Kathy Sdao presents: Cujo meets Pavlov

Kathy Sdao presents: Cujo meets Pavlov

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9am

Dizine Canine is excited to host Cujo meets Pavlov!, using classical conditioning to resolve leash aggression with Kathy Sdao, Associate CAAB and Dorothy Turley, CPDT-KA, CNWI!

Does your dog lunge, bark, snap, go berserk or just get out of control at the sight of another dog or person? Learn how to prevent trouble and turn anxiety-ridden walks into relaxing, peaceful strolls! This is a full day workshop that combines lecture on the science of classical conditioning with hands-on demonstrations using dogs that lunge, bark, or snap at other dogs. Kathy teaches how to humanely correct this behaviour, using techniques that are also applicable to dogs that display aggression to people.

Limited working spots will be available by application. 

CEU's available

Continental breakfast will be included along with refreshments throughout the day.



Date: September 26, 2015
Time: 9am to 5pm
Price: SOLD OUT!

Dizine Canine Training Centre
1730 Vernon Drive


Workshop, Sunday May 31: Parent Education

Are you expecting a baby or does your household have toddlers and young children?

Dizine Canine is excited to host a Family Paws Parent Education Workshop on Sunday May 31, 1pm to 3pm at our training facility (1730 Vernon Drive).

This workshop is presented by FPPE licensed presenter, Gail Radtke of Cedar Valley K9. We will cover two programs from Family Paws: Dogs & Storks® for expecting families with dogs as they prepare for life with a baby, and Dogs & Toddlers for families with dogs and babies who are soon to be crawling or walking.

Some topics covered:

  • Tips to begin preparing with your family dog for life with baby
  • Must-know information for expecting parents with dogs
  • Practical solutions: you can have fun while your dog learns!
  • Education on dog body language that will enhance your bond and success
  • Advice about common trouble spots between toddlers and dogs in a home
  • Insight into how your changing family dynamics may affect your dog
  • Practical solutions, from activities to include your dog to daily routines and management

There is no charge for this workshop, however, space is limited.

Please fill out the form below to confirm your attendance:

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Pit Bulls in Daycare

Pit Bulls in Daycare

Having been involved in the pit bull community for nearly seven years, I’ve heard over and over again how pit bulls are denied the pleasures of attending dog daycare. Most are never even met by the daycare operators, but turned away on the phone with excuses like, “they’re too vicious” or “too unpredictable.” There were some daycares that welcomed pit bulls, but limited the number that could attend on any given day. I suppose that given the hype surrounding these dogs, it’s not surprising to hear these reactions. 

When I opened my dog daycare in January 2010, it never occurred to me to limit who could join in on the fun. I obviously had the same criteria as other daycares: the dog must be social with dogs, with no aggression towards people. Given my earliest clientele and existing client base, it became clear that I was going to “specialize” in large breed dogs, although my doors are always open to everyone willing to give it a try. Louis the French Bulldog, and Joey and Dexter the Boston Terriers can easily keep up with the “big boys” and come regularly!

As a small business owner, I did have one small concern: how would my non-pit bull clients feel about their dogs playing with a group of pit bulls for hours? Many tend to rely on what they hear in the media and – lets face it – when it comes to these dogs, it’s rarely positive. I figured it was a chance worth taking, and if it meant my only clients were pit bulls, then so be it. 

It’s been a year since the daycare opened. I have a wonderful clientele of all breeds of dogs: Charlie the Labradoodle, Bogey the Great Dane, Gus the boxer mix, Louis, Dexter and Joey – and many, many pit bulls.

I’m often asked if it’s challenging having a daycare full of “those dogs”. Not surprising I suppose, especially since the breed is often known for their dog aggression. My answer is simply, “no.” Maybe because I have nothing to compare it to, or perhaps I’m just realistic about my expectations. I know enough about pit bulls to know that the company of other dogs is usually not their first choice; therefore I have lots of areas for downtime. I realize they require supervision at all times when playing with other dogs, and I also understand the need for clear direction and boundaries so that their play experience is always a positive one. 

I am happy and honoured to share my daycare space with pit bulls of all shapes and sizes. All dogs – and all breeds – that come through my doors bring me days of endless joy, laughter, and most of all a learning experience like none other.