Thursday, April 20, 2017

6 Hairy Legs Workshops

6 Hairy Legs

4 Legs, 2 Paws, 1 Dance

An estimated 54% of Dogs in the US are overweight or obese, according to 2016 U.S. pet obesity survey results, done by The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.  Obesity is the biggest health threat to dogs, it is a disease that kills millions of pets prematurely and creates pain and suffering that could be avoided. 

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 36.5% of US adults suffer from Obesity.  These numbers are sobering I would say!  There are many, many health risks for both Canine and human obesity. Not to mention the cost for medical expenses,  In 2016 medical costs for people who were obese were approximately $1429.00 higher than those of normal weight.

What if I told you there is a workshop program that can teach you how to workout effectively with your dog?  This could benefit both you and your dog and would take half the time.  There would be no costly gym membership for you and your dog would not be left home alone while you went off to the gym.  You would both get healthy and fit together which would save you money in medical expenses.

Let 6 Hairy Legs workshops help you and your dog achieve a healthy balance to your lives and you do it together!!!

The 6 Hairy Legs workshops will cover nutrition, the benefits of stretching, how to sculpt and tone your muscles, cardio and you will take home a complete 15 minute workout customized to you and your dog, with instruction on how to make the exercises harder as you improve.  Our workshops take place, approximately, every 2 months so you can receive continued instruction at each workshop.

6 Hairy Legs was founded by 2 experts in their perspective fields, New York City - based movement expert and choreographer, Sabatino Verlezza, MFA, CPI and Raleigh based canine expert/trainer,  Suzanne Kalafian, CDT, CTT.  These two experts combine their talents into a unique training style!

We would love to help you loose, maintain or start a exercise routine with your best canine friend, to keep you healthy and fit!!

For more information please see the 6 Hairy Legs page at

Monday, February 13, 2017

It’s hard to believe that is Mid-February already!!   March is quickly approaching and we have a wonderful new workshop on March 4th.  This workshop is called 6 Hairy legs (we also allow non-hairy legs to participate 😊)  In an effort to build a healthier community we wanted to give you a workout partner who you love and don’t want to disappoint!  Yes of course your Dog, who else!  Spike and I exercise together every day, sometimes twice a day.  We do the normal exercising such as walking and running, but we also do fun workouts.  These workouts include both Spike and I Stretching, doing a strength workout and also cardio in the form of dance, stepping or sometimes even jumping.  We have such great fun together that I wanted to share this experience with you all.

By becoming stronger and doing exercises that prevent injury we can enjoy more of what life has to offer.  For example we love to hike,  I would never take a dog on a 6 mile strenuous hike over rocks and streams without conditioning them first.  Thru regular exercise to strengthen knees, shoulders, and core we were able to take on short hikes and work up to 6 mile strenuous hikes in a mere month.  I love spending time with Spike and he loves spending time with me.  We have found a wonderful new way that benefits us both and we feel like our snuggle time in front of the TV at night was well earned.

6 Hairy legs workshop will share all this information with you.  It is a 1 day workshop.  The workshop is 7 hours long, don’t worry you will not be exercising the whole time.  We do provide a lunch and we will have down time for both dog and human.  We will explain what you are doing and why.  You will get to practice and ask questions all along the way.  We will talk about exercise, stretching, cardio, healthy eating, dog training problems, communication with you and your dog and so much more.  We also include a healthy round table lunch where you will have a interactive presentation on training thru play, Body language and dog behavior. You will also receive a handbook of all the exercises and the information we cover at lunch. 

If you register on or before Feb 14th you receive $100 off.  The cost will be $300,  what a value that is.  I have attached a flyer for you to look over.  If you have any questions please let me know!  I really hope to see you at the workshop!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 Things No One Ever Told You About Training Your Dog
·         by Suzanne Kalafian
“But My Dog Still……”

These are four words I hear very often and something not spoken about often enough.
We all have expectations when we start a class with our puppies or rescue dogs, so we look for classes that will teach us all the behaviors we would like our dogs to know. In reading the class descriptions we see that the class is 6 weeks long and we feel a sense of relief that our dog will no longer be jumping on people or pulling on leash and will come when called (just to name a few things) in 6 weeks time.
Here is what they don’t tell you:
A six-week class will not produce 100% consistent behaviors.  Training classes are just a beginning; they are a foundation of learning.  These classes will give you the skills to teach your dog new things.
These classes don’t always tell you how to reduce treats and still have consistent behaviors or how to handle distractions of normal life. And sometimes you have to read between the lines and alter what you do a little bit to find what works best for you and your dog.
You never see a time frame on how long it will take to train your dog. This is because there are too many variables to give definite time frames, but I hope to shed some light on in my next 2 posts.
That’s not to say you won’t see improvements. Watching for progress and recognizing it is an important part of training your dog. And it’s likely that during the course of a training class your dog will learn several behaviors and how to do them well.

But it’s unlikely that you’ll see 100% consistency, with your dog being able to perform those behaviors every time you ask, in every location, regardless of distractions. HOW consistently your dog is able to perform them will vary based on a number of factors that I’ll address in my next post.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How to Find Time to Train Your Dog Everyday

One of my students mentioned in class that they knew the reason their puppy wasn’t learning things as quickly as he could was because they needed to be better about carving out time to train each day.

My response may surprise you.

“But I don’t have TIME to train…”

Many people believe that training a dog requires a big time investment, but training a dog to be a good family member and to understand basic manners doesn’t have to involve a long commitment in terms of time.

In fact, the results are often much better if, instead of training twice a day for 15 minutes each time, dog owners work small training opportunities into their every day routines.

For example: You want your dog to learn to hang out and relax during TV time at night. The best time to train? Work on his “place” command during the commercials—just turn down the sound!

Want a few other ideas for finding time to train during your day? Check out the list below.

15 Real-Life Opportunities to Train:

1.       During commercial breaks while watching your favorite TV show — just turn the sound down.

2.       While your bagel is toasting.

3.       While your coffee is brewing, tea is steeping, or the microwave is working on your next meal.

4.       While on the phone (remember, you don’t need to give commands when you’re capturing good behavior; this is also the perfect time for practicing hand signals).

5.       While on the toilet (sits, downs, even “come”).

6.       Two minutes before your walk — don’t indicate the walk in any way, just start running your dog through his commands. Reward each correct response. After the last one, say, “Good dog! Want to go for a walk?” and go get the leash. This is a jackpot!

7.       Two minutes before the dog gets to go on a car ride (see above).

8.       Every time you let the dog in our out a door, including potty breaks (ask for “sit” or a “down” before you open the door).

9.       Every time you put down a food or water dish (ask for “stay” or “leave it” before releasing them to get it).

10.   While playing fetch (ask for a “sit” or “down” or other trick before throwing each ball).

11.   While your computer is warming up, shutting down, or downloading that slow e-mail or website.

12.   When you walk out to pick up the paper or mail (wait at doorways, walk on a loose leash, etc.).

13.   Every time you start an interaction with your dog. Don’t interact with him unless he is calm and polite – especially when you first come home. Ignore him (pretend he’s not there, give him the cold shoulder) if he’s being wild or noisy.

14.   During mealtimes—teach your pup where he’s supposed to be and what he should be doing!

15.   Whenever your dog does something right without you telling him to! That means you can stop to give him a belly rub when he’s laying calmly by the door or grab him a chew when he goes and lies down on his own while you help the kids with their homework.

Working your training into your day is a great way to break up training time into manageable chunks and to teach your dog how to be a well-behaved member of the family.


It’s important to remember that just because you practice at home doesn’t mean that your dog will be able to do those same behaviors everywhere you go. Dogs are very bad at “generalizing” behaviors.

What does that mean? That means they need to practice behaviors in many different places before they understand that a command isn’t specific to one place or person.

In other words, it is unrealistic to expect your puppy to respond to your cues in other environments outside of your home unless you practice in all environments. He does not “know better” because “he does it at home” — he doesn’t know better. You must teach him.

Remember: Training Should Be Fun (For Both Of You)

Your puppy should love to do things for you and you should get a sense of success and feel proud of what you and your puppy have accomplished.

In order to get this you must make sure that you are giving him plenty of rewards for good behavior. Remember, thought, rewards don’t have to be treats—rewards are anything your puppy perceives as fun and rewarding. Examples include dinner, walks, a ride in the car, treats, play, hugs, eye contact, and “sweet talk.”

Want more examples of times you can work with your dog everyday? Try out one of our Life Skills dogtraining classes!

Friday, February 8, 2013

I have recently heard about the benefits of Coconut oil for dogs.  I have done my research and found that it is very beneficial to them, but dosage is important.  According to several sources the dosage should be 1/4 teaspoon per 10 pounds, twice a day with food, or 1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds with food, once a day.  Always start with a smaller amount and work up to the full dosage.

In doing my research I have found that you must use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil.  I am using, for Spike, Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil.  Found on www.

Here is a great article on the benefits of Coconut oil, benefits of cocont oil.