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Training

So what do we do in our Training Classes? If you have never attended our classes and are reluctant to sign up because you are afraid we are going to shout at you and push your dog around, let me set your heart at ease and tell you about our classes. In the first place, the classes have to be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Surely, we all realize that dogs learn more readily if they enjoy the class and are rewarded for every effort they make to do what we ask them and show them to do.

Dog Training

Any dog can learn anything at any age, especially if he had learned to learn at an early age. And I make the exception for the very physical activity such as racing or high jumping which would be unwise for a senior dog to learn later in life. But I mean mental activity accompanied by mild physical activity. A dog actually enjoys some mental stimulation just as we humans do.

New Puppies!

Puppies are darling, lovable, fascinating, beautiful. These two toy poodle puppies I have been living with for the past ten weeks certainly are all of the above, in addition to being adorable. They were born in our guestroom and that in itself is always a breathtaking event.

Where's the grass? A Tale about the snow storm here at the Kennel

MUFFIN: Hey, where’s the grass? I’ve got to pee on the grass! Are we in the wrong place? WOW, what happened here? This stuff is COLD! And I can’t even find the sidewalk. Alright, Mom, HELP!

The Three T's of Training

What is learning? And how do we learn? Well, I think it starts with OBSERVING - and then it becomes FIGURING OUT what you were observing until suddenly you UNDERSTAND what you were trying to figure out. Then the thing you now understand is committed to MEMORY. And PRESTO, you have LEARNED something. Now some of that MEMORIZING is kind of automatic, but sometimes you have to seriously push it into your memory and that can be difficult. If you are studying for an exam that does not interest you, it becomes difficult. Now, let's compare how we learn to how your dog learns.

OUR KENNEL

As a retired international All-Breed and Obedience Dog Show Judge, certified with the Federacion Cynologique Internacional based in Belgium, you can imagine I love dogs and dog shows. Over the years, I have judged international shows in Venezuela, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and the United States. I need a dog or two within petting distance always, and I believe the dogs in my life realize this for there is always at least one at my feet.

The Trees

I know you must be as horrified as I was saddened by our having to chop down the beautiful row of Bradford pear trees along our parking area, right in front of our kennel. It was a brutal decision but necessary when the second tree in the row split down the middle and hit the telephone and electricity pole on the edge of our property.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

YOU ARE INVITED
TO BRING YOUR PETS TO THE
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
AT 2 PM ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012
AT GRANBAR KENNELS
IN HONOR OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISSI,
THE PATRON SAINT OF ANIMALS

Dickens

You know every pet who comes to stay with us at Granbar is special. Each one is different with his or her own special traits, habits, likes, and dislikes. Some start coming as very young puppies like Dickens did, and graduate from Puppy food to Adult food and then on to Senior food with very special soft treats, and special mats in their rooms to help old creaky bones. But each one gets special treatment and finds a special niche in our hearts ... Like Dickens!

TWINKLE TOES

I named him Twinkle Toes when he was born, a black toy poodle with white hairs in between his toes on the bottom of his feet. He was easy to identify among his littermates as they lay on their little tummies pumping and sucking at mommy’s milk supply, with the bottom of all little back feet showing. The little white hairs peeking out from in between his toes twinkled brightly when I would peek in to see how the little canine family was doing.

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