Save the Date! Dock Diving Competition

Save the Date! This fall we are proud to announce our first ever dock diving competition. We have a 28′ pool with a ramp for plenty of momentum. Please join us on Sunday, November 2nd, from 1:00-3:00pm. In preparation for this event, we will be offering dock diving lessons ($18 for members, $30 for non-members*) every Sunday in October at 1:00pm. Please contact us no later than the previous Friday at 5:00pm using the contact form. Hope to see you there!


The Case Against Retractable Leashes

Whenever I see someone out walking their dog on a retractable leash I am tempted to speak up. To begin with, who dreamed up the idea that a dog preferred to walk 20’ ahead of their owner?  I would venture to say that if I invited a friend to go for a walk and then proceeded to walk 20’ ahead of them they would think I was rude. Whether you are walking with a friend, spouse or your canine companion, isn’t the idea of walking together a sharing experience?  Personally when I walk with any of my dogs I always enjoy the interaction.  It’s safe to say that if they were 20’ ahead of me there would be little if any interaction. Even more disturbing are the dangers of walking your dog along a busy street with a retractable leash.  In the event that your dog spots something across the street of interest there is a strong chance that you would not be able to reel your dog in before he found himself in traffic.  I personally know of several devastated dog owners who have lost a beloved friend this way. Loose leash walking is not difficult. It’s a skill that simply takes a little training for your dog and consistency on your part.  You will find walking beside a dog who is not pulling and who is “with you” rather than 20’ away from you is far more rewarding and only builds a stronger relationship. Let us do the hard work and teach your dog how to walk properly on a leash and teach you how to generalize the skill into your daily walks. For more information on how to train loose leash walking through positive reinforcement, please give one of The Dog Knowledge trainers a call at 704-365-1892, and we are more than happy to...

Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling With Your Dog Traditionally, in the South, the end of winter marks the beginning of trips to the beach. For anyone whose travel plans include the family pet, here are some things to keep in mind for your dog’s comfort away from home, to make your trip more pleasant, and to ensure that as a dog owner, you won’t be making or leaving a bad impression for those who follow after you. Probably the most irksome issue to both dog and non-dog people alike is the subject of elimination. There are two parts to this: getting your dog to eliminate in new situations, and dealing with waste. Being a creature of habit, if your dog is used to eliminating off leash in the privacy of your yard, he may be reluctant to relieve himself in a new place while on leash with you waiting, baggie in hand. A little prior training can get your dog used to going on leash. Before leaving home, take your dog to new places to make sure he’ll eliminate on leash. If he doesn’t, spend some time getting him used to it by taking him out on leash, and waiting until he goes. The first time you try this it may take a while. If it takes too long, go back inside and either keep him on leash with you, or put him in a crate. After 15 minutes or so, try again. Keep this up until he recognizes that he has no choice but to eliminate on leash. Praise a lot. It will get easier after that. The second part of the elimination subject is picking up after your dog. Always have a supply of plastic bags to clean up after him. I always carry extras so I can clean up anything else I find, regardless of whether my dog did it or not. Beyond being common courtesy, it’s the best way to ensure that dog-friendly places remain dog friendly. When making plans, make sure your dog will be welcome wherever you plan to stay. Check with hotels or friends and relatives to make sure dogs are allowed. Many places need the reassurance that your dog is trained and under control. Some hotels may prefer you keep him crated to leave him in the room. Check ahead so you’ll know what to expect. If you’re going out-of-state, carry a current health certificate,...

FREE Puppy Seminar

Tips, Tricks, Training to Raise the Perfect PupMonthly Every 3rd Sunday from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Puppies Should Be Easy.  (Not) Puppies like children don’t come with a handbook.  So in an effort to unravel some of the myths behind raising a good social puppy, The Dog Knowledge invites you to our upcoming free PUPPY SEMINAR to dispel myths and share our personal experience, opinions and popular research to training a puppy that will become the perfect family companion. THE CRITICAL FIRST 16 WEEKS The first weeks in a puppy’s life are critical in determining the temperament of the dog.  Just like a child, some of the puppy behaviors are inherited; determined by breed, determined by genetics.  However, many of the behaviors are learned.  If the mother is taken away too soon the puppy will not learn proper social behavior.  A good mother and a proper whelping box can teach a puppy the importance of eliminating away from where he eats and sleeps.  This will go a long way to making potty training a breeze.  If the puppy is taken away from his littermates too soon he doesn’t learn to play well with others and such lessons as bite inhibition, etc. Remember, the first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life is similar to the first 5 years of a toddler’s life.  Events that seem insignificant to you may shape your puppy’s personality for years to come.  Dogs think in pictures and a puppy has a clean slate, a blank album.  A few tips and tricks will help you fill your puppy’s mental photo album with positive images. DID YOU KNOW… that if you ring the doorbell and knock on the door every time you arrive home that your puppy will never become a “door rusher” barking his head off every time the doorbell rings? DO YOU UNDERSTAND…why your dog is potentially a threat to the postman?  The answer is simple.  Each time the postman comes to the door to deliver the mail your puppy learns quickly that if he barks he is rewarded by the postman going away.  (Little does he know that the postman goes away regardless.) As the puppy matures, he becomes bolder until maturity catches up with attitude.  And soothing your growling dog is only encouraging him to continue this behavior.  Same with a dog that is afraid of loud noises or thunder.  Soothing him encourages his...

Dog Knowledge Video

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