While it's true we've had a mild winter, we are still glad to see early signs of Spring.  Daffodils are reaching for the sun, and everyone is out and about in the neighborhood with their dogs.  It's the perfect time to get the jump on Spring training and the warmer days to come.
What a change the last few days have brought us!
I had planned to write an article about the importance of  early socialization and experiences for puppies, but that will wait for another
newsletter! However, here is a picture of my 4 week-old puppies that should be good for a smile or two.
At this point, I want to let you know that Redfern Canines has decided to follow the same guidelines as the public school system and postpone classes until Saturday, March 28. Please know that we are committed to helping you raise your pup to be the best dog that you have ever owned and that we will be revising our training schedule to provide for the classes that you have entered. We will be in touch with you to let you know what that schedule will be as frequently and as soon as possible. We are working to update our website to reflect all the changes, so please keep checking the website.
Please also know that your instructors and I are available by email with any training questions that you may have in the meantime. Please direct any scheduling questions to me at [email protected].
And now, some things to do with your pup to pass the time!
  1. Teach a new trick
  2. Take a walk
  3. Play a good game of fetch
  4. Snuggle in and enjoy each other
  5. Try out a new, home-made cookie for your pup
  6. Give the dog a bath
  7. Check out all the options for dog activities on www.akc.org (including the AKC Fit Dog Club)
  8. Let us know your ideas!
  Take care of yourselves and be safe!                                              Betsy

Spring into Warmer Temperatures...
And Take Your Pup Out for a Spin!

We offer training classes ranging from brand-new puppy to canine tricks to beginner/advanced obedience, and so much more!

We have classes for dogs that have never had any formal training, and dogs that could teach us a thing or two. And we'll do it all inside, no jackets or gloves required!

Click the link below for detailed class descriptions,  training dates and registration.

See our complete training class descriptions and register right here at redferncanines.com

Here are just a few of our classes:

  • Puppy
  • Advanced Manners
  • Rally
  • Agility
  • Reactive Rover
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Tricks
  • K9 Sampler
  • Nosework
  • Therapy Dog Preparation
It'll be here sooner than you expect!
Register for Our Kids' Summer Camp!

Check this off your to-do list now and get your child enrolled into one of the friendliest, furriest camps around this summer.  Spaces are limited to allow for plenty of one-on-one training time with each team.  Don't have a dog, but your kiddo keeps asking?  Give responsibility a test drive and borrow one of our pups for camp, if you don't have one of your own.

Beginners' Camp will run from 10-4, July 6 - 10. Cost is $300.

Advanced Camp  will run from 10 -4, July 20 - 24.  Cost is $275.

For further information, contact us at [email protected]


Need a Fun To-Do for Your List?

Sign up for a new training class with your pup.

Unsure what to do next with your dog? Can't tell if Fido is cut out for Rally? 
No worries.  
New features on the website have consolidated class descriptions and registrations so you can get started, and finished, quickly and easily.   
Visit our new, improved website!
And the Award Goes To... 

Congratulations to the Redfern teams that have worked so hard together.   We recognize the work and effort that goes into training and working together.  Well done! 
Canine Good Citizen--
    John & Joyce Campbell & Sadie       Eleanor Parker & Winnie
   Donata Povilaityte & Cooper    
   John & Joyce Campbell & Sadie       Tina Orndorff & Rosie
   Donata Povilaityte & Cooper              Melissa Roscosky & Walter
Roxanne Robinson & Harbor Light

STAR Puppies--
   Kara Baker & Cai                                   Jeffrey Kaufhold & Blue
   Michaela & Christoph Brehm & Lucy  Rahesha May-Porter & Vader
   Justin Bullard & Benni                         Karen Mojecki & Libby
   Olivia Cascarino & Maverick                Richard O'Donnell & Beau
   Diane Clark & Charlie                           Jessica & Michael Reeder & Loki
   Christina Harting & Takara                   Mary Rodriquez & Ueli
   Ashley Heatley & Millie                         Michael & Mia Silvetti & Lupara
   Janeann Kakalecz & Lucy                    Caitlin Zug & Oliver
Megan McCarron & Daniel Dutcavich & Ghost

AKC Canine Good Citizen/
Therapy Dog Training

The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training isn't just for dogs headed for a career in therapy work.  The CGC is an excellent next step for dogs that have completed their puppy or beginner training, further expanding their skill set.  And there's no need to stop there.  Sure, you and your pup will be happy to receive your CGC medal from the the AKC, but there are two additional levels as well.  Both you and your pet can have a lot of fun earning your Community Canine Good Citizen and Urban Canine Good Citizen.  The original CGC focuses on behavior in a structured setting.  Both the Community Canine and the Urban Canine focus on life in the real world.  Interested in learning more?  Read this, and stay tuned for upcoming Community Canine and Urban Canine classes to be offered at Redfern.
Pet Massage Tips & Tricks

We all know the benefits of massage for humans:  relaxation, decreased anxiety, and pain management.  Did you know that canine massage does those very same things for your dog?  It might be worth a try.  Check with your vet first and once you get the go-ahead, give one of these methods a try.  You'll probably find that you both feel better!

Use your palm, fingers lifted and gently stroke your dog, following the direction of the fur, toward the heart.  Go slowly, maintaining gentle pressure. This type of massage aids in circulation and nutrient delivery.

Similar to effleurage, this method utilizes firmer pressure delivered through the fingertips. Think of it as a deep tissue massage, good for tired muscles.  Raking is also useful to relax the chest/pectoral muscles.

Start simply and listen to your dog.  Need a little more help?  Read this from the AKC for more information.

Pet Poison Prevention Week
March 15-21


Pet Poison Helpline  800-252-7894
Add this number to your cell phone before you need it!

Spring is in the air, and so is your pup's nose. Now is the time to be especially cautious as you prepare your home and yard for warmer weather.  Mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and lawn treatments such as lime, top the list of products to keep away from curious pups.

Early spring flowers can be especially tempting, but are also to be avoided.  Keep your pup from snacking on tulips, daffodils, crocus, lily of the valley, sago palm, lilies and shamrocks.  

Spring cleaning products for the home, even natural ones, can harm your pet as well.  Always read the label before using and store containers away from curious canines.

Learn more about specifics here.  If you suspect your dog has ingested a toxin, contact your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline.

Redfern Canines
[email protected]