What we're about

This group is designed for: average pet owners to get help maintaining proper socialization or getting remedial assistance with a fearful dog; service dogs in training who need practice for the public access test; therapy dogs preparing to pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test; puppies and companion dogs in need of training; and dogs who just have a lot of energy and need it drained on a nice, long hike out in nature.

Dogs who are reactive, bark, lunge, growl, cower, tremble, or otherwise seem uncomfortable in various social situations are welcome to attend the Behavior Therapy Walk or RAWR class! We use methods that empower the dog to make the right choices, and educate the owner to help their dog through times of distress until both achieve harmony. PREREQUISITE: You must have had one private session with Ash or similar trainer prior to attending. You can contact her to schedule that session via her website, hounds-in-harmony.com or via email at tashaminer.hounds@gmail.com.

We have an event for everybody. If not, let Ash know, and she can see about scheduling something to suit your needs.

Note:

• It is important to RSVP to the meetups if you are attending.

• A 4 or 6-foot leash is required at all times per city law, no exceptions. No flexi leashes, please.

• Owners maintain responsibility and liability for their dogs actions at all times; organizers as well as the city of the event's location cannot be held responsible or liable.

• If we feel your dog is not a good fit for the group yet, or if you would like some additional, personalized training help, you can contact Tasha at tashaminer.hounds@gmail.com or visit her website, http://www.hounds-in-harmony.com

• Please check your email prior to attending to ensure the meetup has not been cancelled due to weather or personal emergency of the organizers.

Upcoming events (5+)

Make Friends Pack Walk

Serrano Creek Park

Is your dog friendly and already well-socialized? Do you want to keep it that way? Do they need exercise, practice walking with good manners, more dog pals, or would you like to find someone for play dates? Come on our pack walk, meet other well-behaved dogs, and make new friends! We're a force-free group, but won't judge your equipment for this walk. Whatever you normally use, use it! We must obey city leash laws, so bring a 4-6' leash. However, anyone who abuses their dog with harsh corrections will be asked to stop, and then to leave if they refuse. Join Ash and her golden retreiver, Takoda. We can't wait to meet you!

Make Friends Pack Walk

Serrano Creek Park

Is your dog friendly and already well-socialized? Do you want to keep it that way? Do they need exercise, practice walking with good manners, more dog pals, or would you like to find someone for play dates? Come on our pack walk, meet other well-behaved dogs, and make new friends! We're a force-free group, but won't judge your equipment for this walk. Whatever you normally use, use it! We must obey city leash laws, so bring a 4-6' leash. However, anyone who abuses their dog with harsh corrections will be asked to stop, and then to leave if they refuse. Join Ash and her golden retreiver, Takoda. We can't wait to meet you!

Behavior Therapy Walk

Baker Ranch Community Park

$15.00

This meetup is for the dogs who have mild to moderate issues with other dogs or other people. They may get tense, stare, cower, try to run away, growl, bark, lunge, or carry on in some other way when they see a trigger. We structure the walk using space to help create a pack where the dogs feel safe and eventually all end up together. Dogs with a potential to be an ongoing disturbance or have a bite history should seek private training prior to attending. Exercises include: • Handler focus exercises to help out of control, nervous, or hypervigilant dogs. • Interacting with the environment in a fun way. • Counter conditioning using games from Control Unleashed (CU) • Basic obedience cues. Here are the rules: • We recommend you bring extra tasty treats (or a valuable toy, whichever your dog works for best) and water for your dog. • Even though we don't allow guests to RSVP, you are welcome to bring one other person with you (such as a spouse or partner) to observe the training. Only one person should train the dog for each meetup in its entirety. Organizers may recommend that the handlers switch if we feel it would benefit the dog. • As this is a positive training group; shock collars, prong collars, and choke collars are banned from all meetups. • We recommend martingale collars for well-trained dogs, front-clip harnesses for mild pullers, and head collars for severe pullers or very reactive/potentially aggressive dogs. • No leashes longer than 6-feet permitted, and no retractable leashes. • Due to the nature of this meetup, personal space bubbles are crucial, and they need to be very large at first. There are no greetings allowed during the meetup. • If your dog has a bite history, please condition your dog positively to wear a muzzle for meetups. We recommend the Baskerville Ultra, available on Amazon. • Some dogs are at the extreme end of the behavior spectrum, and may not be ready for this meetup. One of the organizers will kindly let you know after the meetup that this is not the best fit for your dog at this time. You are welcome to pursue private training with us or elsewhere, and try again at any time. By participating in this meetup, owners accept responsibility for their dog's actions and cannot hold IDOGS organizers liable for any damages done.

CGC Practice Class

Regal Foothill Towne Center

$30.00

Meet with Ash and Takoda to practice the 10 elements of the CGC test! Required for therapy dog teams, recommended for service dogs, and a great way to ensure a well-behaved pet. You can pay $30 per class, or $95 for a pack of 4. Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. Test 2: Sitting politely for petting This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. Test 3: Appearance and grooming This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead) This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. Test 5: Walking through a crowd This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). Test 7: Coming when called This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. Test 8: Reaction to another dog This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Test 9: Reaction to distraction This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. Test 10: Supervised separation This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners.

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