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Y2K9s Newsletter • Vol. 2, No. 1

Beware the Hazards Hiding in your Garden

Spring has sprung! And while we all revel in the beauty that surrounds us after the drear of winter, beware. Many common plants, as well as soil additives and treatments, can be downright dangerous to our dogs.

Lilies, for example, can cause kidney failure. The autumn crocus can lead to vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure. Daisies affect the nervous system.
 
Beware, too, of fertilizers and organic additives such as bone meal.
 
A little knowledge, caution, and management can go a long way toward keeping our pets safe. UC Davis created a helpful and informative article with the details. Check it out here.
 
The ASPCA offers a list of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to dogs.
 
Another resource is The Spruce. Their list includes shrubs, trees, and weeds as well.

Training Tip

As part of a new series in Chew on This, readers will enjoy training tips from Y2K9s instructors.

From Sally Silverman (Freestyle, Tricks, Agility): "Always set your dog up for success." 

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“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

True for US citizens, and true for pets, too. So many choices: catastrophic insurance or coverage for ordinary vet visits? Both? Higher deductible? Lower co-pay? What’s the difference? 

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Freestyle – Dance with Your Dog!

When I tell people that I dance with my dog, I usually follow it up with, “Go ahead, laugh.” It does sound kind of silly. But freestyle as a canine sport is anything but silly. It offers a rare combination of training and creativity. It is also considered by many to be the most challenging of all canine sports. So, what is it…really?

Canine freestyle is the performance of a series of behaviors choreographed to music. As the human partner, you need to choose your music, develop a theme or a story you want to tell, and teach all of the individual behaviors you want your canine partner (sometimes more than one!) to learn. You need to figure out how to string them together so that they flow and make sense. Costumes and props are an integral part of the performance, and they require thought and creativity as well. The hardest part? Maintaining your dog’s attention and enthusiasm for up to three—or more—minutes. Without toys or food. 
 
In my classes we spend a considerable amount of time problem solving: how can this unique behavior be taught? How can the prop be fashioned to benefit the routine? How will I keep my dog happy throughout the routine? Without a doubt, you have to love the training process to love freestyle! And be a bit of an actor. Oh, and have a great sense of humor!
– Sally Silverman

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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 3 & 4

Linda Mecklenburg Mastering Jumping Skills Seminar

Lecture/Demo format. Click here for more details and a registration form.
 

June 10 & 17

Therapy Dog Testing

Evaluator: Liz Maslow
Registration: 4-5 pm
Testing Runs 5 pm-7:30 pm
Maximum number of teams: 10
For more information, email Edie Williams 
 

July 29 & 30

Y2K9s’ Inaugural USDAA Trial

Judge: Janet Gauntt.
Offering all titling classes, Grand Prix, plus double Gamblers (all levels) and double Masters Pairs.
 

August 12 & 13

UKI Trial

Judge: Susan Bankauf
Offering both Masters Heats on Saturday, and double Jumping and Agility on Sunday, as well as the usual collection of Gamblers, Speedstakes, and Snooker. Not to mention a couple of really fun days of dog agility!
 

Sept 6 & 7

CPE Trial

Judge: Denielle Stasa from MA
Offering double Jackpot and double Snooker, as well as the full complement of classes. And there will be an appearance by Francisco, the Fickle Flamingo of Fate.
 

Dates TBA

Kris Seiter and Kris Tucci will be returning to Y2K9s this summer. Stay tuned!

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