It's been a crazy busy summer for me, the dogs and K9 Expeditions! This summer seems to be flying by with a mix of lots of hiking and training with our K9 hikers, working toward Stanley's and Stevie's American Championships in conformation, training to compete in Rally Obedience, developing K9 Expeditions Trail Treats - our own line of healthy treats, and we even managed to throw in a bit of vacation time!
Cade (pronounced Katie) joined me and Stanley on her first hike today! She is a 5 1/2 month old vizsla and she and Stanley had loads of fun on the trail today. At first she was a bit shy, but she quickly realized what a big softy Stanley is and how much fun it is to go hiking with us. Here are some pics from Cade's first hike. Sorry some of them are blurry!
Summer is my favourite time of year, bugs and all! This sunny warm season can be dangerous for our dogs so it is important to take precautions to keep them safe from overheating. I have been putting my hot weather tools for my K9 hikers in place in preparation for the heat so I thought I would share some information about why the heat is dangerous and tips about staying safe.
I always end each hike with 10-20 minutes of loose leash training as a group. Today after an enjoyable fun-filled off-leash hike with Stanley, Stevie and Lusi, I leashed the dogs up about one kilometre from the van and we began our leash work. It was at this point in our journey that a very unfortunate, unexpected and unpleasant experience occurred.
Teagan is our latest K9 hiker to join K9 Expeditions! She is a lovely, sweet two and a half year old German Shorthaired Pointer. Stanley and I introduced her to one of our favourite hikes on the Bruce Trail today.
I recently met with a prospective client and her dog and after carefully assessing the dog's temperament and behaviour, I declined to accept him into one of my K9 Expeditions hiking groups. It made me realize that I have another very important point to add to my post about selecting a dog walker or doggie daycare