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In This Newsletter: The Birthday Issue
Did you know? Did you know that June 8th is National Best Friends Day? What better day to celebrate Best Friends than on Romeo's birthday?! Be sure to spend a little extra time with your best canine friend on this day. I know I will!
Tip of the Month: Lifelong stages of training - and happy 7th birthday Romeo! 
Additional articles: What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? |  Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog |  Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3 |  Assessing the status of your dog’s training
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.
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Lifelong stages of training - and happy 7th birthday Romeo!

Romeo will turn 7 years old on June 8. 2016. Each June I take some time to reflect on all he and I have been through together. If you have a copy of Juvenile Delinquent Dogs, you have no doubt read many of the stories of his youth. If you follow our blog, you have read many more stories about his antics, and both of our failures and successes. It is always a learning process, and there is always more to discover and learn.

When people ask how long it takes to train a dog, I sometimes struggle with a short answer. Because there is no short answer. Unless you permit me to use "It depends." as my definitive answer. Because it does depend. It depends on the dog, how quickly they learn, how easily they are motivated, and other things. But it also depends just as much on the human side of the equation. It depends upon how much time you are willing to put into training. It depends upon how clearly you communicate with your dog when you are training. And when you are not "training" because dogs are always learning, even when we're not being intentional about it.

How long did it take to train Romeo? That depends on what you mean. How long to teach a new skill? How long to proof it through a variety of distractions? How long to keep practicing so that we maintain and do not lose it? There are various stages of training. Romeo learned new skills fairly quickly. Proofing them took a long time because we needed to be able to generalize those skills to any environment and with any distractions happening. The maintenance then is the longest stretch, because if we don't continue to practice what we've learned, we forget it.

I am happy that Romeo is in his maintenance stage of training. But sometimes he wishes we were still in those earlier stages. Because he LOVES to work. He really wishes we could do more. So do I. I would love to get back to more training with him - time is short and things are hectic. So I don't get to spend as much time working with him now as I did when he was younger. But he's still just as eager to learn and work now as he was then. That's one of the things I love most about him.

Happy birthday, Romeo!


Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area

Puppy Preschool: open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays (no class 7/3)
Puppy Recess: most Sundays noon to 1 pm (no Recess 7/3)
Basic Training: new classes start Sunday 6/19 & Wednesday 6/22
Juvenile Delinquents: new classes start Sunday 6/19 & Thursday 6/16
Intermediate Training: new class starts Thursday 8/4
Rally for Fun: none scheduled at this time
Polite Pooches in Public: none scheduled at this time 
Fun & Games Class: new class starts Thursday 6/16
The Nose Knows: none scheduled at this time
Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: new class starts Sunday 6/19
Agility for Fun: none scheduled at this time

Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia 

Basic Training: new class starts Monday 6/6
Juvenile Delinquents: if there is enough interest, we will add one to our schedule; contact us if you are interested!
Fun & Games Class: new class starts Monday 6/6
Advanced Classes: none scheduled at this time

Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm

Nature Walks: June 25, 6:00 pm; July 30, 8:00 am; August 13, 6:00 pm
VIP Day: Sept 10, 4:00-6:00 pm

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Who are we at The Light of Dog?
The “Kids”
Zuzu (Greyhound) and Romeo (Vizsla): Social directors, personal trainers, and chief protectors from potential intruders.
Wife & Husband
Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire andEd Soehnel, product and farm manager grunt.