March-April News 

Hello!  Welcome to our March-April Newsletter. Enjoy!


Note – We are no longer creating regular monthly newsletters.  Look for updates every other month, unless we have special announcements.

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:


Our next Meetup will be:
Saturday, Apr 21st @ 12 noon – 2:30 PM
at Christopher Playground in SF.


Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!


Agenda for the Meetup:   


12:00 – 12:30 (Pooch Coach Clients only)  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.


Note: 12:00 – 1:00 is for Pooch Coach clients ONLY!


1:00 – 2:30 Special GuestMonmo treats!  Free samples & bags for sale.
MonMo Treats specializes in handcrafted delicacies for dogs. They are based in San Francisco, and pride themselves on serving all-natural treats that are healthy for our furbabies. Their treats are made with fresh 100% human-grade ingredients, and they do not add any preservatives or salt. With their simple lists of ingredients, you know exactly what your dog is consuming. Try MonMo Treats today!
Visit them at monmotreats.comUse code  POOCHCOACH to get 20% off your order!


12:00 – 2:00 As always, our favorite dog photographer, Pipi Ray Diamond of Soulful Pet Photography, will be on hand to take professional photos. Free images for attendees!


For more info & to sign up: click here for Facebook & click here for

March-April Tips

Tips for helping your sick or recovering pet.

Leaving your dog at the vet’s is always sad & stressful.
But you need to be calm & happy to make sure your dog doesn’t get stressed.


Almost every dog guardian will inevitably end up needing to care for a sick or injured dog at some point during their lives. So, this is another topic I try to address for dog parents so they can be best prepared when the time comes.


My puppy, Musik, had to have surgery recently to get spayed and also to get some baby teeth removed.  First, in case your vet doesn’t mention it, it’s always best to wait until your puppy’s adult teeth have all come in before spaying or neutering. That way, if any teeth didn’t fall out on their own, they can be pulled while your dog is already under anethstesia to save you from having to put them under twice.  It’s also a great time to get them microchipped with no pain.


Taking care of an energetic puppy after surgery was hard!  Her dental surgery ended up being much more extensive than we thought, and she had to have 6 teeth surgically removed – meaning cut out & stitched up.  So I couldn’t give her anything to chew on – not even a soft toy – for over a week!  And, of course, she couldn’t walk much for a few days, and then was restricted to on leash walking only for another week.  She was not amused.


But, I feel like between her and my past dog, Kompis, I’ve become a pro doggie nurse!  Here is some advice for dealing with a dog who is sick or recovering from surgery.


 Newest blog: No cone of shame!

There are many options other than the traditional e-collar.

People usually default to using a “cone of shame” for their dogs after surgical procedures, or to keep them from chewing bandages, etc.  I don’t like using them since they are uncomfortable and could be even dangerous if your dog is left alone with one on and gets stuck somewhere.


First, try using a deterrent such as Bitter Apple to keep them from licking something.  There are also bandages that you can buy that have a bitter taste.  If you have to use a cone, then look at all the options and even consider getting more than one to be able to switch on and off to give them as well as their heads and neck a break.


Click below for our new article about choosing and training for a cone.

holiday tips for your dog



There are also several other articles on caring for a sick or elderly pet on The Pooch Coach’s award-winning blog under the Health and Nutrition section.


Here a few of our reader’s favorite articles to help you get through your dog’s sickness & recovery:


When Your Dog is Sick


The Heartbreak of Dealing with  Sick Dog


Is Your Dog Sick, or Just a Picky Eater?


How to Help Your Senior Dog


Choosing the Best ER Hospital


And, if you’ve recently lost, or fearing you might soon lose your best buddy, this article offers some suggestions and guidance to help make it less painful:


How to Prepare and Cope With the Grief of Losing Your Dog

It is stressful and heartbreaking to care for a hurting pup.  Hang in there!

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-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach