Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holiday Pounds - Yes Dogs Can Acquire Them Too - Milton Ontario Dog Trainer

The holidays aren't over quite yet, but it's a good time to start thinking about all those holiday pounds that you and your best friend have packed on over the past few weeks.

Yes, dogs acquire that extra baggage too. What owner doesn't want to let their dog indulge in some turkey dinners over the festive season? And who doesn't want to share some added treats for their pooches when everyone else around is eating Christmas cookies, sweets and chocolates?

Added weight on dogs can lead to serious health issues, just like in us humans. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, clogged arteries and the list goes on. The best way to combat these potentially life threatening diseases is to stop them before they start. A healthy diet mixed with daily exercise is the number one way to keep your dog in tip top shape. Same goes for us I might add.

Regular walks, hiking and runs only add years to your best friends life. And if you hate the winter weather, a treadmill works just as well. Stop over feeding treats, and make sure your portion out your best friends food properly, be it high quality kibble, cooked or raw.

If you're looking for an awesome way for both of you too loose the love handles, check out our newest class in partnership with Madjam Fitness - Doggy-Style Fitness. This class combines both a human and canine work out, all while getting that most important obedience training in as well.

Contact us to sign up for Doggy-Style Fitness at and visit our website for more details

If you're not ready for classes, and even though you might be tired from all the fesitivities, get out there and have some physical fun with your dog. There are no downfalls, only benefits, and try to enjoy the season in a healthy way!

Basic Dog Obedience in Milton Starting Soon!

We have a new Smart Dogs Basic Class starting January 8th from 10-am-11am, every Sunday for 7 weeks.

This class will help you teach your dog all the basics such as sit, down, stay, come, walk nice and leave it/off.

We will only be taking 4 spots for this class, so you are able to receive individual attention for you and your dog.

Start off the new year right by getting your dog trained.

Remember a trained dog is a happy dog and has a happy owner.  A trained dog is easier to live with, to take places and more fun to be around.

To sign up contact us at and visit our website for more details

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Year - New Classes!! Dog Training in Milton

The New Year is almost here, make one of your resolutions getting your dog trained!

Sundays from 10-11am we will be running our Smart Dogs Basic group obedience class and Sunday's from 11:30-12:30 we will be running Smart Dogs Fun Agility. Start date is January 8th 2012.

We will be taking four maximum in these classes, an excellent way to get individual help from a trainer without paying for private sessions!

Sign up now as some classes are already half full!

And watch for Doggy-Style Fitness starting Saturdays at the end of January - get yourself and your dog in shape and have fun doing it!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's never too late or too early to train your dog ... Milton Ontario Dog Trainer

There are those out there that will tell you to wait until after a certain age to begin training your puppy, and there are also those out there that still believe that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

How very wrong they are!!

The best time to start training your dog is from day one. Puppies are like little sponges, and soak up training like a Sham-wow drying a wet car. The key is consistent, short, fun sessions. Though they love to learn and thrive on "mind games" a puppy's attention span is a lot smaller then the attention span of an adult, so keep them interested by keeping the sessions short and happy.

Though older dogs may seem "stuck in their ways", there is no reason to believe that they can not be trainer and/or re-trained in the adult years. The fact is, adults dogs have a greater attention span, and can often be easier to work with in that regard than young pups. Adults who have never been trained should be treated as untrained pups, keep sessions short, consistent and fun to begin with, moving on to more challenges once you see they understand what you want.

Please don't count out the seniors either - they are more than capable of learning new things, the process might be a little longer, but the result is extremely rewarding.

So remember, it's never too late or too early to start training your dog. If you need help or guidance, give us a call or email and we can help you on your way to having a well behaved, trained and happy dog, regardless of age.