It's Spring, wake up and head outside!  Daffodils are making an appearance outside and you should too!  Now's the perfect time to refresh some training skills in preparation for summer, and maybe even learn something completely new!  It's time to play.

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Wake Up! It's Springtime.


  

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Welcome Home:
How to Find a Responsible, Reputable Dog Rescue 
Is a New Pup in Your Future--Part 2

 

 KNOW THE PLAYERS

   Before getting a dog from a rescue group, it is important to know what IS a rescue group and how to tell a reputable one from an untrustworthy one. There are scams, disreputable breeders, and puppy mills posing as 'rescue' organizations and it is important to be able to identify a good rescue.

   A rescue group is an organization that obtains dogs directly from pounds, shelters, or individuals who are trying to re-home their own dog. A rescue group may or may not have an actual physical location--many times, the dogs are housed in foster homes and not in a kennel.

   In looking for a reputable rescue group, you should:

       --Verify that the organization is incorporated and registered as a charitable organization.

       --Check your state regulations and website to find out if the group meets all legal requirements. (For example, PA requires a state-issued kennel license if more that 25 dogs are processed per year.)

       --Check the tax-exempt status and public tax returns of the rescue group.

 

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

   1. Learn about the group's adoption process.

--Expect an application to complete.

--Expect a home visit.

--Expect to sign an adoption contract.

   2. NEVER pre-pay for a rescue dog or pay an exorbitant fee for the dog.

   3. NEVER commit to an adoption before meeting the dog in person.

   4. Ask the rescue group for references and CHECK them.

   5. Ask for a copy of the dog's medical records BEFORE adoption.

   6. Make sure the rescue group will take the dog back at any time or age if necessary.

   7. Ask questions, and more questions, and still more questions. (Housetraining?

               Reaction to other dogs? Guard food, toys or other resources?)

   8. Read the adoption contract carefully before signing and keep a copy as long as you

have the dog.

   9. Expect to be treated professionally and with respect.

 

AFTER YOUR PUP COMES HOME

   --Expect a 'honeymoon' period.

   --Plan for a quiet, low stress period of about two weeks to allow your pup to become comfortable in it new home.

   --Feed your pup the same food used by the rescue. If you wish to change the food, do so gradually.

   --Schedule a wellness visit with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

   --Enroll your new pup in an obedience class that uses positive reinforcement training techniques.

   --Supervise your new pup at all times--especially around children and food.

   --Provide feedback to the rescue group.

   --Enjoy your new family member. 

                                          Betsy Howell

P.S. If you missed Part 1--Planning for a New Pup, check out our January, 2018 newsletter 


And the Award Goes To... 
Our Students!

Congratulations to the following teams that have worked so hard together.  We recognize the work and effort that goes into working together.  Nicely done! 
 
  
Star Puppy  
  Luke Dougherty & Bowie                      Michelle McGuire & Jax 
  Kaitlin Karavage & Archer                    Alaina Johnson & Cooper
  Nikki Kessler & Mia                              Lauren Longacre & Dutch
  Sagan Teahl & Max                               Devin Dougherty & Blue
  Terra Phelps & Remy                            Melita McCully & Bronx & Belle 
  Jerry Hess & Fred                                  Megan Enders & Zooey
  Becky Smolick & Birk                          Brooke Hockenbrock & Ella
  Kenneth Myers & Mickey                     Kevin Black & Beamer
  Kathleen McGraw & Charlie                John Garger & Sarge
  Lori Kostow & Shep                             Brenda Hershey-Fell & Daisy
    And our little guy, Rudy Howell, earned his Star Puppy as well!  
  
 Canine Good Citizen                            Tricks - Novice
   Joan Esham & Wilson                            Joan Esham & Wilson
   Tina Orndorff & Finn                             Tina Orndorff & Finn
   Lois Mason & Kona                                Lois Mason & Kona
   Charlie & Liz Sulzberger & Mattie          Charlie & Liz Sulzberger & Mattie & Aggie
 
Community Canine
   Sharon Sipple & Reese 

 
Dear Portia,

I keep hearing how important it is to 'socialize' a puppy and I am not sure what that means. Can you help me understand?
Hanna                
the 5 month old black Lab

Dear Hanna,

Socializing a puppy means helping it experience all kinds of places, people and events and it is REALLY important to do in the first 4-6 months of a puppy's life.

THE most important part of providing socialization for a puppy is to make sure that the puppy is enjoying the experience! If the puppy seems to be afraid, it is really important to do something that will make the experience seem like fun--give a treat, move a little away from the 'scary' thing, play with a toy, ask people to pet the puppy one person at a time, or even leave if necessary.

Registering for and attending a puppy class that uses positive reinforcement training is also very important in helping a puppy become well-adjusted and confident. 

Our humans can help their new puppy become self-confident and love people by providing positive socialization experiences!
Love, Portia
CURRENT CLASS LISTINGS
Class Title Beginning Date/Time # Class Sessions
Nosework - Vehicles
Mar 27 (Tue)
6:00 pm
4
Introduction to Training Seminar
Mar 27 (Tue)
7:30 pm
1*
Puppy Class - FULL
Mar 31 (Sat)
9:00 AM
7*

Advanced Manners


Apr 3 (Tue)
7:15 pm
4
(4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1)
Outdoor Adventures

Apr 7 (Sat)
1:00 pm
6

Tricks Class
Apr 8 (Sun)
1:15 pm
4
Nosework I - Intro
Apr 8 (Sun)
2:30 pm
6
Beginners Class
Apr 11 (Wed)
7:45 pm
7*
C.L.A.S.S. - MA
Apr 13 (Fri)
6:30 pm
6
Puppy Class

Apr 14 (Sat)
10:15 am
  7*
Agility - Level II
Apr 16 (Mon)
6:30 pm
6
Agility - Level I
Apr 16 (Mon)
7:45 pm 

6
Nosework - Exteriors
Apr 21 (Sat)
11:30 am
4
Introduction to Training Seminar
Apr 28 (Sat)
3:00 pm

1*
2 hours, no dogs
Canine Good Citizen/
Therapy Dog Preparation
May 1 (Tue)
6:00 pm

5
Puppy Class
May 3 (Thur)
6:30 pm
7*
Beginners Class
May 3 (Thur)
7:45 pm
7*
Introduction to Training Seminar
 
May 6 (Sun)
4:00 pm
  1*
2 hours, no dogs

Rally Obedience - Level 1
May 8 (Tue)
7:45 pm
6
Advanced Manner
May 9 (Wed)
6:00 pm
4
(5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6)

Beginners Class
May 12 (Sat)
9:00 am
7*
Puppy Class
May 13 (Sun)
1:00 pm
7*
Puppy/Beginners Class
May 14 (Mon)
10:30 am
7*
Nosework II - Intro to Odors
May 19 (Sat)
12:45 pm
4
Introduction to Training Seminar
May 20 (Sun)
4:00 pm
    1*
2 hours, no dogs

Beginners Class
May 30 (Wed)
7:45 pm
7*
Puppy Class
June 2 (Sat)
10:15 am
7*
Nosework I - Intro
June 2 (Sat)
11:30 am
6
Introduction to Training Seminar
June 2 (Sat)
2:00 pm
  1*
2 hours, no dogs

Advanced Manners
June 3 (Sun)
2:15 pm
4
(6/3, 6/10, 6,17, 6/2 4)
Outdoor Adventures
June 4 (Mon)
6:00 pm
6
Beginners Class
June 4 (Mon)
7:45 pm
7*
Rally Obedience  - Level I
June 5 (Tue)
6:30 pm
6

Advanced Manners


June 14 (Thur)
6:00 pm
4
(6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12)
Puppy Class

June 14 (Thur)
7:45 pm
7*

Nosework - Exteriors
June 19 (Tue)
7:45 pm
4
Canine Good Citizen/
Therapy Dog Preparation
June 20 (Wed)
6:30 pm
5
Reactive Rover
June 23 (Sat)
1:00 pm
7*
Nosework II - Intro to Odors
June 30 (Sat)
9:00 am
4

IMPORTANT NOTE
All training classes denoted with an asterisk have a prerequisite of the
Introduction to Training Seminar.  This seminar is designed for trainers only, no dogs are permitted.
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Get Schooled with Redfern Canines Seminar Series
  • Stress-Less Vet Visits - Sat Mar 24, 2-4 PM
  • Introduction to Scent Work - Sat Apr 7, 3-6 PM
  • K-9 First Aid - Sat June 3, 4-6 PM
Seminars are only $10 each and preregistration is required.
March is Poison Prevention Month:  Protect Your Pups

 
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Keep your dogs safe by steering clear of substances that will make them sick.  Take note of the following and contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has an accidental ingestion.  Remember, what's okay for you may be poisonous to your dog.  
Alcohol                                   Macadamia Nuts                        
Antifreeze                               Milk
Caffeine                                  Onions
Chocolate                               OTC medications
Fat trimmings                          Prescription drugs
Garlic                                       Plants
Grapes & raisins                      Insecticides
Household Cleaners                Rodent Killers
Lawn Fertilizers                       Xylitol

For further information, go to the Pet Poison website.
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Daytime Training:  Start Your Day Off Right!
    • Puppy/Beginners class starting 5/14.
    • Drop-In Nosework for dogs that have completed Introduction to NoseWork  happens every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am. Cost will be $15 per session or $60 for a 5 session punch card.
    • Please RSVP, so we'll be ready for you, to betsy@redferncanines.com.
       
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Day Camp Registration Open!

Mark the dates to join us this summer for K-9 Summer Day Camp for Kids & Dogs.  Sign your Dynamic Duo up for a week of hands-on training and a heckuva good time for everyone.  Classes are filling fast.  Don't have your own dog, but still want to play?  No problem, we've got some beautiful labs just waiting to make a new friend.

Mark the Dates:
7/16 - 7/20 or 7/30 - 8/3   Beginner                8/13- 8/17  Advanced
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Once In A Blue Moon Classes

Some classes are only offered on a limited basis, so when they show up in the schedule, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. 

We'll be offering two sessions this spring and summer that we only run once in a blue moon.

Reactive Rover - 6/23
Agility - Levels I & II - 4/16
Did You Know...

Performance titles require three qualifying scores, known as legs, to secure an AKC title

Congratulations to Sharon Sipple & Reese for completing their first leg in Rally Intermediate.  Keep up the good work!

Interested in trying for a title of your own?  Class is the perfect place to start!

Nosework I - April 8  @  2:30 pm
Agility I - April 16  @ 7:45 pm  
Rally Obediece I - May 8 @ 7:45 pm
Redfern Canines
717-979-0132
www.redferncanines.com
redfern@redferncanines.com
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