Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Reminder to current students...if you are in ongoing classes you must reconfirm your registration with the office, not the trainer, each session, we want to make sure we still have room for you
(The following is in order by start date scheduled!)

PUPPY PARTY TOMORROW, Saturday afternoon 4/26/14!
Tell your friends...pups under one year with current vaccines that are, of course, TOTALLY healthy!  (We do check) with current vaccines (first two sets minimum, NO parasites, should have kennel cough vaccine already).  Send for an invite.  These parties take place at my home, very safe environment!  Love to have you and your friends and your pups join us!  Bring the family
....details on the website at www.mybestfriendobedience.com for all of these offerings!

Sunday Morning classes at Burbank Colorwest Printing have been CANCELLED until I find a new Burbank location
(Beginning, Intermediate, Lifeskills, and Nosework)

Wednesday Evening Intro to Growly class at the Woodland Hills Pampered Pet Hotel begins 4/30!  (Almost full)
You must have completed beginning level training with Heeling (often intermediate level) before joining this class and must have permission from the instructor!  Call 818 996 3647 for details!

Thursday Evening Puppy Head-start at the NEW NORTHRIDGE Pampered Pet Hotel will start on 5/1!  (Space available)
Under 6 months only!

Saturday Morning Tarzana Park classes have all been postponed until 5/3!  (Space available)
(Beginning, Intermediate, and Lifeskills levels)

Sunday Afternoon classes at Woodland Hills Pampered Pet will start on 5/4!  (Almost full)
(PUPPY, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)

Monday Morning classes at West Van Nuys Jesse Owen’s Park will start on 5/5 (space available)
(Beginning, Intermediate, and Lifeskills)

SEE YOU AT CLASS!

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
Cell 818 720 3647

Fax 818 996 0422

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Katherine and the K9s: My Best Friend Obedience

Katherine and the K9s: My Best Friend Obedience: It has been about a year and a half now since I was lucky enough to begin working with Karen Taylor and My Best Friend Obedience.  A lot has...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


email 4/21

Just a few announcements....
Hope you had fun over spring break!  I know I did, but.., back to work!
Monday Morning West Van Nuys classes:  We don’t have anyone actually pre-registered for classes in the morning (4/21) in West Van Nuys at Sherman Way and White Oak!  If you are planning to attend class at that location please contact the office at 818 996 3647 or email at k9frend@earthlink.net!  As of right now the start date is postponed until 5/5!
Woodland Hills Monday night 7:45 pm classes:  We do have a space or two still left in our Beginning Obedience course on Monday night...Class 2 is tonight (4/21).  We would need to get you caught up a bit, or if you have done a private session already that may be enough!
Northridge Wednesday night classes:  If you want to start training class this week....see you at Wednesday evening, 4/23/14, at Northridge Pampered Pet Hotel for Beginning or Intermediate dog obedience class (formerly at Northridge park) see our website for details at www.mybestfriendobedience.com or contact Pampered Pet Hotel to register at The Pampered Pet Hotel And Spa 9300 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324 (747) 202-0784...
MBFO had great fun at the grand opening last Wednesday!  See highlights on our facebook page!
Tarzana Park Saturday morning classes:  As of right now I have a small group enrolled in lifeskills & walking (intermediate level course with lots of leash walking) for Saturday morning at 11:15.  I have a very small group for beginning obedience at 9:45 and no one for intermediate class geared toward AKC CGC/therapy dog prep at 8:30am!  PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ASAP if you are interested in any of these classes... or we may have to postpone the start to 5/3, we will keep you posted!!!  As I said in my last email... I think spring break has everyone distracted and now that it is mostly over these classes should fill up!
BURBANK Sunday morning CLASSES:  We have had an amazing run at COLORWEST Printing in Burbank, and have to send a tremendous thank you to the owners of the property and Diana for allowing us to be there all these years!  The current series of classes scheduled to begin this weekend, 4/27, ARE NOW CANCELLED at COLORWEST IN BURBANK.  If you have registered or prepaid for one of these classes, we are happy to accommodate you at another location or issue you a refund!  We will not be able to use the facility there for training any longer!  We will no longer teach a class on the on the East side of the San Fernando Valley (Studio City or Burbank area) without your help.  We need a spot for our K9 Nosework elite group and our obedience classes!  Feel free to call or email with suggestions to 818 996 3647 or k9frend@earthlink.net!  We would prefer to keep it on Sunday morning!  If you own a business, and would like to let us use your area on a Sunday morning (when no one is around anyway) ... we have our own insurance and promise to leave everything exactly the way we found it!
PUPPY PARTY COMING UP THIS WEEKEND...email for an invite to k9frend@earthlink.net!
Intro to Growly dog class in Woodland hills on 4/30:  Call 818 996 3647 for details or go to www.mybestfriendobedience.com!  To register contact pampered pet hotel at 818 340 2275!  Dogs entering this class must have already worked on basic and intermediate obedience skills!

Sign up for training now...while our group prices won’t be changing ... private session prices will be on the rise after Memorial Day!  Sign up now and save!

email update as of 4/11


It seems too many students are going to miss class over spring break so our Saturday classes at Tarzana Park and our Sunday classes in Burbank are postponed until Saturday 4/26 and Sunday 4/27!

Please make sure you register for classes in advance at www.mybestfriendobedience.com!  For Pampered Pet Hotel classes you can call them directly at 818 340 2275.  Have a great spring break week!

INDOOR CLASSES at PAMPERED PET Woodland Hills and Northridge
For details contact www.mybestfriendobedience.com  or 818-996-3647
(All classes are 6 weeks unless otherwise indicated) to register, call 818 340 2275

Puppy Socialization/Head Start – 6:30 PM Monday 4/7/14 or 3:30 PM Sunday 5/4/14 – (At the Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills) for pups 10 weeks to 6 months!  Socializing puppies with puppies, people, different surfaces, sights, sounds, etc.  A basic clicker introduction will be included as well as basics like Sit, Down, and Come.  Potty training, crate training, grooming, handling, biting, nipping, and chewing (puppy manners) will be covered.  Set your puppy up for success!......$120.00

WE WILL HAVE A NORTHRIDGE PAMPERED PET PUPPY SOCIALIZATION COURSE THURSDAY NIGHTS starting 5/1/14

Puppy Parties SATURDAY 4/26/14 or  5/17/14   at My Best Friend Obedience in Reseda!  Under 6 months at 3:30 pm and over 6 months at 4:30 pm (outdoor one time per month), you must email K9frend@earthlink.net  for a reservation and directions!
HEALTHY PUPS ONLY with 2 sets of vaccines and clear fecal test, no parasites/fleas ........................................... (Donation $10-15)

Beginning Obedience – 7:45 PM Monday night 4/7/14 or  4:45 PM Sunday night 5/4/14  (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills) Sit, Down, Stay in both of those positions, Come, Wait at gates and doorways, Leave-it (don’t touch it), Heel position, no Jumping up, and Walking on a Loose Leash (no pulling) are all covered in our basic obedience course and this course is AKC STAR PUPPY TESTING IS Free at our quarterly test sites!  (Free for life to come back once you complete the full course the first time – 75% attendance required!).............................................................$190.00

WE WILL HAVE A NORTHRIDGE PAMPERED PET BEGINNING COURSE on 4/23/14 at 7:45pm!

Intermediate level obedience (Canine Good Citizen/Pre-Therapy) 6:00 PM Sunday 5/4/14 - (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills) continuation from beginning obedience, geared toward helping you pass the cgc test and all the beginning commands below with more distraction and distance…and “Heel” (Glued to the left side walking) will help us achieve the dog to dog greeting with another owner/dog, left with a stranger for a minute, etc. (Free for life to come back once you complete the full course the first time – 75% attendance required!) ............................................................$190.00

Advanced Class – 7:15 PM Sunday 5/4/14 – (At The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa in Woodland Hills)  For on-going advanced students (or with approval from instructor)............................................................................................................................$120.00

Tricks Level I Class -6:30 PM Thursday 5/15/14(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. Intro level tricks class, would also be a good review for others! ................................$120.00
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Tricks Level II Class -6:30 PM Wednesday 5/14/14(At the Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa)  This class is for students already taking Tricks and is a continuation class!!!.................................................................................................................$120.00

Growly/Reactive Dog class – 7:45 Wednesday – starts 5/14/2014 (At the Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa) for dog reactive dogs!  This class is recommended as a follow up to private training.  No DANGEROUS DOGS please!  Call with questions.  Before attending series you must take INTRO TO GROWLY CLASS!.........................................................................................$120.00

INTRO TO GROWLY CLASS 1.5 hours, one class only on 4/30/14 at 7:30pm...........................................................................$50.00

AKC Rally Obedience (Intro and Practice combined) – 7:45 PM Thursday 5.15.14 – (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!......................................................................................................................................$120.00

High Energy & Control combined with Focus on Agility – 7:15 PM Monday night (moved to BALBOA Park - 4 weeks –NEW classes forming monthly!  FOR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL AND UP (must know heeling) You know who you are ... PERFECT FOR AGILITY STUDENTS THAT NEED FOCUS WORK!  This is a class specifically created for our especially high energy K9 friends!  This class is particularly good for herding breeds (Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, etc.), but is open to other high energy dogs.  Dogs must have at least an Intermediate level education and be social with other dogs (we will be doing off-leash work, so no reactive dogs, PLEASE) call MBFO for details at 818 996 3647......................................... $95.00

AKC CGC TESTING–OPEN TO PUBLIC and STAR PUP TESTING for MBFO Beginning Graduate Pups - Quarterly, next one in June 2014 from 9-11 am (check the website at www.mybestfriendobedience.com) First come, first served at Tarzana Park!  Fee for testing $20.00, free CGC for MBFO intermediate gradsJ

Remember we also do private training at PAMPERED PET HOTEL OR YOUR HOME call or email to schedule at 818 996 3647 or k9frend@earthlink.net  or go to our website at www.mybestfriendobedience.com!


PAMPERED PET GRAND OPENING IN NORTHRIDGE WILL BE WEDNESDAY 4/16/14 around NOON!!  Be there or be square...LOL!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cara Calaway at Jump City Agility is in need of someone to come out a couple of days a week to help set up equipment for classes - probably Tues/Wed or Wed/Thurs 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Has to be someone who can handle moving heavy stuff around like the a-frame. Ideally it would be someone interested in agility and maybe could exchange class fees for the work or ??
Please let me know if you know of anyone who might be interested. The can call me at 
818-606-9530 or come by the park 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Thanks!
Cara, Jump City, Fun4dogs@aol.com... 

how about any interns or externs out there?
NOW CASTING TALENTED DOGS!

Attention Dog Owners ~

Bunim-Murray Productions (Project Runway, The Real World) is currently CASTING for KIDS and DOGS to participate in a fun presentation reel for a popular children’s network! If you have a dog that is quite the character or know a family that would be perfect--- send them our way!!! 

We are looking for teams consisting of: a kid and their dog. Kids should be between 8-16 years old. Looking for dogs that have a special talent (or are food motivated!)… whether it be a silly trick, dancing, singing, obedience, jumping, skateboarding, balancing, relay races, agility courses and more!
  
You can contact us at DOGCASTING@BUNIM-MURRAY.COM.  
Please send us a 2 minute home video (iPhones are ok) introducing yourself
(name and age).
Show us your dog and tell us what makes your pet a star!

Be sure to show your dog doing their SPECIAL TALENT… J