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A Boy and His Dog

A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play,
And they have their deep secrets for many a day.....

Edgar Guest


Vol. 3, Issue 1        October 2011
kona's touch
October: APDT Conference, Be Kind To Animals Week and Halloween Is Coming

Hello Friends,


We are so pleased to be starting our third year of Waggin' Tales. I hope you have all enjoyed all of our issues and we would love to hear from you if you would like us to talk about a topic we have missed.


So glad to be in October, everything is cooling off and we're ready for fall. We had an exciting month in October, going to the APDT Annual conference in beautiful San Diego. What a lot of information in a short amount of time. 


We celebrated Be Kind To Animals for a week in October which seems  as interesting as it is sad. As you know, we at kona's touch, inc. and our subscribers practice Be Kind To Animals Week, every week.  We ask that you not only be kind to your pet and companion animals, but to all animals. If you choose to eat meat, eat responsibly and healthily. Choose organic and free range meat for your health as well as the care of the animals. Not a soap box speech, just a reminder. Change one habit for your life today to "Be Kind To Animals" for this week and every week.   


Spooky Tips and Treats for Halloween 


We are so pleased to talk about playing with our dogs this month and to offer our new "Canine Holistic Kit for Home and Car".  


It's a jam packed newsletter so let's get to it.



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

Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA

Owner and Founder

Loose Leash Talkin'

Your Yard: Does Your Dog LOVE It?

3 Dog Training 
Play with your dog. It's not just a popular book by Pat Miller, Play With Your Dog it's a really good idea. Playing with your dog has many benefits for both you and Fido. In just a few minutes or for an hour, you and your pooch can play to your hearts content.

Dogs can be just as bored sitting around the yard doing nothing as they can sitting around the house doing nothing. The truth is they can get in much more trouble outside doing nothing than inside. If they are unsupervised outside, a whole new set of issues can occur at alarming speeds. But this isn't the blog about all the trouble your dog and even worse your puppy, can get into in an unsupervised yard.  Those are the things we recommend NOT to do. So as long as you're out there with them, let's have some fun.

Let's talk about what you can do:


1. This one is kind of a no brainer. If you have a dog that has a love for the round throwable item, by all means please throw. Even if your dog has a career fetch every morning at the park, you can have some short sessions anytime you bring the dogs out for bathroom breaks, (if that's where they do that kind of thing). Grab a ball, frisbee, KONG on a rope or any object your dog loves to fetch. BTW, if you can't throw there are many options out there to help the object go further than ever.

2. Many dogs like to play a soccer type game and the two of you can have a blast running throughout the yard playing kicking games with a soft soccer type ball or Jolly ball or any thing that rolls and your dog likes. You can play so your dog is the goalie, you can play kicking keep away, (make sure Fido gets it often enough to keep him interested), or you can make up your own game depending on what kind of play your dog likes......

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Canine Holistic Kit for Home and Car    


 While I was at a new client's several weeks ago, I was motivated to write this after our session was over.  She was walking me to my car when she told me they were leaving for a long car ride, over five hundred miles and her dog was stressed to the max in the car. I wanted to hand her a copy of my "Canine Holistic Kit for Home and Car". The only problem was it didn't exist. It does now. So does the question, "How is your dog in the car," on my questionnaire which has been added after all these years.

Lhotse' on chair


When I say to people I'm a dog trainer, they start to ask questions. They almost always talk about what upsets them or what upsets their dog. Sometimes they say things that they have never said out loud before. They ask me what they can do for their dog to stop ___________ (fill in the blank). It could be separation issues, thunderstorms, being afraid of the car, or of their Uncle Herman. Most of the time these issues can be dealt with a teaspoon of positive, peaceful training, a dash of behavior mod, and a pinch of some outside calming effects to help make the scary house a quiet, peaceful home. OK, well not quiet ALL the time. There are many ways to set up calm in your house. I like to let people know their options. They then can pick whatever makes them comfortable. There are many ways to help make your house sound safer, smell safer, and feel safer to your dog. People are always shocked that there are so many different ways to help their dog's "issues".

First a loud disclaimer: I'm not a vet nor do I play one on TV. It is imperative to understand that there exists a wide spectrum of anxiety issues. As a dog trainer and a dog owner, I have been working for more than twenty years with vets trained in both Eastern and Western medicine. Working together with the owners and their vets we try to form the most cohesive, safest, life plan for their canine best friend. All medical diagnoses, prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine are prescribed by the dog's vet. All homeopathic and flower essences are supported and supervised by vets and the specialists that prepare the oils.


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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.