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Vol. 2, Issue 8    May 2011
kona's touch

Are We There Yet?   


Hello Friends,

Summer is almost here and travel is near. Are you making vacation plans yet? Planning fun and safe adventures for the whole family includes making sure that the pups travel well, too. In this month's Loose Leash Talking, we'll go over some hotel and traveling tips to help you get the most out of your trip. 


Following up on our blog post My Dog Don't Know "No", how about some training ideas for reinforcing behavior you DO want him/her/them to do. 


Let us know what is working for you and if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.


Be gentle, after all isn't that what you would want for your best friend,

Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA

Owner and Founder

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Hotel Etiquette  


If we all practice some simple acts of courtesy, we can make sure pets will continue to be welcome in hotels and other public places.

Clean up after your dog. Some hotels provide bags. If they don't, be sure you bring plenty of your own.
Do not brush or groom your dog in the hotel room. Most hotels do not charge an exorbitant amount for pet fees. Let's keep it that way.

Many hotels have policies about not leaving your dog in an unattended room. Again, following this rule -- and therefore avoiding the possibility of your dog barking for the entire time you are gone -- will be beneficial for future guests, not to mention any current ones who can't sleep.

Use public areas with your dog respectfully and safely. Not everyone loves dogs <yes I know> and they are not always allowed in all areas of the hotel. Please check all hotel rules and regulations and then follow them.

There's a theme here: Don't screw it up for the next person or, more accurately, the next dog. Many hotels are franchised independently and policies like allowing dogs is decided per site. If we keep the hotels clean, show them respect and follow the rules, then they will let us keep on comin'.

Tips and Treats for You

Keep Fido on lead or in the car until you have checked out the hotel room for "items" that housekeeping didn't pick up. Many  things left under beds or behind furniture will be accessible to a determined Beagle.

I've found some usual items under beds before my dogs came in: popcorn, sunflower seeds, really gross rawhide from 100 years ago (we actually left that hotel), pistachios (poison for dogs), small plastic children's toys.

Also, if you have dogs that mark, walk through the room on leash with him/her until you can determine whether he/she will want to trump another dog's scent. If you have a dog that marks, you may want to bring a belly band ( a band for helping male dogs with marking or incontinence) for staying in hotels. Remember to condition the dog to the band pre-travel. Then, you can help him/her use better control around other dog's scents or markings.

Bring your dog's beds or blanket and favorite toys so he/she will feel more at home while traveling.

Keep Cujo on a short leash in the halls and public areas until you are outside and out of confined areas. If other dogs are passing give them extra space and try to keep doorways to one family of dogs at a time. Even friendly dogs can get nervous in enclosed areas with dogs they don't know.

Do not bring your dog into food areas of the hotel. Those cafe tables and buffets are the same as restaurants and dogs aren't allowed.

Even though your dog has been lazy in the car all day, don't start romping and playing fetch in your room if there are guests staying under or next to you. Get the human and canine ya-ya's out with a long leash in nearby open spaces. 

Healin' News 


My Dogs Don't Know "NO", Part 2

I wrote  Part 1 of this blog a few years ago after a funny incident occurred in my backyard which could have turned ugly. Now I understand that this article could be misconstrued to have different and not-so-positive meanings. Much is said, incorrectly, that positive training, clicker training and not using punishment is producing spoiled, unmannered, out-of-control dogs.

"NO", if you think about it, doesn't really tell the dog anything except that you are unhappy in the situation.

Oh, to the contrary, let me tell you what my dogs do know instead.

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.