The November News letter is finally here! University Canine Learning Academy has been busy at work and we can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the rains are here! Keep yourselves safe and dry, and please remember, we are fast approaching the time of year when Giardia is most prevalent. Standing water is not your friend. Please see our October newsletter for more information.
Looking for a fun night out? This Friday November 20th, 6 - 9pm will be the UCLA Dogs Autumn Art Festival! Check out the details.
We're sure everyone heard about the alleged dog attacks that reportedly took place in late September at Magnuson Dog Park - For the whole story, read here! Written and submitted by Stormi King, CCS, UCLA Dogs' most recent addition.
the Dog Training Files...
dog lifts her front paws off the floor but keeps her rump down. The classic
Disney begging pose.
University Canine Learning Academy is proud to announce two recent graduates of dogTEC's Dog Walker's Academy, held in San Francisco: our own Linda McVay and Andrea Stone! Veronica Boutelle, owner of dogTEC and one of the main instructors at "DWA", was formerly the Director of Behavior and Training at the SF/SPCA, home of the renowned Dog Trainer's Academy. "The Academy" was headed up by dog training greats such as Dr. Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley. It is a great learning experience to work with Veronica, and her body language expert, Kim Moeller CTC.
While there, in addition to going through this comprehensive workshop, Andrea and Linda were certified in Pet CPR and First Aid. Now your dogs are safer than before at UCLA Dogs!
You are invited to UCLA Dogs' first Autumn Art Festival! This event is for humans only (sorry pups!) but promises to be fun for all. There will be several artists displaying their work, including some of our talented alumni! Natasha Lewandrowski, mixed media artist; Bethany Woodward, charcoals; Jamie Pflughoeft, photographer will be among the talented artists to be shown. There will be some refreshments, and some of the work may even be available for purchase or commission.
Also in attendance will be Nicole of Immortal Dog. Some of her fantastic wares will be available at her display in the studio. We'd also like to congratulate her on her recent and highly successful Yappy Hour! Way to go, Nicole!
Hoax Brings Up an Important Issue
As many dog owners are aware
by now, there were recently signs hung at Magnuson Dog Park about an alleged
fatal attack that occurred in the park. KOMO-4 news then ran a leading
6 o'clock story on these signs, interviewing a friend of the alleged owner
of the victimized dog, who told the news what she had heard.
If you do frequent a dog park, be aware that they are a use-at-your-own-risk convenience, in which there are many different dogs with different socialization histories and many different owners who have varying opinions about appropriate play. Always keep an eye on your dog. Be aware with whom your dog is playing and what their body language is telling you. Just like people, dogs can get annoyed with their playmates from time to time. Often when they say, “Hey knock it off!” we humans tend to interpret it as an aggressive act. If play gets too rough, separate the dogs and allow for a few moments of cool off time. If another dog is bullying yours, try moving to a different part of the dog park or leaving the park all together. It’s much better to cut play time short than leave things to chance if you are uncomfortable.
Although we’d like to think it’s so, not all dogs who go to the dog park are properly vaccinated or in good health. Being sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations can greatly reduce the chances of his catching something harmful. Keep a close eye on your dog and what he or she picks up off the ground. Standing water can often build up bacteria, so if hoses are available be sure to refresh the water dish before allowing your dog to drink from it. Most dog parks have rules posted regarding age, health, collars, behavior, and sometimes even size of the dog. These rules are in place to ensure the safety of you, your dog and everyone else at the park. Follow them!
Most importantly, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your dog and the other dogs around you. If you see a scuffle break out in which injuries occur, call Animal Control and let them know what you have witnessed. Give as much detail as you can. If there are other witnesses, exchange contact information with them and the owner(s) of the injured dog(s). If anyone has a camera (most cell phones today do) take photos of any injuries incurred by any dog or human victims.
We all want our local parks to be safe for everyone. Irresponsible behavior, be it a dog or human, is not to be tolerated. Never be afraid to report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Seattle Animal Control can be reached at (206)386.7387, and press 7 to speak to the dispatch officer.
If you happen to own a dog that could be mistaken for a “bully breed” (the definition of “Pit Bull” is very loose in many jurisdictions) that attends the dog park, be aware that there have been two reported incidents of innocent bully breed look-alike dogs that have been kicked by fellow park goers as a result of this alleged story. Breed of dog is not always as easy to recognize as one might think, so extra caution should be taken by all owners in this regard. Here’s a little quiz to illustrate. Can you identify the pit bull out of photos below?
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Puppy Kindergarten - Starts Wednesday, November 18th.
Puppy PreSchool - Starts Saturday December 5th
Drop-In Class - December 5th - Do you just need to brush up on one or two behaviors? Need tips on how to perfect that heel or get better distance on a down? RSVP for the Drop-In class, first Saturday of every month (except on holidays).
Introduction to Conformation - December 4th. This class is unique, unlike any other conformation class in the Seattle area. If you or someone you know is interested in showing their dog, this is the class!
Puppy Play Groups - FREE every Sunday at 12:45pm. Play is limited to 12 dogs, so it's first come first served. Please do check the website for updates, as we are closed for major holidays. Starting in the new year, there will be a $5 charge for Puppy Play.
Small Dog Play Groups - Every Monday, 7:15pm. Small dog play is limited to 8 dogs under 30lb, and is likewise closed on major holidays.
Please see our schedule for more classes and information!