K-9 Capers' Spring Newsletter 2016

Courtesy update by LostNMissing, Inc. 

Spring Newsletter 2016
K-9 Capers Dog Training Academy | 995 Warren C. Coleman Blvd | Concord, NC
What's New! 
  • Brand new classes perfect for the spring & summer!
  • Spring short courses that are 2-4 weeks!
  • Classes that teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash & much more...
Coming Soon
  • Rapid Recall...Come the First Time
  • FIT PAWS Fitness & Rehabilitation 

Spring & Summer Classes 

Private Tutor
Flexible Training Option | Call for Details
Get more done with a private lesson in low distractions. Your home or at the training center as some dogs do not learn as well in a group class.
Day Training Classes
Tuesday – 1/2 Day & Wednesday & Friday – Full Days | Drop Off & Pick Up By Appointment | Training Packages Available     
No time to attend classes? We train your dog while you are at work or when boarded. Call to discuss your needs.
Puppy Development Training Course
Tuesday from 6:30-7:20pm | Open Admission – Enroll Anytime!
For vaccinated puppies ages 12 weeks through 5 months. 7 weeks for $85 which includes AKC STAR puppy test at no charge. Each additional week until 6 months is $10.         

NEW! Therapy Dog & Family Manners, AKC Community Canine
Thursday @ 7:00pm | Class is 6 Weeks for $95
Brush-up for Therapy Dog Tests, CGC, AKC Community Canine or visiting. 

Important Dates for Class
August 25 – Registration & Class Starts
October 22 – Testing

Regular Class Schedule
September 8, 15, 22 & 29
October 6 & 13 

Canine Detective Scent Discrimination, Part 1         
Saturday from 10:30am-11:45am | $15/Class or $45 for Set of 4

Call to make appointment for the required orientation class. Email us at for class schedules.

Spring Short Courses

Walk With Me!    
Saturday-Sunday from 1-2:30pm | May 28-29 & June 25-26 | $75/Session
Safety, fun and freedom with loose-leash training for you and your dogs. Learn how to walk on a loose leash and add distractions. 

Agility for Fun (Small Dogs or Puppies)
Thursday @ 7:30pm | May 5, 12, 19 | $45
Start your puppy off right and have fun doing it! Our Puppy Agility Class will introduce your puppy to all the fun game of agility and all of the equipment in a safe and POSITIVE way! All equipment will be at their lowest heights & difficulty level for the puppy's safety. Puppies will be encouraged to gain confidence and work at their own pace. The puppies can be worked off-leash. This class is designed to introduce dogs of any age to the game of agility. Dogs will be introduced to the equipment in a positive and fun manner to help build confidence and promote safety on the obstacles.
Agility for Fun (Over 6 Months Old)
Thursday @ 7:30pm | June 9, 16, 23 | $45
Dogs will be encouraged to gain confidence and work at their own pace. The dogs can be worked off-leash. This class is designed to introduce dogs of any age to the game of agility. Dogs will be introduced to the equipment in a positive and fun manner to help build confidence and promote safety on the obstacles.
Trick Training 1 Day Course
Saturday, August 13 @ 9am | $25
Saturday July 23 @ 9am | $25

Class Registration Information
Pre-registration required, please call 704-721-6757 or email Also, to download forms go to

Training Tip

Does your dog jump to greet you still??? It could be you are using the wrong reinforcement.  Understand the dog's behavior for jumping to greet you.

In a dog's world, it is instinctual to greet another dog by coming nose-to-nose with them. This allows them to sniff each other's faces and become acquainted with the other dog's scent. Of course, your nose is a bit higher to reach so it is only natural that your dog will jump up to get closer to your face when greeting you. This can be quiet annoying and unnecessary, but fortunately, the habit can be broken.

As a trainer, I have seen dogs respond differently to the exact same training methods such as redirecting to a sit, ignoring the bad behavior, reinforcing the good behavior. This begs the question; what is it the dog really wants? British Trainer Kay Lawrence has a fresh new look at an old problem... I can't help but agree with in my own dog household. She has an interesting view that dogs wish to reconnect to us when we return and we have to figure out the best way for that to happen.

Here is a copy from a blog by Kay Lawence. I just love this! 

"Greeting or re-uniting after being apart, should be indulgent, sincere and full of affection, but not crazy arousal and high pitch celebration. This is setting the dog up for exuberant jumping and barking. Their arousal is understandable if they have been alone for several hours, the solitary situation has ended which is a reason to jump for joy. Make sure both your hands are free of shopping or coats or keys, take hold of the dog by the collar to prevent getting a black eye, and bend over to calmly offer proximity to your face for some "air-licking".

At my home, I touch each of my dogs when I return home without speaking, though briefly, to prevent them from jumping. I have recently formed the habit of letting them smell my hair or face. I keep calm but let them know "we're ok" as Kay describes in her book, Every Dog, Every Day. 

Leash Reactivity! Why Some Dogs Growl & How to Prevent It!

The first thing to recognize is that despite how it looks, nearly all reactivity is rooted in fear. When your dog acts aggressively, he is able to keep other dogs and their people away, and that's what he wants. Off-leash, a dog could run away. On-leash, a dog is trapped and acts aggressively to protect himself.

The second most frequent reason for reactivity is frustration. Some dogs pull and bark on-leash when they want to get to another dog to play. You will often see dogs frustrated behind a fence as well, when a dog can't get to what's on the other side. However, we tend to assign this reason to our dogs more often than we should. We prefer seeing our dog as wanting to play, instead of acting from fear.

In our Reactive Dog Private Training Classes we work on five aspects of on-leash dog-on-dog aggression. Use these as a blueprint for how you can work with your own dog.

  • Changing your dog's emotional response to other dogs
  • Management techniques: to prevent your dog from practicing the behavior to remove your dog quickly and easily from something unexpected
  • Distraction and fun on walks to help your dog focus less on the outside world
  • Owner confidence: You learn and practice what to do and are less anxious with your dog in public
  • Reducing your dog's overall arousal level
  • Equipment that can help keep your dog from pulling (without using choke, prong or electronic collars)

It's not easy living with a reactive dog. It may even be embarrassing. But you clearly love your dog and want the best for him. Remember that your dog doesn't like this behavior either. He is trying the best way he knows how to cope. So, whatever your dog has been through in the past, your dog is lucky to have you now. After all, you are looking for help. Call us for an assessment at 704-721-6757

K-9 Capers' Upcoming Events

Service Dog Clinic | Saturday, May 28
Therapy Dog Testing | Saturday, October 22
Pet First Aid | Saturday, November 12

My Dog Can Do That! Agility Course

K-9 Capers Dog Training Academy will be hosting a free testing for the STAR, CGC, CGCA and a run on a basic agility course Saturday, June 4 during the dog show at the Cabarrus Arena. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am-4pm

American Kennel Club's 
My Dog Can Do That! Agility Course 
Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
4751 NC-49, Concord, NC
Additional Information On Event:
  • No cost & includes ribbon and certificate for completing the course
  • Also testing for the AKC STAR Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen and the new AKC Community Canine Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)
  • For more information contact: K-9 Capers Dog Training Academy at 704 -721-6757 or email us at
  • See Victory Lane Classic information below for more details.

Founder & Director

Donna Rogers, CPDT-KA
Certified Pet Dog Trainer
Katie's Kidz d/b/a K-9 Capers
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
American Red Cross Pet First Aid Instructor
Therapy Dog International Evaluator
Dogs & Storks Presenter
Contact Information
Physical Address

K-9 Capers Dog Training Academy
Camp Happy Hound Complex
995 Warren C. Coleman Blvd (Hwy 601)
Concord, North Carolina 28025
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1411
Harrisburg, North Carolina 28075
704-721-6757 - Office 
704-791-9888 - Cell 


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