Results for CARO Trial T12-60 August 26, 2012


CARO Rally Novice – Ceilidh & Lauren

CARO Rally Novice – Sophie & Shelley

CARO Rally Novice – Snippy & Patricia

CARO Rally Novice – Astrid & Stephanie

CARO Rally Novice –Jetta & Jodi

CARO Rally Novice – Piper & Diane

CARO Rally Novice Team – Brio & Meghan

CARO Rally Novice Team – Ceilidh & Lauren

CARO Rally Novice Team – Ty & Kathleen

CARO Rally Novice Team – Brodie & Sarah

CARO Rally Novice Team – Jetta & Jodi

CARO Rally Novice Team – Ruger & Beth

CARO Rally Novice Team – Majic & Joyce

CARO Rally Novice Team – Brady & Joyce

CARO Rally Novice Team – Connor & Joyce

CARO Rally Novice Team – Flynn & Sarah

CARO Rally Novice Team – Max & Shelley

CARO Rally Advanced – Shaylee & Kathleen

CARO Rally Excellent Team – Brooke & Meghan


High Scoring Visitor – Snippy & Patricia (196)

High Scoring Senior Dog – Bear & Ayoka (198)

High Scoring Rescue –Jetta & Jodi (193)

High Scoring Puppy – Brio & Meghan (185)

High Scoring Two Brown Dogs Student – Ty & Kathleen (191)

High Scoring Team – Connor & Joyce/Juno & Patty (194)

Judge’s Choice Award – Cody & Asmara

Full Results

Event 1 – Novice A (4 Competitors)

1. Jetta & Jodi (189)

2. Piper & Diane (189)

3. Ceilidh & Lauren (180)

Event 1 – Novice B (2 Competitors)

1. Snippy & Patricia (196)

2. Luna & Patricia (192)

3. Tia & Asmara (181)

4. Sophie & Shelley (178)

5. Astrid & Stephanie (171)

Event 2 – Novice Team (9 Teams – 17 Competitors)

1. Jetta & Jodi/Ruger & Beth (198)

2. Magic & Joyce/Flynn & Sarah (198)

3. Brady & Joyce/Brodie & Sarah (194)

4. Snippy & Patricia/Piper & Diane (191)

5. Ceilidh & Lauren/Brio & Meghan (185)

6. Max & Shelley/Ty & Kathleen (184)

Event 3 – Advanced Team (1 Team – 1 Competitor)

1. Brio & Meghan/Shaylee & Kathleen (194)

Event 4 – Advanced A

(2 Competitors)

1. Ty & Kathleen (194)

2. Shaylee & Kathleen (191)

Event 4 – Advanced B (7 Competitors)

1. Zoe & Patsy (194)

Event 4 – Advanced C (2 Competitors)

1. Bear & Ayoka (198)

Event 5 – Excellent Team (1 Competitor-1 Team)

1. Brooke & Meghan/Bear & Ayoka (192)

Event 6 – Novice A (3 Competitors)

1. Jetta & Jodi (193)

2. Piper& Diane (187)

Event 6 – Novice B (7 Competitors)

1. Connor & Joyce (193)

2. Ruger & Beth (189)

3. King & Louise (187)

4. Luna & Patricia (185)

5. Tia & Asmara (178)

6. Gallahad & Asmara (176)

Event 7 – Novice Team (14 Competitors – 7 Teams)

1. Jetta & Jodi/Ruger & Beth (195)

2. Magic & Joyce/Flynn & Sarah (192)

3. Brady & Joyce/ Max & Shelley (191)

4. Connor & Joyce/Brody & Sarah (188)

5. Snippy & Patricia/Piper & Diane (184)

Event 8 – Excellent Team (No Entries)

Event 9 – Excellent B (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers

Event 9 – Excellent C (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers

Event 10 – Versatility B (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers

Event 10 – Versatility C (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers


June CARO Trial Results: Sunday, June 17, 2012

On Sunday, we moved the trial outdoors! As always, an outdoor ring and rain offer many, many distractions however everyone seemed to leave in good spirits!

Sunday we had 30 runs, 7 qualifying runs and 5 titles were awarded. I’d like to extend a special congratulations to a past Prairie Dog Daycare client who earned a qualifying leg: Shaylee.

Full results are below.


CARO Rally Versatility – Meghan & Brooke

CARO Rally Novice – Patsy & Zoe

CARO Rally Novice – Meghan & Brio

CARO Rally Novice Team – Kathleen & Shaylee

CARO Rally Excellent – Laurie & Jetta


High Scoring Visitor – Laurie & Jetta (196)

High Scoring Puppy – Meghan & Brio (178)

Class Results

Event 1 – Advanced A (4 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 1 – Advanced B (2 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 2 – Advanced Team (No Entries)

Event 3 – Excellent B (2 Competitors)

  1. Laurie & Jetta (196)

Event 3 – Excellent C (2 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 4 – Excellent Team (2 Competitors – 1 Team)

No Qualifiers

Event 5 – Novice A  (2 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 5 – Novice B (7 Competitors)

  1. Patsy & Zoe (188)
  2. Meghan & Brio (178)

Event 6 – Novice Team (8 Competitors – 4 Teams)

  1. Kathleen & Shaylee & BYE DOG (196)
  2. Kathleen & Ty/Laurie & Jetta (189)

Event 7 – Excellent B (3 Competitors)

  1. Laurie & Jetta (189)

Event 7 – Excellent C (No Entries)

Event 8 – Excellent Team (2 Competitors – 1 Teams)

No Qualifiers

Event 9 – Versatility B (2 Competitors)

  1. Meghan & Brooke (194)

Event 9 – Versatility C (No Entries)

Event 10 – Versatility Team (No Entries)

Event 11 – Working Level Novice I (No Entries)

Event 12 – Working Level Novice I (No Entries)

June CARO Trial Results: Saturday, June 16, 2012

This past weekend Prairie Dog Daycare and Two Brown Dogs Canine Consultants hosted a CARO Rally obedience Trial. Our lovely judges were Marne Birch (Thunder Bay, ON) and Patty Rollheiser (Brandon, MB).

Saturday was our busiest day with 64 runs, 24 qualifying runs and 6 titles awarded. I’d like to extend a special congratulations to all the Prairie Dog Daycare clients (past and present) who earned qualifying legs: Billie, Audris, Max, Astrid, and Shaylee!

Full results are below.



CARO Rally Novice – Michelle & Dexter

CARO Rally Novice Team – Donna & Billie

CARO Rally Novice Team – Andy & Atom

CARO Rally Novice Team – Andrea & Audris

CARO Rally Advanced Team – Meghan & Brooke

CARO Rally Bronze – Ayoka & Bear


High Scoring Visitor – Meghan & Brooke (180)

High Scoring Senior Dog – Ayoka & Bear (198)

High Scoring Rescue – Shelley & Max (174)

High Scoring Puppy – Meghan & Brio (193)

High Scoring Two Brown Dogs Student – Michelle & Dexter (180)

Class Results

Event 1 – Novice A (5 Competitors)

  1. Michelle & Dexter (180)

Event 1 – Novice B (7 Competitors)

  1. Meghan & Brio (193)
  2. Stephanie & Astrid (181)

Event 2 – Novice Team (9 Competitors – 5 Teams)

  1. Norah & Cash/BYE DOG (196)
  2. Kathleen & Shaylee/Donna & Billie (192)
  3. Meghan & Brio/Lauren & Ceilidh (180)

Event 3 – Advanced Team (1 Competitor – 1 Team)

  1. Meghan & Brooke/BYE DOG (197)

Event 4 – Advanced A (4 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 4 – Advanced B (3 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 4 – Advanced C (2 Competitors)

  1. Ayoka & Bear (196)

Event 5 – Novice A (4 Competitors)

  1. Lauren & Ceilidh (178)

Event 5 – Novice B (8 Competitors)

  1. Patsy & Zoe (193)
  2. Meghan & Brio (190)
  3. Sal & Ratchet (185)
  4. Shelley & Max (176)

Event 6 – Novice Team (11 Competitors – 6 Teams)

  1. Kathleen & Shaylee/Donna & Billie (199)
  2. Norah & Cash/BYE DOG (196)
  3. Meghan & Brio/Lauren & Ceilidh (192)
  4. Stephanie & Astrid/Andrea & Audris (191)
  5. Andy & Atom/Sal & Tesla (186)

Event 7-Advanced A (4 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 7 – Advanced B (3 Competitors)

No Qualifiers

Event 7 – Advanced C (2 Competitors)

  1. Ayoka & Bear (198)

Event 8 – Advanced Team (No Entries)

Event 9 – Excellent B (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers

Event 9 – Excellent C (2 Competitors)

  1. Ayoka & Bear (192)

Event 10 – Excellent Team (2 Competitors – 1 Team)

  1. Ayoka & Bear/Meghan & Brooke (197)

Event 11 – Versatility B (2 Competitors)

  1. Meghan & Brooke (172)

Event 11 – Versatility C (1 Competitor)

No Qualifiers

Event 12 – Versatility B (2 Competitors)

  1. Meghan & Brooke (193)

Event 12 – Versatility C (1 Competitor)

  1. Ayoka & Bear (197)

Predatory Behavior Primer

After reading about the tragic injury of a small dog by a larger dog at the local dog park, I have to admit that the first thing that came to mind was that, the larger dog might have perceived the smaller dog as prey. I can’t say this was the case for sure because I wasn’t there, and no one that was there seems to have a good grip on what happened. However, after reading the lengthy online discussion, it is clear to me that many dog owners are misinformed when it comes to dog behavior.  As a result, I am going to write a series of blog posts about predatory behavior, it’s relation to play and how to keep off leash dog play safe.

What is Predatory Behavior?

Predatory behavior in any species of animal is essentially any behavior that is used to find, catch, kill and eat other animals for food. This behavior is hard-wired and it is compulsive even though most dogs we know do not need to hunt for their food.

In her book, Chase! Managing Your Dog’s Predatory Instincts, Clarissa Von Reinhardt describes the full range of canine predatory behaviors as a chronological sequence which includes:

  1. Finding the prey
  2. Orientation posture
  3. Sighting the prey
  4. Stalking/encircling
  5. Chasing/driving
  6. Attacking (grabbing)
  7. Killing
  8. Dissecting
  9. Consuming and/or carrying away and burying (storing).

Typically, the behaviors follow in sequence but behaviors may be more exaggerated or absent all together in dogs.

Is predatory behavior learned or is it instinct?

After reading the list of predatory behaviors I am sure some of you have seen your dog engage in some (or all) of these behaviors without appearing to have been taught. According to von Reinhardt, there are many ways that these behaviors develop in dogs:

  • They are both hereditary and shaped during early development. Through selective breeding, many herding, guarding and hunting breeds have had certain behaviors enhanced others reduced. Your dog’s parentage and early development may be unknown if you are rescuing a dog however, if you are obtaining a new dog as a puppy, knowing the behavior of your puppy’s sire and dam will give you insight into what your puppy may behave like. If your dog’s parents had a high disposition to predatory behavior, your puppy is likely to be the same.
  • They are natural instincts aroused by the environment. This means that there is a multitude of things (or combination of things) in your dog’s environment that may provoke predatory behavior. This is why you may see these behaviors in some circumstances but not others. We’ll expand on the list of potential triggers later on .
  • They are learned in part by imitation. Dogs that have the opportunity to learn from experienced dogs may show stronger predatory drive.
  • They are influenced by the actions of other dogs. One dog’s predatory behavior may kick-start another’s and the two dogs (or more) may gang up on the prey together.
  • They are frequently, though not always, linked to hunger. This is simple, a hungry dog is more likely to engaged in hard-wired food seeking behaviors.
  • They need to be practiced. These behaviors require strength, speed, determination and the ability to see, hear, and sniff out prey. Performing the actual behaviors is practice but play is also practice.
  • They may depend on the dog’s individual nature and preferences.  Regardless of breed, breeding or experience, some dogs may love the hunt and others may prefer to curl up on the sofa.

Are some breeds more predatory than others?

Since predatory behavior is the result of a complex combination of instinct, experience and environment, it is difficult to say that one dog (or even one breed), is more likely to demonstrate predatory behavior and a recent publication backs this up. What we can say is that a dog from “working lines” (breeding stock purposefully selected for predatory qualities) may be more likely to have a significant amount of predatory instinct and be able to learn predatory behaviors after fewer learning opportunities.

This does not mean, however that all Pitbulls and Rottweilers are cat killers or that your Bichon or Pug is harmless and you need not ever worry about predatory behavior. The nature of these behaviors is such that they may remain dormant until the perfect storm of circumstances (like a dog park) reveals them.

If a dog is showing predatory behavior, does that mean he is aggressive?

The general consensus among dog behaviorists and trainers is that predatory behavior is not, in fact the same as what many people call aggression. In fact, in the Handbook of applied dog behavior and training, Volume 2, Steven Lindsay writes states that aggression and predation are “significantly different in terms of functional purpose, evolutionary history, and neurobiological origins”. What this means in plain English is that:

  • predatory behavior is primarily directed towards finding food, where aggression is more about reacting to perceived threats or securing resources.
  • because prey acts differently from competitors or threatening individuals, the behaviors for catching prey evolved differently than those aimed at securing resources or keeping threats at bay.
  • Your dog’s brain functions differently when engaging in predatory behavior vs. aggression.

The Takeaway Lessons

What dog owners and the non-dog owning public need to understand is that:

  • Predatory behavior is the result of instinct and experience and environment – the perfect blend of nature and nurture.
  • All dogs have the potential for predatory behavior.
  • A dog that is wonderful with adults, may, under some circumstances perceive dogs, cats or pet bunnies and in extreme circumstances small children as prey.
  • Predatory behavior and aggressive behavior are different although they may appear the same to the unknowing eye.

Now that I have explained predatory behavior, I do want you to understand that I know this is not always behavior we want to see in the dogs we live with – I would be devastated if my dog killed our cat, or anyone else’s cat for that matter. In the next couple of blog posts, I am going to help you learn to recognize predatory behavior and distinguish it from play and I’m also going to help you learn how to keep your dog from becoming either predator or prey in the company of humans, dogs or other animals.

CARO Trial Results: April 15, 2012

Below you will find the complete results for the CARO trial held last Sunday at Prairie Dog Daycare and Two Brown Dogs. Our next trial will take place June 16-17, 2012 and you can find the premium list and entry form here!

New Titles

Andy & Atom – Rally Novice


High Scoring Visitor – Patricia & Snippy (190)

High Scoring Senior Dog – Tom & Isis (190)

High Scoring Rescue – Shelley & Max (174)

High Scoring Two Brown Dogs Student – Michelle & Dexter (189)

Judges’ Choice Awards – Susan & Daisy, Kimberly & Bishop, Angela & Zoe, Shelley & Max

Full Results


Novice 1-A Novice 2-A
1. Michelle & Dexter (187) 1. Michelle & Dexter (189)
2. Darrell & Lexi (185)
3. Diane & Piper (182)
Novice 1-B Novice 2-B
1. Patricia & Snippy (190) 1. Patsy & Zoe (189)
2. Patricia & Snippy (182)
3. Shelley & Max (174)
Advanced 1-A Advanced 2-A
1. Kathy & Shaylee (186) 1. Norah & Cash (174)
Advanced 1-B Advanced 2-B
No Qualifiers No Qualifiers
Advanced 1-C Advanced 2-C
1. Tom & Isis (190) No Qualifiers
Excellent 1-B Excellent 2-B
No Qualifiers No Qualifiers
Excellent 1-C Excellent 2-C
No Qualifiers No Qualifiers
WPT (1)
1. Shelley & Max (88)


Congratulations to all of the teams!

Dog Daycare and Injuries


At Prairie Dog Daycare we have a number of policies in place to help ensure your dog’s safety but did you know we’re Pet First Aid Qualified? This includes myself and any helpers I might leave your dog(s) with should I need to step out for an hour or two.

Pet First Aid is essential for anyone working with multiple dogs in an off leash setting where knowing how to assess injuries and when to seek veterinary care can mean the difference between life and death for your pet. In my opinion, ‘hoping’ nothing happens and telling my clients that “dogs never get hurt here” is just plain wrong! The potential injuries in a dog daycare range from torn nails to bites and everything in between and I feel that I owe it to my clients (both ethically and legally) to be prepared for every possibility.

A couple of months ago, we had a dog re-injure a dewclaw that was healing from a previous injury. This was not a life threatening injury and it did not appear to be painful however bleeding is always cause for concern. Using my Pet First Aid skills, I was able to clean and wrap her injury to stop the bleeding and settle her in a crate to keep her comfortable until her owner was ready to come and get her. Cleaning, and bandaging took all of 5 minutes because we had a first aid kit on hand and because because she is used to being handled all over at home and because of the trusting relationship I am able to develop with each dog that comes to Prairie Dog Daycare due to our limited attendance numbers. She was able to rest quietly in her crate because we have a routine here which involves cookies, crates and down time. Being able to settle in a crate means we could prevent her from injuring herself further and losing any more blood.

None of this would be easy (or even possible) with one person, 30-40 dogs, no first aid kit and no way to separate dogs or provide them with down time.

In my opinion, any professional worth the money they are charging you for services should have a plan in place for medical emergencies and you as a customer (or potential customer) have the right to ensure your pet will receive the best of care. One way to ensure this is to visit the facility you have in mind. As a client you have the right to inquire about your dog’s safety and well being. Any facility that cannot make time to answer your questions does not deserve your money. That being said in a busy facility, unexpected visitors can be an inconvenience (this is why some facilities have set drop off/pick up times), call ahead to make an appointment. While you are visiting and chatting you should:

Ask about the experience of the facility staff. Is the staff trained? How does the facility ensure staff members have a minimum understanding of dog behavior? Are the staff mature (adult) dog owners or high school students who love dogs?

Ask about the policies and practices in place to prevent dog fights. I am of the opinion that the best way to break up a dogfight is to prevent it from happening in the first place.  Such policies may include:

  • Separating dogs by size, age, playstyle (or all three!) size difference is often a  cause of injury to smaller dogs in large playgroups. This does not mean every facility will separate small dogs from large ones but at the very least, larger young rambunctious dogs should be separated from smaller older or more quiet dogs.
  • High human:dog ratios. One person cannot supervise an unlimited number of dogs. According to Dog Daycare industry leader, Robin Bennett, the ideal ratio is 1:15 to 1:20. Anything higher and your dog’s safety is at risk.
  • Assessment and questionnaires for each dog entering dog daycare. this allows facilities to weed out dogs that arte not suited for off leash dog play.

Ask about the procedures if/when your dog needs veterinary care. These procedures are generally included in waivers/agreements you sign before leaving your dog. Does the daycare take the dog to the vet? Are you responsible for transportation to the vet. Neither option is wrong however if you are leaving your dog at daycare so you can go out of town on business and your dog needs care, you may want to choose a daycare that assumes responsibility for taking your dog to the vet.

Ensure the facility has your dog’s health information. This includes the name, location and phone number of your dog’s veterinarian as well as the names and doses of any medications they are on. This information is critical, especially in situations where anesthetic and surgery may be required.

Ensure that your canine care professionals have canine first aid certification or equivalent experience. By equivalent experience I would mean someone with experience working in a veterinary clinic including Veterinary Assistants, Veterinary Technicians and Registered Animal Health Technologists.

If the facility cannot answer the questions to your liking  or if they claim dogs never get hurt in their facility, it means they do not have a plan and you should look for a facility that does.

Stay Safe!

Keeping your dog safe from toxins and poisons

image I recently attended a webinar called Preventing Poisoned Pets delivered by Tina Wismer of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre.

Given my pet first aid training, I thought I knew what I needed to know about pets and poisoning. However,  this seminar was offered for free and counts towards the 36 hours of continuing education credits I need to recertify as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in 2015, so I decided to take it – and I’m really glad I did.

I learned a lot of new things that I bet you didn’t know either so I’ll list the ones that really surprised me.

  • Did you know that  one 200mg Aleve (Naproxen) tablet can cause kidney failure in a 40lb dog?
  • Did you know that aside from causing liver failure, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause face and paw swelling in dogs which might be mistaken for an allergic reaction?
  • Did you know that just 2 ounces of expanding wood glue (gorilla Glue, Elmer’s Pro Bond) will expand into a mass in your dog’s stomach that will require surgical removal?
  • Did you know that uncooked bread dough can cause bloating and alcohol poisoning in your dog?

Among other things, Dr. Wismer also discusses simple ways to keep our pets safe that I think are worth sharing.

  • Use baby gates, crates, child safety locks to keep your pet away from medicine, food and trash.
  • Take each pet’s size and ability into consideration when pet proofing your home. Remember that your cat can reach places your dog cannot and your greyhound can reach places your Chihuahua cannot)
  • Keep all chemicals (cleaners, fertilizers, rat bait/poison) in their original packaging so that if your dog or cat does ingest something you know what they have ingested and your vet can provide appropriate treatment without having to guess or waste valuable time.
  • We all know most dogs eat first and ask questions later so take any  medications in an area away from pets so that if you do drop a pill on the floor, your dog won’t be able to gulp it down.
  • Remember to pet proof when bringing a new dog into the home – no matter how old. Just because your first dog does not chew plants or eat glue bottles does not mean the second dog will ignore these items if they are left lying around.
  • If you have company, ensure their purses and bags are out of reach (or confine your dog) so that animals cannot get into pills or gum.

Most importantly, get to know your veterinarians emergency protocols.

We all imagine our vets are available for us 24/7 and forget that they have lives too. Know what the after hours numbers are for your vet and if your vet shares on-call duty with other clinics in the area, ensure you know where they are located.

It is always a good idea to keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre number on hand – it is: 1 (888) 426-4435.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre also has a great website ( where you can find tons of information on how to prevent poisoning as well as lists of common poisons and toxins.

Stay Safe!