Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome to OC Smart Pets

Happy New Year and welcome to OC Smart Pets. I wanted to make it easier for people to get information about their dogs' classes and find out about local dog-related events and the latest dog-related news. I will soon be posting graduation pictures and a calendar of upcoming classses and events.
Let me tell you what's new in '09! I am excited to tell you that as a CGC-approved evaluator for the AKC, I will be including the AKC STAR Puppy program as a part of my puppy class curriculum. STAR stands for Socialization Training Activity and Responsibility. The program requires the Pet Parent at least six weeks of classes and demonstrate 20 behaviors including a test at the end of the class. Those who successfully complete the requirements will be given a application to send to the AKC for a certificate and medal and other valuable resources. This is a wonderful new program to encourage puppy training and environment enrichment for a well-adjusted family pet. For more detailed information visit the AKC website.
There will also be several free potty training seminars in January. The first one is January 13 Tuesday at 6pm. The second is January 18, Sunday at 6pm and finally January 24 Saturday at 12pm. This is your chance to meet the trainers and get some tips about potty and crate training. We will also be talking about other issues that accompany the arrival of a new puppy like introducing the new dog to other pets in the family. How to children should act around the new puppy and other important topics. Your pets are welcome of course but not necessary for this informative hour-long seminar. Sign up in advance to ensure there is space for everyone interested.
I will also have a booth at the 6th Annual CARE Car show Saturday January 31 from 8am to 2pm at the Capistrano Sports Park. The proceeds from this event support the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort. Leashed pets are welcome and there will be refreshments available for purchase and vendors and live music. I will be there handing out goodies for pets and talking to people about dog training and raffling off free dog training classes and other prizes. I hope you can make it that day.
I want everyone to start getting ready for the 2nd Annual Puppy Love Yappy Hour! There will be a best-dressed, best kiss and a best trick contest plus pictures, prizes and refreshments. Bring your dog and their date and celebrate on Tuesday February 10th from 6-8pm.