October News 
Dearest valued Members and Guests -

With the summer heat hopefully behind us, we are preparing for a busy season! We are excited to announce a huge lineup of new services, products, and classes; not to mention a calendar full of live music and entertainment events.

Thank you for your membership and continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Team Venus
Membership Information
We'd like to remind all current "Summer Special" members that September marks the end of the $99 summer special pricing. If you haven't already done so, please call our Concierge to re-new by October 6th. By doing so you will lock in the $99 month-to-month membership rate until December of 2018. E ffective October 1st, all new membership sign-ups will be $149 per month.

For those guests who are coming into town and not full-time residents, you can still be included in all the fun. Our classes have drop in rates, and we also offer day and multi-day passes for those who are only in the desert for a short time. 

* Any first-time visitor who brings 2 new friends with to a fitness class, gets to attend the class for FREE!
Business Hours
To accommodate our valued members, please be advised that our new seasonal hours will begin on October 21st:

Monday - Friday 8AM - 8PM
Saturday - Sunday 9AM - 5PM
Live Music And Event Schedule
"Hot Summer Nites" With  Michael D'Angelo & Friends
Live music and dancing every Friday night  from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets are $10.00 per person. For those who pre-pay and RSVP for this event, 2 FREE drink tickets are included. Buffet and cash bar will be also available. Please RSVP for this event by calling our Concierge at (760) 834-7070.
"Murder Mystery Auditions" 
Open casting call for November's show theme "It's A Killer Life"
10/17/17 from 5pm to 7pm
"Venus Meets VanGogh" - Enjoy a glass of wine and learn how to paint with Suzanne Barber
10/19/17 from 4pm to 5:30pm out on the piazza
Please RSVP for this event by calling our Concierge at (760) 834-7070.
"Murder, Mystery, & Mayhem"
Brought to you by RR Class Act Entertainment
Magician Dean Apple & Debby "Pinky" Apple, along with Magician Stoil Stoilov & Ekaterina Markova, will put on an amazing magic show and performance
10/28/17 from 6pm - 8pm

Show tickets are $20.00 per person. B uffet and cash bar will be available. Please RSVP for this event by calling our Concierge at (760) 834-7070.
"A Thirst For Blood" - WHODONEIT  Murder Mystery
Champagne Brunch & Live Interactive Entertainment
10/29/17 from 12pm - 3pm

Tickets are $49.00 per person and includes b uffet and one beverage. A cash bar will also be available. Please RSVP for this event by calling our Concierge at (760) 834-7070.
Wellness Classes
"The 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation" With  Claudia Thompson
Tuesdays from 9am - 10am
" Conscious  Yoga" - Strengthen and Ground with Kelly Lewis
Starts October 3, 2017
Tuesdays - 6pm to 7pm
"Ballroom & Latin Dancing"  with Teresa Shiry
Come Out and Shake Your Tail Feather - 
Learn Rumba, Cha-Cha, Tango, Swing, Foxtrot, and more!
Starting 10/22/17
Sundays 3:00pm to 4:00pm
"Joy Of Yoga" -  Find Your Favorite Practice Of Yoga with Jen Jivani
Starting 10/23/17
Mondays - 9am to 10am
"Gentle Restorative Yoga" with Monica  - Slow Stretching, deep relaxation, and light meditation
Wednesdays 9-10am
Thursdays 6pm - 7pm
Fridays 9am - 10am
Saturdays 10am - 11am

To reserve your spot or  for more information, please  contact our Concierge at (760) 834-7070

Wellness Events
"Awareness Through Movement" - The Feldenkrais Method With Leanne Brightwell
Free Presentation & Demonstration
Wednesday, 10/4/17 from 4 pm to 5 pm
"Restorative Breathwork" -  Become aware of your breathing and transform your life with Gala Mitchell

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm
"Unlock Your Intuition - Level II" - Trusting The Voice Within With Joan of Angels
Saturday, 10/14/17 from: 3 pm - 5 pm
"A Day of Healing" - Women's Health, Breast Health & The Importance of Emotional Health - With Carolyn Gross
10/21/17 from 10am - 3pm
"Botox And Bubbly"
Tuesday, 10/17/17 from: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

To reserve your spot or  for more information, please  contact our Concierge at (760) 834-7070

Fun With Fido
"Pink Ribbon Puppies" - Paint Your Pooch Pink In Support Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Prices start at just $5.00 for the VDF Breast Cancer Ribbon
Call (760) 834-7050 to book your appointment with Tabitha
"Basic Obedience For Fido " - With Dog Trainer Tabitha Davies
First class in series begins Saturday, 10/7/17 at 9:30am
"Yappy Hour On The Piazza With Fido"
Free event, dogs must be on-leash and under-control at all times
10/12/17 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
"Halloween Party For You And Fido"
October 30th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
 Join us for trick or treating, games, prizes, pictures and tons of fun for the whole family!  We will have costume contests, bobbing for tennis balls, an obstacle course, and more!  The cost is $5.00 per dog and covers your pups Trick or Treat bag and goodies. Please RSVP for this event.

To reserve your spot or  for more information, please  contact our Concierge at (760) 834-7070

New Class Spotlight
Instructor Dr. Robert Haberkorn 
Tai Chi classes 
Mondays 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fridays 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Dr. Robert Haberkorn is a practitioner of Sun Family Tai Chi and has taught various forms of Tai Chi and Qi Gong for the past 17 years. Prior to Tai Chi he became proficient in several other martial arts systems, earning fifth degree black belt in two schools: Shorin Ryu and Okanawan Karate. He has held classes and events for many schools, resorts, foundations, and most recently taught Tai Chi for the Eisenhower Wellness Institute and government sponsored programs. Dr. Haberkorn has been a local Chiropractor and Qi healer here in Palm Desert for the past 20 years. And he continues to study methods from different cultures to better work with the mind-body-spirit connections.
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Fido Services

How Owners Inadvertently Create Aggressive Puppies 

By: Tabitha Davies, VDF Dog Trainer

In a world inundated with certain TV famous trainers and the alpha roll/dominance theory still plaguing our lives, it is no wonder the number of aggressive dogs has sky rocketed.  People bring home their new puppy. They are so excited and happy and in love. They read the book, the watched the show. They know what they need to do to make sure they are a responsible pet parents and they are excellent students.  But puppies do puppy things. They chew your shoes, find your socks to play with, and have accidents on the area rug. The ever so diligent student and owner grabs the scruff of their puppies neck and flips them onto their side and effectively "Alpha Rolls" their dog while sternly telling it NO. Their dog cowers giving "submissive" body language and that's exactly what the owner has been taught is the right response. They are the "Alpha" over their dog. They are the boss and their dog now understands it. This continues for every regression as the dog grows. As the dog gets bigger the owner uses more weight to roll them and essentially bullies their dog into "submission". That is until their dogs brain transitions into an adult brain and the dog decides to say NO. The owner rolls their dog for misbehaving and their dog growls back. The owner is shocked and offended by their dogs actions to try to "dominate" them by growling. They yell and roll and perhaps even smack at their dog. proving they are dominant over their dog. 

Now many of you may be reading this and thinking, Yes, that is what should be done. But Fear causes aggression. Even though the very scientists who studied wolves and came up with the Dominance Theory (including David Mech) openly stated their findings proved their hypothesis wrong. Even though The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and countless other Professional Animal Behavior Experts have proven this to not be correct time and time again. It really took 1 book and 1 Tv series to give false information to billions of people globally. To "Dominate" your dog you have to instill fear. Not respect. Fear causes a dog to feel threatened and growl, bark, lunge, and bite.

Many owners will continue down the path with a trainer who believes in these outdated methods and either get rid of their dog because there is something wrong with it, or they will turn off all normal and natural warning signs and end up with a dog who bites "unprovoked". Training is such an unregulated industry that anyone can say they are a trainer but may not have an actual clue about animal behavior or canine learning theory.

There are so many other useful and humane methods to stopping behavior issues that never require fear intimidation pain or bullying. The number of dogs I work with due to biting and fear behaviors is astronomical. It is amazing what a good advertising and a man in the television can do when owners think this is a true animal professional.

Make sure you do your research and do not buy into the gimmicks of "dominance". In truth your dog wants to be a part of your family to love, trust, and protect you. But they do not want to stage a coux and dethrone you as the leader of your home.
We will be expanding our Cafe hours beginning October 16th, and will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am - 7:30pm. Beginning October 22nd, we will be also be open on Sunday's from 9:00am - 4:30pm.
Please join us Thursday, October 12th as we launch our Thursday afternoon cooking class series. This first week will be an informative, interactive class on how to add nutritious teas to your diet. Did you know that you shouldn't steep green tea in boiling water? Join us to find out more.

Classes will be held in the Café each Thursday afternoon at 3 PM. Class size is limited, reservations required, the cost is $25 per class. October topics will center on boosting and maintaining health through food. Please call us for more information or to reserve your spot in a Cafe Cooking Class.
Venus De Fido | 73-600 Alessandro Drive | Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 834-7070  | www.venusdefido.com