Congrats to Dr. Shankel and "Sese"
Our newest co-worker
Please welcome Kady. She is a 19 year old born in West Covina and raised in Moreno Valley woman. She grew up around all species of animals. When she was little her dad would constantly bring new animals into their house and teach her how to care for them and show them how special and unique each animal was. None of her siblings really picked up on it, but she did and she has been taking it to a whole new level. She is fascinated by the many different types of animals there were and their many unique qualities and characteristics. Over the years, her fascination of animals has grown into a passion. Her love for animals is unconditional, especially her love for her own two dogs, Moses (Newfoundland) and Vito (Rottweiler). Her dogs mean the world to her and they, as well as many other animals she has owned over the years, have inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary science. She is currently a volunteer at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter and now an employee at Loyal K-9. She says, "If I am going to learn from the best, then I want Loyal K-9 to teach me. I have done my research and interviews with others and I know Loyal K-9 is the real deal."
Kady knows she is working hard towards her career and Loyal K-9 is going to help her achieve that goal. Kady says she can not wait to see what the future has in store for her as she just recently graduated from high school and waiting for her number to be called for UC Santa Barbara. In the mean time she will be learning Loyal K-9's 20+ years of experience in hopes it will help her in the future. David says 'She is in great hands! She is going to learn so much. I know I am hard in my training and not everybody makes it, but I know she will. She understands words like dedication, motivation, hard work, reward, She doesn't understand words like, X-box, hire a gardner to cut your own lawn, etc. This is what makes her unique. It's not just about learning, it's about passion, motivation and dedication that unfortunately today's kids these day sometime lack. I am fortunate to have her at my side and I will be teaching, mentoring and overseeing her everything here as much as I can to get her started in her career. Welcome Kady to the Loyal K-9 family!"
We welcome Kady with open arms and her motivation and dedication has already proven as an asset to this company. She thinks for herself and even offers suggestions to better the company. She is a leader and proactive versus a follower and reactive. She sees something needs to be done and she is on it! She is a go getter and that's what I want on my team!
I am proud that I will give her the chance in return to give her a "one up" in the real world by teaching her everything I know about animal behavior, training and the business. Welcome Kady!
I have been getting a lot of calls in regards to how to prevent a dog from freaking out over the fireworks this year, so I put together a simple list of how you can prevent the dog from freaking out this year. Most importantly? Start training your dog now! Not on the night of the 4th because we all know some people celebrate the 4th early. Your dog will hear this sounds and it will trigger them.
1. Download this YouTube video or play it from this site (below) for your house speakers to practice playing fireworks. The louder you can play it the more realistic it will sound to your dog.
2. Have your leash ready and use only a flat collar, not a choke chain or a pinch collar.
3. Check yourself- Checking your own energy to make sure you are calm and collective as your dog will pick up on that. If you are calm, your dog is calm. If the fireworks already started and you are reading this after the fact your dog went into hiding, then remain calm and be aware how you approach your dog.
4. Que the music- This will be a lot easier if you have a remote or a second person able to turn off the firework sounds so you can remain calm and be near your dog instead of running around trying to turn off your laptop, stereo etc and trying to be your dogs mentor as it is getting nervous or freaking out. if your dog freaks out remain calm and stop the sounds and keep reading.
5. A very common mistake is giving your dog affection when it is nervous about any situation. Don't give your dog affection, it will make training more difficult. If your dog is shaking, IT'S OK! It's part of the dogs process to releasing his built up energy. Do not give into his emotion.
6. Get your dog focused on something else. Give him a focus point, a treat, a treadmill if you walk your dog on one, playing ball, his toy, etc. 60% of the dogs brain is controlled through the nose and 25% is controlled through his ears. Ears are also connected to the nerve system. So we have to get the brain switched from his ears to his nose. Get his mind off the sounds and get him focused on a treat or a toy, etc.
7. Once your dog is refocused then you can give your dog affection, treats and get your dog focused on you again and play time or happy time.
8. Begin the sounds again and try to repeat the above steps if your dog freaks out again.
9. Be happy and embrace the insecurity.
10. begin to play with your dog during the sounds once he is re-focused on you. Play with your dog and when you think your dog is focused on your, the ball the treat etc, turn the sounds back on and try to keep him focused. Be his mentor, his guide but remember you are trying to create a system so when the fireworks go off, you dog won't go into hiding he will look for you to help him with his nervousness instead to get back to his happy place. this way the dog is looking for your trust in this situation and does not have to feel alone and nervous.
11. DON'T GET AHEAD OF THE GAME! Don't begin to think now "Oh gees 4th of July is coming, I have to find a kennel, I have to find some pills to sedate him, etc." Your dog will pick up on this right away. and if you do this right and start way early, you won't need any of this.
12. Also one other trick if all else fails, or if you are not going to be home with your dog this 4th is to try and place your dog in a closed area like your garage. Make sure you dog proof it! Get a radio and play that music loud to drown out the fireworks. This could also help with your dog being nervous.
13. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Repetition is KEY here folks! Continue this training every so often until the situation is controlled. Play the sound track at night and at day, Take your your dog to the local shooting range if you can and let him be next to you FAR away from the range but with in hearing distance. Repeat above steps to get him focused on you. Then you can move in closer on the next visit and then closer and closer until you are at the level of my below photos and comical videos of our last fishing trip of Maverick at my side while shooting the hand gun myself and then later having him off leash to run around free once he was again used to the sounds. You can see "Maverick" wagging his tail and enjoying the day with us. He has more fun then I did with the shotgun video. That sucker hurts!
Happy 4th of July to you all and good luck on your training.
June 18th, 2014
Come join us with your dog at the Moreno Valley 4th of July Parade and concert firework show on the 4th of July. Loyal K-9 will be in the the parade and it will be aired on TV. The parade is from 730am (check in) and the parade will start at 9am and be over about 11am. The walk is about 1-1.5 hours long down the street. We will have the truck as our float to haul water for the dogs and a flatbed trailer to sit on or rest, etc. Please bring poop bags to clean up after your dog, water (we will supply most water but just in case we run out) and please no aggressive dogs as we will be in a confined area either on the flat bed trailer for you to rest on or if you get to close to another dog while walking. Please RSVP by July 1 2014 for a total head count. After the parade the city of Moreno Valley is putting on a huge show to include a community stage and two tribute bands for The Eagles and Journey. At 9pm they will have the firework show.
Hope to see you in the parade