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Month October 2013

Coming when called

Calgary Bylaws

Does your dog come the first time you call them at the off leash park? How about the second time? Third? If you get stopped by a city of Calgary bylaw officer, you get three tries to recall your dog; regardless of what they are doing. Avoid the fine, and the embarrassment! Contact me today about how you can drastically improve your dog’s recall!!!

Halloween safety tips


Halloween can be a dangerous and scary night for your dog! Let me help you keep you dog safe and happy!

Before the big day:

Take your dog for an extremely tiring walk the two days before Halloween! Go somewhere totally new. This will make sure they are mentally and physically tired.

Take the embarassing costume photos for facebook. Then get the costumes off ASAP! One of the issues¬† with costumes is that other dogs may misinterpret the dressed up dog’s body language which can cause a dog fight. Another is that they may attempt to get the costume off and inadvertently swallow and/or choke on a part of the costume. And honestly… have you ever seen a dog look HAPPY is a costume? I haven’t..

Before the trick-or-treaters arrive:

Put a note on your doorbell asking people not to ring it.

Consider dropping your dog off at someone’s home who isn’t participating in Halloween.

Get your closest emergency vet’s number and keep in on hand. Put it on the fridge!

Put your dog in a room on their own with music and something to entertain them!


Keep the candy bowl up and away from husbands and dogs. Don’t leave it unattended for even a moment!

Do NOT allow your dog to greet people at the door. DO NOT take your dog trick or treating with you.
The costumes can be quite frightening to your dog. Don’t put your dog in that situation.

Getting your money’s worth for training lessons?


Why do my classes cost so much? Simple! You are getting more for your money. Most dog training requires that you take 4 or more “levels” of training to learn everything you need. You will end up spending thousands of dollars to go from “sit” to off leash. After you are done the classes, there are typically no maintenance options available so most dogs regress back to their former behaviour anyway.
My class is one course that teaches everything the other classes teach and MORE. My class goes above and beyond with things like urban agility, dog nutrition advice, urban hikes, off leash work, c-train adventures, coyote safety, street safety, and river swims.

When you are done the course, maintaining and furthering your dog’s education is easy with $5 drop in classes. You can come to as many as you would like! No yearly fees, just come when you would like. It doesn’t have to break the bank to stay a part of the cultured canines family!

Here’s the breakdown of the pricing:

Course cost is : $550
You get :
1.) 12 class sessions
2.) 10 drop-in sessions once the initial course is complete
3.) 1 martingale collar ($25 value)
4.) 1 6 foot leash ($25 value)
5.) 1 hands free leash ($60 value)

My rates:
Per class cost is exactly $20
The hourly cost is $14.66

Average rates of competitors:
Hourly cost is ~$30.00

This doesn’t include the help I provide outside of scheduled class. I’m always available via email, phone and text to help with problems that come up. I also make myself available before and after class to answer questions and to help with specific issues.

The training method is easy to integrate into your daily routine. Having a well behaved dog isn’t hard with my help! You don’t need to set aside time for training every day, I will show you how to make it a lifestyle!

Raw or Kibble?

I get asked this question A LOT. My answer is always RAW!

The raw diet is the healthiest thing you can feed your dog. The proof is in the poop… Their poops are much smaller as there are no fillers in the food. It is not ridiculously expensive either. It costs about $3-$4 a day to feed both of my dogs. You will save money in the long run on vet bills! Dogs are healthier, cleaner, and happier when on the raw diet. The raw diet can help with things like skin problems, digestive issues and much more!
Kibble takes your dog’s body three times longer than it takes raw to be digested. Your dog’s organs don’t have to work as hard. Long term, this can extend your dog’s life expectancy.
Raw bones maintain and clean your pooches teeth too! Take a look at Jake’s choppers sometime. He’s 3.5 and his teeth look just as white as a puppy’s. Brushing with a dog tooth brush and some coconut oil is a great way to clean your dog’s teeth naturally.
Yes its gross. Yes its a pain. The reality is, it takes an extra 5 minutes a day to feed your dog raw. It costs less than your daily Starbucks coffee to feed your dog raw. YOUR DOG IS WORTH IT!

A review of hemp leashes and collars

Why do I not endorse the use of “hemp” leashes, collars, and martingale collars?

Hemp collars stretch; a lot. My first dog Jett almost died as a result of the inferior quality. He was playing with his good friend Penny (chocolate lab) when her tooth got caught in his collar. He suffocated and was unconscious for over two minutes. Luckily some neighbors heard my friend and I screaming and thanks to some quick thinking, they got pliers and broke the plastic on the collar and Jett began breathing shortly after. He had severe neck trauma and had to wear a harness for two months.

The hemp martingale collars I have seen available in Calgary feature a chain that is not long enough to size properly. The chain can rust and tarnish and they are not kind to your dog’s fur! The proper way to size a martingale collar is that the collar needs to be tight enough so when the dog pulls the two “D” rings cannot touch. This way the pressure is exerted evenly around the dog’s neck instead of all the pressure being on their trachea. The chains on the hemp collars are not long enough to size correctly so if you try to size it properly, they just choke the dogs! Also when sized properly, dogs cannot wiggle out of the collar making a (proper) martingale the safest collar. When not sized properly the dog can still get out of the collar and then run away and put themselves in danger. Using a martingale that isn’t/can’t be sized correctly might as well not even be a martingale.

The hemp leashes are made of the same flimsy material. Any hemp leash I’ve seen that is over a year old are very ratty! The clasps are not that strong and I wouldn’t trust them in any of my classes.

The “hands free” leashes do not stay snug on the waist and when I used to use one, I was constantly fidgeting with it trying to keep it on. The leash portion of the hands free belt has the same untrustworthy clasp and the material can stretch easily.

While using hemp is a cute idea, in practical usage it is an unwise choice to keep your dog safe.

I will only allow certain leashes and collars in my classes and on my dogs. They are made of a soft but durable nylon material that I have NEVER seen (in the three years I have been using them break) stretch, wear out, or fall apart. The leashes are made of the same material. They are soft on your hands, but strong enough to hold your dog. The clasps are the strongest clasps available for dog leashes. There is a 300 psi clasp for smaller dogs and a 600psi clasp for bigger dogs. They are made with your dog’s safety in mind. The chain for the martingale collar is imported from Germany, and the leashes and collars are made in Canada. These leashes and collars are included in the cost of my group course to ensure the dogs in my class have nothing but the best.

I understand that hemp is better for the environment but nylon is just safer. My priority is your dog’s safety. I help save the environment in other ways!

The quality of the leash and collar you use on your dog determines your dog’s safety. Don’t trust your dog’s life with sub par products.