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Back to School Group Dog Training Classes

Dog-Abilities classes - Back to school 2016

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 No Comments

New Group Classes and Location

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Posted on: June 29th, 2016 No Comments

July Canine Fitness Workshop


Since wCCDTC July workshope had so much success with our April and June Canine Fitness Workshops, we will be having another one on July 8th at Clermont County Dog Training Club from 6-8:30pm.

This workshop will focus on exercises with FitPAWS peanuts and donuts. We will review information from the previous two workshops which focused on Basic Foundation, Safety, the K9 Fitbone, warm up and coo down exercises.CCDTC July workshop1

Registration is through Clermont County Dog Training Club. Working spots are to 10 dog/handler teams at $35 for CCDTC members, $40 for non-members Auditors are  unlimited at$20 for CCDTC members, $20 for non-members.

Please contact Rhoda Ezell at for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 No Comments

Intro to Canine Fitness Workshop


Intro to Canine Fitness2-CCDTCWe are excited to announce we will be having an Introduction to Canine Fitness Workshop at Clermont County Dog Training Club on April 8th from 6-8pm.

Registration is through Clermont County Dog Training Club. Working spots are $35 for CCDTC members, $40 for non-members (these may be full but there is a wait list); Auditors are $20 for CCDTC members, $20 for non-members.

Please contact Rhoda Ezell at for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 3 Comments

Ways to Beat the Heat!

This week is incredibly hot and humid for many areas of the country.   It is especially important that we keep ourselves and our dogs safe through hydration, knowledge of heatstroke symptoms, and most importantly not overdoing it if we have to be out in the heat.

With weather like this, it can easily lead to restless dog syndrome as your dog may not get his or her normal daily walk or outside time.  The good news is that there are other forms of exercise for your dog.  Most people do not think about mental stimulation as “exercise” for your dog, but believe it or not, this can wear out your dog.  Have you ever noticed how your tired your dog is after an hour of dog class or if you take him or her to a brand new environment?  The majority of dogs are very tired afterwards, because all the stimulation and thought processes have mentally worn them out.  It takes a good amount of brain power to get through these types of events.  And if you have a worried/stressed dog, it can be as little as 5 or 10 minutes in these types of environments.

What are some ways we can beat the heat?

Interactive toys can be great as your dog has to  figure out how to get the food out.  Depending on the difficulty and the level of your dog, this can take some time.

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Here, we have Zoey with a Busy Buddy Bone toy, and Cali with a Kong Wobbler.

Another fun interactive puzzle toy is the Nina Ottossen Dog Tornado.

Tovah demonstrates her skills with the dog tornado in this video.

If you have never thought about a flirt pole, this can also be a good way to exercise and mentally wear out your dog.  Typically, flirt poles are used outside, but with a little room, they can be used indoors as well.  This also allows you to practice position changes like sit, down, stand; drop/release; take it/get it; and/or leave it.

Take a look at this blog post on 7 Great Benefits of Flirt Play with You and Your Dog.

There are many other ways to exercise and work with your dogs indoors.  In this Indoor and Kid Games  to Play  with your Dog handout, you will find a list of a variety of games  and activities you can play with your dog.

So, do not let the heat stop you or your dog from having fun!  There are a lot of options out there that do not  involve being  outside or water.

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 No Comments

4th of July Tips

4th of July is upon us.  It can be a very scary time for your pet.  We have created a tip sheet for you.  Please keep your pet safe this holiday.

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Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 No Comments

Dog-Abilities Summer Newsletter 2013!

Includes information about our upcoming group classes as well as some useful dog tips for summer!

Click here to read the Summer Newsletter

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 No Comments

Puppy Informational Series

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Have a new puppy?  Adopted a new rescue dog?  Want to get them started off on the right foot?

Come join us for 3 FREE Information Sessions on topics every new dog owner needs to know.  Topics such as house training, crate training, reward-based positive training, managing and solving problem behaviors, socialization, and more will be covered.

Dates are June 19th, 26th, and July 10th from 7 – 8pm

RSVP to Heekin Animal Hospital at 859-581-8250

Posted on: June 7th, 2013 1 Comment

Puppy Informational Sessions

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Please join us next Wednesday, May 8th at Heekin Animal Hospital for the start of our new Puppy Informational Sessions.  This series is devoted to helping you and your puppy get started off on the right paw!  Topics discussed will be house training, crate training, and an introduction to progressive positive, reward-based training.

These sessions are for humans only.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling Heekin Animal Hospital at 859-581-8250.  Don’t forget to bring a photo of your new dog!

We hope to see you there.

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 No Comments