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Teachers Must Snuggle With Their Dogs Today

GiGi's students paint as a way to cope with the stresses of state testing.
GiGi’s students paint as a way to cope with the stresses of state testing.

As GiGi completes her second day of CAASP, A+ Dog Training would like to remind all of our clients that are teachers that sometimes your dog can really be your best friend as we finish out the school year strong.

And, having your dog as your best friend is great therapy.  When you play with them, you take your mind off of state scores, end of the year parties and field trips, and everything that the district office is requesting from you in the next 30 days.  When you take care of your dog, you are focused on something outside yourself and outside of work, which can be very therapeutic.

Here’s to our educators who walked 4,000 steps on their Fitbit in the computer lab today!

State Testing and Dog Walking Make a Great Pair

state testing

GiGi’s third graders have just started their week long California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASP).  So it is only fitting for A+ Dog Training to remind those with children in grades 3+ to take your dog and kids out for a walk.  Let your kids relax and enjoy time with you as they burn off all the pent up energy (from both the kids and dog).  Ask your child what kind of questions were on the test today and what they think will be on the test tomorrow.  Go over testing strategies (e.g. Did you read all of the answers before choosing the correct one?  Are you using the mouse to track your reading?  Did you use the notepad to show your work on the math?)  Discussing what they did on the test shows them how much you support their hard efforts of staying focused and trying their best.  Commend them and remind them to sleep early and prepare a healthy breakfast tomorrow morning.

By going out for a walk, your child will also be able to rest their eyes from staring at a computer screen all day and breathe some fresh air.  Oh, and did I mention to bring your dog because Fido’s a part of the family too?!

Newman Animal Shelter Needs Your Help

Cause for Paws is an organization in Stanislaus County that raises money for the Newman Animal Shelter. A+ Dog Training is sharing their wishlist to support and get the word out.

Donations may be dropped off at the Newman Police Department. Or, feel free to drop it off at an obedience class at Four Seasons Park in Turlock (see our calendar to when we’ll be there). You may also give it to Tom during your private training session and we will make sure to deliver the items to the Newman Animal Shelter and Cause for Paws.

  • Dish/laundry soap
  • Sponges/paper towels
  • Dog/puppy food/treats
  • Large black garbage bags
  • Pet carriers
  • Collars/leashes

An extensive list can be found on the Newman Cause for Paws Facebook page as well as on A+ Dog Training’s timeline.

Patterson Pet Expo a Success

Patterson Pet Expo April 16

With the help of Westside Pet Awareness Partners, Mayor Molina proclaimed April 2016, “Pet Health & Awareness Month” in the City of Patterson.  A+ Dog Training was honored that the Westside Pet Awareness Partners invited us to be a part of the informational pet expo.

Tom was at our table answering questions and giving a few dog training tips while GiGi attended a “When to Take Your Pet to the Vet” seminar.  We also learned that the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency issues dog licenses for residents of Stanislaus County living outside the city limits of Newman, Riverbank, Turlock, and Oakdale.

Attending pet expos like this is a great step toward being a responsible pet owner and important to your pet’s overall health and safety.  We were glad they offered it in Patterson!  Please keep checking our website as we will be posting information we’ve learned from the Patterson Pet Awareness Expo every day this week.

Open Enrollment this Saturday

Elementary Coming

A+ Dog Training will have another open enrollment hour from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to register anyone who would like to take their training from inside the house to a park with other dogs.

Bring proof of vaccinations and $120 per dog cash or check.  Please do not bring your dog for registration.  Tom will see you this Saturday, April 16th at the Starbucks on Geer Road (across the street from Carl’s Jr.).

Only 3 spots left!

Out on the Town Dog Training

Pet Extreme

It was time for Gracie to go from in-home training to a trip out on the town on Thursday!  Gracie trained on how to go potty before entering a store, proper etiquette inside a store, and how to behave while strangers are near or petting her.

She went to Pet Extreme and Home Depot in Turlock with the family and A+ Dog Training.  This is a part of our private training services.  We have been training dogs in local stores from Modesto, Oakdale, and Ripon to Turlock and Livingston.

If one of your goals is to be able to take your dog with you wherever you go, give A+ Dog Training a call for a free consultation at 209-985-7898.

(More pictures of Gracie found on our Facebook page).

Dog Obedience Open Enrollment

Hello, everyone!

I am at Panda Express in Turlock today from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. to sign you up for the Elementary and Jr. High obedience classes.

Bring your shot records if you have them for me to view and confirm. I accepet cash or check of $120 per dog.  Fee may be waived depending on private training program.

Please come!  Classes are filling up quickly.

Training for Boxers (and other dogs)

Paquilao Fight

Our Labrador is ready for the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight!  If you are watching it in Modesto with some friends or at home with the neighbors, here are a few training tips for your boxer, chihuahua, and the like:

Keep a leash handy for when your dog gets hyper.  You don’t have to use it for all of the bouts – just whenever your dog forgets their manners for a while.

Every so often, remove your dog from the room to relax and distress.  All of the excitement from having company over can stress your dog out.  Not to mention the cheering and yelling.

Be mindful of your guests.  Not everyone enjoys a dog staring at them eat their chips and salsa.  And some guests are polite enough to say, “That’s okay.”  But it’s not.  Leash your dog to be by you, Place your dog on its bed, or give the command of Back or Away.  This way there’s no question about how comfortable your company will be with your four-legged sidekick at your side.