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School News                                                                    March 2017

It might be March, but you have taught your dog to 'quick step?"
We have been tasked with finding homes for Louie, the Cocker Spaniel and Harry, the long-haired Dachshund. We will miss them both, but I'm sure we'll see them again as they've found homes in Christchurch! ( We even had an inquiry from New York!)

We had two Life Skills Class in the month of February. We had more than usual registrations and decided to split the class. Our Tuesday's day class held at our new venue, the A&P showgrounds has one more class to go.

Class 1


Milestone reached. Our Newsletter has more than 800 subscribers. Thanks to all those who have shared it about. We just surpassed 2,200 readers. Wow! Big thanks from US!   Don't forget you can always 'friend us' & review us on our Facebook page on http://facebook.com/NKDog 

Swannanoa MarketJoin the fun and excitement of the Annual Swannanoa Country Fair being held on Sunday 5th March 2017 from 10am - 3pm at the Swannanoa Domain on Tram Road.

There are thousands of people there. And we'll have a stall. Come and say hello!!

Jokes:
Q: What do you get when you cross a dog and a calculator?
A: A friend you can count on. 
Q: What do you call a dog that licks an electrical socket?
A: Sparky.
Q: Where did the dog fall asleep?
A: In the barking lot. 
Thanks to Dog Joke Source (sorry, I didn't think of it!) 
Newsletter Article

Earthdog Tests

Earth Dog TrialLike herding and dryland mushing, this is another example of a sport created as an outlet for a specific group of dogs’ innate gifts. If you are sharing your life with any type of small terrier or Dachshund, this is potentially a great activity for you and your dog. 
 
As the name suggests, earthdog work tests a dog’s natural instinct to delve underground in the hunt for small game or vermin like foxes, rats, or rabbits. One step at a time, dogs are introduced to quarry, are encouraged to follow a scent trail, and finally learn to negotiate underground tunnels until the quarry is found—mind you, the quarry is protected by bars and is Earth dognever touched. In advanced tests, problems like side tunnels and hidden entry points are introduced to challenge the dog’s skills. Besides being exciting and satisfying for dogs, earthdog work is designed to be fun at every level from beginner’s to master’s.
 
Interested in awakening your dog’s hardwired instincts? The Getting Started in Earthdog Tests  has tips for practice sessions in your own area or back yard.
Doggies Links

Do Nervous Dog Owners Have Nervous Dogs? Neurotic dog owners may have dogs who cope with stress less efficiently. Should a female owner get a male dog?

The Crate is Great. Helping your dog love his private space. [We were asked about crate training. Good article]

How to clean a dog's ear (video) 
This is an IN-DEPTH, detailed demonstration on how to clean and medicate a dog's ears by a veterinarian. Hopefully, this video will help you. The best medicine in the world won't work if you don't get it in the ear correctly!

Head tilt? Walking in circles? Your companion dog or cat is likely trying to regain his sense of balance or his spatial orientation is off. The cause is more than likely a vestibular dysfunction. 
 
Quotes

"I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'" -- Fred Jungclaus

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. -- 
-- Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
-- Jung
 
Homestay Dogs of the Month- continued
Mikah
Max and Mikah took up playing, and playing together after Hemi left us on Saturday. I love seeing the big and small dogs playing together as they don't really get a good chance of doing so.
See video here
Next Classes

Life Skills Classes 
For puppies and older dogs. Learn how to teach and instil manners in your dog in a relax and fun atmosphere. Small classes. Indoors. Dogs don't meet and greet. We want your dog to pay you attention! 
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  7pm-8pm & 10am-11am

More information and Registration

Hide & Scent Class
Get your dog working for you! Have you lost your keys? Your dog can find them with a bit of training. Come and have some fun!  
March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 8pm-9pm
More Info and Registration
 
Homestay Dogs of the Month
Facebook page -> more pics
Blair with Max, Louie, Harry, and Missy. Now who's walking who?
We've known Stanley the Great Dane since he was a puppy. He's stayed with us every now and again. He's now a big boy! Harry and Stanley were so cute playing together! 
Harry, Lxii and Missy in our favourite Red Zone area!
Natalie is on the couch with Stanley, the Great Dane, Missy, Harry (in Stanley's legs), Max and Louie
Zephie and Missy
Zephie and Missy in the Southshore. Missy has been with us since January while her house is being repaired. She'll be leaving us soon !
Hemi and Louie - both water dogs! 
Big Max (as opposed to our dog Max)
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