Upcoming Seminars, Events, and Wokshops!!!

Become the best dog owner/trainer you can be!

At Top Dog we firmly believe that we can never stop increasing our knowledge about how we interact with dogs. Every dog is an individual, and the more tools we add to our toolbox the more dogs we help. This part of our website is devoted to showcasing upcoming workshops, seminars, and other events that we are hosting at the Top Dog facility.

Canine Nutrition Seminar March 3rd

Top Dog is very excited to be hosting Plear Littlefield for a Canine Nutrition Mini Seminar with an emphasis on how to develop a raw diet for your dog. Veterinary statistics are showing alarming spikes in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, thyroid issues, and almost every other health concern that you can imagine when it comes to our dogs.

March 3rd from 12pm-4pm
Cost: $25/person

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As we learn more about dogs we would hope that they would be living longer, healthier lives, but unfortunately this is simply not the case. So much of this has to do with inappropriate diets. Plear has been our go to source whenever we’ve had questions about this topic for the last couple years, and we’re so excited that we now have the opportunity to really sit down and learn from her. Plear is the founder of the most extensive raw feeding group online: The Raw Feeding Community. You can read some of her articles, as well as those that she’s compiled on the website: https://therawfeedingcommunity.com/ Raw feeding is not for everyone, and Plear will also be going over ways to choose the right kibble for your dog, supplement your dog food to improve the quality, and various other tips and tricks so that we can help to cut down on all these illnesses! If you love your pet, and you want to do the best for them you won’t miss this seminar!

March 3rd from 12pm-4pm Cost: $25/person

 

Trick Dog Workshop

Top Dog is proud to be hosting Emily Stoddard for the third year in a row! This time Emily will be sharing her expertise (and lots of fun) with us as we delve into the adventures of trick dog training April 20th-21st.

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Teaching your dog to shake, rollover, or play dead might seem like silly little extras, but when it comes to forming a better bond with your dog you’ll find that teaching tricks is a terrific way to do so.

Example tricks:

  • Shake
  • High Five
  • Take a bow
  • Spin
  • Jump
  • Backup
  • Play Dead
  • Say your prayers
  • Sit pretty
  • AND MANY MORE OPTIONS!

There are several different attendance options and prices for this workshop and they can each be found by clicking the “Register Now” button below. It will take you to the registration form where you will find audit vs working spot as well as one day or two day spots. This workshop will sell out quickly so register as soon as possible.

 

Diabetic Alert Dog Summit

May 7-12th

Training Diabetic Alert Dogs is one of the most rewarding choices we’ve made in the dog training industry. We want to share that opportunity with other qualified dog trainers. We’ve attempted some short 2 and 3 day workshops in the past. Unfortunately we felt that we were just getting started when the workshops came to a conclusion. For this reason we’ve built the Diabetic Alert Dog Summit. The reason we call it a Summit, and not a school or a workshop is because we are only allowing professional trainers that already have all the basic skills required to train a dog. Therefor, we can skip the basics, and put our skills immediately to the test in training the more advanced behaviors required of a diabetic alert dog.

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What will be covered:

  • What exactly a diabetic alert dog does, and does not do. There are many myths that need to be dispelled.
  • Who are the correct candidates for a diabetic alert dog (not all T1 Diabetics need one)?
  • Selecting the right dog/puppy for the job. Being a diabetic alert dog is an extremely tall order, and not all dogs make the cut. We will be doing hands on aptitude testing with puppies and adult dogs.
  • Scent Imprinting (the different stages and drills to imprinting the correct odor on the dog).
  • How to train the dog to alert.
  • Proofing and generalizing the scent detection so that the dog learns to alert no matter what.
  • Public Access training
  • Training night alerts.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Our goal with this summit is that you will leave feeling confident in starting the process to becoming a diabetic alert dog trainer so that you can go out and have a positive impact on the lives of those that are so desperately seeking help.

Requirements: As mentioned earlier, this workshop is only open to those with a solid foundation in training dogs. We require that you have a minimum two years professional experience in obedience training, competition training, or other comparable fields.

Price: $1200 includes six days of instruction, breakfast snacks (granola bars and fruit), and all lunches. Most days will run from 9am-5pm. Tuesday will run from 9am-7:30pm. Saturday will run from 9am-2pm. It is possible to still fly out on Saturday if needed. 

Each person will need to register for the workshop individually in order to attend. (In the event that two people from the same household would like to attend they still need to register separately.)

For those that are traveling from out of town: Our training facility is located about 1 hour from DFW Airport and 1 hour 10 minutes from Dallas Lovefield Airport. Feel free to fly into either airport and we will happily pick you up May 6th and return you to the airport on the 12th or 13th. You will not need to rent a car if you don’t want to as the facility is located directly beside a hotel. We will not be offering pickups from the airport May 7th, we know some folks like to fly in the day of the workshop, and we simply can’t get out to the airport and still start at 9am the same day. If you decide you would like to do some sight seeing in Fort Worth after training each day we would recommend getting a rental car. Accommodations: We are very fortunate to be just across the parking lot from a pet friendly Motel 6. It is not the most luxurious accommodations, but we’ve had good experiences with them over the last few years. 501 S Broadway St, Joshua, TX 76058 Phone: (682) 459-0040

 

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Dog training can be tough, but we’re here to make it much easier. Whether you need in home dog training, a group class, or you’d like to send your dog in for one of our board and train programs, we’re here to help. Click around on the links above to learn about each individual dog training program that we offer, and don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions.