Friday, October 26, 2012

Hi My Best Friend Students and Friends:


A few updates before I tell you the BIG NEWS:


Puppy Party under 6 months at 3:30 pm and over 6 months at 4:30 pm (outdoor) one time per month:   At my private residence in Reseda, you must email for a reservation to

                Saturday afternoon 11/10/12 or 12/8/12


Beginning(AKC STAR PUPPY) level Obedience (free repeat) one hour per week/6 weeks:

Saturday morning in Tarzana at 9:45 am (began 10/13, you would need to do a make-up)

Sunday morning in Burbank starting 11/4 at 9:00 am

Monday morning in West Van Nuys 11/5 at 9:30 am

Wednesday night in Northridge 11/7 at 7:30 pm

Sunday Morning in West Van Nuys (indoor) 9 am date TBD

Just for puppies - Sunday afternoon in Woodland Hills (indoor) (NEW see below) at 5:15 pm on 11/4


Intermediate(Canine Good Citizen/Pre-Therapy) level Obedience (free repeat) one hour per week/6 weeks:

Saturday morning in Tarzana (began 10/20, but we still have a space or two open)

Sunday morning in Burbank starting 11/4 at 10:30 am

Monday morning in West Van Nuys 11/5 at 10:45 am

Wednesday Night in Northridge 11/7 at 6:15 pm


Advanced Obedience (off leash work) One hour per week/ 6 weeks:

                Saturday morning in Tarzana 11:00 am Saturday morning starting 11/10

Sunday afternoon 11/4 at 3:30 pm in Woodland Hills (indoor) (NEW see below)


Focus on AGILITY obedience (Intermediate obedience or Heel required) one hour per week for 4 weeks:

Moved to THURSDAY NIGHT 11/1 at 7:15 pm instead of Tuesday and will now only alternate                between Monday nights and Thursday nights!


All of our K9 Nosework classes, by our certified K9 Nosework instructors, are already underway until 2013!  We are taking names for the Intro to Nosework class list…if you are an intro to odor student or continuing student already we may be able to get you into a group…just call me at 818 996 3647!


If you want to register for any of the classes above please go to our website and print the preregistration form and mail it in with a check, or you can pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to be a PayPal member).  We do not hold spaces with just a call or email, but can sometimes accommodate even a last minute registration, just let us knowJ.





Elite Advanced Class - 3:30 PM Sunday - November 4th for 6 weeks (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills)  For on-going Advanced students (or with approval from instructor) 


Puppy Socialization Head Start - 5:15 PM Sunday - November 4th for 6 weeks (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills) For puppies from 10 weeks to 6 months and will primarily focus on socializing puppies with other puppies, people, different materials, sights, sounds, etc.  A basic clicker introduction will be included as well as basics like Sit, Down, and Come.  Potty training, crate training, and puppy manners will be covered.  The best way to set your puppy up for success in the future!

High Energy & Control - 6:30 PM Sunday - November 4th for 6 weeks (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills)~You know who you are!  This is a class specifically created for our especially high energy K9 friends!  Often this class is particularly good for herding breeds (Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, etc.), but is also now open to other high energy dogs.  Dogs will need to have at least an Intermediate level education and be social with other dogs (we will be doing off-leash work, so no reactive dogs).


Tricks Level 1 Class -6:45 PM Tuesday – November 6th for 6 weeks - (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa)

~Paw, Wave, Back-up, Crawl, Bow, Spin Left & Right, Sit Up (Stick-em Up!), Play Dead (On Your Side), Roll-Over, Sad Puppy (Head Down), Leg Weaves (Figure Eight), and a caught behavior.  This is a great intro level tricks class, and would also be a good review for a lot of the dogs as it will be in a different location!


Intro to Rally Obedience - 8:15 PM Tuesday – November 6th (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa)~We will cover what Novice Rally Obedience entails, what the signs are, and teach the dogs how to perform each one.  A whole lot of fun for our more advanced dogs!

These classes are $115.00 if you pay by PayPal, $105.00 if you send cash or check.


You can go to My Best Friend Obedience to register or for more information.  


These NEW classes will be taught by our new trainer, Katie McGuire!


The following is her bio…she was formerly a trainer (group, private and regional for other trainers), at Pet Smart in Canoga Park and changed people’s perception of “large pet store” training classes!  They are really very sad to lose herL, but we are more than ecstatic to welcome her to MY BEST FRIEND OBEDIENCE!  Just so you know I already heard of Katie, and her wonderful training style, from our students who had taken her trick classes!  After she decided to join us, I got calls from colleagues lamenting that she did not choose them!  That makes us feel pretty special here at My Best Friend!


Katie’s BioJ

I have always loved animals, especially dogs, but didn’t get an opportunity to have a dog of my own until I was 11. If you look at pictures from when I was younger I would always find dogs to hug and love on.  My training experience started before this however, with horses, as well as my household cats (teaching my felines tricks like sit, sit-up, and wave)!  I spent a large amount of my teen years pet sitting, fostering and training rescue dogs, training friends’ and neighbors’ dogs, attending classes in agility and herding, as well as continuing my equine experience taking part in jumping competitions, and working as a horse trainer's assistant.  I researched everything I possibly could on dog training in my spare time, discovering different methods and developing my talent for working with animals.  

In 2007 I began teaching group obedience classes and quickly discovered that helping people train their own dogs was just as wonderful as training the dogs themselves!  Watching the relationship between human and dog develop is truly magical, and I can’t imagine something being more rewarding.  I also began conducting many one on one sessions with dogs who had behavioral issues, and through continued research and experience developed my education in positively based behavior modification techniques.  I have also worked with American Humane Association as an On-Set Safety Representative, making sure that animals were being trained, handled, and treated according to humane guidelines while working on film and television productions.  Then, while earning my Bachelor’s degree from University of California Santa Barbara, I completed an internship with a company training dogs for the entertainment industry, where I gained more valuable knowledge on specific training techniques.

I currently compete in Rally Obedience, Agility, and Conformation with my 2 miniature long hair Dachshunds, and my Pyrenean Shepherd.  I am an APDT member and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and I attend seminars to further my education in dog behavior and training.  I utilize positive reinforcement methods, and I have a passion for teaching tricks. I love to teach everything from sit, down, and stay, to hand-stand, paw/wave, head down/head up, speak, retrieve, sneeze, turn on and off lights, push buttons, do behaviors at a distance (on a mark) and a variety of other advanced behaviors. Katie McGuire AKA KatherineK9


Don't forget to check up her YouTube channel: KatherineK9

And her Blog: Katherine and the K9s



Of course, Bobby Harouni and I are still here to help you with your training needs and next time I will introduce you to Jo Trent our new K9 Nosework® Intro to Nosework certified instructor!



CGC NEWS… Canine good citizen will now be a title on your dog’s AKC pedigree!!!





Yes, it is true… starting in 2013 CGC will now appear on your dog’s AKC registration (not S.T.A.R. puppy though)!  For those who work hard to achieve this title it is nice to know you will be recognized for your efforts!


Please be patient with the web guy while he gets all this stuff up and running…should be ready to rock on PayPal by Tuesday!  If you are concerned about getting a spot, just do a registration form and mail it in to the address on the form with a check and list one of these classes, we will reserve it for youJ


Whew… I don’t know about you, but that is a lot to take in!!!!!  Thank you for continuing to receive our updates and passing them onto friends in need!  We can’t wait to see you at these terrific new classes!


Karen Reardon Taylor, CPDT-KA

Owner, Trainer and Behavior Counselor

Professional Charter Member or the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and  American Humane Association

AKC CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator

Member Valley Hills Obedience Club

Reseda, CA

818 996 3647 or 866 996 3647

Cell 818 720 3647

Fax 818 996 0422


Monday, October 15, 2012

the focus on agility class is postponed until tuesday 11/6/12 at 7:15pm!

Friday, October 12, 2012

STARTING TARZANA PARK OBEDIENCE CLASSES IN THE AM!  beginning has 1 space left...still room in the intermediate level group! find the details at

Monday, October 8, 2012

FOCUS ON AGILITY By My Best Friend Obedience in conjunction with Jump City Agility TRAINERS KATIE MCGUIRE AND KAREN REARDON TAYLOR!

Monday October 15- November 6th AT 7:15 PM for one hour BALBOA PARK (one hour per week on monday night)


THIS MONTHLY INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OBEDIENCE COURSE WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR CANINE COMPANION BE YOUR BEST AT AGILITY CLASS!  Some of the skills we will “hone” are:  Focus/Watch-me, Here/Come (Toward handler), Turn (away from handler), Target (a particular item like the “contact”), Touch (hand touch), Sit/Down-Stay skills with loads of distractions, Wait/Stop (on a contact or table for example), Leave-it (sniffing treats dropped, etc.), Hand directing, Heel on left or on right, Distraction of other dogs running and whatever else comes up.  We will strive to cover as many areas as possible in a 4 week course.  For more info call 818 996-364 or Go to WWW.MYBESTFRIENDOBEDIENCE.COM TO REGISTER BY PRINTING THE REGISTRATION FORM OR PAYING BY PAYPAL. (If we fill up we will start a waiting list for a 6pm or 8pm class).  THE FEE FOR THIS CLASS IS $105.00 for the 4 week series.  (Mail in a check instead or pay by cash for $10 off)

(we will meet at Balboa Park by the West End of the parking lot by the agility classes)