The Nature of Dogs
We love our dogs! Big dogs, little dogs and every dog in between. They come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is consistent with nearly all dogs, they are loyal and our best friends to the end. Owning and caring for a dog is great fun and immensely rewarding. But it is also a big responsibility. If you own or are responsible for a dog, even on a temporary basis, you are responsible to care for him or her properly. Dogs have very particular needs, so looking after them can be a challenge! But the rewards outweigh the work, and the return on those rewards are one hundred fold, no doubt.
The truth is there is no one “perfect way” to care for a dog, mainly because each dog is different. Caring for a dog really is much like caring for a human child. They are completely dependent on you to care for them and know what is best for their well-being. It is in your hands, so if you haven’t had a dog before be ready! It is not a commitment to take lightly.
Fun Fact: Did you know? The closest common ancestor of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) is the wolf!
The domestication of the dog actually began around 15,000 years ago. During this process, humans selected desirable traits such as coat type, color, size, and even the dog’s leg length. This selection process has resulted in approximately 400 different breeds of dog today.
Dogs use a range of methods to communicate. They in fact produce a range of sounds, often in complex combinations, including whines, whimpers, growls, barks and howls. Many dogs can use their body, face, tail, ears and limbs to communicate with other dogs. The best thing of all… dogs are ultimately playful at heart!
Fun Fact: Did you know? When inviting others to play, a dog crouches on its forelimbs, remains standing on its hind limbs and may wag its tail or bark. This is called the “play bow.”
Is Dog Really Man’s Best Friend? Definitely! There is nothing like the love and affection of a dog. If you treat them right they will love you forever and follow you to the ends of the earth! In fact, the dog is so faithful and loyal, we use Service Dogs or Assistance Dogs every single day as a way to help aid people in need. Dogs help us in various ways like helping the blind, assisting deaf and disabled people, and some K-9s even serve their local police department. Dogs have been known to rescue people from fires or from drowning, save people and other dogs from accidents, they can even detect seizures and heart attacks. Quite honestly, the dog is to be honored and revered for its loyal to humans.
We owe it to our dogs to treat them with the utmost love and respect because there is no creature on earth who brings so much to people and other animals, too. So make sure to treat your dog right!
Wednesdays at Camino Real Park in Ventura off Mills Rd & Dean St.
12:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 3:00
Competition Obedience Class (Novice, Open and Utility
Rally Class (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters)
The first ½ hour the group class begins with how to get your dog to watch you while heeling and the proper footwork for right, left, about turns, halts, fast & slow pace. I cover all the obedience exercises of figure 8's, stand for examination and recalls both straight and the drop through the crowd of dogs and people. I teach hand signals for stand, down, sit and start to add distractions to your dog while maintaining attention. We work on straight fronts, left and right finishes, catch up heeling and work on the group sits and downs exercise.
The second ½ hour a ring is set up for the novice, open and utility obedience exercises and we start to proof the dog with major distractions, talking to dog, toys, treats on the ground etc. Dumbbell work, gloves, utility articles, go outs and directed jumping in taught, breaking down each task step by step. Really fine-tune the exercises for all levels to achieve a better performance in the trial setting.
There is a rally course set up that is nested for all three levels where you learn the novice, intermediate, advanced, excellent and master rally signs, plus the regulations and point deductions are reviewed for optimum performance. Tips are given on how to get a better performance from you and your dog.
3:00 to 4:00 Basic Obedience Class
For those who either just want a well-behaved dog and don't want to compete with a new puppy/older dog or need the basic exercises to start your competition career, I will show you how to get them to walk nicely on a leash, meet people and other dogs in a mannerly fashion, sits, downs, stand, stay, come, take it and leave it. I also incorporate various exercises to have fun with your dog like an agility tunnel, weave poles, jumps, intro to rally, nose work search and tricks of all kinds.
Each class is $95.00 for 6-weeks, 1 hour or if you enter two classes or have two dogs the price is reduced to $170.00. There is a $20.00 drop in rate for any of the classes. I do allow for 2 missed classes in each 6-week series.
Valley Hills Obedience Club
VHOC lost our training site after 14 years, so we are in the process of finding a new location. We have a temporary locations but check with me first to make sure they are still viable.
VHOC offers a number of classes for pet owners looking to master simple K9 manners and dog enthusiasts looking to earn High in Trial!
Check out their website at: http://www.vhoc.org/ClassInfo.htm
Beginning Obedience & Manners Class
Instructed by club member Laurie Burnam, this ongoing six-week class is designed for pet owners looking for instruction in basic obedience. The class covers basic behaviors such as walking nicely on a leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave it and also offers a taste of typical competitive obedience exercises, learn agility using a tunnel, weave poles and jumps, nose work search exercises, rally competition signs on a course, plus tricks for students looking to further their training experience. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays, location tbd. Until a permanent location is found, the cost is $20. per class. For more information, please contact Laurie Burnam at (818) 882-0443 or via email at email@example.com.
Competitive Obedience Class
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Rally Class and is designed for dog and handler teams who want to work towards their CD/CDX/UD titles. The first half of class is a group setting, focusing on attention heeling, fine tuning footwork and handling skills, figure 8's, stand/moving stand for exam, recalls, straight and drop, fronts/finishes, distractions, plus sits & downs. Second half of class students will work on Open and Utility exercises and complete run throughs. All dogs should have a good, solid foundation, possibly obtained by the Beginning Obedience and Manners Class or similar. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week series.
Class currently meets from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. For more information please contact: Laurie Burnam at 818-882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Competitive Obedience Class and is designed to familiarize students with the various exercises performed throughout the AKC AND ASCA Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters level Rally Obedience. The course is nested with all four levels, instruction is given how to execute each sign for the level you want to learn. Classes will meet from 6:30-7:30p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. for non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week attendance. For more information, please contact Laurie at (818) 882-0443 or email@example.com.
** BRAND NEW CLASS **
PIERCE COLLEGE EXTENSION PROGRAM
6201 WINNETKA AVENUE, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91371 (818) 719-6425
DOG KNOWLEDGE, CARE & OBEDIENCE TRAINING
In this 6-week class, you and your dog will work on basic obedience commands such as “sit, lie down, stay, stand, come, leave it, to heel nicely on a leash and meet other dogs and people in a mannerly fashion”. In addition, you will learn different dog sports activities like, “agility with jumps, tunnels and weave poles, competition obedience/rally exercises, nose work searching and even many types of dog tricks. With some practice, you will gain more confidence working with your dog, and you may even be amazed how much fun you can have together. Starting in September there will be a Beginning Agility class offered at the second class timeline. More info to follow.
6 Mondays Two Separate Classes 6:00 to 7:25 7:35 to 9:00
CONTACT PIERCE COLLEGE DIRECTLY FOR ENROLLMENT
This course will help people achieve a better bond with their dog, to show them how to get a mannerly but still happy dog that can be taken in public places with ease.