Spring Into Action

As Ammo lounges on our outdoor furniture, he’d like you to answer a couple of questions honestly:

  • How does your backyard look after you’ve prepped it for spring and your puppy’s been playing in it?
  • How did your dog act towards guests and family during this Easter weekend?

If you answered with any of the following, please call A+ Dog Training before summer hits and Cinco de Mayo’s barbecue comes:

  • My puppy keeps digging, barks at the neighbor’s dogs on the other side of the fence, chewed the garden hose, poops around the fire pit instead of his potty place.
  • My dog wouldn’t stop barking at the doorbell, jumping on the kids, jumping on grandma, counter-top & table surfing at the barbecue.

Natural Nalla

Meet Nalla, a Doberman Pinscher on our Calm Canine program for dog obedience training and a few behavior goals.  Nalla discovered A+ Dog Training from our Puppy Social held at Taylor ER Veterinary in Turlock, CA.  Welcome to our pack family, Nalla!

Hunter is Home

Meet Hunter, a Labrador mix with a new fur-ever home on 3 ¼ acres of property!  Hunter will be working on dog obedience training and getting familiar with the boundaries of his new home.  His owners found out about A+ Dog Training from their groomer.  Have you shared your training experiences with your groomer and veterinarian lately?  We’d love the referral!

Welcome to our pack family, Hunter!

Sweet Sadie

Meet Sadie, a Wheaten Terrier mixed with German Shepherd.  Sadie is a part of our exclusive A+ Lifetime program where she will receive all of the dog obedience training her heart desires!  She also will be receiving pool safety training and address her issues of uncertainty and fear.  A+ Dog Training would like to thank Taylor ER Veterinary for the referral.  Welcome to our pack family, Sadie!

Jolly Jack

Meet Jack, a Border Collie mixed with Boxer breed on our most popular Calm Canine program.  Jack’s owners found out about A+ Dog Training through Taylor ER Veterinary and added our Puppy Exclusive package to get a little more support on unwanted puppy behaviors and more dog obedience training.  Welcome to our pack family, Jack!

Smoke Alarms & Dog Training?

The fire department is always reminding us to test all smoke alarms every time we “spring forward” and “fall back” for Daylight Savings Time.  A+ Dog Training would like to encourage you to also take this opportunity to go through your fire drill plans with your entire family, including you dog!

The Lee Family Fire Drill with the Dog:

  • Tom is in charge of Ammo’s crate & backpack if possible.
  • Ammo sits by the front door once he hears the smoke alarm.
  • GiGi is in charge of finding & leashing Ammo.
  • Everyone meets across the street if we’re separated.

Of course, there are other things that we are in charge of taking with us if it’s possible.  But I just wanted to give you an example of how to include your dog in your plan in case of an emergency.  And yes, you saw that right – we train our dog, Ammo, to sit by the door whenever we test our smoke alarm.  At our new house, we have six which means that he works on this behavior 12 times a year.  And why not?  We teach children what to do in case there is a fire, we might as well also teach our dog to meet us at a particular door when the smoke alarm goes off.

One time, the smoke alarm battery was dying early in the morning and I was asleep in the bedroom with the door closed.  Ammo heard the beep of the smoke alarm go off every one minute.  I’m sure he sat and waited by the front door but because no one was leashing him and praising him for the behavior and the beeping persisted, he decides to whine and nudge the bedroom door until I woke up.  At first, I didn’t understand why he’d bother me (since Tom had already fed him before his morning trainings) but then I heard the smoke alarm beep once as Ammo trotted over to the front door to wait for me!

So however you make your plans, make sure to practice them at least twice a year.  A+ Dog Training isn’t just here to teach your dog to Sit Stay and walk politely on a leash.  We care about you and your family and want you to be safe with your dog in whatever situation you’re in!

Follow Barley

Follow Barley on A+ Dog Training’s Facebook Page as we show glimpses of his obedience training.  We also corrected some unwanted behaviors during his board & train with us.  I’ll be posting about Barley throughout the next couple of weeks.

Itty Bitty Barley

Meet Barley, a Bernese Mountain Dog from Oakdale, CA working on dog obedience training and a few behavior issues.  Barley can find the coolest spots in any house and claim his space.  He’s A+ Dog Training’s first Board & Train participant to kick start his A+ Lifetime program.  We welcome Barley to our home and A+ Dog Training’s Pack Family!

Cheerful Charlie

Meet Charlie, the rescued German Shepherd from Turlock, CA.  Charlie’s goal is to be less anxious around other dogs and with our most popular Calm Canine program, Charlie will be able to accomplish his goals in no time.  Welcome to our pack family, Charlie!