Since founding Augusta Dog Training in 1996, Kathryn Newman has become a trusted name in dog training both locally and around the nation. From revolutionizing in-home training to developing classes, providing doggy day care and more, Kathryn and her team at August Dog Training have helped countless dog owners build stronger bonds with their pups and instill healthy behaviors that keep dogs happy and safe.
The Twin Cities’ trusted news source, KARE 11, regularly features Kathryn and her team, giving August Dog Training an opportunity to reach more pet owners throughout the region with tips, tricks and helpful insights to set their pups up for success. We’ve compiled some of our most helpful KARE 11 features.
Tips for Keeping Your Pet Entertained Indoors
When winter weather hits the Twin Cities, it can be hard to give our pets the stimulation and exercise they need to maintain positive behavior. In March 2021, Kathryn visited KARE 11 to share tips for keeping your dog entertained when the weather makes extended time outdoors impossible. Noting that dogs’ behavioral issues tend to spring from boredom and that mentally stimulating activities can be just as tiring and satisfying for dogs as a run, Kathryn suggests using this time to refocus on your dog’s training. Try to spend about 20 minutes a day with your dog, practicing old skills and introducing new ones. Winter weather also provides the opportunity to try out new toys and tools to keep pets stimulated and ward off boredom.
2. Tips For Dog Behavioral Issues Amid The Pandemic
When the pandemic was relatively new, Kathryn visited KARE 11 to address the new behavior issues popping up with pandemic puppies. Employees returning to the office after extended periods of working from home found that their dogs developed separation anxiety. The tips Kathryn shared back in 2020 remain valuable as Covid continues to impact our lives.
For remote workers, it’s important to give your dog nap breaks during the day to ward off aggression in the evening hours.
Help your dog adjust to being away from you with crate training. When you return from running errands, or when you get home from work after returning to the office, make your return uneventful to teach them that being alone is normal.
With people continuing to spend more time in the home, certain dogs aren’t used to traveling in the car, leading to increased cases of motion sickness. Make sure to get your dog accustomed to traveling in the car to avoid the headache of an upset pooch’s tummy.
3. Preventing Dog Fights on Walks or In Play Groups
When our dogs struggle with aggression issues, it can be scary and stressful for pets, pet owners and passersby. Back in 2016, Kathryn visited KARE 11 to share tips for avoiding fights on walks and in social situations. It’s important to make sure your dog is well socialized and trained to follow your lead to minimize aggressive tendencies. Keep your dog well-controlled on a 6-foot leash, and don’t allow them to go into another dog’s space without permission. Have your dog walk at your side. If you see a dog that isn’t being controlled well by their owner, avoid confrontation by crossing the street or walking the other direction. When meeting another dog, inquire about the other dog’s history and maintain control during the meeting. Watch for body language in both dogs to avoid escalating situations.
Manage Your Dog’s Behavior with Augusta Dog Training
Augusta Dog Training is proud to bring tips to the greater Twin Cities Area with regular visits to KARE 11 News. We also provide trusted in-home training as well as classes, daycare and boarding to the Twin Cities across four locations. Adding a trusted professional to the mix helps set puppies up for great lifelong skills and gives older dogs a better chance to develop better behavior and learn new tricks. Our experienced trainers take a focused approach to teaching each canine pupil good manners and skills, while also educating their people on the nuances of canine behaviors, personality and habits. Visit us online to find more video tips or to learn more about our services and locations.