Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm a Gemini Dog!

Our Easter weekend boarders and daycare doggies took advantage of the warm sunny day yesterday. We had two very fun and playful groups who sure were pooped by the end of the day!

Baylee catches some rays

Maggie D.

Jake was full of energy!

Jake and Baylee discuss the weather

Ally, Jake, and Baylee


Amos, Jenny, and Krystale play follow the leader!


Raider and Jenny wrestle with a bone

Ellie comes in for her close-up




Who's going to make the first move? Smokey, Raider, or Jenny?

Bathing beauties Baylee and Maggie D


Jenny and Smokey


Monday, March 17, 2008

Kiss Me! I'm an Irish Gemini Dog!

Gemini Dog Deja Blu gives her brother Coleby a smooch this St. Patrick's Day. Deja and Coleby belong to office manager Nancy Basley and are rumored to still be talking to their Mom, even after enduring this photo shoot!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

If Dogs Were Teachers

Here's some good advice for this gloomy, rainy day. Enjoy!

If a dog was your teacher, you would learn things like:

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
  • Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Monday, March 03, 2008

New! Friday Night Agility Video Run Thrus

Here's a great way to work on your technique! Walk and run a course while being taped. Then, following a debriefing, re-walk and re-run the course while being taped again.

We will then view the tapes to help you see what works best for your team. We bet you'll pick up loads of ways to improve your runs!

Bring a VHS tape (or your own video camera, if you prefer).

  • Friday Mar. 7, Mar. 21, April 4
  • 5:30-7:00 PM
  • More info

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I'm a New Gemini Dog!

Training assistant Kim Lewis recently sent in photos of her newest Gemini Dog, Sydney. Kim writes:

Sydney joined our family this weekend. She is 4 to 5 month old cattle dog. So far she is very sweet and friendly, and wants to get along with the other two dogs. Wyle and Maggie are still not too sure of her.

Congrats, woof, and welcome to the family!

New Seminar! Get SMART About Training with Kathy Sdao

We are happy to announce another Dogs of Course seminar in April! Kathy Sdao marks her 5th annual speaking engagement in New England with this two-day seminar at Gemini Dogs April 26-27. Visit the Dogs of Course website for complete details.

Get SMART About Training
with Kathy Sdao, MA CAAB
April 26-27, 2008 at Gemini Dogs

Many dog trainers have made efforts to increase their use of positive reinforcement while minimizing their use of painful or anxiety- provoking punishments. When we opt to avoid using "sticks" to motivate our dogs, we must make a commitment to become SMART about the use of "carrots" – positive reinforcers.

The acronym SMART stands for "See, Mark and Reward Training"; it summarizes the fundamental sequence of behaviors a trainer performs when using reinforcement effectively. Are you maximizing the power of positive reinforcement or just scratching the surface?

Join Kathy Sdao for this all new seminar that will improve your skills and effectiveness using positive reinforcement. Continuing Education Credits for CPDTs and IAABC.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Thinking about dog agility? Take an Agility 101 workshop!

If you have been thinking about getting into dog agility but are unsure of what's involved, then come to one of our 1-hour workshops!

  • Friday nights 6-7 PM (Dates have changed due to snow storm)
  • $25 each.
  • All workshops require completion of beginner obedience (or instructor approval) as a prerequisite, but there is no age limit.
  • More info and register now

Workshop 1: Agility Try It (March 14)

Want to try agility but still working on the obedience training required? Have a puppy or young dog that's too young to start our regular agility classes? Come and see what agility is about in a safe and fun atmosphere.

Get your feet and paws wet by trying some beginner obstacles like tunnels, jumps, table, low dogwalks and A-frame. This workshop is designed to give a brief overview of agility equipment and what is involved in training you and your dog for agility.

Workshop 2: Training on the Flat (March 28)

Have you watched agility and wondered how the dogs always seem to know just where to go? How do the dogs and handlers change sides without colliding? It's not magic - it's a system of cues - like teaching sit and down. And it's all done without equipment!

If you are waiting to get into an agility class or have a dog too young yet for agility class, then this workshop is for you! Get a head start in agility and come learn all those handling cues now!

You'll learn how to turn your dogs towards you and away from you with a series of fun games using everyday items like waste baskets and chairs! Learn how to get a beautiful stay and go 10, 15, 20 feet away! Learn the secrets to how all those agility handlers get their dogs to go all the way to the bottom of those big pieces of contact equipment, the dogwalk, and A-frame. This workshop is designed to provide you with fun training games that you can practice while waiting to get into an agility class.

Workshop 3: Tricks and Agility Games (April 11)

Get a headstart on agility classes and come learn all kinds of training games designed to teach basic agility skills in a fun and fast atmosphere. These are games that benefit everyone from the backyard agility enthusiast participating for fun to the most experienced competitors.

These games and tricks are fun and easy to teach, and provide important self-control skills as well as physical conditioning necessary for dogs doing agility.