This product is FANTASTIC for shy dogs, anxious dogs, aggressive dogs, dogs that over-bark, dogs that submissively pee,dogs afraid of fireworks, thunder, or their own shadow, dogs that are anxious in the car, train or plane!
It uses the same idea as swaddling a baby to make it more calm…
Also the Tellington Touch method to work with dogs with behavior problems includes using the swaddling idea.
The Thundershirt used in conjunction with a great training class can eliminate or dramatically deal with many behavior problems.
You can order the Thundershirt by clicking on this link or call me about including this in your plan to change your dog’s behavior.
For some reason I find people are bound and determined to continue to use useless collars and harnesses on their dogs. Leads too( see post on the equally as useless retractable leads) I suppose a lot of it has to do with color and patterns and such…and the producers of training collars are getting better at making them in fru fru collars and patterns. Many years ago the “Positive Training” movement decided that “choke chains” were cruel and unusual and just about have made them go the way of the DODO BIRD. So then everyone jumped on using a buckle collar …for training…well in my opinion buckle collars cause more damage to a dogs trachea than a “choke” collar or a martingale collar could ever possibly do. Buckle collars are like clothes lining a dog..they put pressure only in one spot…the dogs windpipe ….if the dog pulls when walking..all that pressure sits in that spot…so the more pressure the more the dog pulls.and the more damage it does. We have all heard the horror stories of dog hanging themselves with choke collars on and they should be removed when the dog is unattended. But Martingale collars or check collars as they are sometimes called do not choke the dog they put pressure all the way around the neck like a choke collar but they do not tighten all the way so as to cut off air supply should the dog somehow get it hooked on something. Collars that put pressure all the way around the neck allow you to actually teach the dog to walk by your side or “heel” . You CANNOT effectively teach a dog to walk on a loose leash with a buckle collar or worse with a silly harness…I know they make some “no pull” harness that is supposed to teach your dog to heel…but again I have yet to see it work effectively.
If you leave your training collar (not a choke collar) on your dog he/she is always ready for a training session so that all you have to look for is your leash. If you have to grab your dog quickly and evacuate your house or car you are assured your dog cannot back his/her head out of his collar in a moment of panic. I would never travel(that means anytime it leaves your house!) with my dog without their training collar on…
When your dog has his training collar on and you put your leash on your dog knows it’s time to “work” ! and gee my dogs get to go with me a lot..they think it’s fun…but it is really “work”.
So do your dog and your self a favor and ALWAYS have the proper collar on so that your dog is ready and able to go with you at a moments notice.
Oh and one more handy hint…if your dog is coming for boarding to my house..don’t even think of bringing it without a training collar on!!!
The hallmark of dogdom is the art of graceful waiting. Dogs excel at this..they mark the passing of time by external events not the ticking of a clock. I have never seen a dog check his wrist watch and make a note that you will be home in 7.5 hours or longer if you go to the grocery store for dinner “stuff”. Yes I do think that dogs know when it’s dinnertime, or time to go to class, or the timing of anything in your house that occurs at the same time everyday.Leaving a dog home alone for hours at a time is NOT cruel ( even in a crate) nor is it un-natural. Waiting for the arrival of the beloved human is the natural state of the dog.Let me qualify that; leaving your dog “outside” in the heat/cold without proper shelter; or worse chained; NOT ok.Turned down by a rescue group because you work out of the home? Go get your dog elsewhere!!There is no formula for the hours a dog can or cannot spend alone including hours in a crate. (no matter what the internet says) (oh I forget; if it’s on the internet it must be accurate)Think you need a dog walker, pet sitter, doggie daycare, food puzzles, dogs on the television programming, juggler, mime or game director, or race home at lunch or right after work (eliminating a normal life) just to have a dog…NONSENSE!! dogs for year have gladly waited for their owners to come home no matter when…Trust the Dog!!
Your dogs oral misbehaviors are heavily influenced by the dog food you choose! This includes over-barking, destructive chewing, and aggression towards other dogs and people. Also common sense would dictate that when you feed your dog properly (as they would feed themselves) they live long healthy lives! Please take notice that dogs were not meant to live on dry dog food alone (that does not mean to feed them canned food). In all of our beginning classes, everybody always asks for a list of recommended foods, so I finally sat down and compiled it.
Other sound sources of GOOD information about dog food are Whole Dog Journal, Dog Food Advisor (online) or a great ground-breaking book, “Foods Pets Die For” by Ann Martin.
You will know your dog is not using it’s food properly because they will shed all the time (they should only shed twice a year) they may have bad breath, (also may indicate parasites) more stools out in back yard, can’t learn.
Never buy more dog food than you can use in 3 weeks. Why? because the fat they spray on the food at the last of the processing starts to deteriorate once the bag is open. If the fat has gone bad your dog may vomit, refuse to eat the food (smart dog) have loose stools, and other stomach and digestive ailments. Be sure to store your food in an air tight container.
1) Victor – great price point, USA made and sourced. Marj uses the yellow bag, Jessica prefers the Ocean Fish formula: http://www.victordogfood.com/
2) Fromm – Old, excellent company out of Wisconsin. Highly recommended! http://frommfamily.com/
3) Merrick– excellent food, a little bit pricier if you’re feeding multiple dogs: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
Note: I tried the Whole Earth Farms branch of the Merrick brand and didn’t like it, but it’s your choice!
4) Bil-Jac– old company, one of Marj’s favourites, especially the BilJac meat for weaning puppies: http://www.bil-jac.com/
5) Earthborn Holistic – Good, US made food: http://www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com/us/
6) Evanger’s – excellent food, a little hard to find in Tulsa but worth it! http://www.evangersdogfood.com/
7) Wysong – the ONLY veterinary diet we recommend! http://www.wysong.net/
8) Natural Balance
9) Castor & Pollux (which can be found at Reasor’s stores now)
10) Fresh Pet
11) Natural Instinct
12) Nature’s Variety Instinct.
These others I would feed if the price was lower:
What foods we do NOT recommend!
Purina Pro Plan
Blue Buffalo (We have had a lot of problems with this food recently so it’s made it to this list)
Any of the weird grocery store brands (Ol’ Roy, Gravy Train, Kibbles n’ Bits, Alpo)
When you acquire your dog, you become their advocate. What this means is that you protect your dog from injury, from other dogs, and from themselves. How do you protect your dog from themself? By teaching them the skills to be successful, correcting them in that teaching process when they are wrong, preventing them from being in a situation where they cannot be successful (being ridden by small children, the dog park, being let loose to roam property) and pushing their boundaries so they can cope with the unexpected.
That is your responsibility to your dog, and when you fulfill it, they will pay you back in spades.
Creek is a lovely, intelligent, earnest boy, and he is learning here to temper his enthusiasm with restraint – and get what he wants in the end!
This is only Angelina’s 5th lesson, EVER! She is a little hotshot, and so can your dog be!
There has been a “trendy” attitude the past few years about getting dogs enough exercise…yes dogs do need exercise and here comes the “but”…
Walking your Labradoodle, your German Shepherd, or your Great Dane around the neighborhood on a leash does not qualify as exercise, except maybe for you.
Under-exercised dogs are more reactive to all kinds of things more than ones who get enough exercise. “But” if you are trailing your dog around your neighborhood with him dragging you, fence fighting, charging dogs, kids, adults with beards and peeing his or her way to China you are letting your dog know that is how you want him to walk around the neighborhood. So in my opinion you are doing more harm than good.
Dogs need to run or trot, even if they are just playing ball in the house. If you have a normal sized backyard or even if you don’t you will see your dog doing what I call “loop de loops” they will run fast around the yard for 10 or 15 minutes all by themselves; dogs really do know what is good for themselves…if you have two dogs they get plenty of exercise!
Dogs profit tremendously from having something constructive to think about they need mental exercise, and that gets us back to obedience training!
Obedience training always makes a dog (and owner) more confident…it will teach your dog to walk on a loose leash with no drama….come when called and to pay attention to you…you’re alpha remember? Then go beyond basic dog training! Teach your dog to track a scent (your kids or grandkids for example) find your cell phone…jump over agility obstacles; hold still while a child reads to him. Teach him anything but bad habits, and keep his mind and body busy…
Well here goes: those of you in my classes know how I feel about dog parks….on the whole I do not suggest people use them…now before you start spewing your hate mail to me I am going to give my reasons….I do NOT think that they are a good way to socialize your dog…you want your dog to be under control around other dogs…think about it …turning your dog loose to run like a maniac with other dogs does not teach them self control when encountering other dogs; all they learn is to be out of control around other dogs…. do dogs appreciate another dogs company YES! the other dog in your household or an actual dog that they are familiar with that they can have a play date with is how that works. Do dogs play rough and tumble when with each other yes..again it does not usually involve 20 other swirling, twirling dogs. And yes the Bully’s…there are some in every dog park…do you want your dog to become a bully? or to become so submissive that is is always picked on? If your dog has never had any formal training and you take it to the park so that it can really ignore your commands show me the productivity in that! Is my dog trainer’s diary full of crappy dog park stories? Do they out- number the good dog park stories? Yes and Yes…can you have a good experience at a dog park …I guess so…who should use a dog park…those of you who live in an apartment and your dog needs to get out and run some loop-de-loops preferably not with 20 other dogs chasing him…is there an alternative to dog parks? you bet..Dog Day Cares that have a schedule and structured play times that match well suited dogs with each other You can always teach your dogs some tricks…teach him to find your cell phone, your keys….your kids….better yet let him have some “Zen” time in your yard just connecting with the earth and enjoying the day.
I’m not sure of the allure of dog parks…it makes no sense to me…I of course have multiple dogs so they have plenty of time to play with each other…do they have time to be by themselves..always…do I think they have to play well with strange dogs NO and NO and NO…are my dogs perfectly fine around strange dogs YES and YES; have they gotten that way because they went to a dog park No…and No…have they gotten that way because I let them sniff every dog in the face that they meet? NO and NO…but that will be the next post…Meeting and Greeting….Hooey I say…
Please keep your hate mail to a minimum…you won’t change my mind…and it will just get deleted!!!
Ellie is a sweet little 8 year old girl with special needs due to mosaic Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome). She is full of life and extremely physically healthy despite this diagnosis, which is both wonderful and potentially dangerous. She has many of the same safety and sensory considerations that are usually associated with autism spectrum disorder: She is a “runner,” and does not fully understand the dangers of streets, parking lots, pools, etc. She is a very strong climber and has recently learned to unlock and open doors. This is not as much of a problem during the day, however Ellie sometimes gets out of bed in the middle of the night and plays for a while before deciding to wake us up. We’re so concerned that she will decide to try to go outside at night that one of us sleeps either with her or on the couch by the double deadbolt and chain locked door! Her sensory needs are profound. One of the therapists at her school said that Ellie is the most sensory-seeking child she had ever met. She loves anything that squishes down, swings, shakes, or spins her. Pressure, rocking on her hands and knees, and fidgeting with things between her fingers is very soothing to her when she’s overstimulated or panicking (at every single medical appointment she goes to).
We have been able to manage her behaviors and sensory needs so far, but she has reached the “No! Ellie do!” stage and has no appreciation for our efforts to ensure her safety. She has even started to sneak around and try to do things on her own without our seeing her! Her special needs may change some over time, but Ellie will always need extra help. She is obsessed with dogs, which makes a service animal the ideal way to give her a sense of independence while allowing us some peace of mind.
We went to Glad Wags, Inc. in Tulsa, OK, a couple of weeks ago to meet Phoenix, an Australian Shepherd who was already trained to be a level 5 service dog. Level 5 dogs are most often paired with people who need assistance with multiple (possibly complex) tasks on a daily basis
Ellie is not the typical recipient of a Level 5 dog, but after we emailed Marj the Dog Trainer our service dog inquiry with a description of Ellie’s safety and sensory needs, we received her reply within hours, “I may have a dog for you right now!” As it turns out, Phoenix had been returned because his desire to be as close as possible to his human was problematic for the original owner. He and Ellie will be like peas in a little tiny pod; she’s a top- notch space invader, too!
My name is Paul Broerman, I am 56 years old and was born with mild Cerebral Palsy. At the age of eleven, I developed Transverse Myelitis’ leaving me paraplegic. Eight years ago I wore out my shoulders. I am now effectively a quadriplegic and rely on a power chair. Recently, I met Marj Satterfield and Glad Wags, and was teamed with a service dog named Jet. Working with Jet has given me new hope in helping myself and others recognize the value of a service animal.
Hello Name is Katie McFarland I have PTSD and was so excited to find Glad Wags. Not only did they share my enthusiasm for training a retired racing greyhound as my service dog…Marj was with me by phone assisting me in testing “Cora” when I made the trip to Memphis to meet her. Cora is one of a dozen working Greyhounds as Service Dogs. Marj and the staff at Glad Wags have made my weekly drive from northwest Arkansas worth the trip! Cora has given me back my “life”
Braydon was born one day before his due date on October 3, 2006. His pregnancy was totally normal, uneventful, and wonderful! After I had not felt him move I decided, I needed to get to the hospital. Born just in time, Braydon had to be resuscitated, but he was alive. Due to his traumatic birth, Braydon suffered a severe stroke. The stroke had lasting effects on Braydon. He now has cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, and epilepsy. He is unable to eat and requires a feeding tube for nourishment. He also struggles with sleep, waking up about 10 to 20 times a night.
Braydon is a miracle and an absolute joy! His smile can brighten the darkest days! He is so tough and happy and rarely shows any negative emotions. We are so proud of Braydon and are so excited to get his dog, Charlie. I know they will be best buddies!
Carter, in July of 2006, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes more commonly known as Type 1. His pancreas no longer produces beta cells needed to make insulin for his body to regulate his blood sugar. Due to type 1, Carter cannot live without artificial insulin. He wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, checks his blood sugar 6-10 times a day, and has several shots a week to bring his blood sugar into “normal” ranges. Even though Carter has checked his blood sugar over 2920 times the past 8 years, he still struggles to detect when his blood sugar is “low” or “high”. When Carter goes low, he can have seizures and lose consciousness and when he is running “high”, he has a horrible headache, vomits, and feels extremely ill. If he is high for too long, there is damage to his body and he can go into diabetic ketosis (coma). As Carter grows low blood sugars at night can become very scary because he doesn’t recognize then while he is asleep. We have had a few terrifying nights with Carter’s blood sugar reaching down into the high teens. We are excited about Carter having a service dog. Dogs are incredibly sensitive to smells and can recognize drops and spikes in blood sugar before humans are aware.
Thank you Glad Wags and Autumn Rigsbee!!!
So I shouldn’t be amazed, but I am. Carter and I went to Tulsa to work with the dog training to be his service dog. Over the past several week…s we’ve been supplying the trainer with some of Carter’s smelly things as well as qtip swabs of his mouth recorded at various blood sugar levels. Once fully trained, the dog will be his 24/7 companion and notify him or others when his glucose levels are out of range. Last night, Carter checked his blood sugar at the beginning of class and it was normal (within range) at 116.
They worked hard together on commands, distractions and then they were just playing. The dog out of the blue kept going after Carters wrist and licking it. At first we thought it was just being playful. However the dog grew more persistent and it dawned on us that the dog was trying to alert Carter. Carter quickly checked his blood sugar and it was 76 and dropping. I was completely amazed as was the trainer.
Those are activities they didn’t expect to see him display for several more weeks or longer. I immediately had tons of respect and confidence in Carter’s new companion. BTW the dog is a beautiful Golden Retriever / Australian Shepard mix with long deep red hair. We needed to come up with a unique name to register him as a service dog. The trainer had been calling him Teddy and he reminds one of a Teddy Graham snack. So with Carter’s love for soccer he went for Teddy Graham Zusi.
Note: D.A.D. stands for Diabetic Alert Dog.
My name is Autumn. Kuma is my Diabetic Alert Service Dog for hypoglycemia. He has been trained to read low blood sugar levels whenever I dip below 70. More times than I can count has he let me know that I need to take care of myself to prevent disaster. Kuma provides other services for me as well. He has been taught to assist me up the steps (give me the extra umpf I don’t have myself), helps me up off the ground when I fall, as well as bracing to hold me steady when my sugars do drop before I get to where I am going and I get lightheaded. I am so thankful for Marj and her training for Kuma and helping me to have such a wonderful dog that brings me a piece of mind.
Glad Wags is a program under Ms. Abilities America. Sassy is our current title holder’s service dog, and was the first graduate from Glad Wags. Marj is the trainer of the Glad Wags dogs, and has been doing it for several years. Sassy was a dog that came from the Wal-Mart Parking lot. Elizabeth tried to train Sassy on her own, but was struggling to get Sassy to become the best service dog. Through frustration, Elizabeth reached out to find a program that would help get Sassy into becoming the best service dog possible. Sassy was showing many aggressive behaviors due to Elizabeth not understanding and knowing how to train Sassy. Thankfully, she came across Marj. Through many training sessions Sassy has become a service dog that is able to help with Elizabeth’s balancing (Elizabeth utilizes a wheelchair due to her paralysis, Spina Bifida, MS, Sarcoidosis, and Congestive Heart failure). Sassy also helps with Elizabeth knowing when her sugars are out of balance, she might have an asthma attack, and knowing when her heart is giving her troubles. Sassy also helps with Elizabeth’s spasms in her legs and back by adding pressure where needed rather sitting in her lap to decrease the spasms of the legs or adding pressure to her back to decrease the spasms in the back. Sassy also will alert Elizabeth is someone is coming up beside Elizabeth in her blind areas or when Elizabeth has a dizzy spell. Sassy has been able to go to help Elizabeth teach in a Public School classroom and also at Wal-Mart. Sassy is an amazing dog due to the training that Marj has provided to her.
I was diagnosed 12 years ago with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am also told by doctors that this is a permanent condition. Until about a year and a half ago I was completely unable to go out in public and making doctors appointments was traumatic. I had gotten Riley Dawg to train as a service Dog about 3 years ago to help me cope with my disorder. The first year and a half I went to various trainers for help in preparing him for his work. Not only was there no success in training him, he was completely miss trained for Service Dog Work. I had given up hope that he would ever be able to help me in public. I was so embarrassed to have him seen in public, his actions so inappropriate I would not take him with me when I needed to. I had given up hope he could be a Service Dog in public even though his work at home was invaluable. My therapists and a doctor told me of and recommended Glad Wags and Marj The Dog Trainer for my needs. After just one hour of evaluation Marj explained what Riley needed and what I would need to have a competent Service Dog. AT the time I was still unable to talk much less communicate well and was at a great disadvantage. The first six months of his training not only set Riley up for proper work and behavior, Marj completely reversed all the incorrect training I had followed. Today I can leave my home and go our without hesitation and confident Riley will do all that he needs to do to get me through it. I continue training with Marj to not only enhance Riley’s Service Dog work but have a goal of him being able to provide Search and Rescue services. Thanks to Marj and Glad Wags I have a True Service Dog Working that will not fail me the rest of his life. I thank God every time I go out for Marj in our lives and enabling all the needed changes for this to be a success.
When our daughter, Sarah was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, generalized anxiety and panic disorder, we began our search for ways to maintain her independence as a college student. In addition to getting her medical care and counseling, we learned the benefits of service dogs. As I pursued acquiring service dog for her, little did I know how daunting the task would be. I was told there would be at least a 6 month to 2 year wait and the cost could be upwards to $20,000.00. I was even told that only certain breeds could be utilized and that our existing dogs couldn’t remain in our household. In my heart, I knew that we couldn’t part with our 3 dog family members and my experience with training our own dogs told me that it couldn’t possibly take a full 2 years to train a low level service dog in spite of the responses I was getting. We didn’t need a dog to open doors or walk our daughter through traffic; some of the tasks we needed for service dogs for PTSD, depression and anxiety were to help reorient the person to reality, provide a calming presence and to apply pressure to the abdomen to help relieve anxiety. I knew that in addition, the dog had to be well trained in basic obedience, but knew this didn’t take 2 years. Some of the local service dog organizations wouldn’t even discuss this option with me and were downright rude. Enter Marj Satterfield of Glad Wags.
I found Marj through a chance encounter online and quickly emailed her with our story and our needs. She emailed me back within hours and I called her the next day. My tears of joy couldn’t be contained when I heard those magic words “I can help you and we can have a dog for Sarah within a few weeks.” By this point, we were desperate to find help to keep her in school and I knew a service dog was vital. We met with Marj and Sarah visited with 2 or 3 dogs to try to find the right fit but there just wasn’t a good emotional connection. While talking with her about options, such as going to the kill shelters to pick out a dog, which she often does, she asked what breed we would prefer. We already had an Australian Shepherd and knowing their intelligence, ease of training and their nickname as the Velcro dog, that was our suggestion. After a pause, Marj offered us one of her personal dogs who she had purchased as a puppy to show that had not grown large enough to meet the breed standard. Our shock was replaced with joy when Sage met Sarah and the love affair began. Sage moved into Sarah’s dorm room within a couple of weeks. As parents, my husband and I truly believe that but for Sage, Sarah might have taken her life.
Sage and Sarah are a real team now; we have only had Sage in our life for 7 months now but with continued training, Sage has learned new skills as needed. Sarah has recently been diagnosed with Narcolepsy and Cataplexy and Sage loves her newest task of waking Sarah up every morning. She has also, on her own without promoting or training by Sarah or Marj, began “herding” Sarah to the bed to take a nap when she is becoming irritable or appears excessively sleepy.
Sage accompanied Sarah and I to Las Vegas this summer where I attended a professional conference. Sage went through the TSA security checkpoint off leash and without even as much as a collar like a champ. She flew Southwest Airlines like it was an everyday event and even conquered the moving sidewalk in the Las Vegas Airport. The casinos were of no issue and even went to the Grand Canyon.
When we received Sage from Marj, she told us the cost of Sage but gave her to us without expecting a penny that day, with the statement of “pay me what you can, when you can, as you can.” This is not just a business but truly the calling of her heart to help those with disabilities. Last spring, our family organized a motorcycle poker run to raise money for Glad Wags and was able to pay off the balance we owed on Sage. Not everyone is that fortunate. Sarah has continued to work to find other organizations that will raise funds for Glad Wags to help fund other service dogs. Recently, a service organization she was part of while at school had a fund raiser and brought in $111.00. That’s a lot from poor college students!
Marj and Glad Wags continue to provide assistance to those with disabilities, often at Marj’s own personal expense. As a healthcare provider, I know professionally and personally the benefits a service dog can provide and have referred several people to Glad Wags. In October, Sarah, Sage and I will travel to Atlanta to attend a national conference on Narcolepsy. Hopefully, we will be able to share how vital Sage’s assistance is to Sarah’s health and well-being, thus helping others with narcolepsy.
Marj and Glad Wags have been a blessing to so many, including our family. Even after a few short months, we cannot imagine our lives without Sage in it. Sarah will tell you that Sage is better than any medicine and is a vital part of her healthcare. We have hope for Sarah’s future and Sage, Marj Satterfield and Glad Wags played a huge role that!!
Cute song but a pet store is not where you want to buy a puppy UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!! Let’s address where to actually buy a puppy ….before I get on this soapbox let me give you some facts about puppies from birth to 8 weeks (the PROPER age to get a puppy) The mother dog contributes 75% of the puppies genetic makeup and temperament. Meaning if the mommy dog has genetic problems 75%of those problems i.e. hip dysplasia will be passed on to her puppies. If she is afraid of people, is aggressive towards people, afraid of thunderstorms etc. she passes that on to her puppies. If puppies are separated from their mother before 5 weeks they become an aggressive dog risk. The mother dog teaches her puppies “inhibited” bite between the 5th and 7th week. Meaning when the puppy tries to bite hard on his mom the mother dog corrects that puppy so he does not clamp down with his mouth. This is called “inhibited” bite. So when a crappy uninformed breeder sells you a puppy that is under 6 weeks of age you have now purchased a puppy who is at risk to bite you or your kids in the future. So when you take home this underage puppy and then start playing tug of war, chase me games, wrestle games and you all of a sudden have scars on your arms or your kids are now afraid of the puppy you got especially for them guess where it came from? An ethical, informed breeder handles his/her puppies properly from birth; raises them inside, keeps them clean and matches them to the proper buyer. The buyer then has a great dog that will stay with them until a ripe old age.
So I am going to make people mad or at least I will get them thinking about where to “get” a dog. We have entered into a trend of being politically correct about where we get dogs…the shelter folks have done a great job in convincing people the only place to get a dog is from a shelter. “Crap” I say. I would NEVER suggest that a family with kids (especially under 5; and why are you getting a dog with “little” kids in the house anyway) adopt a dog from a shelter. That’s right not from a shelter; especially from a shelter that does not “test” their dogs for adoptability; and match them to the proper family for it’s temperament, size, age, etc. Most dogs are not in shelters because they are “well behaved” Since 1974 when I started to do dog rescue up until now I have yet to meet someone abandoning a dog that is well-behaved.
Sooo if you are going to adopt a dog for your family of kids you are adopting a dog with “baggage”. You will have no idea about that “baggage” it could be as simple as a barking problem or as serious as a “biting” problem. So where are you supposed to get a dog you ask? I have no problem with saving a dog that has been abandoned but be thoughtful about where you adopt if from…if you want a Poodle go to a local Poodle rescue. They usually have the dogs living in a foster home and can tell you exactly what the behavior problems are and/or have actually fixed the problems or will assist you in fixing them. They are also (or should be ) good at telling you NO a Poodle is not the right breed for your family and tell you why. If you gt to a shelter or private rescue group ask if they temperament test…if they don’t know what that is; or say No simply go somewhere else.
Most shelters have an 80% return rate…
So you have done your research, you have gotten on some reliable websites and you have decided that you want a “Three toed herding dog” where do you go?
What do you ask for or look for in selecting where to get your “Three-toed herding dog”
You can start by contacting your local AKC or UKC kennel club and see if they offer a breeder referral list. Many times these breeders have to sign a code of ethics and maintain certain standards to be on the referral list.
An ethical breeder will only breed a litter every couple of years. they will require you to sign a contract that will guarantee you a genetically sound puppy (because they have tested and screened parents for genetic diseases) and a temperamentally sound puppy according to the breed standard. If something goes wrong with the puppy genetically they will refund your money or replace the puppy. You may have to agree to spay/neuter the puppy, keep it as a house dog , and/or take it to training. My contract to purchase a puppy from me is 5 pages long. My adoption contract for a rescue dog is 3 pages long. If I brought a puppy into the world or I rescued a dog; it is my moral responsibility to maintain an interest in that puppy/dog for it’s life time. Meaning if at ANY time you cannot keep a dog that you have gotten from me it comes back to me immediately.
Now some shelters/rescue groups/ breeders go over the top when it comes to requirements to obtain a dog from them but I would rather have too many than not enough. If you do not feel comfortable with the breeder/shelter/rescue group and you don’t feel that they will be available to answer any questions that you may have then go ELSEWHERE!
What to pay for a puppy/dog? Well that is a huge debate..in my opinion a pet purebred puppy (that you must spay or neuter) from an ethical breeder that comes with a guarantee will cost anywhere from $600 to $1,200 dollars depending on the breed. Show puppies are a different discussion. Can you get a nice puppy for $300 dollars sure; purchased with the knowledge that it may have a genetic problem that could be heartbreaking.
Let’s talk puppy mills..my description of a “puppy mill” is ANYONE who breeds dogs for profit, does no genetic testing, places puppies too early, or has more than one litter every two to three years.
Common sense would dictate that you DO NOT “meet” someone in a parking lot and buy a puppy out of the back of their truck or van or on the side of the road or a Wal Mart parking lot. The same goes for the internet a great way to let lots of people know you are breeding dogs; but quite often these are puppies from puppy mills, or careless breeders.. ask lots of questions before you have a puppy shipped to you sight unseen, How old is the mother dog, do they show their dogs, why did they have this litter, what type of guarantee do they give; are the puppies raised in the house, have they had at least one round of shots, is this the only breed of dog they raise; do they test for genetic diseases; can you come to their home and pick up your puppy? If they don’t answer yes to these questions or have good answers they are most likely a puppy mill or at best a careless breeder and these puppies are not socialized, the parents are warehoused and given minimum care and treated like a commodity. You end up with their gross misconduct when it comes to breeding dogs and the only “victim” is the puppy who gets abandoned because you cannot get it house-trained or continues to have behavior problems no matter what you do to correct it.
That being said..be sure whatever dog you purchase, find, inherit, or adopt you buy a crate; use it and immediately enroll said dog in a training class to ensure that the dog is a companion that you will enjoy for a lifetime..
Ok all of you that know me or have attended our classes know my opinion about walking dogs mindlessly through the neighborhood. That being said before striking our for a stroll with your dog in this heat..please be mindful of how hot the sidewalks get…
Do this test before you start…put your hand on the sidewalk and let it sit there for 10 seconds; now raise it up to the level of where your dog’s belly should be; feel the heat rising? Now you have an accurate “dogmometer” Let’s face it no one does well when it’s so hot and no walk is worth having your dog have an episode of heatstroke..it can be fatal…or have paw damage from walking on scalding hot pavement. Save your walks for the cooler part of the day..or better yet…do 10 minutes of ArmChair Dog Training and mentally fatigue your dog without heatstroke!!!
Go Forth and Train!
My quirky, beautiful, funny, generous, talented, creative, computer whiz, always had a smile on her face, dependable and an exceptional dog trainer..how heartbreaking to have lost you.I was so blessed to have had Autumn as part of my staff and as a friend.Hopefully all of us strive to leave a positive mark in the world before we leave it. Autumn did just that: Her legacy is JET and TEDDY and BLUSH and DOTTIE and GIBS and KUMA her gentle giant! and let us not forget BACON!Please join me in prayers and light for Chris (her husband since June 4th of this year) and her family in this time of loss for all of us!Glad Wags will always have a piece of us missing!I will post more about a final celebration in honor of Autumn in the days to come Marj today the Heartbroken Dog Trainer
HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!!
The year is flying by! Our POKER RUN is coming up quickly; I really need some more volunteers to help with collecting donations and sponsors. If you own a business…or frequent a business that appreciates what a difference a Service Dog can make in a person’s life we NEED their support! Everything that you donate is fully tax deductible and I can write you a receipt for your taxes!!
We could use some restaurant gift cards…maybe some quick trip cards…we are still collecting liquor and accessories that can go in our “Stock your Bar” basket. Also anything that might go with a telescope. A book, anything to do with Astronomy…please also encourage your family, friends and countrymen to attend the “After Party”. It is family friendly and will start about 4:30 pm and go until?
Here are those all important Dates:
Sunday March 1 2 pm Training in Arkansas. Clarksville rec center
NO Advanced classes Thursday March 5, Muskogee
Thursday March 5 New Beginning class Muskogee 7:30 pm (class sold out)
Friday March 13, Poker Run meeting 7 pm dinner will be prepared.
Friday March 20 Therapy Dog night 6 pm Parkside.
Thursday March 26 NO classes Muskogee
Friday March 27 Therapy Dog night 6:30 pm at “Sterling House” Claremore (address to follow)
SAVE THE DATE
NO Saturday Classes in April!!!
Saturday April 5th…All day NADOI conference OKC
Saturday April 11 Azalea Parade Muskogee
Saturday April 18 1 mile walk to benefit Parkside Physc. Hospital
Saturday April 25 Poker Run to Benefit Glad Wags Service Dogs 9 am Training center.
We have a new system for update reminders on events!
If you would like to sign up for our text alert system that reminds you when we have events, please send the message @gladwags1 to the number 81010 (81010 is the “phone number” you are sending the message “@gladwags1” to!) and that will sign you up for the service!
We hope this will help everybody out!
Oh my gosh I think it hasn’t rained today!I
I sure hope that the rainy season is now behind us!
Please join us on June 17th for “Bark in the Park” at Drillers stadium.
I will be having a booth there and will have a few tickets for those of you who want to come watch the game; otherwise the tickets are $10 each to sit on the grass with your dog and watch the game – come prepared for any type of weather.
If you are on our Therapy Dog or our Demo Dog team I will be making another shirt order…$25 each on Wednesday the 3rd of June.
Thursday 4 of June new beginning class in Muskogee 7:30 pm
Saturday 6th of June! 3:00pm Field trip for Service Dogs, bring $ for admission/lunch
Saturday 13th of June 2:00 line up for parade in Choteau – Always fun for a dog to have a “new” event to go to.
Friday 19th of June 6pm Therapy Dog night Parkside.
Friday 26th of June 6:30 on Sterling House in Claremore
Get your flea and tick treatment on your lawns or get your lawn guy to spray right away….do not wait any longer in order to stay ahead of those pesky critters!!
The summer is progressing quickly! Not sure where it has gone already!
NO SATURDAY CLASSES MONTH OF JULY
New Basic class starts: 8 pm Monday July 13th
New Basic class starts: 7 pm Tuesday July 21
New Day Training starts July 20th!
Friday July 17th Therapy Dog night Parkside 6:15 pm RSVP to Marj by the 15th please
No Classes Thursday July 23 Muskogee
Sunday July 26th Bark in the Park at Drillers Stadium 7pm, we will have a booth so we will need some help there. RSVP to see!
NO Classes Monday July 27th
Friday July 24th Therapy Dog night Claremore 6:30 weather permitting. Dinner at Hammet House after or maybe everyone bring a picnic supper and we will go to park and eat. RSVP for both by the 22nd please.
Thursday July 30 Makeup class for Muskogee 7:30pm
I am sure I have made my normal mistakes and things will have changed by the time I print this and bring it to class so watch the websites and the Facebook pages for those pesky updates!
Go Forth and Train!
Gosh where has the summer gone???
As usual August and September are promising to be very busy!!!
Let’s get up and running for new and complicated tasks for our dogs for their “Back to School” too!
It still continues to be HOT HOT HOT…none of your dogs need be outside in this heat; it’s exhausting for them and you MUST provide a way for them to get cool if they have been out in the heat all day.i.e. Come inside where it is air conditioned to get and stay cool…Please Please report any of your neighbors for dogs that are left out in this heat without enough water….or a place to get cool. A plastic dog house is not a place that a dog can go to get cool!!!!
Please check out the new Marjthedogtrainer Facebook page…it has new info updated daily and including a tip of the week…and please read my rant “Murder by Dog”.
And don’t miss our newest fundraising raffle for Miss Lilli Brant it is a doosey!!!
Please make note of our dates and continue to watch the websites and Facebook pages for more timely information and updates about what is going on…
Saturday August 1 Advanced and Service Dog classes start again …
Saturday August 15 Lobster dinner to benefit Glad Wags (our Service Dog program) last day to get tickets is August 1st?
Let’s let the Sunrise Rotary know how much we appreciate their efforts to be a corporate sponsor for our Service Dogs!! I know tickets are pricey…but it’s once a year?…
Friday August 21 Therapy Dog Night …Parkside …6:15 pm
Thursday August 27th NO classes Muskogee..
Save the Dates:
Monday September 7th Labor Day ..the Great Raft Race …we will have a raft and a booth…get your raft racing skills ready…raft party TBA I need 5 water ready professional’s to man and race the raft….I need your names by August 8th…
Thursday to Saturday September 10, 11, and 12 Chili cook off in Claremore we will have a booth..
Saturday September 19th Bark for Life ORU campus.. 9 am till 12 pm
The remodeling to the Service Dog building is almost done Thank you to all who donated to update this important space for our dogs…
I am looking for investors to help purchase the Tail Waggers store next to us: it is for sale again and I want to purchase it to help support the Service Dog program…Interested? Call or see Marj.
Go Forth and Train!!
Fall is my most favorite time of year!!!
As usual September promises to be REALLY busy! …
Sadly we have just passed the 1 year anniversary of the passing of our much loved Trainer and Friend Autumn Massie…our thoughts a prayers go to Katie her sister and Chris her husband who are still very much a part of our family!!
Many new things are on the horizon. Fall is the best time to move forward with new things and ventures…
Many Many thanks to the Sunrise Rotary club..for the FANTASTIC benefit dinner!! It was a blast and they raised an unbelievable amount of money for Glad Wags…I am still in shock!! We will be able to help so many more children this year!!
Jessica my trainer of many years is opening her own training center in the Pearl District!! I am so excited for her! I know all of us will be on board to help with any wall painting, floor scrubbing etc. when she gets near to opening day.
Also I have rented a new building in Muskogee!! It will be our own space and I am excited about that and we will need some extra hands to clean out space and lay down those big heavy mats…paint etc.!! The Grand Opening of that space will be after first of year!!
Thursday Sept 3rd Graduation Muskogee
Thursday Sept 10th NO Classes in Muskogee
Thursday Sept 10, Friday Sept 11th and Saturday Sept 12th Blue Grass and Chili Festival..Claremore..
Saturday Sept 12 No Saturday Classes Tulsa
Monday Sept 14 New Basic Class 8pm Tulsa
Thursday Sept 17th New Basic class Muskogee
Friday Sept 18 Therapy Dog Night ..Road trip!! Coffeyville Kansas 7pm dinner afterwards somewhere! Details to follow
Saturday Sept 19th Bark for Life 9am to 12pm ORU we will have a booth..
Saturday Sept 19th Advanced classes moved to 2pm
Thursday Sept 24th No classes Muskogee
Friday Sept 25 Therapy Dog Night Parkside 6:15 pm
Saturday Sept 26th 1pm Public Access Testing Service Dogs only …NO ADVANCED CLASSES that day! We will only test 8 dogs that day..check with Marj to see if you are one of the 8…
Make sure you are on our text notification system…so you can receive updates
Happy Valentine’s Day!! And February Newsletter….
Treat someone you love (even if it’s your dog) to a “love”ly day!
Well we are off and running in anticipation of our fundraiser….please consider joining the planning committee or gathering things for our raffle baskets…we need folks to talk at meetings …. to get the word out…and to start taking flyers around…we are trying to raise enough to purchase a larger rural location to meet our ever-growing demand for our Service Dogs.
Dates and events:
Save the dates: NO classes of any kind on Saturdays in April
Also Starting in May there will only be 1 Service Dog class per month …the first Saturday of the month.
Thursday February 4th Advanced class Muskogee in old building
Friday, February 12 Women’s Living Expo…Expo Hall 9am to 6pm…I really need two people to open up in the am…
Saturday, February 13 Women’s Living Expo…Expo Hall 9am to 6pm need two people to open up at 9am
Sunday, February 14th Women’s Living Expo..10am to 5pm… plus help to tear down…
Friday, February 19th Poker Run meeting 630 potluck….please I will provide the meat ….
There is no Therapy Dog nite in February
There are NO CLASSES Monday February 15th or Tuesday February 16th ….
Please make sure you are on text system to receive texts regarding class changes and events
Just some quick notes regarding my hours of operation:
I will take calls from 8 am to 5pm Monday thru Friday and from 9pm to 12 midnight…
I will take calls from 3 to 5 pm ONLY on Saturdays….
I will take NO calls on Sunday unless it is an emergency…I define an emergency as any type of gushing blood, a missing dog,
Or any type of Service Dog Problem….
Please remember that I teach EVERY evening from 5 to 9pm…you will not get an answer to a text or a call during those times.
Also Please Please DO NOT call or text me the same day prior to an event for me to answer questions…you can text to tell me you will be late or not attending ….but not where or when event is you can find all that information on the internet or by our text system.
Please if you are approaching the end of your 8 lessons for advanced classes plan to pay your tuition on time. You need to be keeping track of the number of classes you attend…
OK once again when I don’t think it’s possible for people to be more unprepared for an impending disaster I am reminded that they NEVER are!!!!! At what point when it is all over the news and yes; you can see impending fire headed the way of your home do you decide “Oh Gee I guess we need to get out” and your poor animals are the ones left behind??? GET A DISASTER PLAN people…don’t rely on strangers to gather up your pets and livestock because you weren’t paying attention!! I am making a slight exception for folks away on vacation or if something would happen while you were at work….but again rely on your neighbors to let or help get your animals to safety.
Your disaster kit should include a CRATE yes and guess what your animal should be crate trained….(cats too). a backpack for each animal or one big enough for supplies for each animal. An extra leash, training collar(one they can’t slip out of), collar with extra set of current name tags, current photographs, food bowls, cat litter and pan; several bottles of water and enough food for six feedings any medications, a few first aid items…benadryl ace bandage, vet wrap, scissors, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, some gauze pads, gauze bandages, Rescue Remedy; a muzzle or old panty hose to make one out of and a space blanket(the kind you use to keep warm or cool;the one with one side shiny) Keep this with your disaster bag for the people in the house. Make a plan with every member of the family so that someone is in charge of gathering pets….and about that …I ran across so many folks in fires that left their pets behind because they wouldn’t come when called; they couldn’t get a leash on them; they wouldn’t get in the car….they didn’t have room in the car..the list was endless with ignorant excuses…What the HELL is up with this….I have been through two prairie fires and had to evacuate ….and I’ll bet I had probably 5 times as many animals to evacuate as any one person…and I didn’t even consider leaving any behind….Don’t write me about putting animal in front of people’s safety…of course I wouldn’t do such a thing…but get a grip people…I worked Katrina picking up dogs chained to dog houses swimming until they couldn’t anymore and drowned….You people with “outside” dogs…get them leash trained…put them in a car..once in a while…GET A PLAN!!!! Or better yet when you find out in a few days that the pets you left behind perished DON’T GET ANYMORE..you don’t deserve them….
Are you in the market for a new dog, but overwhelmed by the options available to you?
Do you want to rescue a dog, but want to get one that doesn’t have a lot of scary baggage?
The best way to get a great dog is to start out with the right dog for you!
We use our countless hours of experience and in-depth knowledge to help you find the right dog for you and your family! It’s so easy to be mismatched with a dog – one that wants to kill your cat, or knock over your toddler, or drag you down the street and growl at you, and frequently rescues and breeders do not match dogs properly to their people.
We will help you assess rescue dogs for your family using our service dog temperament test if you are looking for a steady, bombproof dog, or we will put you in contact with a real, reputable breeder with a breed that matches your lifestyle using our nationwide trainer’s network!
The results are astounding!
We offer a 30 day program that will give your dog or puppy the following basic skills tailored to your dog and your family situation:
* Crate training
* Stop out of control barking
* Paying attention on command
* Walking on a loose leash
* No mugging of children or guests
* Coming when called
* Aggression problems both with people and dogs (strange dogs and dogs in your home)
* Resolving door bolting
* Building confidence in fearful dogs
* Impulse Control
* Sit and Down Stay
Depending on your dog, most problems can be resolved in 30 days some may take longer; it is sometimes impossible to correct many months or years of misbehavior in just 30 days. We train your dogs gradually with balanced training methods. Dogs in our board and train program live in the home, not in a kennel facility, learning how to be a good citizen in a real-life environment. We focus on teaching your dog/puppy to be “calm”. If you want a calm dog you have to be “calm” in the way you handle your dog. Over-petting, over exercising, continually keeping your dog “up” never results in the dog you want. You can depend on our many years of experience with 1,000’s of dogs successfully trained to help you have a dog you can truly enjoy and make part of your family.
Our board and train program comes with our traditional beginning class for free – with our program and when you take the class after the dog is returned from training, we guarantee our training.
DOG DAY SCHOOL is the newest, most VALUABLE and unique dog training program in Oklahoma!
Is your dog stuck at home all day, bored and “entertaining” themselves by being naughty?
– Fun and Useful Training Instead of Nonproductive Dog Daycare – your dog learns skills while you work!
– Dogs of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels
– Two week program where the dog expert trains your dog, and then you!
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two weeks. Drop off at our training center from 7:30 to 10:00 AM, pickup from 4PM to 6PM.
CALL to inquire about specific problems being resolved outside of the basic obedience skillset essential to EVERY dog! Each dog has a custom training plan in addition to basic skills.
AND, when you sign up for this program, you get $25 OFF a basic obedience class, so you learn how to make your dog WORK FOR YOU!
The two week program will introduce your dog to these obedience concepts:
* Sit stay
* Down stay
* Recall (coming when called)
* Heeling (walking on a loose lead)
* Leave it & Impulse Control
* Crate and Potty Training
We are now enrolling for day training. WE ONLY HAVE FOUR SPACES LEFT, CALL NOW!
You must call 918-504-1764 and pay to reserve your space. Questions and visits to our facility are encouraged.