Halloween Training: We do Delivery!

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 28, 2011 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Events, Dog Training

Does your dog bark at the door?  Does your dog need work greeting strangers?  Does your dog shy away from funny looking people?  We have the perfect opportunity to deliver precious socialization straight to your door…. Halloween!  Here’s how to turn this spooky holiday into an awesome training opportunity.

Have someone else man the door while you work with your dog.  This way you can move further away from the door if Fluffy is getting too excited.

Leash your furry friend to prevent escapes and to keep away from those overly generous chocolate-wielding trick-or-treaters.

Bring dog candy; soft, smelly, meaty treats that is.  Reward those social butterflies for remaining
calm as kids arrive.  For shy dogs, reward for bravely approaching those strange costumed creatures.  For barkers, reward those quiet moments.

Create a training station using a cushy blanket or dog bed.  It will give your dog a focal point for stationary positions like sit and stay, which can be tricky when there are distractions.

And remember, don’t force any encounters between Fido and those kids.  If at any point your dog seems stressed or is refusing treats, it’s time to give them a break.  Training should be fun and safe for everyone.  Consider boarding if you’re concerned about your dog’s stress level.

Ask the Trainer

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 19, 2011 | Posted in Ask the Trainer, Dog Behavior, Dog Training

Tucker is a very friendly 3 year old retriever mix that we adopted from the Humane Society.  He has always been great with my three kids and loves playing with other dogs and going to the dog park and has never been in a fight.  Recently he has been barking and pulling towards dogs on our walks.  I thought he just wanted to play but yesterday when he reached the dog he bit it on the face.  What has happened to my sweet Tucker?

What you are experiencing with Tucker is called “reactivity” in the trainer world and it is very common.  Tucker’s reactivity is probably due to a combination of being uncomfortable meeting on leash and feeling frustrated at not being able to greet and play with dogs that he meets.  In this case, having a social butterfly can make the situation even worse because the frustration at not being able to play is even greater.

There are two things that you will need to do to help Tucker’s reactivity.

1)  Teach him that dogs approaching him on leash is awesome and that they are a cue that you are about to dispense awesome cookies and fun games.

How to – Bring tasty treats on your walks with Tucker.  As soon as he sees another dog, say his name and pop a scrumptious treat in his mouth, then walk away.  Treat him the very second he spots that other dog. Before long he will look up at you every time he sees a dog.

2)  Teach him that calm behavior and attention is the key to being able to greet and play with friendly dogs.

How to – Have a helper bring a dog that Tucker knows and likes.  Pick a distance from the other dog where Tucker is distracted but not lunging or barking.  Ask for a sit, wait for him to comply, then release him to go play with his buddy. This exercise works best if both dogs are released at the same time and meet off leash.

I recommend Patricia McConnell’s book Feisty Fido if you want some extra help.  Good luck in your training endeavors!

You can ask the trainer yourself at info@central-bark.com

Creative Training Classes @ CB

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 14, 2011 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Training

With our last training class being such a huge success, we are kicking off round two, and this time we are adding a new class into the mix!

Buddy Basics & Canine Good Citizen – This class includes all of the basic obedience cues (sit, down, off, stay, come, polite leash walking and polite dog-dog greetings) as well as prepares you to certify your dog through the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program.  Certification is included in the cost.

Buddy Basic’s is 6 consecutive Tuesdays @ 7:30pm from 10/18 – 11/6     Cost is $130

Foundation Fido – Learn the techiques that pro sport dog trainers use to build that intense focus and stop-on-a-dime obedience that creates champion agility, flyball, weight pull, and obedience dogs.  Your dog will form a foundation of focus, self-control, and confidence that will prepare him or her for dog sports of off-leash control.  Class includes exercises like relaxed down-stays, long distance flying recalls (come!), immediate attention on cue and much more.  For specialized attention, maximum enrollment is 4 dog/handler teams.

Foundation Fido is 6 consecutive Wednesdays @ 7:30pm from 11/15 – 12/20     Cost is $120

For more questions or to enroll contact info@central-bark.com or 206.325.3525

And to see the graduates from last class click here.



Posted by: Pack Leader | October 11, 2011 | Posted in Dog Events, Dog Training

Join us Saturday October 29th at 2pm for our first ever Halloween party at Central Bark!  There will be fun, games, prizes, costumes, and treats for our human and canine guests.

When: Saturday October 29th

Time: 2pm (to 4pm)

Where: Central Bark – 838 Poplar Place South, Seattle, 98144

Who: People and friendly leashed canines

What: Games, costume contests, bobbing for hot dogs, pie eating contests (for dogs), musical sit, dog and human goodies, photos, and much more!

Product Review: K-9 Overcoat

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 3, 2011 | Posted in Uncategorized

If you have shorthaired dogs like me, this windy rainy weather can make walking your dog pretty miserable (and sometimes a little smelly).  So, I have a product review for you that is one of my favorites.

Ruff Wear’s K-9 Overcoat – cold weather protection.

Designed to be warm and durable this coat is wind and water-resistant. The recycled fleece insulating layer is enclosed in a durable recycled polyester shell, keeping body heat in, and the elements out.  Auto-lock buckles on each side provide easy on/off.

The Pros:  Overall the coat is snazzy looking, easy to get on and off, fits well, and indeed provides all of the cold weather protection benefits as promised.  It has reflective tubing in the seams and I really like that there is one solid piece that protects the dog’s chest.  It is eco-friendly and machine washable as well.

The Cons: Not much color choice (only two colors) and no little button-hole for a harness attachment if you are into that.  Since the coat slips over the dogs head, there is sort of a one-size-fits-most factor for the neck hole, which meant I had to opt for the slightly looser fit to accommodate for my dogs’s beefy head.  Otherwise, the coats are little pricey, setting you back $65.00 (which in my opinion was well worth it).

In summary, I give it 5/5 stars.  My dogs and I have enjoyed it.