Volume 13 | Number 08
Luvk9s September monthly newsletter
The fall season is fast approaching - the first day of fall is September 22! What better time of year is there to spend time outdoors with your canine buddy? There are festivities galore geared specifically for dogs. If your dog loves to swim, there are numerous public pools that will allow your dogs "one last swim" before the pool is shut down for the season. Here is a short list of a few events in the Atlanta area.

Dog friendly fall activities and dog-related fund raisers

Yappy Hour, every Tues, 4–6 pm through Oct. 26 at Halcyon Forsyth Shopping Mall in Alpharetta
Dog Day at the Outdoor Leisure Pool, 9/12 from 1-3:15 PM at the Cumming Aquatic Center
Barkville Dog Rescue's Race for Their Lives 5K, 9/18 at 8 AM, Denmark High School in Alpharetta
Doggie Dip Day, 9/25-9/26, Murphy Candler Park Pool, Brookhaven
Bark in the Park, 9/25 from 10 AM -1 PM at Dog Woods at Coleman Camp Park in Dallas.
International Doodle Dog Day, 9/26 from 1-4 PM at Halcyon Forsyth Shopping Mall in Alpharetta.

BE PREPARED: Click here to learn about heatstroke and what to do if your dog is overheated.
Enrichment activity - game #3
Photo by Doris Dressler
This month's enrichment activity is having your dog "hunt" for his food or treats buried in a snuffle mat using his nose!

This is a very easy do-it-yourself project that can be done in an evening once you've got the felt strips cut. Supplies can be found at Home Depot and Walmart. Or, purchase one ready made at Etsy, Amazon or most pet supply stores/websites.

Click here for more information on how to make this mat yourself.
HELP - Puppy nipping / biting
Nipping is one of the top behavioral issues that puppy owners request help with. What is up with those sharp puppy teeth?

Nipping is a normal canine behavior; dogs use their mouths the way we use our hands. Puppies are especially mouthy as they explore their new world. One of the most important things a puppy needs to learn is bite inhibition, which is the ability to mouth without hurting or causing damage. Puppies begin learning bite inhibition by playing with their littermates, which is why it is critically important that they not leave the litter too early. Once they get placed in a human home, it’s up to us to continue this training.
Teach your dog that nipping your moving legs or feet is an undesirable behavior by substituting an appropriate alternate behavior.
Upcoming educational opportunities
Photo by Doris Dressler
Thursday classes in Big Canoe
Basic class starts Oct. 7 at 8:30 AM
Agility Lite level I starts Oct. 7 at 11 AM
Agility Lite Level II starts Oct. 7 at 1 PM

Friday classes in Ball Ground
Puppy class starts Oct. 1 at 9 AM
Basic class starts Oct. 1 at 11 AM
AKC Novice Tricks Class starts Oct. 1 at 1 PM

Saturday classes in Ball Ground
Puppy class starts Oct. 2 at 9 AM
Basic class starts Oct. 2 at 11 AM
Basic II Canine Good Citizen starts Oct. 2 at 1 PM

Karen Attaway and MacGregor run agility!
Outdoor agility starts Oct. 7
 Luvk9s also offers in-home private consults.