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Pet Coach to the Rescue Welcome, my name ​​is Shawna Gallagher and I am a "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowled

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It is time for our 2nd weekend break of 2022!  Our trainers are looking forward to some much needed rest and rejuvenatio...
04/15/2022

It is time for our 2nd weekend break of 2022! Our trainers are looking forward to some much needed rest and rejuvenation. All of our training classes, including Puppy and Adolescent classes will be canceled. All Social Walker Classes are also canceled. We will be answering messages and returning phone calls on Tuesday, April 19th. We hope you and your pet have a fabulous weekend.
**Please post the best picture you have of your pet taking a much needed nap! We are looking for some inspiration!** 😀

I've been asked a few times about different types of food that are good for dogs to have/what food people can stuff in k...
04/14/2022

I've been asked a few times about different types of food that are good for dogs to have/what food people can stuff in kongs, so here's a few different dog friendly fruits that are good for your pups!

Huck loves most berries! I love to add some fruit to his food or frozen toys every now and then and he absolutely loves it.

Remember that when feeding these fruits to take the seeds out before feeding them to your dog.

What are some of your dogs favorite fruits?

Happy Wednesday!  Hopefully this is our last round of winter weather.  I want spring to return quickly!   As you can see...
04/13/2022

Happy Wednesday! Hopefully this is our last round of winter weather. I want spring to return quickly! As you can see, we are freeing up some training spots in our group classes! Hooray!!! Just in time for all of those spring puppies. Thank you to each of you who go out of your way to refer your friends to our small business. You make such a difference in our success. We truly appreciate you! Do you have an Adolescent Dog who could stand a refresher in manners? Does your Adolescent dog need to master a few skills to be your perfect companion? We have openings in those classes as well. Our group classes are a great way to build or create the foundations both you and your dog need to become a successful team. Rumor has it we have a Trick class offering coming soon. If you would be interested in any of our classes, please reach out to Allison at 425-977-9605. She is happy to answer any questions or set up a free 20 minute phone call with one of our professional and certified trainers. PCttR wishes you and your family a joyous Easter Celebration.

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04/13/2022

pawTree product highlight! My pets love having variety at mealtime and that's exactly what the superfood seasonings provide! Not to mention, they no longer have gas issues with the incredible Gastro Pro Plus! Bad gas is a thing of the past.

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Hi PCttR FamilyI just can't wait any longer to give you all some information on all of the new stuff coming your way wit...
04/11/2022

Hi PCttR Family

I just can't wait any longer to give you all some information on all of the new stuff coming your way with our Social Walker Program. I have been growing this program since 2017 and while it has grown a lot, it is about to grow even more. Our training focus for this Club is to create dogs that a variety of skills to navigate the human world and handlers that also have the skills to set them and their dog up for success.

We will be offering a pay as you go or a monthly subscription which will give you unlimited number of walks. As we move into the Spring and Summer schedule we will have 4 walks per week located in Everett, Mukilteo, Shoreline and Seattle area. Plus we have some fun bonus walks on Saturday evenings that end at a dog friendly establishment.

Stay tuned for more information or if you would like to receive our newsletter that will be outlining everything you will need to know text PCTTRFAMILY to 22828

Shawna Gallagher, CPDT-KA, FDM. ABCDT

A fun and simple mental enrichment game for your dog is these little tubes. I love to use empty paper towel/toilet paper...
04/10/2022

A fun and simple mental enrichment game for your dog is these little tubes. I love to use empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls. It makes for so much fun enrichment for Huck. It's especially great for dogs that love to destroy things, like Huck. I just put some of his kibble in it and close it up on both sides of the tube.

If you want to make it a little more challenging for your dog, you can also put it in a bigger box, put some kibble in the box and close it up and let your dog destroy the entire box. This is just a cheap fun idea to try with your dog. There's so many ways to use these tubes and so many things around your house that you can use with your dog.

What are some ways you keep your dog mentally enriched?

If you have taken a class or had a private session with us you may have heard us talk about "Start Buttons". A start but...
04/09/2022

If you have taken a class or had a private session with us you may have heard us talk about "Start Buttons". A start button is simply a way for our dog or cat to say "yes" they would like to do that again or give us consent to do clean their ears for example. There are so many different applications for this that once you understand how it works it is a great way for your pet to "talk" to you.

Some quick examples of Start Buttons.

A cooperative care start button, chin rest. Your dog rest it's chin on your lap allowing you to look in their ear, as long as your dog keeps their chin on your lap you are good to go. If your dog lifts its head that would be your dog asking for a break.

A tug of war start button, paws up on a box. You ask your dog if they would like to play tug of war, your dog answers by going to a box that you placed on the ground and placing their paws on it. This is your dog's start button of saying YES I want to play. You then would cue your dog with a come and get it cue and the game is on. You play for a bit and you ask your dog to drop. Once your dog releases their hold on the rope you ask your dog if they would like to go another round. Yes would be for your dog to go to the box and place their front paws up on the box and wait for you to say come and get it. If your dog wants a break they do not go to the box and place their paws on it. A simple yes and no.

There are endless list of ways to use a start button and with the right training you will be able to confidently without fuss perform basic husbandry tasks or bring some mental stimulation into your everyday games and life.

Can you think of some ways a start button would help you in your daily life with your dog?

Shawna Gallagher, CPDT-KA, FDM, ABCDT

Just a gentle reminder.  Our office will be closed for the Easter Weekend for our 2nd Mental Health Weekend of the year....
04/08/2022

Just a gentle reminder. Our office will be closed for the Easter Weekend for our 2nd Mental Health Weekend of the year. Inquiring minds want to know...What dog toy is your dog's favorite? Post a picture below! That way I know that you saw this post! 🥰

Triton running into the weekend like...What's on your dog's agenda this weekend? Did you sign up for all of your classes...
04/08/2022

Triton running into the weekend like...

What's on your dog's agenda this weekend? Did you sign up for all of your classes for the week?

As someone who has an aggressive dog, people have given me unsolicited advice. Due to this, I would like to educate ever...
04/07/2022

As someone who has an aggressive dog, people have given me unsolicited advice. Due to this, I would like to educate everyone about aggressive dogs and the myths behind them. This is one I hear all the time.

"Aggressive dogs just need more basic obedience training"

Aggressive dogs don't need more obedience training. In fact, a lot of aggressive dogs are very well trained and know a lot of obedience commands. But it makes no difference in their aggressive behavior at all. Aggression has nothing to do with your dog learning to sit, down, heel, stay, etc. In most cases aggression is an emotional problem, not a training issue.

My boy, Huck, is very well trained. If you watch Huck from a distance you wouldn't know he was aggressive. One of his favorite things to do is run off leash at the beach. Huck has incredible off leash recall. His obedience is great, and both of us have worked so hard to get to this point. But, it does nothing to help with his aggression.

If your dog is showing signs of aggression please look into a trainer that has experience with dealing with aggression. Behavior modification is what an aggressive dog needs, not obedience.

What is something that you have heard about aggressive dogs?

Jacey Stockwell, ABCDT

Happy Sunny Wednesday Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather.  Today is a day to be outside.  It i...
04/06/2022

Happy Sunny Wednesday Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather. Today is a day to be outside. It is time to update our weekly class schedule. We now have openings in our Adolescent Class. Please reach out to me, Allison, at (425) 977-9605 to be inquire about any of our fabulous classes. We will be looking to add more Mental Enrichment Classes soon. They have been so popular. A great way to bond with your pet. Don't forget to sign up for your SWC this weekend. We will be announcing new locations to meet up soon. Hope everyone is having a great day!

04/06/2022
Have any of you heard of the game Engage Disengage? It's something that has helped me with my own dog. This is a game th...
04/05/2022

Have any of you heard of the game Engage Disengage?

It's something that has helped me with my own dog. This is a game that all dogs can play but this game is specifically for reactive/aggressive dogs.

So how do you play it?

Well there's 2 levels to this game.

Level 1: Start off with a clicker (or a verbal marker) and high value treats. Keep your dog under threshold (showing calm behaviors). The moment your dog engages with the trigger by looking at it you're going to use the marker. Once your dog turns his head, you're going to click and hand the treat to him.

Level 2: Let your dog engage with the trigger and instead of marking for engaging with the trigger you're going to wait for your dog to turn and look away from the trigger. The moment your dog disengages from the trigger you're going to use your marker and reward.

In order for this to work your dog needs to remain under threshold. If your dog is showing stress signals or is reacting you will need to move away from the trigger.

Jacey Stockwell, ABCDT

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Sneak p*ek at your upcoming enrollee Mr. Revan.
👀 Look who decided to calm down and learn how to put her harness on nicely!!!! OMG she can be a normal dog!!! 😂 ❤️ 🐾 Shawna your the best!!!
Shawna Gallagher Asked me to post the spill proof water bowl we use. I have 4 different dog breeds small to giant and they can not spill this bowl. I mainly use it in the car even if the bowl does get tipped on its side it has never leaked. It can be difficult to take apart sometimes just soak it in hot water. It is dishwasher safe. It can be found on Amazon sometimes but it always sells quickly.
Working hard on down stay while he is in sport class!!! She did it for 10 minutes!!! Yay!!! #servicedogtrainingrocks
Hey Shawna Gallagher!!! It's been awhile since we've chatted. With your help, my dogs have been fabulous! The last couple of days, however, Tux has begun marking his territory in the house. Is there a way to break this habit before it gets out of hand? I've been keeping him locked in whichever Room I am in just like we did when he was potty training. ... thoughts? Tips??
Looking for the link again for dog food, Shawna... can you post it again? (Sorry)
Happy pup-o-ween
Do you have any tips for building confidence on walks, we were out walking when someone let fireworks off and she nearly choking herself to get home. It happened two nights in a row and it's taken a week to get her to half a block on walks, its basically walk p*e/poop and she wants to go home. She is constantly looking at the sky any sound an she is in flight mode. She won't go outside on her own without encouragement.
Question/Concern Kodi was fixed 2 weeks ago and has been in a cone. He finally got it off today. Prior to getting fixed, he was potty trained (we still have the excited-to-see-you p*eing we were trying to get under control from time to time). During the time he was in his cone, he couldn't go outside on his own. So he'd go to the door, we'd put a leash on his collar (usually on a harness but with the cone, that'd be quite the drama), and took him out to go, then right back in the house. Today he got some freedom! Got to go outside and have some fun, run around, chase the ball! Since we've gotten back into the house, he has not gone to the back door even once, but he has p*ed in the house twice. It doesn't even seem like he realizes he's doing it. He doesn't stop, squat, and p*e. He just p*es while he's walking as if it's completely normal. Both times we put him out, "we go potty outside" while I cleaned up in here. Tried not to make a big deal out of it. Called the vet, and they said it's perfectly normal for them to behave this way, it's behavioral rather than medical but watch him for 48 hours. Ummmmm.....??
In what stage does dog training begin to take place (in person)? My Kodi is getting out of his cone tomorrow. 2 weeks in a cone with no training whatsoever is definitely beginning to show it'self! I'm going to need to get him back on track QUICK :) And Shawna is the best trainer to do it!
My understanding of Clicker training is 💯.
Baby Peppers 1st pool day!