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Agility for Fun and Fitness

Over and Through!  Agility for Fun!

Offered for those dogs and owners that just want to jump around and get “Over and Through!”.  This is a fitness class that incorporates the use of agility equipment.  The main objective is to exercise, have fun and improve your dog’s off-leash obedience.

To sign up for classes:

1) Complete the enrollment form below

2) Make payment online or using cash or check the first day of class

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start time, so you and your pooch can acclimate to the environment.

 

[learn_more caption=”Class Day, Time and Location”] Starting Sunday, October 20th at 9:00am at Haulover Park[/learn_more]

 

Puppy Dog Training Class at Rocco’s Pack Dog Training

Open Enrollment Puppy Dog Training Class starts on Sunday, March 26th at 11am.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.[/tab] [tab]Rocco’s Pack

1780 Sans Souci Boulevard

North Miami, FL 33181

Parking is in the rear.  Entrance is through the front[/tab] [tab] Your hungry dog (prior to feeding breakfast is ideal)

A regular buckle collar or harness (no prong, choke or shock collars)

A 4-6 feet non-retractable leash

Lots of small, chewy treats or puppy’s breakfast

Your vaccination records

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Puppy Obedience at Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital

We’re bringing City Dog! to Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital.  Read more here.

Starting on Monday, June 10th at 6pm, open-enrollment puppy obedience classes will be offered.  No worries if you can’t start on that day.  The classes are open enrollment, so you can start whenever is good for you.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.[/tab] [tab]Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital

12801 SW 134th Court

Miami, FL 33186[/tab] [tab] Your dog (otherwise, we’ll be forced to teach you to sit/stay)

A regular buckle collar or harness (no prong, choke or shock collars)

A 4-6 feet non-retractable leash

Lots of small, chewy treats

Your vaccination records if you are not a Calusa Crossing client

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To sign up for classes:

1) Complete the enrollment form below

2) After submitting your form, you can pay online via paypal or you can provide payment (cash or check) the first day of class

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start time, so you and your pooch can acclimate to the environment.

I came, I saw, I took notes: San Francisco SPCA

San Francisco SPCA
San Francisco SPCA

This past January, I had an opportunity to visit the San Francisco SPCA, a really progressive and inspiring organization and a great model for agencies throughout the country to follow.  It was a full day and I wanted to stay for the group cat training class that was held that evening, but time was scarce and it  was hard to fit in all the activities the city had to offer.

Lucky Community

From veterinary behaviorists, which are far and few throughout the country, to community outreach staff, trainers, a fantastic medical team, dog adoption people, cat adoption people.  The San Francisco Bay community really has it good. Knowledge and education is key and this team not only has it, but also they’re willing to share it…with the community, with you, and even with me all the way from across the country.  I was humbled to find how generous Dr. Scarlett was, as she personally toured me through the place and introduced me to all the wonderful folks. Lucky me.

I came, I saw, I took notes

During the holidays, Macy’s gives up window space for adoptable cats and dogs.  You’ve all heard, “Don’t Shop, Adopt”.  At Macy’s in San Francisco, the message is more like “Do shop.  Shop and Adopt”.  This all-encompassing, grassroots collaboration is what it’s about.  Getting all our amazing pets out there, in the community, in the places people go.  Making the adoption option salient in people’s mind and creating emotion and a sense of doing the right thing. Then following up, educating, answering questions and creating success stories.  Friends, neighbors, business owners, teachers, government officials, we can do that.  We’ve already begun.

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Clicker Expo 2013: Ten Years of “WOW”

Karen Pryor and I
Karen Pryor and I

Clicker Expo, held twice a year and organized by the Karen Pryor Academy is a three-day conference where dog trainers and others that work with animals can attend to learn about trends in the industry and participate hands-on with their dogs on various learning labs.

I attended ClickerExpo in San Francisco this past January and was impressed with many aspects of the conference but the two main overarching pieces that I particularly appreciated was:

1) the scientific approach that premised most of the talks and

2) The emphasis on modeling with our human counterparts the very principles that behavior professionals practice and preach about .

I won’t bore you with the scientific approach piece, but I will tell you about the  impact #2 had on me.  As a professional dog trainer that applies the use of positive reinforcement principles, we reward desirable behavior with consequences that the subject deems valuable.  The theory is that behavior that is reinforced is likely to repeat.  So we go on and on talking about the importance of catching our dogs doing the right thing so we can reinforce them, and how it’s important to watch our dogs closely so that when desirable behavior occurs, we’re there to say, “that’s right, that’s what we wanted”.  In essence we teach people to be good observers of behavior and good at reinforcing good behavior.  Well, this is all good and dandy, but what about people?  How many times have we complained to our significant others about a million things but forgot to mention how grateful we were for that one tiny little thing that we really appreciated?  If you’re a manager, how many times have you focused on that one thing that your employee did wrong and forgot to mention how thankful you were for that one thing he/she did that made something else go really smoothly?

ClickerExpo 2013 in Sn Francisco, California
ClickerExpo 2013 in Sn Francisco, California

At ClickerExpo, we had opportunities to get better at reinforcing good human behavior.  Every time, someone did something you really appreciated, you had a chance to provide them with a raffle ticket.  The more raffle tickets you got, the higher your chances of winning the raffle items.

Just to give you an example, right before I attended the conference, I became deathly ill with some weird flu/virus type thing and one particular day of the conference, I had to exit several times in the middle of lectures so as not to disrupt the lecture with my cough and in order to prevent my germs from being shared.  Well, every time I did that and someone noticed, I got a raffle ticket.  For those that brought their dogs, every time someone caught them in the act of doing something right, whether it was exiting the room if the dog barked, or working at the dogs’ level in terms of space, they had an opportunity to get a raffle ticket.  And in general as you met people and conversed, anytime anyone did or said something you really appreciated, you had the opportunity to give them a raffle ticket.

When working with dogs, it’s really fascinating to see how well this principle works, but after ClickerExpo, I was pretty amazed to see how well this principle works with people too.  I got so good at it, I ran out of all my raffle tickets before the conference was over and I  got so many raffle tickets, I won a prize (maybe cause I was really sick, or maybe cause I was really nice–okay fine, probability had a little to do with it).  Nonetheless, it gets you modeling the principles of the work that you do day in and day out.  At the end of the day, you’re living the positive reinforcement life not only with dogs, but with the species that you can’t ever get away from…PEOPLE!  What a concept, it pays to be nice to people too.

To learn more about clicker training click here.