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Hi Everyone,

We hope the New Year is looking bright for all of our students and clients! On that note, our best wishes go out to our freestyle instructor Joanne Warrick, who’s recovery from surgery is taking a little longer than anticipated. We are hopeful that our Freestyle Dance class can be added to the schedule for February. We will be offering both a daytime class (Monday’s at 1:00 pm) and an evening class. Our wishes for a speedy recovery to our student Pat, as she recovers from an ankle injury. We are also looking forward to welcome back Roberta, after her recovery from her knee injury! We hope everyone stays healthy and sound in 2012!
Many of you have been calling about our 2012 schedule. Our dates have been set through the first half of the year, and we’ve been hoping to have them posted on our website by now. However, our webmaster seems to be MIA. In the meantime, feel free to call or email and we will provide you with the dates for the classes you are interested in. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Speaking of this years schedule, we have several classes beginning soon that are not typically offered year round. We have a Canine Good Citizen class on the schedule and will follow this class with a Canine Good Citizen Evaluation. Our Just For Fun Pet Agility is also back on the schedule and offers three options for classes based on your dogs size and ability. We also have a Therapy Class scheduled. Finally we will have two sessions of our Controlled Canines class, with the first one starting January 12 th. If you’ve been interested in one of these classes now is the time to sign up!
Our popular Annual Membership Programs are back and are now being offered to our Family Dg Students as well. An Annual membership allows you to train here year round for one reasonable price. Please email Wendy for details.
Finally, for our conformation students and breeder friends the Mason-Dixon Bernese Mt Dog Club is nice again holding their annual Health Clinic at our school this Sunday Jan. 8 th beginning at 9:00 am. They are offering CERF eye exams, Cardio exams, Microchipping, AKC DNA, and Vet Gen VWD testing. FMI contact Christine Vlassis or (717) 293-0901

I’m borrowing a quote from the Cowboy Magic company and rewriting it to be applicable to the dog world. “The wellbeing of tomorrows DOGS and the DOG FANCY (showing, performance events, etc) rests in the hands of TODAYS YOUTH. If you love DOGS, do all you can to teach the YOUTH about DOGS!”.

Many of us, myself included, share an affinity for dogs that began at a young age. For me it was a fascination with their skills in learning and their unconditional love. I was lucky to drive ahead and learn more on my own without the guidance of a parent involved in the Fancy. However with all of the activities being presented to our youth today, dog related activities aren’t usually front and center. Still I know that kids love dogs and if Given the opportunity to learn more and get involved many probably would. Think about the above quote, and then consider how you might be able to make a difference for the continuation of Dog related sports and activities as well as in the life of a child!

2012 Classes

Our 2012 Class schedule has been finalized and will be online soon! We will again have plenty of opportunities for you and your dog to join the class of your choice! Our regular classes will again run year round, including Puppy Kindergarden, Manners, and Advanced Manners as well as our Competition classes for Obedience and Rally Obedience. Our fun dog sports classes of Treibball, Nosework, Pet Agility, and Canine Musical Freestyle will have winter, spring and fall sessions again. We will also be again offering the Canine Good Citizen Class, CGC evaluations, and Therapy Dog classes! Watch the website for starting dates, or email Wendy for a copy of the schedule!

Sunday classes cancelled for today

There will not be agility or Nosework classes today. Class will resume Jan. 8 th.

Holiday Party Tomorrow!

In case you missed the flyer at school or the announce,net on our Facebook page, here’s one last reminder about tomorrows Holiday Open House Party! Drop-in 1:00-6:00 we will have vendors, pet photographs, pictures with Santa, and special deals on training and daycare! Hope to see you there!

Lions and Tigers and Pit Bulls! Oh My!

In the process of moving our discussions from Facebook to the blog, we came across a discussion post made by our client and friend Christina. We are moving it here, as I feel there’s a valuable statement within this discussion. Christina mentions that her son is trying to work with a Pit Bull who’s displayed agressive overtures towards other dogs. However he’s found that most schools and trainers Have turned him away due to the dogs aggression problems. It always saddens me to year someone say ” My dog was Kicked out of class” or “we didn’t graduate from our doggy school class”, and worse yet are the people who are dismissed from a class due to their dogs behavior without any help or guidance. We understand that in most of these cases the severity of the problem is simply greater than the instructor was prepared to handle in a group class. But most often the dogs owner is left with little guidance or a concrete plan to work through the dogs issues. Certainly we live in a time when so many people go online, take a course in dog training or canine behavior, maybe do a short apprenticeship with a local trainer or such and then begin teaching. These types of instructors simply don’t have the knowledge and experience to safely work with these dogs. Others may be restricted in what they can say and do because of a corporate ” boss” who won’t allow them to work with the more severe behavior cases and may also silence them from referring such a case to the experts who can help them.

In order to avoid wasting your time and money with such a trainer, stay tuned form our upcoming post on How to Select the Best Intsructor for You and Your Dog.

In the meantime, read on and feel free to join in our discussion on Pit Bulls and training!

My son is dating a gal who has a pit…he spend a lot of time with her but she is very aggressive towards other dogs…I recommended some obedience and socialization and bought the dog a gentle leader….he said it is hard to find any one who will allow an aggressive pit n school or day care or the like. The last two time my son socialized this dog, the other dogs were bitten in the face and blood was drawn. I feel like there has got to be some kind of solution. He says the dog listens well, the problem is other dogs. Any suggestions?
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Hi Christina,

Great idea with the Gentle Leader!

There’s a lot we can do with training and behavior modification, however its a long road of work ahead depending on the severity. Pits and other Bully breeds are always welcome at Dog Sense. However a dog who is defensive and aggressive towards other dogs is not ready for daycare type socialization.

She and her owner and your son should start with private lessons and then move into our Control Class where they will have lots of opportunity to work on the dogs social skills. Some dogs then progress from there to our regular group classes.

It should also be said that some dogs will never be comfortable enough with new dogs to be able to socialize safely with direct contact. However good manners and control (without direct contact) Are achievable!

Hi everyone,

We have been informed by Facebook that the Discussions option will be removed from all pages beginning Oct. 31 st. And so we are bringing our discussions to the blog. The downside is to be involved in a topic you’ll have to comment on the blogost and wait for approval. You will also have to scroll down to locate the discussion as ,more posts are made in the blog. The upside is that it won’t be deleted!

Here’s the thread that existed:

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What do you feed your dog? Have you encountered any health issues that were resolved upon switching your dog to a different diet?

We have tried a number of diets with PWD River, due to hsi allergies. Now he gets Perference ( a dehydrated base from Honest Kitchen ) and mix with cooked protein, usually ground turkey, and Precise Holistic kibble. we get both at Woof N Tails. He is allergic to beef,duck, beets, corn, and inhalation to some grasses as well, according to blood testing. We are considering switching to raw. Currently trying him on Atopica (meds) to control itchiness. He was comfortable on prenisone, but liver values got too high. Amanda is researching raw diets. I’d love to hear specifics about what others feed.

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Wendy here (tried to change to my personal profile since we have others who post for Dog Sense)…
Ive weaned three litters of puppies onto Honest Kitchen. I was always very pleased with it. I think it’s a great choice for those who wish to feed a raw type diet but need to simplify the process.
I tried feeding the frozen raw diet that Woof and Tails carries. I loved the ease of feeding it, the safety of the ground bone mixed in, and even the price. Unfortunately Fire, who is a good eater, turned up his nose consistently. Fire has digestive issues, and is frequently gassy. Ive tried pre and probiotics, dry food, soaked dry, yogurt, and different diets. So far grain free is the best but still gets him kicked out of the bedroom!
My other dogs are currently fed Evo, but having had some stool and eating issues with it recently, I’m working in switching to a different food. I haven’t settled on the right one yet. I’m considering trying a combination of dry and raw. I know its a bit controversial, but I’ve done it before.
The puppies are on Precise Plus Puppy with some meat and yogurt added. They are doing well on it.
I’ll keep everyone posted on my diet switch with my older dogs and how it goes. I look for low gas, hard lean weight, and a shiny full coat with low shedding.
Btw, it takes about two months to see the external effects of a new diet.

Eric and I feed our 8 dogs what is called the whole prey model diet. Since we believe that dogs are carnivores they only need meat, bone, and organs from a variety of different species (chicken, turkey, cow, pig, lamb, goat, deer, fish, etc). We don’t add any grains, dairy, or fruit and vegetables as we feel they are not needed in the canine diet (controversial I know). The only supplement we give currently is a pro-biotic/digestive enzyme mix to our one border collie who seems gas-ier without it. We have been feeding this diet for almost 3 years and have had nothing but success. Before switching to raw we fed very high end performance kibble (Wellness, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild, etc and we always mixed several brands together). When we switched to raw we saw differences in muscle tone, coat condition, teeth/breathe, amount of stool, water consumption, and activity levels.

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Thanks Kim! It should be added that Kim and Eric are very competitive and successful Flyball competitors with all of their dogs. Performance dogs who need to be in the optimum of condition. Having seen their dogs they are solid muscle, in healthy lean condition, and shiny!

Thanks Wendy for the compliments. And if anyone has questions about the raw diet we are more than willing to help answer questions. The scientist in me has done lots of research on diet but I usually don’t share unless asked.


I have a 3 year old gray and white landseer newfoundland. He has had digestive issues, the worst diarrhea, all of his life up until about 9 months ago. I tried every food available from cheap to the most expensive kibble out there, vet diets included. Nothing helped. Then one day a sales rep. stopped in at Woof’n Tails, where I work, and convinced me to try their goats milk. Guaranteed it would work. I gave him a few ounces the next day and he had his first firm stool ever the very next day! I kept him on it for quite some time and decided to try their raw diet as well. He did great until January when he developed a nasty hot spot. Then every month, once a month, he would develop another. Hair loss and flaky, oily skin followed. We did allergy testing and found he is allergic to everything I was feeding him! I then consulted with Leslie Osborne of Harborwoods Veterinary Clinic. We put him on chinese herbs and totally eliminated kibble from his diet. (I had been feeding 1/2 kibble, 1/2 raw to save $$) Within a week his skin cleared up. His hair is growing back, he is back to playing with toys and is very happy as am I. I now feed him Aunt Jeni’s raw Turkey diet. It is the only one without kelp which he is allergic to.
Soooooooo…LONG story short, I chose an organic, commercially prepared raw diet for Bo both for peace of mind that he was getting all the nutrition he needs and for convenience. We both love it!

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Wendy Keyser, thanks for the input! What an interesting diet journey you’ve been in with Bo. Im sure it was a relief to find out about the kelp allergy!

Kim, how is your new puppy doing on raw?

Ketch is doing very well on his new diet! He took to it right away and we have had very little digestive issues. So far he has enjoyed chicken, turkey, and red meat. The great thing about feeding raw (to puppies and adult dogs) is the amount of waste decreases and Ketch is only needing to do #2 twice a day……a big difference from the 4-6 times/day that kibble feed dogs do.

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My golden, Maggie, tends to put on the pounds quite easily. She’s a little older now so it’s important for her hips to keep her slim, much to her dismay. I feed her Califormia Natural since it has very few ingredients and goldens are allergy prone. To supplement her diet, she gets green beans for supper with pumpkin and in the morning she gets a spoonful of plain non-fat yogurt forher digestive tract. i try to keep her treats holistic. She also gets anything I drop on the floor :) I recommend the green bean diet to anyone who is trying to get some pounds off their dog.

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Fire just started his raw diet. He loved his chicken thigh! I fasted him first for a day, then began. So far so good! I tried to start Georgia on it, but after licking the chicken a few times she moved away and laid down. Not sure what I’ll do with her, she’s a very fussy eater as many Sibes can be.

Tonic is staying on a commercial diet for now, but I’m exploring the option of adding raw meat. I know it’s a bit controversial, but I’ve done it many times with other dogs. For her, I plan on adding a commercial raw purchased at Woof and Tails! The commercially prepared raw diets are a great for eliminating the mess and the planning.

Excercise is good for both you and your dog. It promotes a healthy state of mind and body! As we move towards the winter months with it’s colder temperatures, and shorter daylight hours, our Fun Classes can provide you and your dog with a new way to get exercise in a welcoming social atmosphere. The only decision you need to make is which of these popular classes will be best for you and your dog! Here’s a brief overview of these classes:

K9 Nosework: Nose work classes involve your dog doing what he does best….using his nose! You dog is taught to identify and associate with particular scents and to locate them in a search of a pile of boxes, or in a room, or vehicle. This is a progressive class, introducing the foundation of scent work in the first few weeks and then building the dogs skill from there. Nose work is a great class for dogs who have a hard time focusing in the presence of other dogs as your dog will be the only dog in the ring while working. Other dogs will be expected to remain lying down quietly on a mat or in a crate in our viewing area while another dog is working. This class is suitable for dogs of any size and physical ability and people of almost any age and physical ability. this is a low impact, inexpensive class to train in (minimal equipment required). Nose work classes are currently being scheduled for Sundays at 1:00 beginning Nov. 6th.

Treibball: Ball herding or Soccer for dogs, is a sport developed in Germany to encourage and enhance cooperation and communication between dog and handler. The dog, on direction from it’s handlcuts selects a ball, and drives it with it’s nose to the goal cage and continues until all the balls are successfully in the goal! This is a low impact activity for the dog but a great outlet for excess energy and drive! Exercise balls and other equipment is required. Treibball begins Sunday November 6 th at 3:00 pm!

Agility For Fun: Agility is a popular sport for dogs and handlers that has been around since the late 80′s. At Dog Sense we offer recreational Agility classes for fun and exercise. Our courses are designed for safety while still offering fun and physical challenges. This is a high impact activity for the dog, and handlers must be willing to keep safety and physical conditioning in mind. Handlers must also be in good physical condition and must wear sneakers or similar rubber soled, lace on shoes. No slip-on shoes allowed. If you or your dogs are not suitable for agility for fun, stay tuned for our upcoming Pet Challenge courses a toned down agility style playground for dogs beginning in January. Agility for Fun begins Sunday November 6th at 2:00.

Are you interested in all three of the above classes but can’t attend all three on a Sunday? Try our Sports Sampler Class beginning Monday Nov. 7 th at 6:00 pm. The Sports Sampler class will introduce the foundation skills for Treibball, Agility, Nosework, Obedience, and other Sports classes so that you can decide which class to focus on in the next session! This is also a great class for puppies who’s owners have competitive dog sports in their plans!

Controlled Canine Class: our ever popular Control class is back! Does your dog become overexcited and unable to control itself around other dogs or people? Or maybe it has a hard time relaxing in new areas or around loud noises and other distractions. This is the class for you! Develop better control of your dog and achieve great focus and responsiveness to basic commands no matter what the environment! There is one spot remaining in our current class! Class begins this evening October 27th at 8:15. The next session begins in January!

Puppy and Adult Playgroups: The fun of a dog park with the safety of a closed, limited group with safe play measures in place including sanitized play area, and supervision by an experienced play group supervisor. This is a drop in, come when you want/pay as you go activity. Reservations are required. Drop ins will be accommodated if there is a spot available in the group. Play group sessions are available as follows: Saturdays 10:30 – puppies and small dogs
11:30 – medium andlarge dogs or rough and tumble smaller dogs
1:00 – puppies and small dogs
Sundays 4:00 – puppies and small dogs

Call us today to enroll your dog in any of these classes! 717-509-5652 or

Its here…the special incentive program I hinted at a few weeks ago on Facebook!

Do you train at Dog Sense and actively participate in an activity with your dog, such as rally obedience, therapy work, pet training, or other activity? Does your dog attend daycare? Do you regularly read our facebook page or blog? Would you like to have the opportunity to help promote dog sports and activities to others and earn special incentives and prizes? If so, join our Ambassador program!

Email Wendy for more Information on our new and unique opportunity!

Open for Daycare!

We plan to open for Daycare at our usual time! Looking forward to a day of play with our daycare dogs!

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