November – December News & Tips

November – December News & Tips

November – December News & Tips

Hello! Welcome to our last newsletter of 2019. We hope you enjoy it.

November - December News & Tips

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, Nov 16th @ 12 noon – 1:30 PM at
Christopher Playground in SF. (If not under construction!!)
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

NOTE: This meetup will be a bit different than previous ones.

 

As usual, a combination of all types of dogs are welcome: aggressive/reactive, shy/fearful, and curious/comfortable.

 

But we will be using this Meetup to examine all of these different types of reactions to other dogs. The Pooch Coach will explain their body language, and how to read and understand it. We will get to see a wide variety of ways that dogs show their emotions.

 

This will hopefully help people avoid confrontations in the future, and be better equipped to make judgments and decisions for their dog’s and their own safety.

In combination with this, The Pooch Coach will be demonstrating some self-defense moves for when aggressive dogs get too close, especially if they’re off leash.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ENTRANCE TO THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED
DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
Dog Self Defense Meetup


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

Sign up on our Facebook pageClick here! Sign up on Meetup.comClick here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

 

Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

 


No matter how “bad” your dog is…
please don’t “Try Everything”

Work with a professional with a consistent plan.

 

One of the most common things people say and write to me is that they have “tried everything” with their dog, yet they cannot fix an issue they are having.

 

Even if you’re already working with a professional, make sure you are being clear and consistent with all your communication.

 

Without steady, clear direction, your dog is likely to get worse than better!

 


 Want more free tips?

Check out The Pooch Coach’s Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

 

And click here to visit our award winning (4!) blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 

 


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pooch coach san francisco christmasHave a grrrreat Holiday Season!

 

The Pooch Coach is around, except for the week of Christmas.

 

So, if you’re ready for another lesson, or want to set up an initial eval,

Book an appt

 


Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

September – October News & Tips

September – October News & Tips

September – October News & Tips

Hello! Welcome to our newsletter. We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:
Saturday, Nov 16th @ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF. (If not under construction!!)
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

NOTE: This meetup will be a bit different than previous ones.

 

As usual, a combination of all types of dogs are welcome: aggressive/reactive, shy/fearful, and curious/comfortable.

 

But we will be using this Meetup to examine all of these different types of reactions to other dogs. The Pooch Coach will explain their body language, and how to read and understand it. We will get to see a wide variety of ways that dogs show their emotions.

 

This will hopefully help people avoid confrontations in the future, and be better equipped to make judgments and decisions for their dog’s and their own safety.

 

In combination with this, The Pooch Coach will be demonstrating some self-defense moves for when aggressive dogs get too close, especially if they’re off leash.

 

Please make sure and sign up for this, because we have to have at least 15 or 20 dogs to make it worthwhile.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOCATION MIGHT CHANGE DUE TO A REMODEL BEGINNING SOMETIME IN THE FALL/WINTER. We will keep you posted on Facebook & Meetup.


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

Sign up on our Facebook pageClick here! Sign up on Meetup.comClick here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

 


Rehabbing Your Dog at Home

sick dogFor those who haven’t heard, The Pooch Coach’s little dog, Musik, was viciously attacked by a large Husky on August 3rd.

 

Here is the story of the attack  

 

Wanting some good to come of this horrific situation, we have decided to conduct dog self-defense classes, and our next Meetup will kick those off by providing specific info on what to do around different types of dog reactions.

 

In addition, we have written several articles about rehabbing your dog at home that we posted to Facebook over the last month.  For those of you not on Facebook, or who missed any of the tips, here they are:

 

Here is info on how to best administer (liquid) medication.

 

Here is some helpful info on how to help sooth shaved, itchy skin and healing wounds.

 

The importance of diet is something the Pooch Coach always talks about, but it’s especially important when your dog is healing.

 

Your dog will always act like they are in less pain than they really are. You MUST keep this in mind

 

Don’t be surprised if your dog is more – or less! – needy during this time. Learn more here.

 

Just say NO to the “Cone of Shame“!

 

My last and final plea: Please train and rehab your dog.  No dog should be allowed to be aggressive. A leash and even a muzzle doesn’t mean they are safe. There are always chances to slip out of collars, leashes,and doors… and that is when disaster will strike. We don’t keep wolves or tigers on leashes as “safe” pets. Keeping a dog who wants to harm or kill restrained just builds frustration… Someday it will come out. How would you feel if it were YOUR dog that almost killed sweet little Musik? Please take the time to rehabilitate your dog to be a safe member of our society. (See Facebook post on this here).

 


I hope you don’t ever actually need to use any of these tips!  But, if you do, I’m glad we could help.  As always, if you need more help with anything, feel free to give us a call 415-643-3333 or email info@poochcoach.com


 Want more free tips?

Check out The Pooch Coach’s Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

 

And click here to visit our award winning (4!) blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


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Please do not allow your dog to have this happen to them – or from them.

 

Join us on November 16th and learn how to avoid dog attacks.

(Interested in the topic, but busy that day?
email musik@poochcoach.com to get on the list for dog self defense classes.)

 

Ready for another lesson, or want to set up an initial eval?

Book an appt

 


Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

July – August 2019 News & Tips

July – August 2019 News & Tips

 

July – August News

Hello!  Welcome to our July/Aug 2019 newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

Saturday, July 27th @ 12 noon – 1:45 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior? Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior? The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees. It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

12:00 – 12:20 Polite dog greetings. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY –
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:20 – 12:45 One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY –

 

12:45 – 1:45 OPEN TO EVERYONE – Bring your training questions. And, we’ll have agility equipment to play & learn with! Weave poles, tunnel, & jumps, oh my!


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

Sign up on our Facebook pageClick here! Sign up on Meetup.comClick here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

 


July Tips – Things to Fear!

 

dog dentistryThe Pooch Coach has blogged about 3 things you should be prepared for to help keep your dog safe and happy this time of year: Fireworks, Foxtails, & Skunks!

 

Here is an article on keeping your dog from being anxious around fireworks… Just in time for July 4th!

 

Here is some important info on how to be prepared for a skunk attack.

 

Here is some helpful info about the danger of foxtails, with some interesting pics of Kompis’ vet getting one out of her eye!

 

I hope you don’t ever actually need to use any of these tips! But, if you do, I’m glad we could help. As always, if you need more help with anything, feel free to give us a call 415-643-3333 or email info@poochcoach.com


 Want more free tips?

Check out The Pooch Coach’s Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

And click here to visit our award winning (4!) blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


 

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Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

 

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Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

May-June 2019 News & Tips

May-June 2019 News & Tips

 

May – June News

Hello!  Welcome to our May/June 2019 newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, May 18th @ 12 noon – 1:45 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior? The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees. It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

12:00 – 12:20 Polite dog greetings. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY –
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:20 – 12:45 One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY –

 

12:45 – 1:45 OPEN TO EVERYONE – Bring your training questions. Beverly will also demonstrate some fun tricks and games to play with your dog to keep them mentally sharp & stimulated.

 


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

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For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

 


May / June Tip

Choosing the Right Veterinarian, and Dog Dentists.

dog dentistry
Due to another recent experience with vet hospitals and, in particular, dog dentistry, The Pooch Coach decided to write some tips to help others.  Our main lesson is to make sure you can trust your vet.  If your gut is saying “no” or “I’m not sure”,  then don’t settle!  Click below to read our  latest story.

 

Check out our article “Dog Dentistry & Choosing the Best Vet”:


 Want more free tips?

Check out The Pooch Coach’s Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

And click here to visit our award winning (4!) blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


 

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Enjoy spring & all its beauty!

Ready for another lesson, or want to set up an initial eval?

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Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

March – Aprl 2019 News & Tips

March – Aprl 2019 News & Tips

March -April News  

Hello!  Welcome to our March/April 2019 newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, March 23rd @ 12 noon – 1:45 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior?  The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees.   It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

12:00 – 12:20 Polite dog greetings. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:20 – 12:45 One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients.  – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY

 

12:45 – 1:45 OPEN TO EVERYONE – Bring your training questions.  And, special guest Shelah Barr from Happy Hounds Massage & Fitness will be here to talk to us about the importance of canine fitness training and do some demos with our dogs.

 

Happy Hounds uses state of the art equipment to help dogs with strengthening, balance, and more.

 


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

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For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

March / April Tips

Here are our most popular recent articles.

 

1. How to get your dog to settle down and relax… anywhere!

How to get your dog to settle down anywhere

Most dogs tend to pace and pull on their leashes when you try to sit for a while. Many even whine and “complain”. But, with these simple steps, you can teach your dog to easily relax anywhere you go. Tap into your animal’s already calm center with this exercise.

 

Check out our article “Settle the Dog Down”:


2. Are we over-medicating our dogs?

 

These are just some of the meds I was given for my dog when she got out of the hospital!

 

Many dogs are coming to me these days already on prescription medications from their vets. They prescribe Prozac, Xanax, and other human as well as animal meds. And they prescribe them with no plan for behavior modification! This is NOT GOOD. Please do not ever just put your dog on meds for a behavior issue without working with a behaviorist who not only also recommends the medication, but also who can help you rehabilitate your dog to get over their issues so that they no longer need any medication!

 

Learn more about dogs & drugs here:


3. Many people believe that you cannot control a dog’s prey drive. Most people have to put their dogs on leash around birds, cats, farm animals, etc. to ensure everyone’s safety. But, is it absolutely necessary?

 

 

Dogs can be trained to control themselves around *anything*… with enough work! Learn more in this article and see some examples of both of my dogs’ self-control and ability to listen.

 

Click below to learn more about controlling prey drive in your pup:


March / April News

The Pooch Coach on NPR

 

Beverly was recently interviewed by our local NPR (Nation Public Radio) radio station, KALW .

 

Host Marty Nemko wanted to hear from the SF Bay Area’s most renowned and experienced canine behaviorist what it was like to become and work as a dog trainer.

 

We covered some canine training tips, answered some listener’s questions, and Beverly explained why shock collars are so detrimental to dogs and their people.

 

Click below to listen to the full interview :


 Want more free tips?

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Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

And click here to visit our award winning (4!) blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


 

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All dogs can be Irish for a day!

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Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

January – February 2019 News & Tips

January – February 2019 News & Tips

January – February News  

Hello!  Welcome to our first newsletter of 2019.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, Jan 26th @ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior?  The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees.   It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

Agenda for the Meetup:
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises! 

 

12:00 – 12:30 Polite dog greetings. – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:30 – 1:00 One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients.  – POOCH COACH CLIENTS ONLY

 

1:00 – 1:45– OPEN TO EVERYONE – Bring your training questions.

 

We’ll be introducing you to an exciting new partner, Jiminy’s dog treats. They offer sustainable high protein treats made from crickets (which is a superfood for both dogs & humans). We are so excited to be part of this wonderful product that helps both our planet AND our pets! Meet the founder of Jiminy’s and get FREE SAMPLES!

 

Read more & order here: http://www.jiminys.com/
Eager to try them?? Use code “poochcoach” for 20% off and free shipping.

 

 

Anne Carlson, Founder of Jiminy’s with Musik

 


 

Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.Click on picture above, or to see video.

 

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For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
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Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Your dog does so much to make you happy,
why not do something special for them this year?

Check out our article with a list of 5 easy suggestions here:

holiday tips for your dog

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Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

 

And click here to visit our award winning blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


 

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Here’s to a Wonderful Year Ahead!

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Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
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-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

November – December 2018 News & Tips

November – December 2018 News & Tips

November – December News  

Hello! Welcome to our last newsletter of 2018. We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2018 @ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.

 

Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior?  The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees.   It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

NOTE – This is the last Meetup of 2018!!
This event is for past and current Pooch Coach clients only.  (Look for another open Meetup early next year).

 

Agenda for the Meetup:
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises! 

 

12:00 – 12:30  Polite dog greetings.
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:30 – 1:00  One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients.

 

1:001:45  Agility equipment & coaching.  Let’s play!

All SF Dog Connectors Meetup attendees get free samples of Charlee Bear Dog treats for their pooch!  

charlee bear dog treats sf dog connectors meetup


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.

Click on picture above, or  to see video.

 

Sign up on our Facebook pageClick here!  Sign up on Meetup.comClick here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

 

Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

Holiday tips for your dog

Holidays are great, but sometimes they can be stressful for people. And, of course, that stress can be passed on to our pets. We can also get distracted with everything that is going on, and neglect our pups a bit. It’s important to remember that dogs don’t understand why things are different and you need to be sensitive to that – especially if it’s one of their first holidays with you. If anything, we might need to do more walking and training to keep them happy and calm.

 

So, no matter how busy you get, make sure you still make time to exercise your pup. Also, keep in mind training and manners when you have guests. It’s a great time to practice friendly greetings for delivery people as well as friends and family. Have your dog sit to get petted for everyone’s safety.

 

See my article with a list of quick tips here:

 


 Want more free tips?

Check out The Pooch Coach’s
Dog Channel & Blog!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

 

And click here to visit our award winning blog with more tips on all sorts of topics that will help you with your pup. 


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Happy Holidays!

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Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & interesting.
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-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach www.poochcoach.com

September & October 2018 News & Tips

September & October 2018 News & Tips

 September & October News 

Hello!  Welcome to our September/October Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it.

 

SFDC Meetups are fun! Come out and practice your dog handling & communication skills and meet other past & present members of the Pooch Coach Pack. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:

 

Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2018 @ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.

 

Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!

 

Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior?  The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees.   It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with other dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.

 

Agenda for the Meetup: 
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises!

 

NOTE – This is the last Meetup of 2018!!
This event is for past and current Pooch Coach clients only.  (Look for another open Meetup early next year).

 

Agenda for the Meetup:
Please be on time so you do not miss the exercises! 

 

12:00 – 12:30 Polite dog greetings.
We will continue the exercises of walking our dogs by other dogs to practice calmness & not reacting.

 

12:30 – 1:00 One-on-one coaching for Pooch Coach Clients.

 

1:00TBD – Maybe agility equipment again if enough people are interested.
Please let me know!

All SF Dog Connectors Meetup attendees get free samples of Charlee Bear Dog treats for their pooch!  

charlee bear dog treats sf dog connectors meetup


Here’s a video showing an exercise from a previous Meetup…
Check it out to see the kinds of fun & helpful things we do.

Click on picture above, or  to see video.

 

Sign up on our Facebook pageClick here!  Sign up on Meetup.comClick here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

 

Please “like” our Facebook page or visit us at Meetup.com to ensure you don’t miss future events.

Sept/Oct Tip:
Dog DNA Testing

 

How accurate are dog DNA tests… and does breed really matter?

 

I’ve often wondered how accurate these tests are. I’ve had clients get results of “beagle” for dogs who looked like golden retrievers. They have since gotten a little better, but some are also requesting pictures, which means they can “cheat”.

 

I also wonder why people are so obsessed with determining their dog’s breed. They are willing to adopt a rescue, but then they need to know what breed(s) they are. Let me assure you that, from a training and behavior standpoint, breed really doesn’t matter much. From a lifestyle perspective, breed does have more of an impact (needs lots of exercise, sheds, can’t handle heat or cold, etc.)

 

Breeds for dogs are like nationalities for people – they might look similar, but they are all unique and have varying skill sets and (psychological) issues. For more on “Does Breed Matter?”, see this article.

 

As far as DNA tests are concerned… Earlier this year, I saw this report on TV.  A mixed breed dog’s DNA was sent to the 3 major companies, and they all came back with very different results (see pic). So this pretty much proves they aren’t accurate!

 

My final test came when I recently sent in my purebred Miniature Schnauzer’s DNA for testing. It should have come back 100% Mini Schnauzer, with maybe a 1-2% Australian Shepherd, since her great grandparent was mixed in with one to get the Merle gene into her line.

 

But, that’s not what came back. Click below to see the results for Musik’s DNA test.

 

 


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