FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS AND TIPS
Hello! Thanks for reading my February newsletter.
This will be short & sweet!
SF Dog Connector’s Meetup!
Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are loving this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with free training tips, treats and socialization practice is:
Saturday, Feb 22nd @ 12 noon.
February Training Tip
Can all dogs swim?
Some dogs are born to be in the water and will jump in and swim at their first chance. Other dogs can be taught to swim. Some never learn. If you’re going to be near water, it’s important to find out if your dog can swim. You need to train them so if they fall in, they will not panic and they will know how to safely get out of the water.
I taught my dog, Kompis, to swim when she was younger. She doesn’t like to swim, but she gets by. On my most recent trip to the British Virgin Islands, there was a pool on one the properties and I wanted to make sure that if Kompis fell in, she would be able to swim AND get out of the pool by herself. So, I did a couple practice runs – and she did wonderfully!
However, when I’m on a small boat or in water with currents, I always make her wear her life preserver to be safe. Above is a picture of the type of vest I have for Kompis for our adventures. I like that it has a handle on the top so I can quickly grab her if needed to pull her to safety. Investing in a vest like this (pun intended) could save your dog’s life so it’s well worth it!
Safe travels everyone!
The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.
Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 2,500 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.