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Monday, February 28, 2011

LUC LICKS HIS FINAL CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG TEST!

There wasn't a dry eye on the pet ranch yesterday as we watched Lynn Helton's dog, Luc, become a Certified Therapy Dog. After many months of hard work by Luc and Lynn to achieve a last important step toward certification, Penny's From Heaven Foundation founder, Patsy Swendson, administered Luc's final test which he passed with flying colors. We could not put this accomplishment into any better words than the moving post Patsy just published on her blog, Patsy's Pockets of Peace. Click here to read about Lynn and Luc's journey to this final certification that will allow this special dog to change lives.

Lynn Helton and her Certified Therapy Dog, Luc!
Photo courtesy Lynn Helton.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

TIME FOR SPRING TRAINING!

With winter behind us, and a definite increase in beautiful Hill Country days, there's no better time to spend time with your dog. The upcoming Stay N Play Pet Ranch training classes, starting in March, are a great way to enjoy spring and improve life for you and your four legged family member. Our upcoming spring training classes include:

Fungility: Class begins Wednesday, March 2 (6pm)
Have fun with your dog while learning games through obstacle courses. Dogs and people of all ages will enjoy this active program. This is agility in a non-competitive arena. Note: Your dog must be at least 6 months old and have completed Canine Good Citizen (CGC). If CGC was not completed at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a CGC evaluation by the trainer is required. Cost for 5 week class is $145.

Canine Good Citizen: Class begins Thursday, March 3 (7:45pm) or Saturday March 5 (11am)
This six week class is recognized nationally by the AKC and designed for dogs that want to continue polishing good manners, public behaviors, and gain national certification. Note: Your dog must have attended Basic Obedience first. If Basic was not attended at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a quick evaluation by the trainer is required. Cost for 6 week class is $145.

Canine Boot Camp: Class begins Monday, March 7 (7pm)

Bring calm focus to your out of control dog with the lifestyle change and training exercises learned in Canine Boot Camp. Cost for 6 week class is $145.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please call (512) 894-7387.

Fungility!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TRAINING

Recognized nationally by the AKC, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training is for dogs that want to continue polishing good manners, public behaviors, and gain national certification. To participate in CGC at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, your dog must have attended Basic Obedience first. If Basic was not attended at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a quick evaluation by the trainer is required. Meet some of our recent graduates!

Traveler the Yellow Lab began her training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch as a 4 month old puppy. She has taken various classes and worked privates along with group classes. She is shown here with her owner and handler Rose Vonz at her AKC Canine Good Citizen graduation ceremony.

Kevin Scragg and Cali, a Golden Retriever, are shown here with their CGC certificate. Kevin and Cali also graduated from the Stay N Play Therapy Dog Prep Class that day completing both the CGC test and the Therapy Prep Class test! Congratulations to Kevin and Cali.

Lynn Fruchey, CGC evaluator, and Laura Harvey, Stay N Play Pet Ranch trainer, with Tucker, a PAWS Shelter and Humane Society Cell Dog graduate at his CGC graduation. Tucker is hoping to be placed shortly with a returning vet from Afghanistan or Iraq suffering from PTSD as part of the TADSAW program.

Lynn Roudebush and her Golden Retriever Bear after they completed their CGC test and passed with flying colors!

Traveler the Yellow Lab began training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch as a 4 month old puppy. She has taken various classes and worked privates along with group classes . She is shown during her exam in the down stay separation from owner segment with Laura Harvey, Stay N Play Pet Ranch trainer.

Friday, February 11, 2011

CANINE BOOT CAMP STARTS IN MARCH!

Does your dog jump, pull, bark, and bolt?

Do you long for a calm, relaxed pet enjoying life?

Then check into our CANINE BOOT CAMP!

Just six 1 hour sessions will make all the difference!

Bring a calm focus to your out of control dog with lifestyle change and training exercises. Call for our March classes -- (512) 894-7387.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PET DENTAL HEALTH

February is National Pet Dental Health month, and while we all want our animals to have clean teeth and healthy mouths, many of us can't put our dogs "under" for a teeth cleaning, and others have tried (and failed) to use a toothbrush on our pet's teeth. But we have found hope in a bottle! Stay N Play Pet Ranch is now offering Tropiclean's Clean Teeth Gel in our retail. You just rub the gel on the dog's teeth and gums -- no toothbrush needed. You do a daily application for the first 30 days, then once or twice a week. Melody, our Director of Business Operations, has used it to remove tartar on her dogs, Roscoe and Sadie, with great results. Because the Tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel kills germs, it also freshens breath. The “kit” we sell is less than $16 and comes with a sample of the Tropiclean's oral care water additive. The gel supply lasts about 2 months for 2 dogs (1 dog = 4 months). It really is a great deal.

We have used the Tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel with great results.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

THERAPY DOG PRESENTATION (STARRING WEASEL)

Stay N Play Pet Ranch’s Owner, Charlotte Biggs, Trainer, Laura Harvey with her Certified Therapy Dog Weasel, and Penny’s From Heaven Foundation Board Advisor, Leslie Cox, recently had the pleasure of sharing the tremendous work being done in our community by the Penny’s From Heaven Therapy Dog program. The presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary was highlighted by Weasel, the undisputed star of the show, who was more than happy to show the “tricks” that she does for nursing home residents.

The Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Therapy Dog program allows owners, with their personal pets, to go through training to become Certified Therapy Dog Teams. This training is conducted at Stay N Play Pet Ranch with most of the classes being held at the Hill country Care Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Dripping Springs. Charlotte, Laura, and Leslie also shared information on the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW) program. This program selects dogs from shelters, and trains them as Emotional Support Dogs for veteran’s suffering from (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PAWS Shelter and Humane Society has joined forces with the Penny’s From Heaven foundation and will be training the dogs that go through their tremendously successful Cell Dog program for the TADSAW program.

It is always a privilege to be able to share the life-changing work being done by the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation, and gratifying to see the interest generated. Our local business representatives in attendance requested additional information on how the business community, as well as individuals within the community, can help.

Certified Therapy Dog, Weasel, was the star of the show at the presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary Club.