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                                                                                                 October 2020

School News
This past month of September, has seen us a return to 'normal'. Classes were held outdoors on Saturday mornings in the Red Zone due to our hall being out-of-bounds due to COVID.

SightHoundIt has been busy, post COVID with helping many families and dogs make the adjustments after our lockdowns. We have been also helping a mature 'Sighthound' Dog that suddenly lost its eyesight. Yes, its not *common, but some Dogs have to make the world adjustment and do so with surprising capability. We can aid that geomapping by placing small amounts of distinctive odours at important locations like doors, gates and 'pee stations' and use sound & vibration for training.

*sudden acquired retinal degeneration
We have just been asked to rehome these two lovely male 'mostly' Schnauzers. They are 'litter mates' and could be rehomed together, though if separated are just as likely to bond to their new family.

If that is you, and yours, keep on eye out on our Facebook page for more details, dates and images - coming soon. 
Let Them Sniff

We all know dogs require daily exercise to thrive. But in the rush to provide our canine companions with a good cardio workout, we may be overlooking another equally important need: The need to sniff.
Let them sniffSniffing is central to a dog’s experience of his environment. Consider the daily dog walk. As we put one foot in front of the other alongside our best friends, our human eyes scan the scene in front of us to make sense of our surroundings. But for our dogs, it’s their nose that knows—and it knows more than we can begin to imagine. Just sniffing a patch of grass, for instance, can reveal detailed information about other dogs who have passed through the area, including their gender, age, diet, how recently they stopped by, and much more.
Think of sniffing as the canine equivalent of a mental workout. We have our work and hobbies, problems and puzzles, and Shakespeare and physics to keep our minds occupied and sharp. Dogs have an infinite world of smells to catalouge and interpret. A good dog walk then, is a balance of physical and mental exercise. And that means taking time to smell the roses—or at least allowing your dog to do so. Give your dog plenty of time to sniff what interests her, especially on short toilet walks where physical exercise isn’t a focus.
Let your dog initiate sniff breaks on longer walks, too. If you worry about your dog getting enough physical activity, try adding some running to your walks, or games of fetch or tug during walks or at home. Also keep in mind that mental exercise can be quite taxing all on its own (just think how tired we humans can feel after a day of hard thinking work). So next time you put on your walking shoes and reach for the lead, try rephrasing that age-old question to “Wanna go for a sniff?”
Doggie Links

Wolves have been caring for the pack for at least 1.3 million year

Wolves today live anGrey Wolfd hunt in packs, which helps them take down large prey. But when did this group behavior evolve? An international research team has reported specimens of an ancestral wolf, Canis chihliensis, from the Ice Age of north China (~1.3 million years ago), with debilitating injuries to the jaws and leg. The wolf survived these injuries long enough to heal, supporting the likelihood of food-sharing and family care in this early canine.

The Neuroscience That Shows Us What It's Like to Be a Dog
When Gregory Berns was in medical school in 1990, he killed a dog. He never really recovered from the experience. His regret led him to his life’s work: Understanding the minds of animals.

What a Border Collie Taught a Linguist About Language
"Dogs can fast-map and learn the names of things through reference cues such as pointing. Even chimps and bonobos, humans’ closest genetic relatives, can’t do that."
Read more about the Shepherd Whistle

Non-Doggie Links

How to Live With Floaters, Those Tiny Ghosts in Your  Eyes 

Daniel Blume Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Why Don't People Return Their Shopping Carts? Pulling up to a parking spot and finding a shopping cart there can be pretty frustrating. Why do people ignore the receptacle?
Yes, someone has researched this, and you could almost label the people who don't put their rubbish in the bin.

CarThe Fallacy of the ‘I Turned Out Fine’ Argument You didn’t use seatbelts when you were growing up and you lived to tell about it? That doesn’t make it a good parenting strategy.
To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.
-- Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
-- Agatha Christie

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
-- James Michner

All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
-- Auden
The Last larf 
LarfI was setting a voice recognition password for my new phone and a nearby dog barked and ran away. Now I'm still looking for that dog to unlock my phone.

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Next Classes

Life Skills Classes 
Learn how to teach and instil manners in your dog in a relax and fun atmosphere.
Small classes.
More info and registration link

Next class:
7, 14, 21, 28  for young pups (only this month).  It just happens that all of our registrations  were for puppies.


Private Consultation
We go to your house and train with your family- your schedule!
More info and registration link
Homestay Dogs of the Month
Heaps more on our
Facebook Page. 
You dont need a FB page to look at ours.
Bojo photo
Bojo loved other dog's company. Bojo, Marv and Tess sharing so well together. Watch here
Buddy photo
Buddy- finding friends to chase and run. Watch here
Hunter photo
Hunter (and Buddy) played like long lost pals. Watch here
Jesse photo
Jesse- Big Black dog with a very small voice~
Bailey and Poppy
Poppy and Bailey live together, and play together. Watch here
Mila photo
Mila- a big dog that loves sticks!
Marv and Tess
Marv and Tess live together. Same father, different mother. Born on the same day. 
Millie stayed with us for 2 weeks. An old dog that loves her walks!
Our regular Roofie coming to help Natalie on the keyboard! 
Toffie- an old dog that can run! Check out
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