Canine Good Citizen class now forming. The dates of the class are August 15, 22, 29, and Sept. 5th. @ 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. at Countryside Kennels daycare building located at 8300 Baldwin Ave. Northfield. Wednesday, Sept. 12 would be our testing date for certification.
Cost is $85.00 which includes test fee and personalized bandana. All grads also get a CGC certificate for the AKC.
CGC class teaches basic obedience and tests temperment. The test is 10 separate tasks a dog and handler must pass. the first 4 weeks of class teaches those skills, the last week is the test. Tasks include sit, stay, come, down, polite greeting of another dog and person, able to be left in a room with a stranger for 5 minutes, tolerance of loud sudden noises and heel, esp. around wheelchairs and crutches.
If interested contact Countryside Animal Hospital & Kennels – 507- 645-5051 or 507-645-4522.
All young dog owners may be interested in our Puppy 2 class. It takes the elements of sit, stay, down, wait, and loose leash commands to a new level with young dogs. Any dog under a year of age may attend this valuable class. Through the use of the 3 D’s (Distance, Duration, and Distractions) all commands will improve greatly. We also incorporate dog sociaization and teach the dogs to greet other dogs and their owners respectfully. The first class is Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at our training facility on 8300 Baldwin Ave. Northfield, MN. The remaining dates for the class are June 20, 27, and July 11. The cost of the class is $60.00. If you are not a client of Countryside Animal Hospital & Kennels remember to bring proof of rabies, distemper, and bordetella vaccinations as well as your dog and leash. (please no retractable leashes) We train the dogs on praise alone so doggy treats are not necessary.
The best time to teach your puppy is in the first 6 months of its life as a puppy’s brain is perfectly developed to learn. Many perspective dog owners cringe at the thought of a barking pup chewing everything in sight while soiling inside the house. Many of these unwanted issues can be prevented by early training. As many people know, a dog is a pack animal. They love to hang with a group and in this group much learning can be done. Well you have the power to control this group. Join a puppy class. Your puppy NEEDS socialization almost much as his first vaccinations. In fact, dogs can get in more trouble mentally and physically by NOT being socialized. Countryside Animal Hospital & Kennels are now offering puppy classes. Call Michael at the Kennel (507)-645-5051 for more information.
At this time of Thanksgiving, all of us at Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels would like to thank all of our clients for providing us with a fun and rewarding way to make a living.
Last year when we heard the Northfield Countryside Kennels facility on Baldwin Avenue was closing we were saddened. That facility opened shortly after we did ten years ago. Deb, the previous owner of Countryside Kennels, and I joked about picking the same name (Countryside) and having to deal with getting confused all the time. That facility was great and the service was great.
In an effort to fulfill the most common request we receive at the clinic, “When will you start boarding?” we are happy to say we acquired the Countryside Kennels facility in June of this year and are now offering boarding and doggy daycare.
We made some changes at the kennel by adding a large outside play areas for the boarding dogs, we added a cat room with a wonderful play area for feline boarding, and started a doggy day care, with its own outdoor play area.
The only thing I can say is go out there and take a tour with our manager Michael Gunderson; it is awesome.
We have also started training classes with a larger facility at the kennel. My wife Virginia has been taking our dog Sophie to our new obedience class in the hopes that Sophie will get her Canine Good Citizenship Certificate and become a pet therapy dog. Pet Therapy dogs are allowed to visit residents of long term care and retirement communities where pets are not always an option. See the inside of the newsletter for details on our class offerings.
Whether it’s here in Dundas, at the clinic, or out in the country, at the kennel we enjoy being part of you and your pet’s life experience. We will be here to prevent them from getting sick, make them feel better if they do have a health problem, and house them when you can’t take them with you. Thanks again for letting us care for your furriest family member.