County Canine Calendar for November: Kathy is Coming to Columbia! and . . . .
This blog first appeared on ColumbiaPatch.com on November 7, 2012.
by Skye Anderson, MS
1. November 6-8, Tuesday through Thursday - The First Annual Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo (http://www.barkleigh.com/pbd/expo.html) at the Sheraton Baltimore North (903 Dulaney Valley Road). The tradeshow is Wednesday and Thursday (10$ admission) with all the latest kennel equipment, and seminars Tuesday through Thursday. This is for you if you are interested in starting a dog day care or take your dog to day care and want to see what’s new and what you should expect. Barkleigh always puts on quality conferences!
2. Sunday, November 11 – free screening of the HBO documentary, “Madonna of the Mills: The Truth about Puppy Mills,” about the Pennsylvania puppy mills (www.madonnaofthemills.com).
Location: Busboy and Poets Restaurant, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781 (across the street from The Big Bad Woof, a pet supply store well worth the trip! www.thebigbadwoof.com)
3. Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, improve your dog training!
Kathy Sdao is coming back to Columbia for a wild, wooly, wonderful weekend of dogs!
“Improve your ‘I-Cue’: Learn the Science of Signals” (http://dogsofcourse.com/seminarinfo.php?id=6) is for trainers and dogs as well as serious dog-people who just may experience a life-changing weekend! (see Dogs of Course logo)
Working dog spots filled up quickly but there is still room for auditos ("lab" assistants) who attend without dogs yet have the opportunity to assist the human-dog teams.
Kathy is an inspiring, talented and very very funny presenter who lectures worldwide (Italy, Denmark and Belgium this year) and is much in demand. She uses a combination of lecture, video and working exercises with your dog. Ask her about the pineapple!
Kathy (www.kathysdao.com) is one of only about 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (Associate) in the US and recently wrote Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, available at http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB1246 (see photo). CEUs are available.
Kathy is on the Yahoo! List, DogRead, for the first half of the month if you want to email her personally and discuss her book.
Time: 9-5, both days (you may attend for only one day, if you wish)
Why attend? We want compliance. We want our dog to respond to “commands” accurately and quickly. People often attribute a dog’s failure to do this to dominance, stupidity or stubbornness but it’s more likely that these mistakes result from confusion (or insufficient motivation). Your dog simply doesn’t know what you want because your cues or signals are unfamiliar, inconsistent or unclear. Understanding the basics of cueing will help you improve how you choose, add, change and maintain cues. You will be able to minimize the amount of static in the signals you send your dog, providing a clearer channel of communication and better compliance!
4. Thanksgiving Weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 23-25)
What are you doing after Thanksgiving to avoid the shopping rush?
Why not attend a dog cluster, specifically the Maryland Turkey Cluster for dogs – three days of separate dog shows (indoor conformation and outdoor obedience) at the Howard County Fairgrounds (cost: $5 for parking). No pet dogs or strollers, please.
Meet 150 breeds, 1500-2400 dogs each day, 50 vendors selling dog-related products (toys, treats, leashes, books galore). And, of course, hot dogs and popcorn and cotton candy and . . . . !
(Dog shows are held at the Fairgrounds several times a year.)