May’s Pack Walk & Puppy Social Canceled

Nola window shopping
Nola window shopping

Due to the loss of GiGi’s Uncle Andy,  A+ Dog Training will be out of town and May’s Pack Walk and Puppy Social this Saturday is CANCELED.

We still encourage you to take that time and socialize your dog around Turlock.  The Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter is usually in front of Pet Extreme with dogs and cats up for adoption.  Please be mindful when training your dog around them.  Also, make sure that your dog goes potty in the grass area before walking around inside of Pet Extreme.  Home Depot is also dog friendly and dining out on the patios of all the local eateries in that area is acceptable.

We hope enjoy your weekend and will see you June 4, 2016, for the next Pack Walk around CSUS at 9:00 A.M.

Our next Puppy Social at Taylor ER Veterinary will also be on June 4, 2016, at 2:00 P.M.

Another Opportunity for Peace in the Home

Shane learning how to get along with Sophie
Shane learning how to get along with Sophie

No, A+ Dog Training does not train cats but we DO train your dog on how to live peacefully with your cat in the home!  This pack is from our Oakdale clientele and Shane is coming along very nicely.

Our programs are catered to your goals.  Whether you live in Modesto and want your dog to stop chasing the cat or you want to take your dog on all of your summer adventures, call A+ Dog Training for a free consultation and get started on achieving set goals!

The NFL Draft Reminds Dog Lovers to Draft an ER Plan

Trying to take a picture of puppies at play is hard!
Trying to take a picture of puppies at play is hard!

As the Steelers pick CB Artie Burns and the Los Angeles Rams use their #1 pick on QB Jared Goff, A+ Dog Training would like to remind everyone to draft an emergency plan for your dog.

PREPARE and get a pet emergency supply kit ready.

PLAN what you will do in an emergency.

STAY INFORMED and know about the types of emergencies.

We received a very informative brochure from the Patterson Pet Awareness Expo that reminded us to refresh our dog’s three day supply of food and medical records on his crate.  We encourage all to do the same.  For more information visit

Heatstroke Prevention for Your Dog

Abby & Molly keep cool indoors.
Abby & Molly keep cool indoors.

As GiGi’s students completed their state testing on Heatwaves, A+ Dog Training would like to share information on heat strokes that we received at the Patterson Pet Awareness Expo.  Do you remember how miserable the heat was in Modesto last year? Let’s educate the dog community and keep all of our beloved pets safe!

Several signs will show from a dog suffering from a heatstroke.  Here are only a few:

  • Rapid panting
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Red or pale gums

As the weather gets warmer, prevention is the key:

  • Provide fresh water at all times
  • DO NOT leave your pet in a parked car even if the car is under shade and has the windows open
  • Feel the ground (pavement, sand) with the back of your hand. If it’s hot for your hand, it’s hot for your dog’s paws.
  • Remember that your walking and jogging regiment with your dog during the spring will change as the weather gets hotter. Exercise when it is cooler and workout less if you need to.

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?!

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!