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6 Important New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog in 2011

6  Important New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog in 2011 By Niki Tudge- The DogSmith

We can do this!



We all know that many of us set New Year’s Resolutions and as the year progresses they begin to fade. This leaves us feeling frustrated, first we have not accomplished what we set out to do and then we feel like a ‘loser’ as we have failed our own expectations.

I don’t know about your but in our home I always put other things as a priority before myself, ‘they say as women we tend to do this”.  Anyway this year I thought it would be fun to develop some New Year’s Resolutions for my pets as I never let them down. So I now know if all else fails with my other resolutions I will at least have accomplished some.

Here are my top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for you to accomplish with your Dog. They are not in order of priority, just the way they came out when I began to think about it.

1.      Enhance Your Canine-Human Relationship “The DogSmith’s MTR training eBook is a fantastic resource for all families who are looking to build and maintain basic manners, skills and most of all bonds!  This easy to use step by step guide is beautifully designed in a way that invites success for both owner and dog.  Once you have this in your hands you will know exactly what you need and how to begin teaching your dog in a fun and rewarding way” (Jennifer Shryock B.A. CDBC – Creator of Dogs & Storks

2.      Get Your Annual Veterinarian Examination. Many pet owners underestimate the importance of an annual physical exam because their pet seems healthy.  Annual exams provide an opportunity to prevent diseases, detect them early, or even avoid them altogether. Many diseases and ailments such as heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes are not often evident in early stages. Your veterinarian can conduct a comprehensive exam that includes a lab analysis, heart check, and dental exam to ensure top physical shape and optimum health for years to come. Read more

3.      Become a More Responsible Pet Dog Owner. I believe owning a dog is a privilege not a right.  It should be a privilege to own one and a responsibility to care for it. So in 2011 enroll your dog into a ‘Canine Good Citizen™ program. Started in 1989, the CGC™ Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Not only will your dog learn some really nice manners and be awarded a certificate but you will also have to sign ‘The Owners Pledge which details your role in the partnership. Read more


4.      Teach Your Dog To Walk Nicely. Let’s take the ‘choke’ out of training a ‘walk nicely behavior’ and replace it with clear concise instructions that builds your dog’s behavior repertoire, sets your dog up for success and rewards them when they get it right. This is a far more pleasant situation for both owner and dog. In addition to being an ineffective training method, there are real health concerns when a dog’s head is jerked around. Read more

5.      Improve Your Pet’s Diet. In the pet industry probiotics are now one of the key ingredients that pet food buyers look to find in the ingredient list of their pet food. However not all foods are alike and there are differing methods used to incorporate probiotics into the manufacturing process of pet food. These methods range from spraying the probiotics onto cooked, dried kibble to the use of microencapsulated forms of probiotics that are introduced prior to the cooking process. Read more


6.      Get A PAL Tag Research has shown that most pets that are lost and returned home safely are wearing a collar or tag with their owner’s contact details. Here at the DogSmith®  our number one priority is to keep your beloved pet safe and secure. This includes helping you find your pet in the event they are lost. Every DogSmith Pet Care & Training client is eligible for a complimentary identification tag and free registration on our DogSmith PAL® database. The identification tag is imprinted with our toll free number and a unique serial number. Learn more about our PAL® tag system


Niki Tudge – DogSmith Founder. www.DogSmith.com Phone 1.888.Dog-Smith (364-7648)


The DogSmith of North Tarrant County Becomes American Kennel Club “Canine Good Citizen” Evaluator

The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, TX, has been awarded “Canine Good Citizen (CGC)” Evaluator status by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Fort Worth, TX, January 5, 2010 – The DogSmith National Training Center is pleased to announce that the American Kennel Club (AKC) has certified Randi Kamper, owner of The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, as a “Canine Good Citizen®” (CGC) Evaluator.  CGC Evaluator status authorizes Kamper to conduct Canine Good Citizen® Classes and to assess the manners and behavior of dogs wishing to become “Canine Good Citizens.”  Kamper is also a Veterinarian Technician and Certified Pet Dog Trainer.

Since its inception, the Canine Good Citizen® program has become the model for similar programs around the world and serves as the framework for other exams, such as therapy dog programs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.  The AKC says, “The CGC® Program has become recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities.  CGC® resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate since the program was established in 1989.  In addition, insurance companies are starting to use the CGC® certification to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the community attain the CGC® certification.”

Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC, or any other organization, to earn a CGC® nor do they have to be purebred.  The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.  As an essential part of the DogSmith’s commitment to being the most progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise in North America, DogSmith Franchise Owners must achieve increasing levels of continuing education and development in their profession.  Becoming an AKC “CGC®” Evaluator is a key component to that development and commitment.

According to Kamper, “The DogSmith recognizes the importance of supporting pet dog owners and helping them achieve a high level of training with their dogs.  The DogSmith’s core dog training curriculum includes the 10 essential behaviors required for a dog to be certified as a ‘Canine Good Citizen’.  Each DogSmith is expert at applying positive based training methods to ensure that the training is fun and effective for both owner and dog. DogSmiths are professional Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Counselors and use the most effective and non-intrusive training methods available.”  To learn more about AKC’s CGC program visit: www.akc.org.

A Disability Is No Handicap To Training Your Dog!

A Disability Is No Handicap To Training Your Dog!

Sophia McGoldrick, a Bichon Frise from Abacoa, Jupiter, Florida, is officially a “Canine Good Citizen” ® (CGC) and has her sights set on becoming a Registered Therapy Dog.

Jupiter, Florida, March 7, 2010 – Sophia and her owner Lucille McGoldrick, passed the American Kennel Club’s CGC test with flying colors on March 1, 2010, according to Rachel Williams, CGC Evaluator and owner of The DogSmith Palm Beach County. What is even more remarkable about Sophia’s achievement however is that Lucille is legally blind!  “This demonstrates the huge advantage in using The DogSmith’s positive ARRF® approach to dog training rather than harsher training methods,” says Williams.  “Because one of The DogSmith’s key values is ‘to do no harm’ we don’t bark at, growl at or “roll” dogs so anyone can master our techniques and safely apply them.  We don’t whisper, we translate!”

The CGC is a two-part certification program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs and is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Dogs that pass the 10-step CGC test are certified by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  According to Williams, who is a Certified DogSmith Dog Trainer, “Sophia is less than two years old and successfully mastered each of the required skills after only a few hours of our DogSmith CGC training curriculum. We give the CGC evaluation in a public place to challenge the dog and there are 10 tests which must be passed including, 1) accepting a friendly stranger, 2) sitting politely for petting by a friendly stranger, 3) allowing handling by vets, groomers or friends, 4) walking on a loose lead,  5) walking through a crowd politely and under control in public places (no jumping allowed here), 6) ‘Sit’ and ‘down’ on command and ‘staying’ in place, 7) coming when called, 8) reacting politely to another dog, 9) reacting to distractions with confidence, and 10) supervised separation from their owner to demonstrate that the dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, while maintaining their training and good manners.”

Before enrolling in the DogSmith CGC curriculum and taking the test, owners must sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge which is a key part of the CGC concept.  By signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

Williams started working with Lucille and Sophia when some issues developed after they moved to a new home.  “I noticed Sophia’s potential to become a CGC when I first began training Sophia to help her adjust to her new surroundings after they moved to a new house.  She is very sweet natured and loves people,” says Williams.  Sophia’s next goal is to become a Registered Therapy Dog so she and Lucille can go to hospitals and nursing homes and bring a little bit of joy into the lives of others.

If you would like more information on these and other programs visit The American Kennel Club’s CGC website (www.akc.org/events/cgc/).  To learn more about Sophia visit the official Bichon Frise website at www.bichon.org/ or www.bischonrescue.org.  For more information on Registered Therapy Dogs visit www.tdi-dog.org.  To explore ARRF® training methods and pet care visit The DogSmith at www.DogSmith.com.

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about DogSmith Dog Trainers or to become one visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648

Apprentice DogSmiths to shape shelter dogs into “Canine Good Citizens”

Apprentice DogSmiths to shape shelter dogs into “Canine Good Citizens” Panama City, Fla. — Two panhandle animal rescues will partner with The DogSmith National Training Center during their scheduled new franchise training. Both the Bay County Humane Society and Alaqua Animal Refuge will have dogs attend this 14 day training.

The Humane Society of Bay County and Alaqua Animal Refuge will each send two shelter dogs to the DogSmith National Training Center in Bonifay, Fla. beginning Aug. 24. The dogs will become the wards of new DogSmith franchise owners, who will train them over the course of two weeks to take the American Kennel Club’s “Canine Good Citizen” test.

The 10-part test certifies that the dogs can sit, lie down, stay, come when called, walk nicely on a leash through a crowd and greet friendly strangers and friendly dogs politely. The dogs will also be crate-trained and housebroken.

“These dogs will be in training for two to four hours daily, said DogSmith Franchise founder and president Niki Tudge.”And on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m., we’ll conduct CGC tests on each of these dogs, Tudge said. “It’s my hope that we have people lined up at the DogSmith Training Center waiting to take these Canine Good Citizens home,” she said, noting that interested potential owners may submit applications through the Humane Society of Bay County and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

New owners will get a free consultation from local DogSmith franchise owner, Catherine Zehner, on the dogs’ training and care, Tudge said. The two dogs from the Humane Society of Bay County that will undergo training are “Zoey Ann” and “Doozie,” both which are year-old female greyhound mixes. The dogs from Alaqua Animal Refuge are border collie mixes, said Laurie Hood, president and founder of the Freeport animal sanctuary. “We’re excited to be part of training some exceptionally well-mannered pet dogs,” she said. Members of the media are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Canine Good Citizen testing of the shelter dogs, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. For more information, contact Niki Tudge at (850) 547-4033.

About Humane Society of Bay County The Humane Society of Bay County is this community’s only no-kill animal shelter. It is funded solely by the donations of the Bay County and surrounding community; it received no government or recurring funding, or assistant from the Humane Society of the United States. For more information about the Humane Society of Bay County, visit www.adoptme.org

About Alaqua Animal Refuge Alaqua Animal Refuge, an independent, non-profit organization located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption services. www.Aarflorida.com

About The DogSmith The DogSmith is America’s Dog Training, Dog Walking and Pet Care Franchise. 1-888-Dog-Smith. Visit www.888DogSmith.com