Pup-A-Tunities Class Starting in April!

Dog Training Class Class starts Thursday, April 3 2014 and runs for 5 weeks in Sandpoint.  This course is designed to give puppies a healthy balance of socialization and training that is easy for any dog owner.  Pup-A-Tunities gives owners the understanding it takes to train any behavior or get rid of any pesky, annoying behavior while maintaining a respectful relationship.

Come meet your pup’s new best friends!  Class size is limited.  Register at North Idaho Animal Hospital to reserve your spot or call 208-627-8134.


Dog Training by Mikkel Becker of Coeur d’Alene is coming to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry

Mikkel comes highly recommended by Karen from A Family Dog.

Mikkel has been teaching classes and helping individuals with great success. She is a proponent of positive training and uses clicker training to bring about the best results. There is a rumor that she might have the first class in Coeur d’Alene that focuses on mothers, children and dogs!

Here is PetConnection.com’s biography on Mikkel:

“Mikkel Becker Shannon is a professonal dog trainer and author, and host with her father of “The Pet Doctor With Dr. Marty Becker” for ABC News.

A graduate of Washington State University with a degree in international communications, Mikkel completed with honors the rigorous program of the Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA. Continue reading Dog Training by Mikkel Becker of Coeur d’Alene is coming to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry

Discovering Search Dog North Idaho

Search Dog North Idaho
Search Dog North Idaho
At the Antique Boat Show in July, I visited the Search Dog North Idaho booth and was impressed that they gave free weekly classes in search, obedience and agility skills. What an opportunity for our 12 month old pup, a Nova Scotia Duck Toller, Pikka.  She had just finished 2 obedience classes but still need more training, social skills and challenges! We needed more education and this sounded fun!

In October we attended our first Saturday training session, and it was rewarding for both of us. There were two other pups her age, and we began learning how to bond, meet other dogs, more obedience and agility. The Saturday sessions are so productive and fun for both the dog and owner.

The Search Dog North Idaho Incorporation is a definite plus to the Sandpoint community. Weekly Search & Rescue training for both canine and humans provide and prepare a valuable resource. In the winter months we train on Saturday afternoons; in spring and fall we train in the evenings.

A Family Dog – Not to be confused with The Family Dog

A Family Dog: Karen and her gang
A Family Dog: Karen and her gang
Okay – maybe I need to talk with these ladies about why they have such similar names but they are different. First of all A Family Dog is located in Bonners Ferry and you get to go through a beautiful Wildlife Refuge to get there. Karen runs A Family Dog and has a small kennel mostly for her clients while they are out of town. You may find it hard to get a spot for your dog unless you call early! I actually got to meet Karen way back when I was in high school when Karen was doing some training with the trainer that I worked for, Becky Bishop of Puppy Manners.
Karen is an awesome trainer that uses clicker training. I have had the chance to volunteer with her and help in her Pawsitive Works classes which are very different from an obedience class. Continue reading A Family Dog – Not to be confused with The Family Dog

The Family Dog – Obedience Classes and Private Lessons

Glenna is the dog trainer/guru at Ponderay Pet Lodge with her own business: The Family Dog. Any one who has met her knows that she has had a lot of experience with dogs and has a knack for knowing where to draw the line and knowing what to do once you’ve decided where the line needs to be. She has a more traditional approach to training and has helped many families with their problem dogs, and even one family with a service dog. Continue reading The Family Dog – Obedience Classes and Private Lessons