• Magic Wand Dog Training and Behavior Services Automated Telephone System

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Telephone system

    “This is the Magic Wand Dog Training and Behaviour Services automated telephone system.  Please listen carefully to the following options:


    Press 01 to tell me your dog has been asked to leave the local obedience club because he won’t sit, wait, down or come when called (even when on lead) so you thought you would try agility.


    Press 02 if your Labrador is morbidly obese and you thought you would try agility.


    Press 03 if you want 30 minutes of advice and have no intention of paying for it.


    Press 04 if you describe your dog as ‘a little bit naughty’ when what you really mean is that the b*st*rd bites, hard.


    Press 05 if you want puppy training classes but your Boxer is already 12 months old.


    Press 06 if you believe that just by turning up to one puppy training class and doing no work whatsoever at home, your puppy will grow up to be a well adjusted companion.


    Press 07 if your nervous aggressive GSD has bitten and hospitalised Aunt Maud, the vet, and your child and you want me to rehome it.


    Press 08 if you have three children under school age, an invalid parent living at your home, a partner who works away, are pregnant with twins and want your 8 month old Dalmatian that never gets a walk to stop chewing every thing in sight.


    Press 09 if you want to tell me my advice has not worked even though you have not tried it yet.


    Press 10 if you want to be dog trainer and behaviourist because you like animals better than people.


    Press 11 if you are 15 years old and want to do work experience with me but would faint if I asked you to pick up after a dog.


    Press 12 if your dog is aggressive with other dogs but you want to join one of my groups because it will be nice for him to have some friends.


    Press 13 if you cannot afford my private rates and want a discount because you only have one BMW.


    Press 14 if you are cancelling your lesson that is due to start in 30 minutes and have no intention of paying the cancellation fee.


    Press 15 if you do not believe in rewarding a dog and know that clicker training does not work because your friend Beryl said so.


    Press 16 if you think your dog knows he has done wrong when you tell him off and that he obeys you because he respects you and acknowledges you are a superior being.


    Press 17 if you want me to wave my magic wand over your contacts/weaves/start line waits in just one session and will then tell me it did not work when you go to a show just two days later with no training in the meantime.


    Press 18 if you have eleven Jack Russell bitches in a small flat and you want me to teach them not to fight each other.


    Press 19 if you already know everything about your breed because this is the fourth one you have had and I cannot tell you anything new.


    Press 20 if you want me to pick up your dear departed dog’s ashes from the vets and keep them at my house because you are too upset to have them in your home (true!).


    Press 21 if you could not use a halti, indoor crate, or harness because they are cruel.


    Press 22 if you will not put a muzzle on your deadly aggressive dog because you do not want people to think he is nasty.


    Press 23 if you want to leave an increasingly angry message for the third time this week demanding an urgent call back and yet again forget to give your name or number.


    Press 24 if, having ascertained I am out, you wish ask my engineer husband for behavioural advice about your pet.


    Press 25 if you wish to fill up my answering machine tape with an incoherent rambling message.


    Press 26 if want your entire male adolescent dog to spend its days lying patiently on your front step on your unfenced property because dogs shouldn’t want to run away, should they.


    Press 27 if you want me to teach your untrained border collie to play with sheep because you think he will like it.


    Press 28 if your dog thinks its name is “NO”.


    Press 29 if it is before 8am or after 10pm and you want to ask how to stop your 13 week old Andrex puppy from biting your 5, 7 and 9 year old boys when they play fight with it.


    Press 30 if you have taken trouble to socialise and train your pet and want to make an appointment to learn even more fun stuff.  No need to hold, I’ll put you right through J”

    Permission given by Sally to repost.  Very funny lady!  Thank you.

    Check out "Putting it Bluntly" on Sally's website:


  • Service Dog Seminar November 2010

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Tampa Bay Area welcomes Becky McClintock, CPDT – KA, bio  www.seizetheclick.com  a service dog trainer to Courteous Canine, Lutz.  As dog trainers, shelter workers, and rescue group volunteers we can evaluate a shelter dog or train the clients dog to include tasks such as picking up fallen objects, opening doors, retrieving the phone, and a companion for PTSD, companion for the elderly with minimal tasks, etc., and providing a hearing dog.  With the skills we already have as dog trainers we can easily provide these services for our community.

    1) choose a shelter dog for task training

    2) control the method of training  R+    click!

    3) reduce the amount of wait time for a SD

    4) work with existing (owners) dogs

    5) educate clients for public access


    This is just one more way to say to our community “we’re here to serve you”  and we will train without pain.


    If you would like to attend the seminar, you can attend with your own dog to learn some of these skills (clicker savvy) or observe without a dog.

    Monday (few hours) will be at HSUS Tampa Bay for evaluations.


    Space is limited.


    Hope to see you there!



    Click for Independence I with Becky McClintock

    An Introduction to Training, Selecting and Placing Service and Hearing Dogs


                                                                                                        Courteous Canine, Inc.,  Tampa, FL

    November 13-15, 2010  9:00-5:00

    13 CPDT-KA CEUs for Sat-Sun participation    CEUs for Monday are pending

    Register at www.seizetheclick.com

    Contact in the seminar area is Maureen Schooley: 




  • Toe Nail Tuesday

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    A breath of fresh air not to worry about dominance - related training and handling practices at Best Care Animal Hospital, New Port Richey, Florida.  http://www.bestcareah.com/

    With peanut butter in hand - on a stick, no force nail trim is what Joanna and her team offer. I can't say enough good things about my visits to Best Care with gentle handling, no force, behaviorally sound approach to blood draw, injections, cleaning of ears, and nail trim. 

    Join Joanna and others from Best Care for Toe Nail Tuesday.  All proceeds go to SPCA - see below.

    Toe Nail Tuesday

    Toe nail Tuesday!!! Come join us on the third Tuesday of every month at Pet Supply Plus for toe nail Tuesday. On the third Tuesday Pet Supply Plus hosts a toe nail trimming event, have your pets nails trimmed for $5.00 dollars and all money collected goes to the SPCA of Suncoast. Come join us at Pet Supply Plus on Little Road about 1/2 mile north of Ridge Road.
  • Every Shelter Dog

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    "Every shelter dog was once a puppy." Dr. Ian Dunbar

    That pretty much says it all.  Check out a recent pod cast with Dr. Dunbar:


    For more doggy info: Articles, videos T.V. shows, radio interviews, and blogs visit www.Dogstardaily.com   No scare,dominance related techniques. 

    Simply the best! 

    And how do I know this?   I studied under Dr. Dunbar with over a 100 hours of lecture time and have applied it to many puppy classes, adult classes, shelter dogs, fosters in my own home, and my own dogs. How many dogs?  I wish I kept count.

  • National Assistance Dog Week

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    This week is National Assistance Dog Week! How can we say thank you to these dogs?

    Suggestion: Remove the choke chains from the training program and use a positive training approach.  

    Among many great schools, Texas Hearing and Service Dogs
    ...http://www.servicedogs.org/ uses no choke chains! Notice the treat bags when teaching new behaviors? Service Dogs are selected from shelters, too! CCI, Canine Companions for Independence uses rewards as well. These are the two closest schools in the Tampa Bay Area that do not use force and punishment with service dogs.

    If you wish to have a service dog in your home to help with tasks such as a hearing dog, picking up fallen items, or PTSD dogs, perhaps there is an alternative.

    To limit the wait time of receiving a dog and to teach dogs through positive methods (without choke chains, or pinch collars), we, as trainers can go out in the community to help owners with their own dogs, or select a dog from a shelter for task work.

    In November, Becky McClintock, CPDT, a service dog trainer will be giving a three day seminar on this very same topic for dog trainers in the Tampa Bay Area, (out of area trainers welcomed!)

    Seminar will be held at Courteous Canine in Lutz, a no force, but fun training school.  See here for more info on seminar and bio on Becky.

    Click for Independence I with Becky McClintock

    An Introduction to Training, Selecting and Placing Service and Hearing Dogs

    The Courteous Canine  Tampa, FL

    November 13-15, 2010  9:00-5:00

    13 CPDT-KA CEUs for Sat-Sun participation    CEUs for Monday are pending

    Register at www.seizetheclick.com

    Contact in the seminar area is Maureen Schooley: 

  • What is your relationship with your dog

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    "Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something:  They're trying to feel good.  In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place you go to take."
     -Anthony Robbins

    Perhaps this is why so many animals are surrendered to shelters, rescues or tossed aside on the street - there isn't a relationship. The person was a taker not a giver. 

    A taking relationship would be:

    Getting an animal because you're lonely.
    Teaching the children about caring for another being - which can lead to - let the dog have puppies so 'our' children can witness the birth...blah blah blah.
    Watch dog.
    The children, spouse wanted a dog.

    I'm sure there are many reasons why people get a dog. I think I may have heard most of them, and thankfully I can't remember the sad reasons for getting one at this moment, but for me, first and foremost, I get a dog because I must take care of them, and in turn they take care of me.  At times I've been lonely, and my dogs comfort me. They can be good watch dogs, but that is secondary. Finally, I get the dog for *me* and only me - not because my children or spouse wanted one. I guess this is why I have the relationship with my dogs of giving and not a place of taking.
    In Al Ritter's new book the 100/0 Principle from Simple Truth's, the 100/0 Principle is: "You take full responsibility (the 100) for the relationship, expecting nothing (the 0) in return."

    This book is written about human relationships, but of course I can slant it 'to the dogs'.  It works.

    Check it out - it may change your thinking, and if you shifted your thoughts to "I don't know" - less dogs (and other animals) may be spared the shelter life and/or death.
    Now that would be something for your children to witness.

    "Change your thoughts- Change your world." - N. V. Peale

  • May the Month of Kindness

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    "Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them.  Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts..." - Robert Fulghum

    Be kind to your dog - teach him the meaning of the words you use. Do you understand dog language? Check out Turid Ruggas' calming signals, or Dr.Roger Abrantes' Dog Language.  You can find some great books and DVDs on Dogwise or Twazer. Now there's some stuff you can sink your teeth into.  Hey, it is Bite Prevention week, shut off the TV. 

    And visit: http://dogstardaily.com/videos/tv/americas-dog-trainer
    A new dog training series.  It's great! It's kind! It's effective!
  • Be Kind to Animals Month

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    "Words can heal, teach or can hurt and frighten.
    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."  Mother Teresa

    Volunteer your time. 

    "You stopped to say hello, stayed in front of my cage or run for a few minutes, and touched me - it meant the world to me."  -- The cats and dogs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.  If they could only talk...

  • Common Things Toxic to Animals

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    "In memory of Rev’ed Up 911 Turbo “Pooh” who ingested an amanita type mushroom and died of liver failure in June 2009. Within 72-hours he went from happy and joy filled to arresting in intensive care despite the heroic efforts of Dr. Rachel Kelly and Dr. Reems a critical care Veterinarian at Florida Veterinary Specialists. Both a blood transfusion and plasma could not save his life." - Angelica Steinker

    Common Things Toxic to Animals

    1. Chocolate – dark chocolate is the most dangerous as it contains the most cocoa which is the ingredient that is dangerous to animals. Macadamia nuts are also toxic to animals.
    2. Grapes – grapes contains a toxin that can cause kidney failure. Raisins are equally dangerous. Onions in general are toxic to animals.
    3. Xylitol sweetner – in gum and candy – which can also destroy a animal’s liver. This substance is highly toxic even in small quantities. It is suggested to not purchase or store any gum or candy with xylitol if you own an animal.
    4. Poisonous mushrooms – pictured below is the type of mushroom that killed Turbo. Also many plants are poisonous to animals.
    5. Bufo toads -- pictured below. If your animal has contact with a toad, flush his month out being sure that the water runs out of his mouth NOT to the back of his throat.
    6. Poisonous snakes – most emergency clinics store anti-venom rush your animal to the vet as soon as possible if he has been bitten by a snake.

    More Things Toxic to Animals


    • Bees, walking sticks
    • Certain lizards and snakes
    • Fire ants
    • Spiders
    • Wasps

    Household Substances

    • Ammonia products
    • Animal and plant poisons
    • Antifreeze
    • Antiperspirants
    • Bar soap
    • Bath oils
    • Brake fluid
    • Carburetor cleaners
    • Caulking compounds
    • Coal and wood tar derivatives
    • Detergents
    • Deodorants
    • Diaper ointment
    • Engine cleaners/frost removers
    • Eye makeup
    • Fabric softeners
    • Gasoline
    • Hair products
    • Lacquer thinners
    • Laxatives
    • Liniments
    • Lubricants
    • Moth Balls
    • Nail cosmetics
    • Oil paints
    • Ointments
    • Paint and varnish
    • Perfumes
    • Phenol disinfectants
    • Photographic chemicals
    • Pine oil disinfectants
    • Radiator cleaners
    • Shaving lotions
    • Suntan lotions – zink ointment
    • Tire repair products
    • Turpentine
    • Windshield washer fluid
    • Wood preservatives


    • Acetaminophen
    • Athlete’s foot remedies
    • Aspirin
    • Corn removers
    • Citrus oils and pennyroyal
    • Diet pills
    • Iodoform
    • Medicated products for dogs
    • Sleeping pills
    • Many medications that are safe for humans are toxic to animals

    Some Poisonous Plants

    • Azalea
    • Bird of paradise
    • Carnation
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Crocus
    • Daffodil
    • Deadly Nightshade
    • Diffembachia
    • Fox glove
    • Holly
    • Lilly, various species
    • Marijuana
    • Mistletoe
    • Oleander
    • Poinsettia
    • Poison Ivy
    • Poison Oak
    • Poison Sumac
    • Rhubarb
    • Sago palm seeds
    • Tobacco
    • Tomato Leaves
    • Umbrella Plant


    • Pennies

    Thank you to Dr. Rachel Kelly for the assistance in providing medical information for this flyer.

    Animal Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680

    Courteousy of CourteousCanine.com

  • Dog Care and Training Tips

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Today I received my contributor's copy of
                         Top Tips from Top Trainers

    1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog
     Care and Training

    A to Z for easy browsing, this book covers a wide range of care and training tips on hundreds of topics, including:

    Body language
    house manners
    problem behaviors
    small and large dogs
    training, equipment, methods and troubleshooting

    This guide offers guidance provided by educated and experienced trainers in The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) committed to improving the relationship between dogs and their people.

    Dog friendly, reward based training, lifelong companions, trust, mutual respect, education in canine behavior are just some of the words you will find in APDT's Mission and Vision Statement. To view in full please visit the website:   www.apdt.com

    "Thank you so much for participating in this book project and submitting your tip (tips)!  We were extremely impressed with the tips and grateful that you were willing to share your knowledge and experience." - T.F.H. Publications Senior Editor, Heather Russell-Revesz

    Thank you to T.F.H. Publications and Nylabone.

    The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and after June 1 at PetSmart and Petco, plus other independent book and pet retailers. 

    Remember to go to igive.com when ordering on line. Money will be donated to your favorite charity with just one click of the button.