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The Holidays are just around the corner and kona's touch, inc. is offering our

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Whether you bring Duke to the doggie motel or leave him home with the sitter, download and fill out our planner

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As plants begin to arrive for the holidays, check out this ASPCA list.

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Vol. 3, Issue 2        November 2011
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The Autumn Leaves Are Falling,  

Can You Find The ............?   


Hello Friends,


Well, I'm sure you're all in agreement with me when I say, "Wow, the holidays are here already".  


We take the next few days to spend time with family, friends, thinking about gratitude and hoping to get some rest, which we never seem to do. It's the beginning of the Holiday Season and while it gets busy and stressful, we at kona's touch remind you to  


breathe, stretch, love, rest and remember what you are grateful for.


It's been a sad year for the kona's touch family, touched by two devastating loses, both canine and human. We are grateful for the time spent with our loved ones and grateful for our life here on earth to be able to do work important to us. 


Have a wonderful holiday. Let your loved ones know you love them.



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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Thanksgiving: What's Your Plan For Your Pooch?
Thanksgiving turkey watching by Noah

A few years ago, my friend's 150lb Mastiff ate a raw 28 pound turkey that was sitting on the counter. Both were unsupervised. Luckily, she was fine and full. Let's just say, the next few days when she went to the door, it was opened often and quickly.

I had a call from a new client the Monday after another Thanksgiving. Her 9 month old adolescent lab had made the holiday a major catastrophe, jumping on everyone and knocking down a few of the more fragile guests. He was being obnoxious during the meal, jumping, barking and stealing food. The owners were no longer going to have people over until the dog was trained.

Let's face it. Holidays can be stressful for even the most relaxed, secure households. There is tons of food, the family is arriving from all over. There is excitement, yelling, anxiety and stress going around and it's all free. And then there's your canine best friend, and on this day, Fido's rules (if he has any to begin with), are going to be broken. He has been waiting days for the schedule to return to normal so he can get some exercise.

If you can make a little plan for your pooch on Thanksgiving Day, it will definitely make his day better and may very well make your day better also.

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Behavior or Illness: Charge the Click or Call the Vet


Ten years ago when my ten-year-old beagle started barking at us at the dinning room table, I remember looking at her and thinking "I don't think 

so, barking at the table is not going to happen".  It was strange behavior for her. But she was a high maintenance dog, very creative and always famished, (as any confirmed beagle is), so we ignored the barking and it extinguished. When it came back a few months later, and other symptoms started to appear (physical symptoms, not in the behavior category), we went to the vet.

When Kaiya wanted to jump up to see the new baby, we weren't surprised. She's been a jumping dog since the day I met her. My other two dogs took a look at the baby, a sniff at the baby and then they left and took a nap. Kaiya wanted more. She is a terrier, after all. She would not give up trying to see the baby. It was the first stressor we put on her in a long time and she didn't handle it well. As the day progressed, she never settled down. Everything we tried, that had been effective in the past was not working. By late afternoon she had a pretty scary fight with our younger dog over a game of tug which was meant for distraction and exercise............


.............As I took myself out of it (after all, it's not about me) it all started to come into clarity. Then I remembered that night she walked up to me and barked. No reason, just a small "hey I'm here" bark. I started to think about her being really hungry lately, more than usual. Then she barked a few more times, for no reason, when everything was quiet, just a little "hello, I'm trying to tell you something".

We put it all together in the next 24 hours. She'd lost a little weight, she started barking for no reason at us, she was hungry and licking breakfast bowls well after they were empty and now she is revved up after exercise and fighting with her sister.


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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.