May 19-25: National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Posted on May 21st, 2013

Dog Bite Prevention Tips Every year, the USPS designates a week for dog bite prevention awareness and education. As a trainer, I receive many inquiries about this topic. Below are some tips to preventing dog bites. 1. Dogs aren’t humans, they don’t appreciate hugs and kisses. Hugging a face-to-face contact is one of the most common reasons bites to the face occur. Teach your children how to show appropriate affection to

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“Tail Waggin’ Tutors”

Posted on January 31st, 2013

The Ranch for Canine Training and Behavior is thrilled to pilot a reading program for children at Dripping Springs Elementary School. This program invites all children, but especially benefits kids who have difficulty reading. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the

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Barton Creek Elementary | “Science Day” Presentation

Posted on November 18th, 2012

The Ranch for Canine Training and Behavior was asked to be a Presenter at Barton Creek Elementary School “Science Day” on November 16, 2012. We did 4 x :45 Presentations. We talked about how to say ‘hi’ safely to a dog, what to do if there is a loose dog or a dog is chasing you. After our lecture we did some Obedience, Rally, Agility demos. Lastly the children participated

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October Workshops

Posted on September 26th, 2012

UPCOMING WORK SHOPS: “On Leash Manners” Loose leash walking and how to fix on leash reactivity. This Workshop addresses Loose Leash walking and On-Leash Reactivity (commonly referred to as “Leash Aggression”). Both of these behaviors are extremely common and frustrating issues for owners and dogs. Leash pulling and reactivity co-exist. In order to be successfully repaired we must address and fix both. This Workshop will train both owners how to

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Preventing Canine Heat Stroke

Posted on July 26th, 2012

Keeping canines cool in the ruff dog days of summer! – Catherine O’Donnell, CPDT-KA The fun of summertime also brings along threatening temperatures for your canine companion. This is a timely reminder about understanding heatstroke, how to prevent it and what signs to look out for. Heat stroke can be fatal as dogs suffer from the heat much more rapidly than humans do. Dogs do not ‘perspire’ the same way

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Fox 7 News / Good Day Austin Segment: “Indoor fun and training tips” with Catherine O’Donnell, CPDT-KA.

Posted on July 24th, 2012

Fox 7 News / Good Day Austin Reporter Ann Wyatt Little interviews Catherine O’Donnell and her dogs for a piece titled “Indoor fun and training tips!” Good Day Austin visits with Catherine O'Donnell, CPDT-KA

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AKC S.T.A.R Puppy begins tonight!

Posted on July 18th, 2012

We’re excited about our first AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class beginning tonight! S.T.A.R. = Socialization.Training.Activity.Responsibility. In this organized training class, we’ll also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when

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AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Class is filling up!

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Meet “Daisy” she is our newest client! Daisy just enrolled in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class. When you complete a basic training class with your puppy (up to 1 year old) your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. STAR Puppy is a 6 week basic training class taught by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. At the end of 6 weeks your instructor will administer the

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Summer Group Classes at The Ranch

Posted on June 6th, 2012

We are currently putting together our Summer ’12 Group Class schedule. We will be offering classes 6 days a week. Classes include AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Intro to Scent Work, Basic Obedience, Confident Canines and FUN-gility is back by popular demand! We’ll have a schedule and full class descriptions out this week. Stay tuned.

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The “Joy” of Puppy Socialization

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

May 20-26th is National Dog Bite Prevention Week: . Say hi to “Joy”, she is a 3 month old Labrador Retriever. She is enjoying the “pass the puppy” lesson in our Puppy Preschool Socialization Class. This lesson teaches puppies to enjoy being handled by all of the different people in class. Today’s tip from The Ranch: Early socialization is an invaluable component to your dogs development. Fewer problems rise when

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