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                                                                                                 September 2020

School News
What happened to our hall?!   What a month this has been with the Covid Level's changing-- our hall is out of action due to the restrictions from the Blind Low Vision NZ policy, but they are reviewing it, and hopefully we can get back to the hall in October. 

We are currently giving class outdoors, in the red zone, and the class is a lot smaller! -- on the positive side! And 
busy with one-on-one training and behaviour.


Case Study:   Notably this month, the owner of a German Shepherd Dog that had been adjudicated 'menacing' and thus required to be muzzled at all times, following a complaint by a person who had reported that it had attacked a child. Set aside the emotional baggage that comes with such a complaint, and the challenging conservatism by the central north island territorial authority, we assessed Rorschach using our behavioural ranking tool that compares the qualified (requires input from a trained observer) answers to a standardised questionnaire that enables us to capture the relative skill set and behavioural issues and compare it to tens of thousands of Dogs of comparable breed character.

While, in this case, no teeth were involved. It was a curious dog and a child who didn't know to 'make like a tree', nonetheless, the menacing designation was distressing for the family and in the considered view of us as behavioural assessors, a manifest injustice. With careful presentation to the designated review panel, the outcome has seen a satisfactory resolution and, on evidence from some additional training (a running wait), and completion of Canine Good Citizen, the 'menacing' designation has been duly dropped.
A win win for everyone.

Here is what our behavioural assessment of the GSD, Rorschach looks like.

We can do this for your Dog, irrespective of breed. Contact us for more information.

and yes, we have done this for Dog's and owners that have been 'on trial' in the NZ Justice system.
Blair and Natalie playing ukulele
Ever wonder what Natalie and Blair during their free time?
Their ukulele and mandolin are never very far away! 
This was taken in Gore Bay.
Ear Infections

Dog ear being examinedDog’s ears are impressive. For example, they can swivel to locate the source of a sound in 6/100 of a second. However, the design of canine ear canals leaves something to be desired. Their shape (a downward plunge followed by a horizontal tract) can leave debris stuck too easily, which is why dogs—floppy-eared ones in particular—are prone to ear infections.

Telltale signs include: Ear scratching, coloured discharge, odour, redness, swelling, crusted or scabby skin, and impaired hearing.

Also pay attention if your dog wipes his ear on the floor or furniture, or if he shakes his head a lot.

To prevent infections, gently dry your dog’s ears after swimming or baths, and occasionally clean his ears with a cotton ball dampened with a solution recommended by your vet. If you suspect a problem, it’s important not to self-diagnose. Bacteria or yeast causes most ear infections, and both require veterinary treatment.
Doggie Links
CloudsA 14-year old Parson Russell Terrier, “Sunny”, suffered a seizure at her lovely and nurturing home on June 20, and heartbreakingly died in her owner’s arms. And one day, she went walking, and looked up and saw....   Read the rest of the story

 Don't Punish Your Dog for Peeing in the House -- we have had a few people ask us about toileting. This article is a good reference

Dog BreedBest Dog Breeds: The Top 10 Picks for Your Family Getting a dog is a big step for every family. It is important to do your research so that you get the perfect dog for your family’s lifestyle.

Dog Breeds Don't Have Distinct Personalities Individual dogs have personalities that can make characterising a breed dicey.  This essay is discussing this article...Dog breeds really do have distinct personalities—and they’re rooted in DNA. Marc Bekoff discusses how the media simplistic and misleads discussions
Non-Doggie Links
This Man Was Able To Create Affordable Prosthetics Because of YouTube
Easton LaChappelle has always been fascinated by robotics. As a child, he would take apart everything he could get his hands on, just to understand how things work. During his science fair days, Colorado’s Easton encountered a young girl with a prosthetic arm that looked “archaic” and cost about $80,000. He remembers thinking, is “this really her best available option?”

“Because of YouTube,” he tells GNN, “I was able to turn my passion into a business that is having a positive impact on people’s lives.”

When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.
-- Baltasar Gracián [Cf. Pope: "Men are best taught as if you taught them not,/And things unknown proposed as things forgo"]

In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
-- Warren Buffett. 
EQC should have listened to Warren and not waste our time, energy, stress in trying to repair damaged houses.

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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.

For the month of September, classes on Saturday, outside in the Red Zone!
Sept 5 for 4 wks More info and registration link


Private Consultation
We go to your house and train with your family- your schedule!
More info and registration link
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Homestay Dogs of the Month
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You dont need a FB page to look at ours.
Macy looking out on a frosty morning.
Macy stayed with us a week while we found a home for her in Auckland! 
Daisy lying on the bed
Daisy- dog tired! 
Fergus sitting in the kitchen
Fergus is growing up! Still goes through the dog door!
Gus, posing for the camera
Gus- what a poser!
Gus lying down in the grass
Gus- in the morning frozen grass!
Roofie and Max in the dog trailer
A day before spring, Max and Roofie decided to marry-- check the flag!
Roofie walking beside the river
Roofie- out of the trailer and using the legs! 
Roofie sitting on Natalie's lap
Roofie helping Natalie concentrate at work!
Mila at the start of the 'walk'. She laid down the rest of the way home!
Samson in the living room
Samson visiting for the evening - rehomed to a friend of ours, so we get to see him a lot!
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