Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spike's trip to Pet Smart

As some of you know Spike, my Jack Russel can be reactive at times, so I like to take him to special places on occasion.

Yesterday we took a trip to Pet Smart for a little training exercise and of course a toy. As I was getting Spike out of the car a group of young children were going into the store. I thought to myself, oh what bad timing :( , but decided I was here let's just do this thing. Thinking this may be the hardest part of our visit, I mustered up the courage and moved forward. After watering the fire hydrant we went through the doors to be confronted with those small children running around the store screaming, one might have thought I was visiting Chucky Cheese.

I stopped in between the doors and regrouped. I took a quick overview of Spike's body language, then had him "look" at me. He responded right away, and away we went in to the store. I had to ask for his attention just 2 more times before we were off in a quieter area of the store. Once there I had Spike do some of his "tricks" for me. This was just to refocus him on me and get rid of the tension. It worked (of course).

Don't you know as soon as he was released there was a large bin of Halloween toys. A pumpkin, ghost and a spider were there. I held each one out to Spike. He smelled the pumpkin, turned away from the ghost and then he took the spider and started squeaking it. It was his favorite. He carried it with us as we looked around the store. He would put it down occasionally to sniff a spot on the floor or another toy, but always picked it up when he was done. People walked past him, a kid was playing with some toys in the isle we walked down, and Spike proudly carried his spider around.

At this point I was feeling pretty good about our visit we had conquered a group of kids, a chocolate lab puppy who was following behind us and smells of other dogs who have visited. I decided to check out. I put the toy on the belt and paid for it. Spike being the polite pup he is sat nicely and waited (of course I thought it was for the toy). When the cashier bent over to give Spike the toy I had no time to give a warning, so i just calmly watched Spike's body posture. He stood up, sniffed the toy and sat back down. What a good boy. The cashier put the spider in the bag and asked if he could have a treat. I said of course, but this time said that he most likely would not let her pet him. He was just the little gentleman and nicely took the treat and I swear smiled at her. I am of course beaming at this point because it couldn't have gone any better.

Then out of no where comes this beautiful, high energy Golden practically pulling it's owner off her feet to come say hello. Mr. Manners disappeared and he growled, no barking though, I could not give my undivided attention because of course I was trying to sign the receipt. So I body blocked and he calmed down, but the Golden would not give up. As soon as I was able I moved him away a little and had him look at me. It totally shocked me when those little eyes met mine. He was still growling, but at least he was focused on me now. we moved a little farther away and the owner of the golden managed to get her dog out of the store.

Not so bad I thought after they were gone and Spike turned on the charm again. All in all it was a great trip. Spike enjoyed himself and we were able to leave with our heads held high. We still have lots of work to do, but we are on the right track!

Good job Spike!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Watch what your dog eats!

Click on the link below to see some of the things dogs have eaten. It will definately give you incentive to watch what your dog eats!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Country's Oldest Search and Rescue dog to retire

Check out the link below for a wonderful story about Val the dedicated Search and Rescue dog. This proves that every dog has a purpose!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Canine Crime Scene Investigation

Come out and join John Rogerson for 4 days of Canine Crime Scene Investigation!
Date: Oct 14-17
Time 9:30am-4:00pm Daily
Cost: $495
Place: Paws Forever. Mebane, NC
For more information contact. Sue Miller 919-384-2878 e-mail millman@gci.net

World Renowned Dog Trainer and Behaviorist, John Rogerson, will be conducting this 4 day course. Check out John's web site at www.johnrogerson.com

Have fun finding clues with your dog to solve a mysterious crime.
This course will include tracking, scent detection, team and relationship building exercises and so much more. Please contact Sue Miller (see above for contact info) for more information or to register.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Congratulations to Kristi and Phoebe. Phoebe, with the help and training of Kristi, is our newest Canine Good Citizen. They will now move on to get their Therapy certification!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Journey by Susan Garrett

This is just beautiful and I wanted to share it with all of you as you take he journey's with your dogs.

Susan Garrett is a dog trainer please watch some of her other wonderful videos too!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tip of the week

Tip of the week

Nylabones and Kongs are great for teething puppies.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Welcome! Try Halo for free

Welcome! Try Halo for free

Halo is a all natural Dog food. Check out the web site. This is the food ompany owned by Ellen DeGeneres. Check out this video about dogs. its pretty funny.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Kozmo, formerly Henry, was rescued from a couple who were about to return him back to the Pound. They originally got him from the Pound when he was about a year old, and had him about 2 years. He came to me totally shut down, both physically and emotionally. He would not eat or have any contact with me whatsoever; someone in his past obviously had terribly abused Kosmo as any noise or sudden move sent him cowering.

I have had Kozmo for almost a year now and he has really started to come into his own. He LOVES the outdoors and is a very willing participant to walk anywhere you want to go. He can heal by your right side but also loves to sniff, and sneeze, at the ground. He is very playful, and especially loves to play kibble-toss, the spinning game and roll the tricky treat ball all around the house. He has been in doggie training with Superior Dog Training (http://www.privatedogtraining.com) for several months, and is now much more comfortable around people, although he prefers to be the greeter, rather than being greeted. He tends to ignore other dogs and animals.

I am moving across the country and am unable to take Kozmo with me. I would love to see him in a home with a big yard for him to stretch his legs, and a loving owner who can continue to bring him into his joy. He is a very unique and beautiful soul.

Kozmo just had all of his shots updated and is on heartworm medication and Frontline. I have a year's supply of heartworm medication and other doggie stuff to help in the transition.

If you are interested in Kozmo, or know anyone that might be interested, please call Magee at 919-961-2766.

To see pictures of Kozmo please visit Superior Dog Training's website at www.privatedogtraining.com

Friday, February 5, 2010

Check out the pilots n paws website for more great stories and information on how you can help.
I think this is a wonderful program that gives dogs a special opportunity to find new homes.


Volunteers pilot dogs to new homes :: WRAL.com

Volunteers pilot dogs to new homes :: WRAL.com

Sunday, January 31, 2010

So much snow fun.

Check out Saddie hunting for a bone.
Look close and you will see teddy. He blends in so nicely in the yard he almost looks like a statue.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sat Jan 30th classes

All classes Cancelled for Sat Jan 30th. Thank you!

Enjoy the snow!! Take your dogs out and enjoy a game of hide the treat so your dog can find it. It is fun for all.