Tag Archives: dog

Serum Run Boot Camp 2012: Hot to Trot. Part 1

If one phase can sum up the 2012 Serum Run Boot Camp it would have to be: Too Hot to Trot It was unseasonably warm this past weekend and it played havoc on our plans for the serum run boot camp. Well not really. We all had a great time. The organizers will be the first to tell you that …

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Team Ineka at the Sled Dog Stampede

On Sunday, Team Ineka’s Robert and Tyler Forto took part in the sled dog stampede at the Willow Winter Carnival in Alaska. We had so much fun! (Well, after about 12 guys, a couple shovels helped get our dog truck un-stuck) The Stampede goes a little something like this: A team of two mushers and up to an eight dog …

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You Got a Christmas Puppy, Now What?

You got a Christmas puppy. Now what? Training your dog for the Holidays The packages tied with ribbon and bows, the tinsel and stockings, and the roast beast are all but a faint memory.  The sweet little bundle of joy that was nestled beneath the tree Christmas morning is by now a barking menacing terror! What to do?  Surely we cannot …

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Holiday Pet Safety

My name is Robert Forto and I am the training director of Denver Dog Works and Alaska Dog Works. I am asked all the time about holiday do’s and don’ts from pet owners. While I always offer an article right around Christmas about training Christmas puppies I thought it would be wise to offer some tips to pet owners on holiday safety before the season’s …

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A Christmas Puppy for a Gift? Maybe Not

A Christmas Puppy for a Gift? Maybe Not Events of this Christmas will have a profound impact on the dog training industry in April. All those cute puppy-in-a-stocking photos prompt unsuspecting people to give dogs as gifts, inevitably resulting in a high rate of premium business for me and my colleagues. A Christmas Puppy? Maybe Not “Christmas puppies” often are …

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The home of Dog Works Radio in Alaska

The home of Dog Works Radio in Alaska. The studio is a work in progress but it’s up and running! Dog Works Radio is hosted by my wife, Michele and I and is presented by Denver Dog Works and Twine Group Radio. This weekly Internet radio program covers dog training, tips and tricks. book and video reviews, best selling authors and filmmakers, and topics …

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Niko: Let the fun begin!

Yesterday my husband Robert and I purchased a puppy for a client in our executive protection training program. Robert and I decided on a male German Shepherd with him consulting over videos in Alaska (I am in Colorado). After placing the pup–his name is Niko (pronounced Nee-co)–in his new home with our clients last night, training begins right away. Niko …

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30 Days About Me. Day 13: Huge Impact

This article was originally written on July 14, 2010 but today’s topic was someone of something that has had a huge impact on my life. It was my dog, Ineka. Some would say but he’s just a dog… It is with a sad heart that I have to report that our dear friend, Ineka passed on yesterday, July 13, 2010. …

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30 Days About Me. Favorite Band or Artist

I am participating a blog challenge today called 30 Days About Me but together so graciously by a Daily Dose of Toni. Today’s topic is my favorite band or artist. If you are a rabid reader of this blog you know that music plays a huge role in my life. I have over 7000 songs on my various iPods/iPhones. To …

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Therapy Dogs in Court Proceedings?

Appeals of a New York Conviction may test the use of therapy dogs during trials. A recent sexual assault trial in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., featured a therapy dog placed on the witness stand to comfort the teenaged victim during her testimony. It was the first use of a judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, and legal experts cite a trend, …

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