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Mutt Mail June 2018

June 5, 2018 | Mutt Mail

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Puppy Kindergarten and Dog School at The Animal Keeper Oceanside

Have a rambunctious puppy? Is Fido not catching on to basic commands?
At our location in the beautiful city of Oceanside we have started group
classes for dog training and we may have just what you are looking for.

What’s the difference between the classes?

Puppy Kindergarten
Puppy Kindergarten takes advantage of the puppy’s Sensitive Period for Socialization which ends at about 16 weeks. Well socialized puppies have a significantly less risk of fear or aggression.

For puppies between 9 & 20 weeks at class start. Gentle, positive training
and socialization are vital for all puppies: house manners, (house training,
play biting, etc.); temperament training (anti-aggression, handling and
socialization exercises) and skills training (leash walking, sit, down,
stand, stay, come, shake).

Orientation: June 10
Classes Begin: June 17
Sundays 9-10 am

Dog School
Dog School is designed for dogs 5 months and up (mostly rowdy teenagers and young adults!). It focuses on basic control and owner focus.

For dogs 20 weeks and older. Gentle, effective, positive reinforcement
training is ideal for any dog big or small. Behaviors and skills for real
life: Watch Me, Loose leash walking, Sit, Down, Stay, Come, and problem

Orientation: June 10
Classes Begin: June 17
Classes: Sundays 10:15 – 11:15 am

Please call 760-941-3221 with any questions.

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Our Pet Trainers

At each of our locations we offer training in a variety of forms to help you and your pet. Our trainers are dedicated members of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). But who exactly are these trainers?

Poway: Justin Webster
Justin first joined the Animal Keeper Poway team in 2010. He has always been a lover of dogs and all animals.

Justin previously spent time working at a retreat where he got to work with Zebras and other kinds of wild animals – an unforgettable and valuable experience.

He became interested in dog training after coming to The Animal Keeper and becoming a camp counselor. He wanted to learn not only for his own personal interest but so he could better his skills as a camp counselor. Justin currently has 4 of his dogs: Lady (pit bull mix), Kingston (pit bull mix), Mitch (pit bull mix), and Billie (shiba inu mix).

Encinitas: Edgar Mayoral
Edgar enjoys teaching dogs and coaching their human families. He especially enjoys helping children build a bond with their pet. Edgar is also a great problem solver – he specializes in helping dogs who pull on leash and demonstrate dog-dog reactivity to develop focus and self-control.

Oceanside: Bennett Sharp
Bennett’s background in protecting, serving and teaching (as a life guard and as a guitar teacher, amongst other things) combined with his love for animals, created his path to being a dog trainer.

His experience with pet care includes managing large dog play groups and certification in dog CPR and first aid. Bennett is a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

As a trainer Bennett wants to set his clients and their pups up for the best possible life!

Head Trainer: Penelope Milne, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Penelope has been training dogs and coaching their people for more than 30 years. She is a charter member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), and has earned the CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed) and CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine) certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is the author of: “Puppies! Why Do They Do What They Do?” and “Kittens! Why Do They Do What They Do?” from BowTie Press, and “Is your Dog Bored?” in the 2012 Dogs USA, amongst other works.

Penny was elected to the Board of Directors of the CCPDT in 2014. She is the Chair of the Exam Committee.

Penny is the Executive Trainer for the Animal Keeper /Pet Suites, responsible for coaching staff on animal behavior, body language and more, and creating and implementing training and enrichment programs to enhance the quality of life for pets and people.

Click through to learn more about our pet training services.

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“Maggie’s Feelin’ Marvelous” styled by Audra at Encinitas Animal Keeper
“Sophie as darling as a Rose” styled by Ashley at Oceanside Animal Keeper
“Snickers Lookin’ Brand New!” styled by Holly at Poway Animal Keeper

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