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Introducing FREE Dog Sitting At Two Local Farmers Markets

My new dog kennel

My new dog kennel for the Sunnyvale and Campbell farmers markets













What you are looking at above is my new awesome dog kennel that I got for the Sunnyvale and Campbell farmers market. At the farmers market we love to see your dogs however those pesky people at the health department aren’t so thrilled. So we got together and came up with a great compromise. Bring your social dog to the Campbell or Sunnyvale farmers market but leave your little buddy in the brand new state of the art dog kennel. Best of all this service is FREE to the dog owner! Did I mention it was free?

We will provide shade and plenty of fresh water and a Canine Tutors certified dog attendant to watch over your little buddy. If you have a  really small dog we will have a separate space for him or her.

Do you love your local farmers market and all your vendors who work so hard to bring you all those fresh fruits and veggies every week? Well then hook them up and show them some love by leaving your dog with the pro’s at the free dog sitting kennel.

The Sunnyvale farmers market is open year ’round on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm in the historic Murphy section of old downtown.

Historic Murphy Station

Historic Murphy Station














Coming Soon To A Kennel Near You…     

K9 Kennel Raised Flooring System

We at Canine Tutors Dog Training are excited to announce that starting in late spring of 2016 our kennels will be equipped with the K9 Kennel Raised Flooring System. This system is great for multiple dogs in a kennel. Since it is raised if a dog urinates in the kennel the liquid will run right through the flooring to the ground below. That means your dog will not be lying in another dog’s urine.

Having the flooring sit 1″ above the ground provides for better air circulation thus keeping your dog cooler and more comfortable than lying on the hot asphalt.


7 Tips To A Skinny Dog Part 2/3

Here We Go!!

Get that dog moving.

Dog exercise

The Fat Killer!!








This the dog trotter. It is one of the best dog treadmills on the market. You should ask your dog trainer if he or she has one. The trotter, or other high end dog treadmills have a three point harness to keep your dog steady. The wheels have adjustable speeds that you hand tighten to increase or decrease resistance depending on your dog. Your dog doesn’t have to go on a full out sprint. No, just a little walk or a slight jog. In fact in the beginning I would suggest just a walk. The really cool feature about this is that once on the treadmill the wheels start to roll automatically. It is designed so that your dog’s toes will not get pinched.

Meet The Flirt Pole

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Get that dog moving








The flirt pole is essentially a stick with a tug type toy at the end attached by a rope. So if you have a dog that has a high prey drive, that likes to chase after things and tug things then this is for you guys. Just swing it around for a bit and occasionally let your dog score a hit and you guys are having some fun. This particular model is sturdy enough for this pitbull to grab it and get a good tug.

Super Insane Tug Toy!!

Super Insane Tug Toy

Super Insane Tug Toy












If you have a dog like mine then you have a dog that loves to play tug. Tug is a great game to play with your dog and you can use the tug as a reward for well done behaviors. In other words you can use it as a reward to help train your dog.

With this type of tug you won’t have to worry about sore shoulders any longer.

I like this design a bit better than the spring pole. With a spring pole the tug is hung from a tree and it launches the dog in the air by way of a pretty actively compressed spring.  You can get some crazy big air on the spring pole and it is a kick to watch your dog fly all bad ass through the air but… they can get hurt. On the spring pole your dog can get it’s teeth caught and some people freak out when they see their dog get launched 15′ in the air. The safe alternative (sorry danger lovers) is the super tug.

7 Tips To A Skinny Dog, Part 1

Fat dogs aren’t “loved” or cute. They will die faster and cost you thousands at the Vet and grocery. 

A few Sunday’s ago I was tending my free dog sitting booth at the Campbell’s farmers market when this man brought his dog for me to watch while he shopped for healthy food. The dog practacely rolled into my holding area. The dog was out of breath and they only walked a few feet from their car. Then I read an article in the New York Times about the emergence of high dollar fat camps for dogs.

Dog Fat Camp Article Here

Why do people think fat dogs are funny or cute?

According to the Association for pet obesity prevention over half the dogs in this country are overweight. You may think it’s cute to see your dog pittifully begging for table scraps getting fatter and fatter everyday, but are you going to think it’s funny when you have to shell out $2,500 for a new elbow? Oh and the vet usually suggest that you get them both done at the same time, $5,000, ouch!

Does this collar make my butt look fat?

Does this collar make my butt look fat?







The New York Times article goes on to say that overweight dogs are more likely to get Diabetes, Arthritis, high boold pressure, kidney and respiratory diseases.

You can reduce the calorie intake but exercise is needed as well to win the battle of the bulge. That is why I am a big fan of tred mills and exercising along side of a bicycle. Just please make sure you start out at a fast walk and work your dog safely. Here is my article on how to exercise your dog. 

Dog fat camps and personal trainers for dogs are a new tool to battle k9 calories. You will be looking at about $30 to $100 per session for your dog to hit the tred mill or some laps at the dog pool. You can also try some low cal dog food, although I wouldn’t waste your money on special food. The blame goes to you. Your dog eats what you give it and burns off the calories you allow. You must exercise the dog daily and I’m not talking about a walk. Taking your dog for a 30 min walk is like saying I did a pushup today.


Are we out of ice cream?

Are we out of ice cream?










Part 2 tomorrow

Your Dog Needs More Exercise, Dog Care

This two part dog care article is going to give you some suggestions on how to give your dog better care through exercise.

Just like us, your dog needs exercise and most dogs, certainly most bigger dogs don’t get enough of it. Most dogs in America are overweight and unhealthy. This can lead to a shorter life span for your dog as well as unnecessary vet visits and vet costs. Most Americans spend $500.00 extra per year just on over feeding their dog.

My personal favorite dog exercising tool is the bicycle, although not for dogs or puppies that are still growing and not for dogs that have bone, hip or joint problems.  I love to ride my beach cruiser with my girl dog running right next to me. She gets all excited when I get out the bike. If you are just starting out, start slow. This is for both you and the dog. If your dog has been sedentary for a while get it warmed up for a few weeks. You know don’t just start out all haul-ass. I would go for a fast walk pace and bring some water and a collapsable bowl with you. Remember start out real slow.



That's not what i meant

That’s not what I meant

This is a great attachment for the bike and a dog

This is a great attachment for the bike and a dog



Indoor Leashes For Dogs

Indoor Leashes For Dogs

If you have an untrained dog or a puppy I suggest you keep it on an indoor leash. By keeping your dog on an indoor leash you keep the door of communication open. When it comes to dog training there is no difference if you are indoors or out. You need the instant feed back and control the leash can provide.

When you have friends or family visit and your dog is in the house and out of the crate it should  be on a leash. That non retractable leash should be connected to a collar that goes around your dog’s neck. The collar should be “training tight” that means your dog cannot back out of the collar.  The leash should be in your hand at all times. If you don’t want to split your attention between your dog and your guest, put your dog in it’s crate.



Leash Correction For Unwanted Behavior   

If your untrained dog or puppy is chewing on your furniture and you go to grab the dog with your hands it will quickly learn that your hands may bring discomfort and fear. You can accomplish your goal of correcting your dog by grabbing it’s leash to move it away from the distracting area.

If your dog is jumping on friends or family you can use the leash to communicate to the dog that it’s behavior is unwanted.

Leashes Eliminate The Need For Rough Talk And Mean Faces.

If you don’t use a leash then most people are going to use rough loud threatening voices and rough talk. I never (almost never) rough-talk or mean-face my dog. It’s unnecessary and

counterproductive. With an indoor leash you can show your dog, not tell your dog.

The Best Dog Management Tools Money Can Buy

Crate or Kennel

Weather you have an adult dog or a puppy the dog crate is a great management tool. I don’t advocate keeping your dog confined for extended periods of time, but for those times when things get out of your control the crate or kennel is super handy.

I start my dogs or puppies out learning to love the crate. I play crate games and use it as a training tool. I have had many clients who get an addition to their family from new babies to elderly parents and the crate is that extra set of hands you will need. Are you having company over? A crate make everything smooth! Is it the 4th of July? Too many dogs bolt and never come back due to the loud sounds. Kennel your dog, throw a cover over the crate and put the whole mess in your room and shut the door. Safe dog!

Baby Gates

In addition to the crate, or maybe in exchange for the crate you go for the baby gate. The baby gate is a great management tool as it will prevent your dog from having too much access. Your dog does not need access to the entire house. No, just bits and pieces. I would suggest getting a few baby gates with the gate in the gate. That way you don’t have to step over the gate, just open it and step through then shut it again. If you have multiple dogs in the house, or have a friends dog over you might want to throw a blanket over the gate to cut down visual stimulation and avoid fence fighting in your home.


Exercise Pens

Exercise pens when fully extended are 10’ long and are great for odd shaped or irregular shaped areas that will hold your dog by conforming the pen to the shape of the area. You can string two or more together to make them a fence or a big confinement area either in your house or out of doors. They fold up flat so they are great for travel or stow it under your bed and keep it for emergencies. They are great for homes that have wide door ways because of the length.


Dog Training Tips For Your Lifestyle

This article was designed to give you some dog training tips.

People often ask me what is the most difficult dog to train. It is the dog that was put in the wrong job. Just like people dogs have certain attributes that make them perfect for some jobs and well, not so perfect for other jobs. As the saying goes, “Don’t put a square peg in a round hole.” Get the right dog for the right job, or lifestyle.

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For some people the sole reason the get a dog is so they can throw a ball or a frisbee and watch the joy from the dog as it rushes to catch the ball in mid air and quickly bring it back every time for another throw. (that would be me by the way) Most dogs, however don’t have that level of drive, or desire to chase down the ball and retrieve it to the handler’s hand. The retrieve is a drive that is usually professionally bred into the dog by breeders.


Other people want a dog for protection purposes. For that not just any big scary do will do. Again you need a dog that was professionally bred for that purpose from parents that have excelled in the various protection sports and produced a litter or two with pups that have titled in protection. Getting the family dog is kinda like buying a car. Don’t buy a sports car if you have a huge family.

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If you are new to the idea of adding a dog to your family you might want to ask for some advice from a pro. I see a lot of people these days with dogs they have no business owning. Dogs that are way too dominate and high speed. You might want to ask a dog trainer for some dog training tips that does not breed dogs or else he or she may just steer you to their own dogs and that may not be a good fit. Ask several if you need to. You can always ask me!

San Jose Dog Trainer|Potty Training In The Rain

The Rain Stopped My Potty Training

Yes it will. Stop it already. For all your dog knows it rains everyday. What about parts of the world where it rains for weeks? Do you think the dog waits for days and days? If you have a potty training student and it is raining make sure YOU are ready to stand with your dog in the rain. If you don’t go with your dog what do you think it will do? It will go out and not go potty in an attempt for you to bring the dog back in. Then guess what? Your dog will go potty, on your carpet. If this happens never scold your dog. Never rub your dogs nose in anything. You messed up, not the dog. Go out with your dog, encourage your dog to do it’s business. Put the dog on a leash if you have to and take it to it’s potty spot. Get your warm jacket, your rubber shoes, gloves and hat and patience. If she still won’t go, no problem, bring her back in and immidatly put her in her crate, not in a scolding way, in a patient way. After a few minutes try again. This time walk her around this may help. Remember to bring your food rewards. If she still refuses to go, put her back in her crate again. THE WORLD STOPS UNTIL YOUR DOG GOES POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN.

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Eventually your dog will go potty. I promise. It is likely that she will go potty a little bit just to get the whole thing over with. Watch for this. Don’t be fooled by this people. Remember we won’t be happy till she goes pee and poop. If she only goes a little bit put her back into her crate. This is not  punishment, rather management. Keep at it and eventually your dog will do all her business in the rain, on a plane, even in the south of Spain! You get the idea.

Hello My name is Ashley Starling. I am the owner of Canine Tutors Dog Training and I train dogs and puppies in San Jose, Ca. If you have questions concerning your dog or pup feel free to give us a call! 408-455-1503


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