During the month of February, The Dog Gurus hosted The Daycare Games…an event like the Olympics for pet care facilities to demonstrate their skills and abilities in managing groups of dogs off-leash. As a consultant I spend time teaching people how to keep dogs safe when they are playing off-leash. I have co-authored a book as well as an entire staff training program dedicated to helping people learn this stuff. And yet, I was still absolutely amazed at the level of skill by the nearly 200 employees participating in The Daycare Games.
I’m involved in a one year coaching program with Steve Harrison’s Quantum Leap Program. It’s a lot of work but I love it!
In the past 20 years dog daycares have sprouted up everywhere. I’m thrilled that dogs have more chances to get good exercise and spend quality time with people who love them. But do you know how to choose the best pet care provider? I would suggest that every great daycare be working on two critical skills with all the dogs. The recent Daycare Games competition (think Olympics but for dog daycares) sponsored by The Dog Gurus provided a chance to highlight these skills. If your daycare isn’t doing these things, look for one that does!
This two day session sponsored by PuppyWorks is a great program for anyone involved in dog daycare, boarding, shelters, or multi-dog homes to learn how to safely manage dogs off-leash.
I’m looking forward to presenting a new workshop with Susan Briggs that will focus on the ownership side of running a safe off-leash play environment. This will be held on Friday evening and a two day workshop on managing safe off-leash play will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Dog parks are a growing trend across the United States. They can be a wonderful place for dogs. They provide a unique opportunity for dogs to run and play off-leash. They offer families time to bond with their dog in a secure setting. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing a dog running off-leash with a look of pure joy on his face. But dog parks can also be overwhelming to dogs. How do you know when your dog needs to go home?
Once again, I’m co-teaching an online course titled, Canine Body Language 101. This is ideal for shelter workers, foster families, and rescue groups looking for a convenient way to learn more about dog safety and care. It’s also a great opportunity for those who are just starting out in the pet care industry. This is a class I am teaching with friend and joint venture partner, Susan Briggs. Susan is owner of Crystal Canine, co-founder (with me) of The Dog Gurus, and co-author (also with me) of Off-Leash Dog Play…A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun. Susan lives in Texas and everything we do (other than when we speak at conferences together) is done in a virtual world. This course is no exception! We’ll have three weeks worth of material that you can view online at your own convenience, and three weekly live calls where you can call in and talk with us to answer any questions you have. If you want to learn more, check out this link. I hope to see some of you there.