Volume 13 | Number 05
Luvk9s June monthly newsletter
Summer is almost here - the official start of summer, summer solstice, is June 20th when we will enjoy 14 hours and 23 minutes of sunlight here in Atlanta! This year, more folks than ever will be traveling and vacationing, many with their canine companions in tow. The list of pet-friendly lodging continues to grow. Most La Quinta, Motel 6 and Red Roof Inns allow dogs to stay for free.

Click here to see a full list of pet-friendly hotels as well as a list of beaches in the southeast that allow dogs.

Impulse control - game #8
Photo by Ryan Walton on Unsplash
A reliable stay is an excellent way to manage an overly excited dog but is also critically important for your dog's safety.

When teaching the stay cue, remember the 4 D's that make up a reliable stay: duration, distance, distractions and delivery of reward. Get a good duration in place before adding distance. Don't add distractions until you've got duration and distance nailed down. Randomly rewarding is the last step.

The same principles apply when teaching a down stay - work on duration first, distance second, distractions third and delivery of rewards last.

Click here to see a demo YouTube.
Stay is a challenging but important
cue to teach your dog.

Put the retrieve back into retriever
(Teach your dog to fetch)
Photo courtesy of Doris Dressler 
Interested in finding a way to exercise your dog that doesn't tire you out? Playing fetch will not only accomplish this goal but will also strengthen your bond with your four-legged-best friend. What a win-win scenario!

Most dogs love chasing balls (or other toys) but many canines don't do a good job of bringing the item back, resulting in games of keep-away or catch-me-if-you-can instead. This can be avoided by using back-chaining to train (or retrain) the retrieve.
Two tennis balls are better than one!
Upcoming educational opportunities
Photo compliments Constant Contact
Thursday classes in Big Canoe
Basic class starts June 10 at 9 AM
Canine Good Citizen starts June 10 at 10:30 AM

Friday classes in Ball Ground
Puppy class starts June 11 8:30 AM
Basic class starts June 11 at 10 AM

Saturday classes in Ball Ground
Puppy class starts June 12 at 8:30 AM
Basic class starts June 12 at 10 AM
Canine Good Citizen starts June 12 at 11:30 AM


 Luvk9s is offering in-home
private consults. Call, email
or text for more info!