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It's time for the BOOMERS. Is your dog brave as can be or is she a basket case under the bed? Check out our last years newsletter written especially for 4th of July and your dog. 

 June 2010 4th of July Edition


Alex and Ty

Just in time for the 4th of July


For the pooch under the bed or in the bathtub,

or just plain shakey 

We have a few left at  

kona's touch, inc


Pocky and Satsu 

Pocky reads Shakespeare 


Watch Pocky the P+ trained kitty get ready for her studies. 


Mike and Bo

Do not speak- unless it improves on silence.



Vol. 2, Issue 9     June 2011
kona's touch

The Dog Days Of Summer    


Hello Friends,

As many of you know I have taken off time to tend to and mend from some health issues. I am pleased to announce that I am back at 

work full time. It's just in time for the kids to go to camp and the puppies to start training. So all you dog Moms who have been putting off training give us a call to schedule an appointment. You'll be glad you did and your dog will be head over tails excited to start working and learning how to think. Imagine your young puppy, crazed adolescent or even older set in his ways pooch, being able to think and make good decisions all by themselves.


This month we're talking about beach etiquette, also in Healin' News, getting organized before the storm. We learned a lot last week from the storm and having no power for three days. We'd like to share some tips with you. 


Sorry about that techno goof last month. Here is the correct link to the rest of my blog form last month's newsletter,  My Dog Don't Know No: Part 2  


Also last month in "It's Not Just For Pups", we forgot to mention that Sturgis, the wonderful pig who belongs to Pat Miller, trains along with his canine, feline, and equine friends at Peaceable Paws. 



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

Beach Etiquette  

Seal warnings
Seal On Beach: Keep Dogs Leashed

There are many different types of beaches and depending on what type, canine etiquette varies. It helps to know some of the basics before Bailey pummels the nice old lady doing her walking meditation. It can be so embarrassing and often dangerous, if you have a loose Lucy who's friendly beyond control and knocks over a three year old making sand castles.


First let's set the ground rules or sand rules, as it were.


Here we are going to only talk about beaches where dogs are allowed. We will also skip the dog beach story, that's a totally different blog. I always find it to be extra important to follow all rules regarding dogs. Dogs are being allowed in more and more places and we want that to continue.


Many beaches allow dogs before they open and after they close. This can mean, after Labor Day and before Memorial Day, or before 9:00 AM and after closing at night. Get familiar with the beaches in the area you live or where you are vacationing. In some resort or beach tourist towns traveling off season can be much more fun for you and your canine traveling partner.

  • So now for the part about the nice old lady and the little kid.  Leashes, leashes and did I mention leashes or absolute voice control. This one is pretty simple and very important. It will determine the future of canine access into society or not. 
  • Clean up everything that has to do with you and your dog.
  • Wet shaking dogs should be done in private or at least 20 feet away from anyone who does not want to get wet.
  • Sand digging should also be done far away from those not in your party. Make sure you cover all holes your pooch makes. Falling in a large hole in the sand is no fun. if you dog digs close to the water then the waves will do the filling.  
  • All dogs DO NOT know how to swim naturally. Some do, but some don't. Supervise your dog's safety. There are life jackets for dogs of all sizes.
  • Know the waters. Riptides are invisible and deadly. If in doubt, do not let your dog swim out. Read the signs, talk to locals. 
  • Bring your own water and discourage your dog from drinking the ocean, lake or pond.                                          

       Whether you go to your beach daily or a new beach 2000 miles     

      from  home, locate and read posted signs, then have some fun. 


Healin' News 

Kaiya checks fence 

After The Storm 

We in the Chicago area went though quite a week last week and our canine friends are here to tell you a little about it.

We talk a lot about storms and thunder, but we haven't really talked about what happens after the storm, "da da da DUM".

The storm was over. It was pitch black outside and inside. This is what we learned having no power for 51 hours.

This information is for our canines. For humans there wasn't time for care because we were spending all our daylight time taking care of the dogs.
  • If you are using DAP for keeping the calm, get a DAP collar or use other calming scents that don't require electricity.
  • Set up a cooler with ice for keeping refrigerated dog food cold. Refresh ice as needed.
  • If you are using "Through a Dog's Ear" when you leave, you will need a battery operated speaker.
  • Put up a few solar lights outside for taking the dogs out for their last outing. It was VERY dark out there at night with no street lights and no house lights.  
  • Prepare night time medications in the day time, when you can see what you are doing.
  • Make sure ALL candles are safe and contained.
  • As with all storms, check your fences and gates for damage from the storm. If there's no power, check your perimeter with a flashlight. Don't forget to look up and check for hanging branches. 
  • Charge, charge and then charge some more. I have a new respect for fully charged laptops, cell phones, flashlights. Purchase some solar chargers and flashlights. The sun did come out the next morning and charged my new solar flashlight which didn't leave my pocket all week. 
           The House Began To Twitch Check out our blogpost about preparing for a tornado and training your dogs for emergency situations.

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.