Volume 14 | Number 06
Luvk9s June/July monthly newsletter
The dog days of summer are upon us. Have you ever wondered where that expression came from? Here's a hint - it has nothing to do with our canine companions.

The star Sirius, also known as "Alpha Canis Majoris" or the dog star, is the brightest star in the night sky. "Dog days" happen when Sirius appears to rise alongside the sun in late July in the Northern Hemisphere. The Greeks and Romans believed the combined heat from these two stars is what made those days the hottest of the year and came up with this now common expression. This year, the dog days of summer started July 3 and will end August 11.

Enrichment activity - activity #11
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Teach your dog to swim! It's a common misconception that all dogs instinctively know how to swim. Just because there is a stroke named after dogs - the dog paddle - doesn't mean that's true!

Some breeds, such as bulldogs, basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgi's, Scottish and Boston Terriers and greyhounds are simply not built for swimming. Other dogs are naturals, such as Portuguese or English Water spaniels, setters, retrievers, Akitas, Kerry blue terriers, poodles and Hungarian pulis.

Working Dogs and Public Access
Image by Doris Dressler
Service dogs, therapy dogs, seizure response dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, diabetes alert dogs, emotional support dogs – the list of working dogs goes on and on! What’s the difference, and does it matter?       

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines assistance (service) dogs as “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” The ADA further clarifies that the “work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort to multiple individuals in various environments. They do not just help or work with one specific person.

Upcoming educational opportunities
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Thursday classes in Ball Ground starting Sept 1
AKC STAR PUPPY class starts at 7 PM

Friday classes in Ball Ground starting Sept 9
BASIC OBEDIENCE class starts at 9 AM

Saturday classes in Ball Ground starting Sept 10
BASIC OBEDIENCE class starts at 9 AM
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) starts at 10:30 AM

Luvk9s also offers private, in-home consultations as well as phone consults.

We can also help prepare your dog for therapy or service dog work.