Back to School…for your dog!

Now that kids are back to school, it’s got me thinking about training classes for my dog. I’ve tried a few different classes with my dog in the past and I always enjoy the opportunity to allow my dog to use his brain and work on his behavior.

My dog and have done several training classes through North Coast Dogs. I like their mix of fun activities and practical techniques to train your dog. They offer classes to cover all ages of dogs, from puppy training to dealing with problem behaviors in adult dogs. Upcoming classes include:

  • Chill Out: Information to help the Reactive Dog – starting Sept. 1, this 6-week class will focus on the ways to deal with dog aggression. Class starts Sept. 1.
  • Family Dog, for dogs four months or older, the class focuses on building a strong human-canine bond and solving basic problem behaviors. Classes start Aug. 29.

Cleveland has no shortage of dog training classes, from the puppy level on up to the adult dog. Here are some other options around town:

The Dog Class, whose mottos is “Training Dogs, One Human at a Time,” holds classes in North Ridgeville and Rocky River. Trainer Marie-Josée Gatian was voted #2 best dog trainer in the Cleveland area on the “Fox 8 Hot List” for 2013. Upcoming classes include:

  • Puppy Training and Beginner Obedience Class starts on Aug. 26 and goes for six weeks
  • Intermediate Training for dog 6 months or older, also starting on Aug. 26.
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    Your dog will definitely need a backpack for all his homework – 


Fortunate Fido in Columbia Station, also a winner on the Fox 8 list, offers several different training courses to help adult dogs with problem issues. Upcoming classes include:
  • Competition Obedience, focusing on better handling and heeling skills. Class starts on Sept. 6.
  • Relax Fido 1, which focuses on training techniques for dealing with a reactive dog in real life situations. Classes start on Sept. 22.

All Star Animal Training in Parma Heights offers group training classes on a continuous schedule, so you can drop by when you are free. The classes are held Saturdays mornings at 10 a.m.


If you’ve already mastered behavior training and want to get your dog into agility, Canine University of Ohio in Bedford Heights, offers beginning training classes for agility.

If you’re looking for a  more advanced agility class, you’ll want to check out Cleveland All Breed Training Club. This training club offer courses geared toward preparing your dog for competitive agility. Your dog needs to know some basic agility techniques and will be tested before he or she can enter their advanced beginner course.

Who’s your favorite trainer in Cleveland? I’d love to hear your training success stories, send them to!

Happy Birthday Dog!

My dog’s birthday is Saturday. He turns 2! Last year, for the big 0-1, I bought him his favorite treat and took him on a special outing to the park. This year (since he is so grown up) I have invited some friends to go to a dog friendly brunch. I think it’s fun to do something special to celebrate your dog. Of course I realize that my dog isn’t aware it’s his birthday, but I do think all dogs appreciate having a day that they get extra-special attention even if they don’t understand what it’s all about.
If you’re looking for something to do for your dog’s birthday, Dogster posted this article recently with some fun ideas for your dog’s big day. It even has a recipe for a dog-friendly cake.
If you’re not really the dog-cake baking type, don’t worry, you can get one from a local dog bakery! Grateful Dog Bakery in North Ridgeville bakes up all kinds of special treats for dogs. In addition to cookies and donuts, they bake dog birthday cakes. Grateful Dog also offer catering services, and you can rent their “Paw”ty Room for a 2-hour celebration, which includes a 6” birthday cake.


A cake from the Grateful Dog Bakery (photo credit)
One Lucky Dog in Medina also bakes dog cakes and cookies, and has a great selection of dog gifts and cards to make the day extra special. You can even order online, but still support a local business, which is kinda great.
One Lucky Dog Cake (photo credit)

What fun stuff do you do for your dog’s birthday?

Who is Cleveland’s Cutest Dog?

The crowd was packed in tight yesterday for the crowning of Cleveland’s Cutest Dog at the Warehouse District Festival. Over 40 dogs entered the contest, which judged the cutest dogs based on the creativity of their costumes.
The top three:

The creative dog costumes at the festival included a devil, a wizard, a sheriff, and my favorite, a piñata dog. The top three cutest dogs received gift baskets from Pet-Tique, the sponsor of the contest, and all participating dogs walked away with a consolation prize.

Here are some of the best pictures from the contest:

Who’s your favorite cutest dog?

CLE Canines of the Week

Who doesn’t love to share pictures of their dog? I know I do, a little excessively some would say. But I also love looking at pictures of other people’s dogs, hence the  slideshow of local dogs on the main page.

Want to know how your dog can be featured there? It’s simple – send a photo to along with a bio, including full name, age, breed, gender, city and hobbies. Every week a dog from here will be spotlighted as the CLE Canine of the Week. Just like Buford, our 1st ever CLE Canine of the Week!


Full Name: Colonel Buford Bixenstine
Breed: Tri-Color Basset Hound
Gender: Male

Age: 7.5
Hobbies: Being a rescue dog, hounding anyone with food, demanding to be addressed by his full military title, taking majestic skyline-backdrop photos