K9 Etiquette uses positive training methods to train your dog to become the family friend you've always desired.
We will help you understand your dog's mind & actions resulting in less frustrations for both you and your dog. Come see how much fun training can be!
Our facility uses a positive training method known as clicker training.
It is based on the idea that when a behavior is rewarded it will be repeated. Although this method of training was established with marine animals it is still very effective with dogs. They find it fun and mentally stimulating. Dogs learn through two methods.
The first is classical conditioning which is when a dog understands a simple association such as the sound of the bell means they will receive food.
As a result the dog will salivate at the sound of the bell whether or not there is the scent of food in the air.
The second is operant conditioning.
This is when a dog understands that performing a particular behavior results in a particular response. For example if a dog walks up to a person and sits the person will pet them and not turn away.Clicker training works by establishing a marker signal, the click. The marker signal is a conditioned reinforcer which tells the dog a reward is coming. Most often the reward is a treat. The click is a great marker because it is not heard in normal day conversation and sounds the same no matter who is using it. Once this association is made it is easy to communicate to the dog which behavior you liked. You click as the desired behavior occurs and then reward them after. The dog will then learn that desired behaviors are rewarded and will begin to offer them for you. Although clicker training works great with the majority of dogs and owners there are some instances in which different methods need to be used. In these situations we will find a different positive method that works for both you and your dog.
Group and Private Lesson
Possession and Fear Aggression
Available Group Classes
Group lessons are provided in multiple week sessions.
Class sizes are small which still allows individual attention as well as questions. After each lesson students will be provided a homework sheet which reviews the topics covered in that class allowing them to easily practice at home.
Pre-registration required for group lessons.
Refer-a-friend a get a $10 gift card!
Private lessons are available for those students who have specific problems that either need more attention than provided in a group class or that are not covered in class.
These lessons are also available for people who desire complete individual attention or who's dogs would not do well in a group setting. Classes can also be provided at the client's home if desired.
Your first private lesson is always 50% off! Share this coupon with a friend for 50% off their first private lesson.
Upcoming Class Schedule
Puppy Kindergarten (5 wks)
Sundays starting 12/16 at 3:00 pm. The Puppy Kindergarten class teaches techniques needed to raise a confident social dog. So many people wait until their dog is an adolescent to start training classes but this can be a big mistake. It is critical to start your puppy off right. Socialization with people ends at 12 weeks. Socialization needs to be with more then just your family. Ideally your puppy should meet three strangers every day. Bite inhibition ends at 18 weeks. Preventing adolescent problems ends at 5 months. Most puppies appear social and will not show concerns in behavior until they are closer to 8 months. At this point it is time to repair problems. Why not prevent them instead? Our classes focus on bite inhibition, early socialization, developing good temperaments and basic commands. The class teaches you techniques to train your dog to settle quickly, love being handled, and teaches your dog to focus on you even while in distracting environments. Our class is mostly off leash and lots of fun for the entire family. Pre-registration is required along with a $65 deposit. Please call (413-387-4368), email us, or go to the store to sign up. This 5 week course meets once a week for an hour and is held on Sundays at 3 pm. First Class Is Orientation and No Dogs.
Canine Obedience (5 wks)
Sundays starting 12/16 at 4:30 or Mondays starting 12/20 at 6:15. Canine Obedience is a five week course for adolescent and adult dogs. The class will teach obedience cues such as sit and down stay, heel, loose leash walking, recall, behaved on their own without constantly being told what to do. All dogs are welcome, whether have any previous obedience training or not. This class uses all positive training methods and helps you understand who your dog is and how to keep him mentally happy without inconveniencing your life. The class is kept small, three to four dogs, so that the dogs can remain relaxed and the owners can receive individual attention. As with the Puppy Kindergarten class this class also five weeks long and the first class is a theory class. No dogs will be present at this class so that the owners can learn about typical dog behavior and our training methods without as many distractions. Pre-registration is required along with a $65 deposit. Please call (413-387-4368), email us, or go to the store to sign up. This 5 week course meets once a week for an hour and is held on Sundays at 4:30 pm or Thursday at 6:15 pm. First class is orientation and no dogs.
Level Two Canine Obedience & Basic Impulse Control (5 wks)
Sundays starting 9/10 at 6:00 pm. The class will practice basic exercises which will help your dog ignore their natural instincts such as chasing and scavenging and become more focused. This class is for dogs who know their basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, and look, but struggle with focus around other dogs and people. Owners should have taken a previous obedience course with this dog. Pre-registration is required along with a $65 deposit. Please call (413-387-4368), email us, or go to the store to sign up. This 5 week course meets once a week for 75 minutes and is held on Sunday evenings at 6:15 am.
Level Two Impulse Control (5 wks)
This class is designed for owners who want their dog to be truly confident and well behaved in public settings or want to obtain off leash control. Each class session will be tailored to the owners needs but will also cover bonding exercises, off leash games, impulse control games, as well as good public manner exercises. You are required to take Level Two Obedience & Basic Impulse Control prior to this course. Pre-registration is required along with a $65 deposit. Please call (413-387-4368), email us, or go to the store to sign up. This 5 week course meets once a week for 75 minutes. This class is held Sundays at 6pm.
Tricks for Fun (4 wks)
Learn sixteen tricks in only 4 weeks. Some tricks your dog will learn in class are to spin, jump through a hoop, balance a cookie on your nose, and roll over. We also welcome any trick suggestions. Dogs must know basic obedience commands such as sit, down and stay. This course is four weeks long and the dogs attend every class. Note: Classes are scheduled according to interest. Pre-registration is required along with a $50 deposit. Please call (413-387-4368), email us, or go to the store to sign up. This 4 week course meets once a week for an hour. Please contact us if you would like to register for this class.
Is dog daycare right for you and your dog?
What is dog daycare?
Dog daycare is a safe environment where your dog is allowed to play and socially interact with other dogs under close supervision of a trained staff.
Why is daycare beneficial to your dog?
Dogs are instinctually pack animals. As a result they have a strong desire to socialize with not only peoples but other dogs. Dog daycare provides an opportunity for your dog to be part of a pack. Since all the dogs are closely monitored during playtime appropriate interactions with other dogs and people with be reinforced along with obedience commands and structure. It is also a great way to provide additional exercise for your dogs since they will be playing and wrestling with friends for the majority of the day. Daycare isn't just for dogs who want to find their dog best friend it can also be the perfect solution for your dog if they are shy or suffer from separation anxiety. Daycare can also help prevent destructive behaviors caused by boredom and provide your dog a huge stress relief through exercise and play.
How will dog daycare benefit your life?
Do you ever feel bad that your dog doesn't have a canine best friend to romp around with? Do you every feel your life has become too busy to juggle everything? Or do you work one or two long days a week resulting in a guilty feeling as you walk out the door leaving your dog home alone or crated all day? If so dog daycare might be the answer to all your problems. Now there is no need to walk your dog after an extra a long day at work. Instead you'll find your self snuggling up do your pup who's calm and tired after a long day of playing with his canine best friends.
How do I enroll my dog in daycare?
All dogs need to pass an evaluation test prior to entering daycare. In order to set up an evaluation owners must fill out and submit the application and release forms below. Once K9 Etiquette's staff reviews the application they will contact you to set up an evaluation test. This evaluation process is used to determine not only if daycare is appropriate for your dog but what type of play group they should be placed in. After the evaluation is complete your dog may attend daycare on a regular basis but do realize that a limited number of dogs are admitted to daycare per day depending on size and play-style so book your reservations in advance. We are always willing to take previously evaluated dog on a last minute basis if there is space for that day.
All dogs attending daycare
Must be vaccinated for Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper and Parvo Virus.
We also recommend that you discuss vaccinating your dog for the canine influenza virus with your veterinarian.
Must be over 4 months old.
Must be spayed or neutered if over seven months old.
Monday-Friday 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Please note there is a late pick up fee
1-15 minutes late$15.00
16-30 minutes late$30.00
Note: Passes expire after 30 days.
Whole Day (+5 hrs)$30.00
Half Day (-5 hrs)$20.00
10 Full Day Pass$270.00
10 Half Day Pass$180.00
Whole Day (+5 hrs)$57.00
Half Day (-5 hrs)$37.00
Although your dog is susceptible to many diseases and viruses there is a lot you can do to help protect him.
It is important to develop a good relationship with a local veterinarian. He can inform you what viruses and parasites are local to your geographical region. As your dog gets older your veterinarian can also run tests to detect illnesses prior to the onset of symptoms which could save or prolong your dog's life.
You can vaccinate against many viruses and bacterial diseases.
Some of these diseases, such as distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus, can be fatal to your dog. Serious illnesses you can vaccinate against such as parainfluenza or "kennel cough" are not life threatening in themselves but can cause other complications like pneumonia. If you are worried about over vaccinating, talk to your vet about titers.
Your dog also needs to be protected against parasites.
Your veterinarian can provide products which will prevent an infestation. You will see flea and tick products in your local stores but check with your veterinarian before purchasing them since some may be harmful to your dog. If an infestation of fleas does occur, your dog will have itchy skin and possible hair loss. Some dogs and humans can have an allergic reaction to fleas. If left untreated fleas could cause your dog to have a terrible skin infection as well as become anemic. Ticks can cause problems such as paralysis and Lyme disease. If the infestation is severe enough, anemia can also occur as with fleas. That is the reason it is important to use preventative measures when it comes to fleas and ticks.
It is also best to take precautions against heartworm.
Heartworms are internal parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Once a dog is infected with the parasite it travels to the heart were it can grow up to twelve inches long and will result in congestive heart failure. Heartworm will be fatal if not detected in the early stages. Because of this you should use a pill which protects against heartworm. This pill is given monthly year round for the dogs entire life. A yearly test should be run to confirm that your dog did not contract the parasite. Your dog can also get other internal parasites such as round worms, hook worms, and whip worms. These parasites can be detected through stool samples and should be tested for at least once per year.
Recently it has become apparent that it is also important to care for your dog's teeth.
Tartar build up can lead to bad breath, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. If left untreated bacteria can spread to the blood stream causing infections in the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Although your veterinarian can provide a dental cleaning for your pet you should also help keep your pet's teeth clean on a regular basis. You can brush your dogs teeth a few times a week with a pet safe toothpaste. These toothpastes are enzymatic. As a result you just need to rub some on your dogs teeth and gums and the enzymes will clean the teeth for you. The toothpaste is also meat flavored so your pet will enjoy the experience. At first it may take some time but eventually your dog will enjoy having his teeth cleaned. Feel free to let him lick a little when he's done for a reward. Other products can be used to help supplement your brushing. You can buy dental ropes to help "floss" your dog's teeth and dental chews to help break tartar off. Make sure these products are the appropriate size for your pet or they could develop serious digestion problems.
When you are walking down the food aisle in your local pet store you will notice a large variety of pet foods out there.
This may be overwhelming but it is important to do some research about what you are going to feed your dog. Puppies have very different nutritional requirements than an adult dog since they are growing. Some food companies even specialize puppy foods into small and large breeds. It is very important for puppies to eat puppy food and for adult dogs to eat adult food. Remember to measure out the amount of food your are feeding your dog so that you can be sure they are getting enough nutrition without over feeding, resulting in obesity.
While many of the high quality foods seemed to be costly, in the long run they can actually be more economical.
Most high quality foods do not contain fillers. As a result you feed less food to your dog because they can digest more of it. The other bonus is they poop less so you clean less. My fifty pound dog only eats one and one third cups of food a day because her food contains no fillers. Also many foods contain corn, barley, soy, as well as artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Many dogs are allergic to these foods and additives. These things may result in digestion problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and skin problems so try and avoid them. Higher quality foods are also formulated with proper amino acids so your dogs coat will also become soft and shiny.
No matter how hard the companies try it is impossible for them to make a food with no nutritional deficiencies or excesses that will fulfill every animals needs.
Dogs and cats are designed to consume a range of different foods so by rotating their foods you will also help them get the nutrition they thrive on. Food rotation also prevents animals from becoming bored with their food and more importantly helps prevent the development of food allergies. This only works if the foods you are rotating between have different main ingredients. Rotating every three months or sooner between three or four high quality foods is ideal. You can change food gradually over a week's time to prevent any digestive problems. If you do decide to rotate between companies you not only want to make sure that you're rotating the main ingredients but you also want to make sure that you are feeding a food appropriate for your dogs age and lifestyle unless you are using all life stages foods. If your dog is a puppy rotate puppy foods, if your dog is an adult rotate between adult foods and if your dog is a senior rotate between senior foods. And for those high active dogs feel free to rotate between high protein grain free foods.
When choosing a high quality food there are several things you want to look for.
Stay away from sales gimmicks and labels and do the research yourself. Words like organic, holistic, and all natural are not regulated in the pet food industry like they are in human foods. Make sure the ingredients on the label are foods you recognize. Avoid foods with fillers such as soy, wheat, cornmeal, and white rice. These foods provide no nutritional value to your pet and often cause allergies. Beware of animal by-products. Animal by-products can be good or bad depending on the quality. AAFCO defines meat by-products as, "the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food." As many of us know lung, and liver are packed with nutrients so why would by-products be a problem. This has to do with the quality of the by-product. Many by-products come from "4-D" meat sources. These are meat sources that have been determined to be unfit for human consumption because they arrived at the slaughter house "Dead, Dying, Diseased or Disabled." High quality food companies that use any by-products often use high quality by-products but if it makes you more comfortable feel free to stay away from them. Also look for foods with meat meal. Meal is meat which has had the water removed so it is highly concentrated protein and nutrients which are easy for the body to absorb. Finally stay away from artificial food colorings and preservatives including but not limited too BHA, and BHT.
Mental Stimulation & Exercise
In order to have a well behaved dog your dog not only needs you to be a good pack leader but it also needs appropriate mental and physical exercise.
Exercise will not only help keep your dog healthy but it will help stimulate their lives. When choosing a dog make sure that you pick out a dog with an appropriate energy level for your lifestyle. Medium and larger breed dogs, along with small terrier breeds, tend to need a lot of exercise until they are six or seven years old. Most of these dogs need two hours of exercise a day in order to be mentally and physically satisfied. Some smaller breeds or dogs in the later years of their lives may be happy with a twenty minute walk a few times a week. No matter what age or breed your dog is, it is important to provide him appropriate exercise. Appropriate amounts of exercise will keep your dog's heart and lungs healthy as well as help your dog maintain a proper weight. For older dogs there is nothing better than some gentle exercise to keep those joints loose and muscles strong. If you have trouble determining the appropriate amount of exercise for your dog feel free to contact us or your veterinarian. Remember there are many different types of physical exercise including walking or running (with or without a weighted backpack), playing fetch, or playing controlled tug.
When it comes to mental stimulation there are various options but they all boil down to one thing; make your dog think!
Training is a great way to mentally stimulate your dog. Hold one or two short (5 to 10 minutes) training sessions a day and keep them exciting. You may want to set up a "no free lunch" policy in your house. Make your dog do something for everything. If training is not entertaining to you there are plenty of other options. Provide your dog with interactive toys. These are toys which can be disassembled by your dog such as egg babies or toys with parts that Velcro together. Give your dog a frozen Kong stuffed with their favorite treats, peanut butter, and cheese or even better canned food. When it comes to food there is no reason to feed him out of a bowl. Make them work for it by providing them feeder balls which they have to push around to make the food fall out piece by piece. These balls come in multiple levels of difficulty so start simple and work your way up. Finally, let your dog sniff. As I talked about in "A Dog's Mind," scent is the most important sense to your dog. For this reason, every walk doesn't need to be to exercise for the body, let some walks exercise the brain. A dog can smell four feet underground so if he wants to stand and sniff one spot for ten minutes go ahead and let him. If you do not enjoy standing around on your walks then let your dog smell in other ways. Play "hide the treat." Place it under a box and make your dog find it. Over time your dog will get really good at this game and you can make it harder and harder by adding multiple boxes to pick from or by choosing hiding places that are farther away. The possibilities are endless but no matter how you decide to stimulate your dog be sure to make him think!
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The result... happier, healthier, and more confident individuals. We are teaching them how to change their health long term. No quick fixes or magical pills here. Just great support, motivation, and science!
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Susanne Shaw, the owner of K9 Etiquette
has been transforming dogs' lives since 2006 by educating owners about their dog's mental and physical needs while providing their dogs' appropriate nutrition.
In November of 2013 Susanne was ready to transform her own health.
For years she had explained to owners how much their behaviors influence their dogs. After struggling with pain due to sciatica issues since the age of nine and never obtaining appropriate nutrition for herself she realized it was time to make a change for herself as well! She realized how her low energy, moodiness, and pain effected not only her dogs but her relationships with her friends and family and committed to making a change.
After getting her own pain levels under control with exercise and nutrition her clients, friends and family started to notice a big change in her demeanor.
She couldn't help but want to share all she had learned with them too. She began a new journey in life of not only helping dogs, but also their owners, friends and families all live a healthier happier life together!
It's now time for us to all heal, so Let's H.E.A.L. Together!
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K9 Etiquette is here to help with all your dogs' needs whether it bedaycare, training, toys, or food. Our goal is to help your dogbecome the family friend you've always wanted.And don't worry! K9 Etiquette did not forget your feline friends.Our store also carries food, toys, and more for yourcats.K9 Etiquette uses positive training methodsto train your dog to become the family friendyou've always desired. We will help youunderstand your dog's mind & actionsresulting in less frustrations for both you andyour dog.