The 2017 Wildlife Issue (and the encounter with the bobcat)
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The 2017 Wildlife Issue 


Did You Know:  The Denver Dog Show is February 16-20
Just for fun: Want some dog mental stimulation ideas?
Tip of the Month:  Dogs and Wildlife

Additional Articles:  Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.

 

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Did you know?

The Denver Dog Show takes place every February over the Presidents' Day Weekend. This year, that will be February 16-20 at the National Western Stock Show Complex in Denver. Only dogs entered in events are allowed in. Events include conformation, agility, rally and obedience. There are also vendors with a variety of dog related products for purchase. If you've never gone and love all things dog, you might want to check it out!

Want some dog mental stimulation ideas?

Here is short video of Romeo's daily mental and physical workout routine. And, some added help from Zuzu to make it more challenging.

Dogs and wildlife

No matter where you live, you will encounter some form of wildlife. If you love to hike in the mountains, you will certainly encounter wildlife. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or a more rural area, wildlife can be found just about anywhere. Some of that wildlife is not dangerous, other certainly are. Whatever area you are in (whether living or visiting) you should have some idea of the wildlife you might encounter.

When it comes to our dogs and wildlife, they quite often are very interested in it. Sometimes too much so. One of our biggest distractions with our dogs is wildlife. At our home, our most common wildlife are rabbits, deer, birds, mice, voles and constrictor snakes. But there are others in the area that are less common. Coyotes, bobcats, bears, and mountain lions have all been spotted in our surrounding area. We have also spotted squirrels and prairie dogs on occasion. Some of these animals pose a far greater danger than others. Though even some we think of as less dangerous can pose their own sort of dangers.

Rabbits, squirrels, mice and prairie dogs, for example, seem rather benign at first glance. But chasing one of these into a road can cause a dog to get hit by a car. Catching one of them could expose your dog to a variety of potential diseases. While fleas are less common in Colorado than other areas of the country, exposure to them is a risk as well. Deer typically run if chased, but what if your dog gets too close and gets kicked? What if your dog chases and you can't stop him? How far will your dog pursue?

Your dog might be large enough to handle one coyote, but what if he chases that one coyote back to the pack of coyotes? And in case you are unaware, coyotes have taken down large dogs - not just toy breeds.

While I was out of town, my husband was walking our dogs around our property. As per usual, our dogs were off leash. Romeo spotted something and took off after it. My husband at first assumed it was a rabbit, which is common and not something we are concerned about being a big risk for our dogs. However, when whatever was being chased climbed a tree, it was obvious quickly that this was no bunny rabbit! He realized quickly that Romeo had treed a bobcat. While the bobcat was smaller than Romeo, that's not a close encounter we want to place any bets on. We were fortunate the bobcat chose to avoid conflict and stayed in the tree while my husband collected our dogs and took them indoors. We have not seen the bobcat since then, but we are keeping an eye out.

What's the best thing you can do if you encounter wildlife regularly? Work hard to develop good solid leash manners and/or good solid off-leash skills. A strong recall (come) is essential. A strong Leave It is helpful, or some other way to redirect your dog. For example, when it comes to the deer, a solid This Way (change of direction, and move away) with Zuzu is very helpful.

Additional Articles

Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife?
Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version


Like The Light Of Dog Newsletter:  The 2017 Wildlife Issue (and the encounter with the bobcat) on Facebook
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Calendar

Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays 
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm; we do NOT meet 2/19
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 3/5 & Wednesday 2/22
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 3/5 & Thursday 3/2
  • Rally for Fun:  new class starts Sunday 3/5
  • Fun & Games Class:  none scheduled at this time
  • Polite Pooches in Public: new class will start in the spring
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: none scheduled at this time
  • Therapy Dog Class NEW! new class started Sunday 1/22; next class will start spring or summer - contact us if you are interested!
    Are you working toward your dog becoming a therapy dog but not sure what you need to work on or want help? Think your dog would be a good therapy dog but not sure? This class will help you determine whether your dog would be good at it, would actually enjoy it and if s/he is ready for it. 
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
  • Juvenile Delinquents: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • Saturday, May 20, 9-11 am. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday July 22, 5:30-7:30 pm. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday, September 26, 9-11 am. Nature walk is invite only for our VIP customers. Invitations will be sent this summer.
To register for our farm events, please click here.
 

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

 
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The “Kids”

Zuzu (Greyhound) and Romeo (Vizsla): Social directors, personal trainers, and chief protectors from potential intruders. 

Wife & Husband

Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire and Ed Soehnel, dog products and marketing.
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