Wishing you a season full of comfort and joy!  Now that cooler temperatures have arrived, and we're all thinking about the holidays, we wanted to thank you for inviting us into your pack.  It is truly our pleasure to work with you and your dog. Each and every one of you puts a spring in our step and we are grateful for the opportunity to help you live a better life with your dog.
Are you travelling with your dog for the holidays?
Christmas tree

Be sure to take time before you leave to take some safety precautions so you and your dog have a safe, fun trip.
  1. Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccines and is in good health.
  2. Make sure your dog is wearing ID with current information--and seriously consider a microchip if not already inserted!
  3. Be sure to pack enough food and water! I always pack several days extra!
  4. Pack a canine first aid kit and be sure that you know your dog's normal vital signs. Consider including a paper giving permission for emergency medical
         treatment and stating that you will be responsible for all costs.
  5. Consider crating or seatbelting your dog for safety while travelling.
  6. Carry a current photo of your dog with you--useful for making posters if your dog gets away from you.
  7. Take along an extra leash and collar.
  8. Make frequent stops for exercise and water.
Have a safe and  fun--filled holiday season!
Betsy and all the pups!
P.S. Safety hint--when making identification tags for your dog, use your cell phone number rather than your home phone number!
Redfern Canines Training: Come in from the Cold!
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 schedule 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
Portia's Piece


Hello everyone!

   Mom (aka Betsy) has been talking about something called "Thanksgiving" coming and how it is a time that everyone should remember to be grateful for all the good things in their lives.

   So I thought about it and decided that I should share 12 of the things that I am most thankful for!

  1. my family--human and puppy!
  2. my food bowl that arrives twice daily without fail (Of course, I would be MORE thankful if it arrived 4 times daily.)
  3. belly rubs
  4. time that Mom spends with me--EVEN bath time
  5. chances to visit lots of people and share snuggles and smiles with them
  6. a warm house to live in
  7. my comfy crate and bed
  8. toys, toys, and more toys
  9. being able to go to the training center and play the sniffing game
  10. yummy treats
  11. knowing that I have been loved my entire life--some of my friends have not been so lucky!
  12. all of the new friends I make at Redfern                Love, Portia
Keeping Your Dog Safe During Hunting Season

Late fall and winter are excellent times to explore the great outdoors with your dog, but we need to be extra careful during hunting season. Here's a few tips to get you outside and back home, safe and sound.
  • Always keep your dog on a lead.  Both dogs and wildlife are easily spooked during hunting season and they can bolt without much warning.  Keep your dog at your side by always using a manageable-length lead.  Six feet is a good rule of thumb.
  • Get your orange or fluorescent green or pink on.  Skip the muted jackets and make sure both you and your dog are visible.  Large, dark shapes can be indistinguishable from one another, and your Labrador Retriever can look an awful lot like a deer.
  • Light up the night.  With shorter days and longer nights, it makes sense to illuminate yourself and your dog.  There are lots of options available, from light-up leads to flashing clip lights.  Get some for you and Fido. Be brilliant!
With a little preparation, you'll both get to enjoy the crisp winter air safely.


Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Register online in your comfy pants.

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... 
Our Final 2019 Teams!

Congratulations to the Redfern teams that have worked so hard together.  2019 has been a wonderful year for all of you. We recognize the work and effort that goes into training and working together.  Well done! 


Canine Good Citizen--
    Lucille Wakefeld & Masey            John Neely & Kaleigh

Rally Intermediate-- Marty Kenworthy & Dozer
Scent Work (Novice Containers)--Deb Stranger & Eve
STAR Puppies--
   Laura & Bryon Blanchfield & Bodhi    Rob & Liz Hamilton & Luna
   Tamalee Brassington & Phoebe      Stephanie Jones & Indy
   Jeffrey Cake & Max                           Megan & Michael Judge & Dexter
   Megan Campbell & Moose               Christopher Kardos & Rainier
   Lindsay Crandall & Moogi                Brenda Kreps & Harper
   Susan Dubbs & Charlie                     Emily Kuzo & Allie
   Michael Filepas & Boone                   Roxanne Robinson & Harbor
   Alexadra & Avram Flamm & Jellybean
A Very Merry Dog-Friendly Holiday:
How to Treat Safely

None of us can resist slipping our pup a treat or two.  Tis the season, after all.  Let your dog savor the treats of the season, just make certain they're dog-friendly.  Read on for a few more tips to make your holiday merry.
  • No bones about it.  Skip the chance to give your dog any bones from the table.  Bones can be a choking hazard at worst, and a digestive nightmare at best if they don't normally have them.  Save the bones for soup, and consider giving your pup an approved dog treat, like a Kong, garnished with a little peanut butter or cheese.
  • Skip the sugar.  All of it.  Dogs don't need the added calories or tooth decay.  Just like us, fresh vegetables are probably a better choice.  Most dogs enjoy baby carrots or raw, fresh green beans.  Make treating into a game, and your dog will be doubly happy.
  • Keep tummy troubles to a minimum by treating your dog with a special toy, an extra walk or some quality cuddle time.  Remember, it's the thought that counts and your dog is certain to appreciate time with you more than any edible treat!
We're So Thankful for What You Did
Chiron & Tim

   Just one final thank you this year to all the incredible folks that volunteered their time and space to help Chiron with his service dog training and ultimate match-made-in-heaven with Tim. 
   The most recent report from Ohio is that they are the best team ever and that Tim is continuing Chiron's training. Chiron is now able to ride on the bus together and can take Tim's sweatshirts! (And just LOOK at the smiles on both of their faces!)
   They are off to a strong start and plan to make 2020 a memorable year. It's the beginning of a new adventure for both, and we're so grateful you came along for Chiron's incredible journey.  
What Will My Puppy Be Like?

You don't have to wonder any longer.  The AKC now has a new evaluation, called the AKC Temperament Test. Designed to evaluate dogs in six categories, the results can provide insights into your pup's temperament, depending on how they react to a variety of stimuli.
Redfern's own Betsy Howell has applied to become an evaluator for the new test; stay tuned.  For further information, click  here to read more. 


Give the Gift of Training

Gift cards are available in any amount for any of our classes or in-store merchandise.  Our custom braided leather leads are always a customer favorite! 

Let your pup (or your best friend's pup) put its best paw forward in the new year with one of our classes, ranging from obedience to agility, nose work, and just plain fun tricks!

To purchase, send us an email at betsy@redferncanines.com and we'll get you in tip-top shape. 
Redfern Canines