and Muse - T2B Agility 10 points 1st Place, T2B Agility 7 Points

Christi Skamfer and Ace- New Fast Novice Agility 3rd leg 1st Place, 1st Place CPE Agility Jumpers, Novice Obedience leg 1 2nd Place, Preferred Novice Obedience leg 1 3rd Place, Rally Excellent 3rd Place, Advanced RAE Rally leg 1 4th Place, Conformation Select

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Lisa Belz and Ginger-  Cynosport Rally leg 3 New Title RL1, Cynosport Rally leg 1 Level 1B 2nd Place

Sophia Tiffany and Meeko- Beginners Novice 1st leg 2nd Place, Rally Novice 1st leg 1st Place

Bob Keller and Hammer - 3 Best of Breeds

Connie Goetz and Burnie - UKC Premier: 4 Best of Breeds, new URO3, Total Dog

Amaris Moore and Petra - Best of Opposite Sex, 1 championship point

Beth Schmidt and Hammer - Best of Breed, Group 4

Sydney Boyer and Blake - Silver medal, USDAA JHP Elementary, 4th place jumpers

Megan Nafe and Samson - 1 qualifying Intermediate Agility leg, new title, 1 qualifying Senior Agility leg, 2 gold medals, 3rd place jumpers

Faylene Troemner and Sparky - 2 bronze medals, USDAA JHP Beginners

Paige Arneson and Skippy - Bronze medal, USDAA JHP Intermediate

Claire Arneson and Poco - Gold medal, USDAA JHP Elementary

Beth Schmidt and Hammer - 1 qualifying novice agility leg, 1 qualifying novice JWW leg, 3rd place, 4th place

 

 

When should I begin training my puppy?

We recommend you begin training as soon as possible after 8 weeks of age.  This will give you the opportunity to prevent problem behaviors, rather than fixing them later.

Should I go buy a special collar before I come to class?

No.  Bring whatever you normally use.  If your instructor feels you would benefit from a different collar, she will recommend that to you at class.  Overdale Kennel does not require or prohibit any specific type of collar, but we do not recommend head halters.  The direction a head halter pulls on a dog’s neck can cause damage to the joint between the first and second vertebrae (the atlas and axis).  You may have heard that it is not good for your neck to stretch it by rolling it while extended back.  This is the same motion that head halters cause in a dog.

My dog doesn’t behave well.  Can I still come to class?

Of course!  We are here to help people with their dogs.  If we couldn’t help people when their dogs didn’t already behave perfectly, we wouldn’t be doing a very good job!

Is my dog too old for training?

No.  Unlike wild dogs, domesticated dogs maintain a juvenile mindset for their entire lives.  That’s why even old dogs will sometimes play like puppies. Their brains retain the ability to learn for their whole lives.  The old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is definitely untrue, however, you can’t teach an old wolf new tricks.

Will my instructor be one of the owners?

Yes, absolutely.

What vaccinations do you require?

All dogs attending training classes must show proof of:
     *Rabies
     *Distemper

All dogs boarding must show proof of:
     *Rabies
     *Distemper
     *Bordatella
Boarding dogs must also be on Frontline (or another flea preventative) and Heartguard (or another dewormer)

What are they putting in their mouths??

You may notice some of our veteran dog trainers putting food in their mouths that they then use to treat their dogs.  Usually the treats are hot dogs that have been sliced and cooked.  Sometimes people use other non-offensive-tasting treats.  This is a trick used by people who are preparing to show their dogs to encourage the dog to look at their face when working.  Focus is an important exercise for all dogs!

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