Cindy and Ginger Helped Children at the Multicultural Family Center in Downtown Dubuque Learn About Safety Around Dogs
Cindy and Ginger gave a presentation today to a group of about 40 children at the Multicultural Family Center in downtown Dubuque on safety around dogs. The children learned specific techniques for staying safe in an interactive learning activity and then applied what they learned by petting Ginger.
Watch for the March issue of The Golden View and Cindy's new column on dog training. The column will be in Q & A format and answer questions submitted by readers. The first column will answer the question, "Can you teach an old dog new tricks?"
The Dubuque Dog Scouts troop is now official! We received our troop number today - #224! We are the first Dog Scout troop in Iowa and Opal is the first Dog Scout in Iowa ~ hopefully many more dogs and their owners will follow!
The purpose of Dog Scouts is to promote responsible pet ownership and "to improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement." (Dog Scouts of America) Dogs and their owners have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities to earn merit badges.
The first badge, the Dog Scout title is earned for demonstrating basic obedience, similar to the requirements for the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) or a therapy dog test. It is a pre-requisite to earning all other badges.
All training must be positive (no force - choke chains, leash corrections, shock, etc.) and clicker training is encouraged. Food may be used in training but not in testing.
For more information about the Dubuque Dog Scouts troop, contact Cindy Ludwig via the contact form on this website.
Montana, a 7 year-old Golden Retriever from west central Iowa passed her CGC and Canine Connection Therapy Dog Test all in one night with flying colors ~ Montana is going to make an awesome therapy dog. Welcome to the team, Montana and handler, Tracy!
Cindy and Opal Assist Proudly Accessible Dubuque at Community Event to Educate the Public About Service Dogs
Cindy and Opal assisted Proudly Accessible Dubuque to help raise awareness about service dogs at the Community Foundation Block Party for non-profit organizations downtown tonight at the Roshek Bldg. Opal demonstrated service dog tasks while Cindy talked with people interested in learning more about service dogs and service dog etiquette. Opal did very well despite the highly distracting environment!