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Oct 2017
Greene takes first and second at Northwest IPO Regional Championships

FALLBROOK – David Greene, the founder of Fallbrook-based Performance K9 Training, earned top ranks at the Northwest IPO Regional Championships held Sept. 17 in Hollister, California. At the regional trial, Greene had the honor to campaign two dogs hailing from the Wolvesaenger USA Kennel De Lupus Saevus based in Prescott, AZ. Both dogs are German Shepherds co-owned by Susan White and Marco Osorio. Greene landed first place with Aik vom Wolfssprung and secured second with Fritz Niederheide. In addition to scoring high in trial, Aik vom Wolfssprung also won high in protection......

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Sep 2017
Here’s How To Socialize A Puppy

  One of the most common dog training topics Performance K9 Training hears from new pet owners is about socializing puppies. People want to take the right steps from the very beginning on what to do when venturing out.   What Is Puppy Socialization? The term, “socializing a puppy” can be confusing. People automatically think that means socializing them with other humans and dogs. And that’s incredibly misleading. In the dog training world, puppy socialization means having a puppy experience the outside world. The goal is zero reaction to the distractions around......

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30
Aug 2017
Don’t Leave Your Dog In A Parked Car

We’ve heard this before, and it bears repeating. Please do not leave your dog or any animal for that matter in a parked car despite cracking the windows under the shade. While the temps outside are still hot, pet owners must stay diligent with their animals. We must think of caring for our dogs like a child. For example, would you leave your child in a parked car with the windows cracked on a warm day? No, you would not. Here are more critical facts to remember. After all, arming yourself with knowledge......

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18
Aug 2017
The Top Three Emergency Veterinarian Visits

Many pet owners agree that there’s nothing more stressful than having to rush their animal to an emergency veterinary hospital. It’s a time when every second counts. If at all possible, emergency veterinary hospitals want pet owners to call ahead of time so the medical team can get mobilized. Here are the top emergency visits that veterinarians and their techs in the front lines see most of all.   Gastroenteritis Cases of diarrhea and vomiting are a common visit at an emergency veterinary clinic. In fact, most hospitals see it every single......

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29
Jul 2017
Hot temperature safety tips for dogs

Goodbye, July. Hello, August. Hot days are still on the way. While many of us are getting used to the warmer temperatures, pet owners need to stay diligent in keeping their pets safe. What people can tolerate in the heat may not the same for dogs who can be susceptible to a heatstroke. Overheating safety precautions for dogs For pet owners who like to take their dogs out for a walk, do it during the coolest parts of the day like morning or an hour or so before the sun goes down.......

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14
Jul 2017
What dog owners need to know about rattlesnake season

As the temperatures continue to rise during the month of July in California, that means rattlesnakes are still around. The most popular sighting times are between the months of April and October. And yes, they are active during the day. While hiking is hugely popular this time of year, there are things pet parents can do to keep both themselves and their dogs safe. First off, if pet owners approach a sign that reads, “Beware of Rattlesnakes,” rethink the hike, especially during rattlesnake season. While most snakes in California are harmless, that’s......

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30
Jun 2017
Fourth of July: Dog safety tips

Fireworks are a spectacular sight to see, but for many dogs, the Fourth of July can be terrifying. Loud bangs can trigger dogs to bolt. In fact, it’s the number one cause that dogs run away from their homes on this holiday. Experts believe that loud noises are just one cause. Pets are also affected by the smells that firecrackers and pyrotechnics can bring as well as flashing lights that can be worrisome to animals. According to the American Humane Society, annual data shows while pet owners are enjoying the fireworks show,......

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17
Jun 2017
Training tips to stop your dog from jumping on visitors

One of the most common questions dog trainers hear is what ways can pet owners teach their dogs not to jump on guests. There’s nothing more irritating than trying to calm down a dog that is bouncing off friends and family in the entryway. Before you can teach a dog not to jump on others, a dog first needs to understand that it cannot even jump on you, the owner. This concept means that it’s time to train your dog on its obedience skills. For starters, to reinforce the “no jumping rule,” do not......

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May 2017
Beware of foxtail season

It’s that season once again when pet owners need to stay diligent about foxtails. From late spring during the month of May and the early parts of summer are the prime times for these annual grasses to appear, particularly in the State of California.  While this wild grass offers an attractive backdrop in nature, it can wreak havoc on a dog’s health when the plant turns brown, and foxtail clusters break away. The best way to avoid foxtails is to stay clear of them. However, if a dog has walked through these......

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06
May 2017
Southern California Dog Owners Warned About Parasitic Fluke

Considering spring is the time of year when people begin to visit their local lakes in Southern California for recreational fun, those who bring their dogs along, particularly for a fishing trip, have learned about a salmon poisoning potential. Recently, some Southern California veterinary hospitals reported cases for a parasitic fluke infection when dogs have ingested the raw fish.   Lakes stocked with fish inventory from the Pacific Northwest may carry fluke, unlike fish that are native to Southern California.  “From what we have learned, there is this microscopic rickettsial agent inside the......

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