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                                                                                                 March 2021

School News
Pandemics have altered the business model for everyone, but Dog trainers over the globe have never been busier. Research from the USA, shows more than 12 million dogs hNatalie with the dogsave been adopted over this time, we suspect NZ is proportionally much the same as we respond to work-from-home policies and decreased social opportunities.

Our clients tell us their (sometimes new) Dog complement their homebound lifestyles, both getting time to bond, and helping to ensure that their humans get outside at least a few times a day.
Life Skills Class
February 2021 Life Skills Class

With February being the first class since December's shorter class of three weeks we had a catch up with a few more Dogs than our usual.  We always strive to enable puppy's into Life Skills as a priority wherever possible and  it flavours what we teach but every one completed - even our more mature dogs with  all getting positive outcomes.

It is delightful to hear such great feedback. After several quasi lockdowns we are now, once again spending more time with our dogs again. So too are many folk getting a dog for the first time. We have never been busier.
Like Cats & Dogs…
We all know or have seen examples of cats and dogs living together in harmony—or, in some cases, observing an extended cease-fire. Still, many dogs and cats are not good candidates for living with the other species. And even if they are, peaceful coexistence often requires careful planning, intros, and ongoing management. Some tips to keep in mind:

GDog and cat togetherood canine candidates for living with cats: Puppies or adult dogs that have successfully lived with a cat before. Laid-back, relaxed, friendly dogs. Dogs that are not very predatory (i.e. don’t chase cats or possums when outdoors).
Good feline candidates for living with dogs: Relaxed, laid-back cats and kittens. Cats with dog experience. (Not-so-good candidates? Shy, skittish cats, particularly if they are given to running.

Introducing the two: Have the dog on leash, ask her to sit, and treat her near the cat. Also treat the cat. If the dog can sit and take treats, allow her to meet the cat. Good signs are gentle investigation and respect for the cat’s defensive signals. Bad signs are instant attempts to chase, straining at the leash, whining, and barking. If this goes well, drop the leash and supervise closely. If the dog is friendly or cautious, don’t get involved except to praise and reward the dog for good manners. Interrupt chasing and give a time-out by removing the dog from the room. Watch closely for the first few weeks. Supervise all interactions until you see a positive pattern in their relationship.
Have a dog-free room (use baby-gates, cat doors) as well as high places the cat can access but the dog can’t. The cat needs places where she can regroup in peace and then venture forward into ‘dog territory’ at her own pace. Make sure food, water, and litter are accessible in this area. Never force the cat to be close to the dog by holding her, caging her, or otherwise restricting her.
Doggie Links
Dog show: Pet pooches play more when humans are watching. Pet dogs are far more likely to play with one another when their owner is present and being attentive, according to a new study, raising the intriguing possibility that they are putting on a show for our benefit.
Vision Loss in dogs
Vision Loss in Senior Dogs — Symptoms and Management. Now that your senior dog’s vision is compromised, there will be new hazards to consider, both inside your home and out in your yard.

“A dog is like an eternal Peter Pan, a child who never grows old and therefore is available to love and be loved.” –Aaron Katcher
Non-Doggie Links
Video: A billion years in 40 seconds
Geoscientists have released a video that for the first time shows the uninterrupted movement of the Earth's tectonic plates over the past billion years.

Hilarious Slapstick Comedy Ad
What could possibly go wrong? Absolutely everything in this commercial for Etisalat, a telecommunications company.   I don't know the answer, but I want to watch this commercial over and over again.
You have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
-- Ken Kesey

Very few established institutions, governments and constitutions … are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends.
-- Walter Lippmann

The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.
-- Churchill
The Last larf !

"It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it." --Sam Levenson


Students at school were asked to write about the harmful effects of oil on fish. One 11-year old wrote, "When my mom opened a tin of sardines last night it was full of oil and all the sardines were dead."

Natalie and Blair in the kayak with Max

What we did yesterday without any other homestay dogs. Max is loving the attention! -- and the flappers in the river. He almost had to use his dog float! 
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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: Due to someone cancelling, we have one spot available for our March class.


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 having way too much fun and runs!
Bailey walking delicately over the flowers, not! :) 
Poppy loves to sniff (must have learned from Max our dog), and slowly makes her way to me.
Cody, a quiet Schnauzer, enjoying the beach, and all of the open space- while his owner did a marathon!  
Missy enjoying the luxury of our couch! 
Rosie enjoying the run around at the beach! (with Riley)
Reily (and Rosie above) spent the week together then went their separate ways on almost the same day. They certainly  enjoyed each other's company! They entertained us to no end! 
Blair on the boat
Taking the ferry to Diamond Harbour
Max and Blair in the kayak
Max loving his spot in the kayak!
Bigger photos on our Facebook page
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