September – October News & Tips

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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.



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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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

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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 to get on the list for dog self defense classes.)


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

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-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach