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Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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Finley’s Tips for Stopping Leash Pulling

Hi, Finley here! As the Executive Canine Quality Control Officer at Cascade Kennels, there’s one thing I know for sure: I love a good walk. Humans think I don’t know what “W-A-L-K” stands for, but I am one smart pup. It’s always a surprise to learn what other animals have been in the neighborhood. One...

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Hi, Finley here! As the Executive Canine Quality Control Officer at Cascade Kennels, there’s one thing I know for sure: I love a good walk. Humans think I don’t know what “W-A-L-K” stands for, but I am one smart pup. It’s always a surprise to learn what other animals have been in the neighborhood. One...

The post Finley’s Tips for Stopping Leash Pulling appeared first on Cascade Kennels.

Hi, Finley here!

As the Executive Canine Quality Control Officer at Cascade Kennels, there’s one thing I know for sure: I love a good walk. Humans think I don’t know what “W-A-L-K” stands for, but I am one smart pup. It’s always a surprise to learn what other animals have been in the neighborhood. One time I smelled a family of raccoons!

However, I’ve talked with the other dogs, and we agree that one of the worst things about taking a walk are the leashes. We know we need leashes to keep us safe and so we don’t lose our humans, but we also know there are better ways of getting your attention than pulling at the leash – Or you pulling us!

Here are some tips to help both of us have more fun on our walk.

Why We Pull

Before you jump to conclusions, there are many reasons why we like to pull our leashes – and it’s not just because it’s too short!

  • We pull because we have excess energy. When you come home for a walk with us after a long day, we get very excited and sometimes can’t contain the energy.
  • We haven’t ever been trained properly about leash etiquette.
  • We see a squirrel (or rabbit, or bird!) and need to protect you.
  • Sometimes, we have anxieties or fears about specific environments and need to get away from a situation.

Watch our body language and see why we do what we do!

The Right Kind of Products

There are many kinds of products on the market today that help us walk correctly with a leash. There’s not a quick fix, though – we need to learn together on how to train both of us properly!

Products like front or rear clip harnesses often work as it is pulling us without us putting all of our weight into the pull. If you have a big dog with a lot of energy, sometimes it’s recommended to use a head halter if a dog is still training without putting pressure on our throats!

Let’s Get Leash-Ready

Even with appropriate gear, we may still want to pull, pull, pull. When you start your leash training exercise, make sure you have us on a 10-20-foot leash while taking us to a familiar outdoor area. Why the long leash? This is so we can build trust with you and start being by your side without needing to pull!

Do you have a side you want us to be on? Be sure always to reward us with treats when we are next to your correct side. Walking by your side = Treats. Doing this before feeding us will encourage us to try our best to get some delicious treats; otherwise, we’ll get lethargic. Did somebody say treats?

Verbal Commands and Patience

We get distracted pretty quickly, and sometimes we need to hear a clear message over and over again to get the picture. If you want us to keep moving, saying something like “Let’s go!” while patting your side, or “Touch!” if you want us to touch our noses against the palm of your hand and it will snap us out of our focus and on to you again.

However, a dog has gotta do what a dog has gotta do. Don’t forget that one of our greatest joys is to smell new smells, relieve ourselves, and explore the world around us. Let us have some time to explore our surroundings along with our power walk!

Practice Makes Perfect

Make this a routine, and we will pick it up. Learning a new habit is hard, but with enough training, we will understand exactly what needs to be done. After a while, replace the longer leash with a standard six-foot leash, and practice walking at various speeds back and forth to see if we follow suit.

If we’re still not getting it right away, stand as still as possible, and we will walk back to you. If we start lunging at a moving object, redirect our attention as quickly as possible with a command!

Need additional help? It’s my duty to inform you that Cascade Kennels offers a variety of training classes for you and your dog! Learn more here.

Until Next Time,

Finley

Executive Canine Quality Control Officer

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