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Caissie Canine Instruction: New Year, New Pup

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful almost 3 year old Border Collie/ German Shepherd mix named Luna.

Hi, I’m Luna. My family thought I looked like the moon, so that’s how I got my name. I found my “furever” family when I was 9 weeks old. I have 2 boys, five cats, mom and dad in my pack. I have trained them to give me a treat every time I come in from the backyard. LOL.

I love any toy that squeaks and I like to walk around squeaking them all the time. Cuddles are my fav, especially on someone’s lap. I’m very friendly and love to give kisses too!!!!

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********************************************** K9 Corner with the Chief ******************************************

Over the years I have trained many K9 breeds in different profiles.

I have trained in Police Patrol and Detection, Personal Protection, Human Tracking, Human Area Searching and Therapy and Service.

I have also trained many private client dog teams in sport. Many clients love the Human Area Searching, Human Tracking, Retrieve and Detection in many different odours, and of course Obedience Level 1, & 3.

If you are interested in engaging your dog in a sport, it all starts with an initial assessment to determine if your canine has the propensity and drives to engage in the area of interest. Once the assessment is complete and the decision is made to proceed, we then anticipate how many sessions will be required to reach this goal of certification in the area of sport selected.

It is very important to ensure you have a sound on leash obedience foundation. Without obedience you do not have control.

Many folks that participate in this training find a sense of accomplishment for themselves and their K9. Many clients discover the potential and unbelievable talents that there K9 possess.

Canines love having a “task” or “job”. It will help release that build up energy, keep their mind sharp, and will help build a deeper bond with you, there owners.


Welcome to Doggie Dialogue Whether you are bringing home a new puppy or if you are adopting an older dog, this new year, this checklist can apply for both.

Before your pup arrives home you want to ensure you have an adjustable collar, good leash, up-to-date microchip, food and water bowl and healthy food. We recommend having a dog bed, a good crate, a few high quality chew toys, and small, high value puppy/dog treats. Dogs are den animals and they love the comfort and security of their own quiet place. That is why a crate is always a good idea. Puppies will chew “everything”, therefore high quality chew toys will be a great diversion.

Introduce your pup to their new collar and leash when inside the home, even letting them wear it inside for awhile to get accustomed to it before going outside for a walk.

Chew toys are important, especially for puppies as their teeth are sharp and they haven’t fully learn bite inhibition. Bite inhibition refers to a puppy’s ability to control the force of his/her mouthing, which they start to learn when with other litter mates. If your new pup/dog gets “excited” when you touch/pet them, distract him/her with a small treat. This will help your pup/dog to get used to being petted without mouthing. We recommend non-contact forms of play, such as tug of war or fetch instead of wrestling or rough housing with your hands. In the beginning we recommend carry your tug toy in your pocket for when the puppy decides to nip at your feet or clothing, this will distract them by using the tug toy as a diversion.

When adding a new pup to your family pack it is important to be patient.

Remember the rule of 3.3.3. Three days for your pup to climatatize to their new surroundings, three weeks to settle in, three months to build trust and a bond.

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