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Grrrr — It’s Summer School
by Landess Witmer PetFolio Publisher
Jun 13, 2012 | 1845 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett

Summer is upon us all! The whole family is home, sleeping in and enjoying the great warm weather. Community festivals every weekend and long summer hours give way to leisurely walks with your dog and Frisbee fun in the front yard.

However, has your Fido forgotten his manners? Seeing Spot run wild? Rover destroyed a pillow from your couch? Can’t get Max to walk with you at the park? And, did Maggie really dig a hole in your petunia garden?! Perhaps your dog is in need of a tune-up this summer. Fret not your pet-loving heart, the training season for pets is in full stride in our community.

Below is just a sampling of the many opportunities to teach your dog to be “doggone good.”

The city of Reno is offering Dog Training with Guy Yeaman, “the Dog Man.” A professional for more than 40 years, Yeaman teaches many different things: obedience (basic and advanced), security and protection, service and guide dogs, and canine good citizen, to name but a few. Classes are held at two locations: Comstock and McKinley parks, from July 14 through Aug. 25. You can take your doggie for studies either in the morning or afternoon, depending on location. Cost is $80. For more details on Yeaman’s private one-on-one lessons, as well as custom designed programs where dogs (and their owners!) are specially trained to meet individual specific needs, call 334-2262.

Summer-time is fun-time at Dog Training by PJ! Dogs can enroll in regular basic classes for all levels, in addition to one-hour classes such as hiking, loose leash walking, perfect recall, manners, creating the perfect bond with your dog, tunnels and chutes, tricks, massage for animals, dance, and an outdoor adventure/real world class for pooches.  For additional information about any of their classes or behavior modification or private training, call 828-0748 or  visit

This summer, Motivational Dog Training - Agility and the Ready 2 Run Agility Club will be hosting nine agility dog show competitions here in Reno! Competitors will come from Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. The MDT-AA teaches classes all year long, with specially designed canine agility programs, including six one-hour classes for $90. Dogs can start training at 14 weeks old. Foundation, introduction, intermediate, advanced and agility trial champions keep dogs fit, and dogs have super fun with their owners. For more information, call Lin at 425-2375 or visit

Beyond Obedience is full of options for dogs this summer. Puppy preschool socializes young pups (up to 5 months of age) in a safe and controlled environment, to expose them to a variety of handling techniques as well as to teach them a few basic cues. They also cover house-training challenges, puppy biting and chewing, and teaching pups how to cope with being alone. The next four-week class starts July 3 at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $100. There is also Canine Summer School with a short four-week course, starting July 3 from 7 to 8 p.m., in the basics: loose leash walking, come when called, and wait will be the focus. The fee is $100. Contact the TDRPD at 530-582-7720 or visit (click on “Adult programs,” then “Enrichment”). Pre-registration is necessary due to limited class size. For more information about these classes, phone consultations or private, in-home training for your puppy, adolescent or adult dog, contact Jeanine Collins Duffield at 530-400-DOGS (3647), email or visit

Katherine Simkins is a Bark Busters dog behavioral therapist and trainer, voted “Best of the Best” by the SPCA International for her private, in-home dog training techniques.  She offers different summertime dog training packages depending on a specific family’s needs and budgets; everything from separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, aggression, door manners, basic obedience, jumping, barking, attentiveness training, back lead, and heel to walk. Summer packages range from $250 to $575.  Bark Busters will return to a home free of charge to provide further training if problems recur at any point in a dog’s life, or even if new problems develop.  Simkins is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and can be reached at 636-9861 or visit

You can learn how to save your pet’s life! Whether it is heat stroke, pet hiking dangers or basic pet CPR, our community is covered with pet first aid classes. A variety of locations and times are ongoing and instructor Peggy Rew will come to your group for a class. Get in touch with Rew at, call 626-0982, find her on Facebook or check classes online at 

Dog Gone Amazing offers everything from puppy training classes to board-and-train packages to private, in-home lessons customized to fit you and your dog, along with multiple group classes per month in real-life settings. Malaika Heinbaugh, owner, has more than nine years of experience in dog training and behavior and uses unique methods making her different from other trainers with a great record of success. Specializing in training your dog or puppy to be smart, playful, loyal and obedient, Dog Gone Amazing dog and puppy training serves all of Reno, Sparks and northern Nevada. Chances are her “doggie support” group is meeting in your area for a dog walk, hike and training session. Call Heinbaugh at 742-0022 or visit

Monica Smith of Oh Behave and Jana Dozet of B&B Obedience have teamed up to hold a number of summer dog-training classes. They offer puppy socialization classes, beginning obedience up to advanced obedience. They also are now introducing rally obedience and agility as well.  Dozet has been a dog trainer for more than 25 years and is a licensed veterinary technician at Lakeside Animal Hospital.  Smith has worked with Dozet for more than six years and became an ABC-certified dog trainer two years ago.  Together they work to find what works best for dogs and their owners and to increase the bond between dogs and owners through training and dog activities. Call 813-WOOF (9663) for more information. 

This year, marks the 10th anniversary of providing the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area with Rattlesnake Avoidance and Safety Training for Dogs. The benefits of rattlesnake training are obvious for dogs, but the training sessions benefit owners, too. Knowing a dog’s reaction to detecting a rattlesnake can signal an owner to avoid encountering the snake entirely. Second, appropriate training could prevent a lot of pets in the community from getting hurt or killed. If a snake bite is caught in time, dogs can be treated with several days in the hospital, at a cost of up to $2,500. The Nevada Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Rescue Foundation and the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Reno are once again teaming up to provide Rattlesnake Avoidance Classes June 16 and 17, and July 7 and 8 at Davis Creek Regional Park. Call 224-5262 or visit or

Bring your dog to Artown’s 12th annual Art Paws from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 for more canine fun, training and contests. Read more about Artown’s “Only Bring Your Dog” Day at
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Grrrr — It’s Summer School by Landess Witmer PetFolio Publisher

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