Advanced and Urban CGC Prep

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Sign Up For Canine Acting And Tricks Workshop

Make your own dog a shining star!

Have you ever wanted your dog to be…a Hollywood canine film star? Or have you just wanted to teach your dog some fun tricks? Well, now is your opportunity to reach for your wildest dreams! Our “Canine Acting School” is an all-inclusive program for dogs of ANY age and breed to begin pursuing their career in animal acting. This program is made to get you and your pup started with learning essentials skills that will be required by the film industry and productions. In this class, you will learn tricks and skills of the train necessary to having your dog featured in films, commercials, music videos and / or other forms of advertisement.

(Video description: our dog Renegade in his first music video for Music Club Kids)

Our trainer Cassie Kennedy has work experience on a a variety of different sets with her own personal dogs, an her dogs have been featured in Lionsgate, Hallmark and YouTube films. She understands the diverse and demanding needs of what is required of a dog on a movie and / or commercial set. Cassie has also performed in numerous live shows with her dogs throughout the United States. She is trainer to Beck the Malinois, star of “R.A.D.A.R. The Adventures Of The Bionic Dog” as well as Ren the Border Collie who plays “Barkley” in Music Club Kids! 

(Video description: our dog Beck was featured in “R.A.D.A.R. The Adventures of The Bionic Dog”)

Atlas the Golden Retriever has been featured in numerous commercials such as advertisements for Bayside Sod, Home Shopping Network, BayFirst Bank, John Deere Tractors, Beneva Insurance Company and also plays the role of “Woody” in Hallmark special entitled “Moonlight Bay” (which will be released this upcoming summer)..  Once you are finished with this class, you will not only know the tricks of the trade and important skills for set, but your dog will also know some of the most common behaviors that are needed to be featured on the big screen. An AKC Trick Dog Test will be administered to your dog following the completion of this workshop.

(Video description: Attie’s first ever commercial he filmed at just nine months old)

Sign up for this class by filling out the form below and completing registration and payment. Our next Canine Acting & Tricks Workshop will be held on Sunday, April 21at 2024 from 12:00 – 1:30pm. Learn more about the AKC Trick Dog Titling program by clicking here.


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Intermediate Agility Class Sign Up

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Boarding Only Form

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Board And Train Check In Form

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CGC Prep Class and Test Sign Up

CGC Obedience Prep Class

We make training fun for dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes! Join us at Ohana Dog Training for a series of Drop-In “Canine Good Citizen” (or Beginner Obedience). Classes are Drop-In format, so you are able to work at your own pace. Puppies over the age of six months are welcomed to join us at these group obedience classes. $30 for one and a half hour small group class of no more than four dogs. A smaller class format allows us to give more individualized atttention to each dog / handler team. Ohana Dog Trainng focuses on the dog / handler bond and relationship-based dog training. Sign up for our next Drop-In CGC Obedience Prep class on Saturday, February 10th from 1:00 – 2:30pm by filling out the form below. Pre-pay is required to join any of our group dog training classes. Thank you for understanding, and hope to see you in class!
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Drop-In Basic Agility Sign Up

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Handling Prey Drive in Your Dog

Let’s talk about…
Prey drive!
What is prey drive?
Prey drive is defined as “an overwhelming desire to chase things.” This may include small furry animals, other dogs, bikes, cars, etc. Prey drive can be dangerous if your dog has not been trained to recall off prey.
So, how can we help limit and reduce the risks of prey drive? Keep your pets leashed while out in public to prevent them from practicing chasing behaviors.
If you have a new puppy, you can help desensitize your puppy to movement every time something moving passes by them, and they look at it calmly without reacting, give them a treat.
This will help teach your puppy to look to YOU for guidance in overwhelming environments.
If your dog isn’t wanting to take treats, is still reacting to cars, bikes, other dogs, etc. Try taking a few steps back. You can also use your body to block their field of vision to help them settle down, as well as gentle reminder with the leash that you are still there. You will also want to use “high value” treats, which will be the food that your dog finds to be the most reinforcing. This should be a special treat that your dog only gets when they respond calmly to the stimulus, and also something the dog finds more reinforcing than chasing the stimulus.
Remember, it’s okay to feel frustrated when dealing with a dog with prey drive. But also please remember that these behaviors are common in many breeds, it is our responsibility to show our dogs the way to act in public and show them there IS another way.

Paddleboarding With Your Dog in Florida

Paddleboarding with your dog in Florida can be a fun and exciting way to bond with your furry companion while enjoying the beautiful scenery. One of the best places to paddleboard with your dog in Florida is Anna Maria Island. With its crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, it’s the perfect spot for a paddleboarding adventure with your dog. Another great location for paddleboarding with your dog in Florida is Phillipe Park. This park offers a serene and peaceful setting for you and your dog to explore, and it’s also a great spot for beginners to learn how to paddleboard.

Safety is of the utmost importance when paddleboarding with your dog, and it’s important to make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket. There are many life jackets available on Amazon specifically designed for dogs, such as the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat, which is designed to keep your dog safe and secure while on the water.

When it comes to paddleboards, there are many options available on Amazon. Some popular options include the iROCKER Cruiser Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, which is great for beginners and experienced paddleboarders alike, and the FunWater SUP Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Ultra-Light Inflatable Paddleboard, which is a great option for those who want to take their dog on a paddleboarding adventure.

In summary, paddleboarding with your dog in Florida can be a wonderful way to bond with your pet while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Some of the best locations for paddleboarding with your dog in Florida include Anna Maria Island and Phillipe Park. Remember to prioritize safety by ensuring your dog is wearing a life jacket and choosing a suitable paddleboard from Amazon.

Wishing you and your pups a safe and fun adventure!

The Benefits Of Hiking With Your Dog

Hiking with your dog can be extremely beneficial for both you and your canine companion! After all, what’s better than getting outside and experiencing the sights, smells & sounds of nature? 

One of the benefits of hiking with your dog is that it offers great exercise for both you and your pup. It can improve your sense of balance, as well as your heart health. However, it is important to always know your surroundings of where you are hiking, and to come prepared with appropriate supplies. If it’s only a hour one hike, a backpack with enough water for you and your furry friend should suffice. However, if it’s a longer hike, you may also want to bring a first aid kit, snacks for you and your pup, and a towel in case you or your hiking partner get wet. For your dog, you will want to bring treats, a leash, and an appropriate collar or harness.

Hiking also helps boost your creativity and mood. Feelings of anxiety and fatigue may greatly be diminished after a nice long hike. Likewise, it can be beneficial to your dog’s mood to allow them to sniff all the interesting smells in nature. Dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors. So allowing your dog to sniff along the trail on your hikes will help keep them mentally stimulated and happy. So with all of that being said, it stands to reason that if hiking is good for stress relief and your mental well-being, it’s also would be great for your dog’s. 

Some safety tips to remember when hiking with your dog include remembering to hydrate and stay aware of your surroundings. If your dog is off-leash, please be sure they have been trained a reliable recall and that it is safe to do so in your environment. You always want to be on the lookout for wildlife, as to ensure that your dog does not stumble upon it without realizing or try to chase after any wild animals. It is also important to be aware of any plants that could harm your pet, Poison Ivy has three leaves, so be careful not to touch it or allow your dogs to touch it for their safety.

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Until next time…HAPPY TRAINING!!