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Issue: Three December 2009
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Holiday Wishes And Dreams

We are getting ready for the holidays and all of us at kona's touch, inc., would like to extend our wishes for peace and a gentle compassionate existence between all species, human and animal. The winter solstice is upon us and it's time to reflect and plan for the New Year.

Holidays are often a time of year when we put aside our own needs and give. We give gifts and we give our time and we tend to offer extra doses of love.

A peaceful holiday and New Year to you and all your loved ones. 

Be gentle, after all isn't that what you would want for your best friend,
Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA
Owner and Founder
Loose Leash Talking
Christmas MiraclesChristmas Miracles

The best Christmas present our four legged friends could have wished for has finally arrived. It has come as a powerful message against the use of aversive and forceful dominance-based training. Twenty-four prominent training and animal behavioral organizations from the USA, the U.K., Australia and other European countries issued the joint press release. 
The complete statement can be read at the following link: Welfare in Dog Training. This is extremely important to counteract information from current and popular TV shows which are making popular the use of force and dominence, ignoring current scientific findings.Spread the Christmas gift giving and send the link to doggie lovers everywhere.

kona's touch has always been dedicated to NEVER hurting a dog in the name of training.
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Bo and the Christmas TreeChristmas and Hoilday Safety Tips

Decorations are everywhere and they are fun, shinny, and chewy delights for your dog. Keep all wrapping paper, ribbons, tape dispensers, scissors and all other materials behind closed doors and away from your pet.
Ornaments, tinsel, lights wrapped around the tree are very interesting to curious puppies and rambunctious dogs. Perhaps consider a puppy pen around your tree when you are not there to supervise.

Christmas plants and mistletoe can be TOXIC to your dogs. Also extra food and candy especially chocolate are plentiful. Make sure your dog is always supervised around children and family who like to feed the dog. Watch under the table. We ALL can eat too much over the holidays.

Make sure candles are safe and enclosed away from all pets and children. Make sure they are high enough to avoid "Sweeping Tails".

Be sure your pet is keeping as close to the same schedule as possible. Meals, walks, EXERCISE and rest and calm time are all important to maintain life as close to normal as you can.

As always with special occasions, advocate for your furry friends. Try to maintain YOUR house rules keeping doors and gates closed. If you don't feed from the table, don't let your guests feed them. Keep guest room doors closed. Rescue remedy in their water or a scent your dog is familiar with may help keep calm, an excited dog or puppy.

Just remember: Know where you dog is and what he's doing.

Happy Holidays

kona's touch offers positive dog and puppy training or consultation for Chicago's North Shore. Our positive training and consultations help you and your dog to create a respectful, loving relationship.
At kona's touch, we use peaceful clicker training techniques based on scientific knowledge and years of experience in canine behavior for fun family dog training. For dog training or your personal consultation, call 847-204-7100 or email me at


Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA
kona's touch, inc.