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Rowdy Rover Dog Training, LLC

Rowdy Rover Dog Training, LLC Private lessons, group classes, behavior modification and Board and Train. April Parke is a proud graduate of Animal Behavior College and earned her CPDT-KA certification IN 2015.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and years of teaching experience. April started her professional dog training career in 2010 working at White Oak Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. There she gained invaluable experience working alongside highly skilled, professionally accredited dog trainers. She volunteered at the local SPCA to train & rehabilitate shelter dogs. She has trained

She has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and years of teaching experience. April started her professional dog training career in 2010 working at White Oak Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. There she gained invaluable experience working alongside highly skilled, professionally accredited dog trainers. She volunteered at the local SPCA to train & rehabilitate shelter dogs. She has trained

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Heads up!  I temporarily paused taking new dog training clients.  I’ve been working hard revamping my business & creatin...
03/01/2022

Heads up!

I temporarily paused taking new dog training clients. I’ve been working hard revamping my business & creating a website.

After 9 years of basically the exact same service rates, I am finally raising my rates to reflect the professional standard, my considerable credentials and the rise of inflation. I hope people understand the amount of time and money it takes to earn and maintain the certificates and certifications I hold. I am committed to staying on the cutting edge of animal behavioral science and offer the most effective dog training methods possible.

I hope to publish the website really soon.
I can’t wait to wrap up the business side of things so I can get back to what I really love to do, and do so well…training dogs!

02/20/2022
02/20/2022

They aren’t called maligators for nothing. Do not get an animal because you saw it in a movie- PLEASE. The movie “Dog” with Channing Tatum is released tomorrow featuring a highly trained Belgian Malinois. We stand firm that most people should not own this type of breed and anyone interested should do an immense amount of research. This movie took THREE different Belgian Malinois and nine months of training for this movie. A highly trained Malinois is a work of art and can be amazing in the right hands- the right professional hands. We fear that we’ll see an influx of them in shelters soon and that will not go well for the breed. Due to the extreme amount of enrichment/exercise/training needed (think mini raptors), Belgian Malinois deteriorate very quickly in a shelter environment.
If you’ve made the decision to get a Belgian Malinois (and cleared your schedule for the next year of training), please remember that pure bred does not equal good breeding. Don’t help a backyard breeder line their pockets. Ethical Belgian Mal breeders won’t advertise on Facebook, road signs, or Craigslist. And they won’t sell their dogs to probably 90% of the population because not everyone is equipped to handle a dog like that.

“Charlie”
02/02/2022

“Charlie”

Monopoly

It totally official!  I got my diploma today!
01/15/2022

It totally official! I got my diploma today!

Timeline photos
01/03/2022

Timeline photos

12/30/2021

A doggy assault course

📷: Off the Leash

03/18/2021

If you want your dog’s training to stick around in life…

You have to actually reward it…in every day life.

And one of the biggest mistakes we make with our dogs…

Is carving out 20-30 minutes of dedicated training time…

And expecting that time to translate into our every day affairs.

Truth is…

Training doesn’t stop when you do.

Your dog won’t magically be able to apply your lessons to the things they encounter day in and day out…

If you don’t show them how.

And those structured sessions…

The ones where your dog has your undivided attention…

That’s not really what life looks like.

So if you want life skills to stick…

Reward them in every day life.

Here’s one of my favorite things to do (to get you started):

When you’re out for a walk and you stop to have a conversation with someone, reward your dog. I do this repeatedly as I’m chatting. This way your dog finds value in sticking with you, while you’re engaged in conversation with someone else.

If you’re not all that chatty, instead, disengage and look at your phone. And randomly reward your dog as you’re scrolling IG. This way your dog won’t think that when you check out, they should too.

Listen…

Structured sessions are awesome for teaching your dog new things.

But it’s important to teach your dog to find value in doing the things you love when they don’t have your undivided attention…

When you are disengaged, or doing “life things”.

Because you can’t expect your dog to do things in every day life, if you haven’t given them good reason to.

This is so simple, yet easily overlooked.
02/22/2021

This is so simple, yet easily overlooked.

I consider KPA the gold standard for positive reinforcement trainers (trainers of all species).  I’ve attended many semi...
02/12/2021

I consider KPA the gold standard for positive reinforcement trainers (trainers of all species). I’ve attended many seminars, expos, & courses through KPA or given by their faculty staff. I’ve wanted to attend this program for years but its a very large financial & time commitment. I’m extremely excited to finally be able to attend.

The DTP program is an intense 6 month program. Its a combination of online learning, training assignments, submitting training videos, 4 weekend seminars w/ partner dog and a final assessment. We train a “partner dog” and as well as an alternate species (cat, rabbit, fish, etc...).

I’m extremely excited to have Terry Ryan as my instructor. She’s a well know, highly respected trainer in the dog training community. I knew her name long before I found KPA. She writes books, teaches classes & presents seminars world wide. Terry Ryan is especially know for her “Chicken Camps”. Yes, she teaches people how to perfect their clicker skills by teaching them to train chickens. 😁

One of the requirements for acceptance to this program is to have a suitable training dog that can handle the requirements of the seminar environment. I would have loved to use Ripley as my Partner Dog, but she has a herniated disc so her movements are restricted. I would have loved to use our new puppy (that we will bring home next weekend!) but he will be too young to handle the advanced training & weekend seminars. Sooo....

After going through a long list of possible candidates, I settled on Jack. He belongs to one of my client/friends. I worked w/ Jack & his owner years ago to train Jack to be a PTSD service dog. I was surprised & extremely honored when his owner offer to allow me to “borrow” Jack for 6 mths. I’m very greatful for Jack’s owner’s sacrifice, trust & support. You’ll most likely be seeing lots of pics & videos of Jack over the next few months.

Port Royal Veterinary Hospital
10/16/2020

Port Royal Veterinary Hospital

Photo credit to Haldon Animal Hospital.
For simplification purposes these are generalizations of some breeds not show, sport or performance dogs. This to help the average pet owner to see where their dog may fit in the spectrum.
Many pet owners don’t understand what an over or under weight dog is. We need to educate on what it is and how dangerous it can be.
Keep in mind that every breed is different, so you can’t judge all dogs the same. What’s pet weight for a lab is obese for a greyhound. All medical issues should be addressed first and weight loss should be supervised by your vet.
The terms are just generalized descriptions so lean, conditioned, well muscled and fit could mean the same thing to different folks.

Captions on photos:
Skinny – this is a dog that needs serious help. All the ribs, spine and hip bones are exposed. The texture and shine of their coat is rough and dull and the dog is just generally depressed. Needs immediate veterinary help.

Malnourished/Thin – These dogs have some ribs showing and their coat texture/gloss is usually dull. This dog’s diet needs to be changed to improve his coat and to gain some weight. Needs veterinary help.

Fit – These dogs often get mistaken for being too skinny, but you will note their coat is glossy and they have a lot of muscle tone. Think of them as gym addicts. Some dogs just run and play more than others and tend to prefer play to food. If you have a fit dog and you are concerned about their weight, change his food to “advanced fitness/working dog” brands of food. Consult your vet to make sure they are still in prime health.

Ideal: This dog is neither fit nor pet weight. Ribs are easily felt (some breeds even seen), but usually not visible. The dog has good muscle percentage and low fat. Do this test: flatten your hand and feel over the back of your knuckles, they are easily felt, but with a layer of skin and they’re not showing, this is what it should feel like if you feel over your dog’s ribs.

Pet Weight: This is just over ideal, but still not overweight. Dog’s muscles are visible and ribs are still felt, but not visible. This is a fine line that should be kept under control, because the dog can easily become overweight.

Overweight: If you flatten your hand like with the ideal test, you must now feel over the bottom of your hand, if your dog’s ribs feel like that, it’s overweight! If you first need to feel through a layer of fat to feel the ribs, or worse, you can’t feel them easily at all. Try to either cut back on their food (less treats too!) and give them regular exercise. A dog is an instinctual eater and will always look hungry and beg for food, don’t fall for their puppy eyes. Dogs enjoy walks a lot more as they receive a lot more stimulation by sniffing, walking and just experiencing new surroundings. So whenever you feel sorry for not giving them that extra treat, rather take them for a walk, they will thank you more.

Obese: Consult a vet regarding diet foods or meal times and sizes. Obese dogs don’t live long or happy lives. An obese dog is just as at risk as a skinny dog, but because society seems more okay with obese dogs, it’s somehow not seen as wrong. Start slow with exercise, short walks or even swimming (with assistance so they don’t sink) as it’s not as hard on their joints. Be sure to not over exercise as obese dogs are prone to heart problems. Over time make the walks and swims longer while also feeding less and less.

Over 58% of dogs are obese, yet 78% of dog owners deny that their dogs are obese. This is a serious problem that can lead to heart failure, diabetes, joint failure and many more conditions that can cost your dog’s life! Overfeeding can kill your pet, think before you give them treats or the type of treats, more food or table food. Rather take them for a walk, swim or run. A healthy weight dog can live 3 yrs longer than an obese dog. You wouldn’t let them starve to death, so why overfeed them to death?

HappyPuppin
04/04/2020

HappyPuppin

All Dogs Go To Kevin LLC
03/07/2020

All Dogs Go To Kevin LLC

Dogs usually jump because they want to be closer to our faces to greet us. And they get what they want, even when we're trying to discourage the behavior. Think about it - when we bend over, physically move them and say "down," we're closing the distance, i.e. giving them precisely what they want.

The secret to stopping jumping is to make an alternative behavior (liking sitting) more rewarding than jumping. It takes an incremental training plan and lots of practice, but it's really that simple.

Canine Transformations Learning Center
03/07/2020

Canine Transformations Learning Center

Pucci's
02/14/2020

Pucci's

Finally made it!
01/10/2020

Finally made it!

I stole this from another page
11/05/2019

I stole this from another page

All Animal Positive Perspective.
10/25/2019

All Animal Positive Perspective.

Retractable leash injuries. Horrific.

I’m attending a dog training seminar this weekend.  Sarah Owings: Control is Illusion.
10/12/2019

I’m attending a dog training seminar this weekend. Sarah Owings: Control is Illusion.

07/29/2019
George the HUSKI

George the HUSKI

Husky shedding season is like ... 🤣

My dog Ripley and Board & Train dog Blitz getting to know one another. 😁
07/21/2019

My dog Ripley and Board & Train dog Blitz getting to know one another. 😁

07/19/2019
It's A Dogs World

Feelin’ kinda down?

-Your welcome. 😁

There's nothing better than a happy pooch❤️

Happy Living
07/19/2019

Happy Living

The Pawkeepers
07/19/2019

The Pawkeepers

I love Dachshunds
07/02/2019

I love Dachshunds

😳😳😳
05/21/2019

😳😳😳

😂

Walking with Wolves
04/25/2019

Walking with Wolves

ICAN: International Companion Animal Network
03/28/2019

ICAN: International Companion Animal Network

It is so useful for every dog to be comfortable in a muzzle.
Credit: Summit Dog Training

03/23/2019
Labrador's World

Labrador's World

😂😂😂 So funny 🤣

Now who’s getting wet hooman? Really funny and good video. It makes your day better . Just watch it and tell us if you like it 🙂

#labradors #dogs #labradorretreiver #funny #omg

I stole this from another page
03/06/2019

I stole this from another page

I stole this from another page
03/03/2019

I stole this from another page

Canine Transformations Learning Center
02/23/2019

Canine Transformations Learning Center

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720 364th St E
Roy, WA
98580

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Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 4am - 5pm

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Just wondering if you are still in business?