We Love Walking With Dogs

IMG_7248Patterson had their pack walk downtown the day before Easter.  A+ Dog Training from Turlock managed to load the car up for the weekend and catch up with Westside Animals for Adoption and other dog lovers for their monthly walk (held every last Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.). From there, our Labrador was ready to settle into his kennel for the two hour car ride to Lemoore.IMG_7250This is our Lab, Ammo enjoying some shade and training on Down Stay with other dogs and people around.  We hope to see you and your dog at our next Pack Walk in Turlock on the 9th (click on our Calendar tab for more details) and WAA’s Patterson pack walk on the 30th (see Westside Animals for Adoption’s website for more details).

Open Enrollment for Dogs

I5 Potty Break 2Ammo says, “No more potty breaks…it’s time to start training!”

A+ Dog Training would like to remind everyone that enrollment is open for Elementary and Junior High classes.  The classes are 5 weeks long beginning the week of April 19th in the evening.  Cost is $120 per dog.  Cost may be waived depending on private training program.

Please call or text Tom at 209-985-7898 to enroll.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Both Kindergarten classes from A+ Dog Training got to work on nose work by having an Easter egg hunt.  Tom taught the handlers how to allow the dog to use their nose to lead them to a dog treat-filled plastic egg.  Dog were to Sit once alerting to the egg to receive their treat.

Visit our Facebook Page at A+ Dog Training to view more of Victoria and her classmates on an Easter Egg Hunt!

Patterson Pack Walk

Today is Patterson’s Pack Walk at 9:00 a.m.
Join Westside Animals for Adoption for a dog walk in downtown Patterson.  Come and go as you please.  Meet behind                     Patterson Veterinary Hospital, 24 S. 3rd Street.  Call 892-3114 for more details.

National Puppy Day 2016

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Happy National Puppy Day!

A+ Dog Training would like to invite all puppies that are not fully vaccinated but still need the socialization with other pups and people to our monthly Puppy Socials held at Taylor ER Veterinary in Turlock.  The socials are for an hour long from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  The dates are below.  Please call Taylor ER Veterinary at 669-8600 or A+ Dog Training at 985-7898 for more details.

April 9th

May 7th

June 4th

July 16th

August 20th

September 10th

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

Easter Walk

Capone & GiGi

Capone would like to remind you that a well walked dog is a well behaved dog.  Whether you have friends from Modesto coming over for an Easter brunch or visiting the in-laws in Turlock for an Easter supper, make sure to walk your dog with purpose.  Don’t stop to sniff around.  Stop once in the beginning or towards the end and once in the middle for a potty break.  Training your dog to potty on command will help you for upcoming summer trips.  Walking your dog before guests arrive will help keep a peaceful atmosphere during your Easter celebration.

Ear Infections!!!!!

On a day that it rains or when you give your dog a bath, make sure you are drying your dog and their ears if they get wet.  If your dog has the floppy ears, than make sure that you are drying the inside of the ears.  The floppy eared dog is more susceptible to getting the ear infection.

Ways to know if your dog has an ear infection would be: always shaking their head and ears, scratching at the ears, really bad odor coming from the ears.  If you see brown wax in your dog’s ear than get a cotton ball to wipe out the wax.  This can help to prevent the ears from getting infected.  You can have fun with your dog even in the rain; just take precautions when your dog plays outside or gets a bath.

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Dog Walking Service

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GiGi is slowly transitioning into working full-time at A+ Dog Training.  Freckles receives A+ Dog Training’s dog walking service three times a week and is ready to show GiGi her neighborhood.

If you are interested or need your dog walked while you are at work in Modesto or recovering from a surgery, please call us at 209-985-7898 to discuss your options.

St. Patrick’s Day Pinch

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All day long children couldn’t wait to pinch me – but I was wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day.  Tonight, I thought I’d re-post about the most popular question, “Is a pinch collar right for my dog?”

Anyone that has taken personal training from A+ Dog Training knows that much like the pinch collar (aka prong collar) and the head halter (aka Gentle Leader) can either improve or harm the dog’s well-being.  Much like humans, not one dog is the same.  What might work on your border collie might not work on your friend’s border collie.

For example, I might suggest to a 110 lb. owner that is not confident handling an 82 lb. German shepherd that bolts, how to use a pinch collar.  I might suggest to a client who is a linebacker on the football team to stop using the Gentle Leader on their Doberman pinscher because he is snapping their dog’s neck during corrections.  And, I might suggest a simple slip leash to an owner with a great command voice.

It is not the tool that you use; it is the knowledge of handler that uses it.  A+ Dog Training makes sure that we get to know the client’s personality and the dog’s temperament before training and training tools are used.  And like humans, dogs could vary in their drive and discipline.  A flat collar could be used at a party, but a hike in Yosemite might call for an obedience chain.

Perhaps this is why you do not hear about trainers informing handlers online about how to use a tool correctly.  A+ Dog Training, and more likely most trainers, would rather show a handler how to use a tool.  This also gives us the opportunity to train with the proper tool for your particular dog.

On our free consultations, we answer any questions that you have.  Sometimes potential clients will ask if they are using a certain collar or leash correctly.  We want you to know that it is important to ask a professional trainer on the use of any tools for your dog.


Summer Vacation is Right Around the Corner

Ammo "Ruffing It" in Yosemite National Forest
Ammo “Ruffing It” in Yosemite National Forest

Spring has sprung and before you know it summer will be here.  Is your dog ready for all of the fun-filled family vacations?  Or, are you deciding to opt out of trips because you now have a dog to worry about?

A+ Dog Training is here to help!  We’ve helped many clients prepare their dog for camping, shopping sprees in Carmel, and family trips to visit the in-laws.  If you think that your dog is not well-mannered enough to be around the public, know that you’re not alone.  Our programs can be tailored to suit your family’s lifestyle.  So whether it’s walking your dog to meet with the girls at Starbucks in Modesto or taking your dog to the beach and camping, call A+ Dog Training at 209-985-7898.