We teach dog owners new tricks


The Bake-A-Bone dog treat maker is simple to use and easy to clean up. It comes with a recipe book containing 30 recipes and most of the recipes only require on average four ingredients that are usually stocked in most kitchens. They also have pre-made mixes that can be bought seperately but making your own mixes is easy, cheap and you have the peace of mind of what is actually in the mix.

Basically a glorified waffle maker, Bake-A-Bone makes soft, fresh, moist, bone-shaped treats in 5-10 minutes. The recipes are similiar to a waffle formula recipe, so the treat is fluffy and soft with crusty edges and a golden brown surface. A harder treat can be made by putting the finished Bake-A-Bone treats in a 350-degree heated oven, turning off the oven and letting them “bake” for 4-6 hours.

Using the Bake a Bone is a nice way to provide treats to dogs with dietary restrictions since you know exactly what the treats are made of.  Unfortunately because you aren’t adding any preservatives the treats don’t stay fresh for long unless you freeze them.

Overall, I enjoyed making doggie treats with the Bake-A-Bone treat maker because it does create dog treats with no preservatives, however while baking I kept wishing it baked more treats at a time because it is time consuming to bake only 4 treats every 10 minutes or so.

If you do decide to purchase one, buy it at a store rather than order it through the TV.  It seems the direct order company has some issues with delivery.

In any case, here’s a grain-free recipe from an Amazon customer to try with your waffle maker or the Bake a Bone:
* 1 sweet potato – cooked and skin removed
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup coconut milk
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1.5 tablespoons flax
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1/2 cup coconut flour

* Combine the flax and water in a bowl and let it sit so that the flax makes a paste.
* Cut up the sweet potato and boil until soft. Let cool, remove skins and mash.
* Combine all ingredients in a mixer and mix well.
* Drop batter onto the bake a bone or waffle iron.
* Bake for 10 minutes.  Pull out and let cool.
* Store chilled in the fridge.
* Yields: About 30-32  dog biscuits

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Halloween can be a fun time of year. With all sorts of fall festivals, costumes, trick-or-treating and candy, most households, both with and without children, will join in the festivities to some extent.

While this can be a fun time of year for humans, it is not always fun or safe for our pets. There are many problems that may occur with dogs this time of year, and now is the time to begin working on them… ahead of time!

One of the most common issues is dogs bolting out the door whenever it’s opened. Chances are on Halloween, trick-or-treaters will be ringing your bell and you’ll be opening the door quite regularly. Practice now with your pet… teaching him that even if the door is open, he is not to run out. You may have to use his leash at first and it’s a good idea to practice at times of day when there are many distractions outside.

Also an important thing to address is very thorough socialization. Remember, while we know that the adorable little Darth Vader or Princess Witch is just a cute kid in a costume, our dogs may not realize. Work on socializing your dog with hats, masks, strange noises and anything else you can think of so he won’t be overly suspicious comes Halloween time. You don’t want your dog to become overprotective or extremely fearful which could result in a dangerous situation.

Supervision is another good idea on Halloween. Many people choose to sit out on their porches and wait for trick-or-treaters and a properly socialized dog can join in the fun by staying with you on a leash. Also be sure to keep your dog safe by not leaving him outside in your yard unsupervised for long periods of time. Cats, especially black ones, should be kept indoors to protect them from the rare (but occasionally real) cruelty that could occur.

Last but not least, remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Do not leave your bowl of goodies anywhere the dog might reach it and be sure that children know where to keep their booty as well.

By doing some training and taking precautions ahead of time, our dogs can be safe and enjoy Halloween along with the rest of us!

Trick training is limited only to what you want to teach your dog. Teach it to sit up and beg, maybe even to dance. What would you and your dog enjoy?

Training your dog tends to take a serious tone; after all, much of it involves teaching your dog its place in the family, and self-control. Your dog needs to learn that it’s not allowed to jump on the sofa and that it has to keep its nose out of the kitchen trashcan. That can be serious stuff.

However, training also can be fun. Games and tricks can challenge your skills and your dog’s ability to learn. Once you have taught your dog, you can show off its tricks and amuse your friends and family. I use trick training with my therapy dogs. A silly trick can help the person we’re visiting laugh.

Keep training sessions short and upbeat. With some dogs, three minutes may be too much. Other dogs may be able to concentrate for six or seven minutes. You need to know your dog and always stop before it loses interest.

Also, always stop with a success. If your dog is having trouble, have it do a trick you know it can do and then praise it lavishly before you stop the training session.

Remember that tricks are mainly meant to give your dog some meaningful activity — this means two things:

   1. Don’t bore your dog with these tricks, only do them as long as you both are having fun, and when he has mastered one thing, think of something new instead of just repeating the old routines;

   2. Some of them may require lots of time to learn. Don’t worry, that’s exactly why they are so useful — in order to master the trick your dog needs to concentrate very much and use his brain! Progress in small steps if needed, and don’t forget to reward your dog when he makes progress!

 Useful Tricks

  • If your dog already knows how to heel on your left, teach him to heel on your right or to walk right behind you. These may be useful in crowds, narrow corridors, etc., and heeling on the right is also needed in Agility. Remember to use a new command for heeling on the ‘wrong’ side!
  • Teach your dog to lift up each of his feet on command (‘right-front’ etc.) This is useful when you clip his nails, or need to wash or wipe him, etc.
  • Are you tired of collecting all of your dog’s chew toys, tennis balls, squeaky toys, teddy bears etc. when your parents-in-law or your non-dog-loving boss is coming for dinner? Teach your dog to do it himself! He can learn to pick up all of his toys and put them into a box on command.
  • If you live somewhere where it rains frequently, you probably already hate the way your dog shakes his coat dry when he is close to you or your clean laundry etc.? You can teach him to do that on command so that you can ask him to ‘shake!’ or ‘rock’n’roll!’ when he is standing a little bit further away.
  • Is your duty in the family to wake everybody up in the morning — a routine which often requires lots of time and effort, and is never appreciated? Teach your dog to do it for you! “Go wake up Jane!” “Go wake up Daddy!” and your dog licks their faces or pokes them with his nose until they are awake.
    Another version of this: The dog ‘digs’ in the morning: on command, she rips back the covers from around a malingerer and drags them (the covers) back to the foot of bed, exposing said body to cold air and (ostensibly) motivating rising.
  • If you live alone and sometimes fall asleep again after turning off the alarm clock in your sleep, you can teach your dog to start licking and poking you at the sound of your alarm clock.
  • Everybody’s heard of the classical trick where a dog fetches slippers or a newspaper, but what about letting your dog ‘answer the phone’ (lift up the receiver for you), put an empty beer bottle back in the box, or carry some other things on command? (It’s possible to teach a dog to identify a very large number of objects by names).
  • When you go out for a walk, let your dog fetch his own collar and/or leash. Have him get his collar from the shelf when you say “collar!”. Some people also use this in Agility, when they finish their run the dog goes to get his leash instead of jumping around the handler demanding for more action.
  • Teach your dog to ‘finds your keys’. Also good for accustoming dogs to metal articles in mouth for utility work. You can also teach your dog to bring the box of Kleenex when you sneeze.
  • Teach your dog to stop and look before crossing a road. You can first teach your dog the directions (“look right” and “look left”), and then combine the commands to sit and to look left-right-left! before given the permission to cross. Add the command “Any cars coming?” for the entire trick. If you are consistent with your training, you can possibly condition your dog not to start crossing the road as long as he sees cars approaching, which would make this trick also extremely useful.
  • Teach your dog to “back up”. With this command, you can give him a simple command to “back up”, which gets him out of the way and also earns him some praise — instead of him receiving human “growls” because he’s in the way.

Tricks for Fun

These are not meant to be useful (some of them may be, sometime), but just fun for you and your dog, or maybe for some neighborhood kids if you want to show them how smart your dog is. I’m pretty sure all dog owners have some special ‘silly tricks’ that they do with their dogs but maybe never show anyone.

  • “Give a kiss” or “hug” — your dog gives you (or somebody else!) a wet kiss or puts his paws on your shoulder. This is great when you meet someone who thinks that “that dog looks vicious!”
  • “Sit up” or “dance” are quite common tricks (dog gets up on his hind legs), but you can also teach him a more unusual command for this — for example, ask your dog “What does a CIRCUS-DOG do??” to make him dance for you!
  • Bow on command. Position a food treat underneath your standing dog’s chest. As your dog moves its front legs down to get the treat and its rear end rises, click one with a dog flicker and say, “Bow.” Then offer the treat. If your dog tries to grab the treat without bowing, tuck the treat into your closed palm. Repeat these steps five or six time. If your dog gets the trick quickly, stop, praise, and move on to another trick to prevent boredom.
  • “Watch me!” Guaranteed your dog maintains eye contact to follow your commands on a set by saying, “Watch me,” and touching your nose. As soon as your dog looks at your eyes, click a dog clicker and hand over a treat. Cock your head to the side and reward if your dog mimics the movement. Gradually take away the vocal command and the clicker and reward your dog with a treat each
  • “Message Dog” is one of the Scandinavian dog sports not practiced elsewhere, but you can do similar exercises for fun. This can even be useful in some situations, especially if you teach your dog to actually carry something with him. The idea is that the dog runs from person A to person B on command, then back to person B, etc. In the Scandinavian competitions this always starts so that person A walks away from person B with the dog, then sends the dog back (in the beginning the dog sees person B from where he is sent to run, in the more advanced version he does not). When person B sends the dog back to person A, it is possible that person A has moved to a new location — then the dog needs to do some tracking in order to find person A. You can easily invent your own varieties of this game, depending on how challenging you want it to be.
  • Nodding or shaking head — you can teach your dog to do these. These are more fun if you don’t ask him to ‘nod’ but rather teach him to nod on cue like “I’m so smart and beautiful, don’t you AGREE?”
  • “Nose-ball” — teach your dog to push a tennis ball to you with his nose. This is a great ‘living room activity’ for rainy days!
  • Soccer: The fun thing about soccer is that each dog will come up with a different way of handling the ball to get around the fact that it’s too big to get their jaws around. Dogs learn to use their nose or/and paws to get the ball moving, and you can have several people playing the game with the dog.
  • Volley ball: If you thought that soccer would be the most advanced ball game you can teach your dog, here’s news for you: you can train your dog to play volley ball with people! Teach him to “play outfield” and take off running until far enough out, then say “swing” and he turns around and sits — whenever the ball goes in his area he leaps up and tries to hit it back over the net!! If it doesn’t make it teach him to push it over to the other teams side and then run back to his spot and wait for the next one.
  • Pointing at a treat: hide a treat in your hand, hold both hands in front of the dog and request him to point at the treat, either with his nose or foot.
  • Singing: some dogs “sing” very easily especially if they hear high tones. Some dogs can be trained to make different kinds of weird noises, especially the more vocal breeds/individuals. In Finland there is a famous dog call Gizmo who performs with a symphony orchestra. He sits on the owner’s lap and sings along with their music!
  • “Speaking”: many dogs can be trained to “speak” on command, and they can even be trained to bark loudly or more quietly. Owners can teach their dogs the following dialogue: “What does a big dog say?” -”WOOF!!!”
    “What does a debarked dog say?” -”woof”
  • Many owners play with their dogs games where they hide the dog’s favorite toy etc. under a blanket for the dog to find. Some people hide other family members under blankets, or simply their own hand for the “catch the mouse”-game.

Problem Solving

  • Opening boxes — you can put a treat into a box and let your dog try to get it out. Start with boxes without a lid, and progress to freezer box -type boxes with a lid that can be opened by pulling on the side. (And be prepared to have tooth marks all over the box, you may even end up with the box in zillion pieces!). This is a good exercise if you are busy doing something (getting ready to go to work etc.), because you don’t actually need to do anything when the dog is working on the task.
  • Finding the way out: Go to the other side of a fence etc. so that your dog can’t get to you directly but instead needs to find a way to get to you (without jumping over the fence). (You can also do this inside, if there’s a room with two doors). Don’t help your dog to find his way to you, because then he’ll learn to expect help from you. Naturally you can’t do this many times at one place.
  • Opening doors: teach your dog to either push a door that is ajar open with his nose or to use his paws on the handle to open the door. Note: the dog may scratch the door when opening them; also after learning this, he may open doors also when you don’t expect it!

Halloween is just around the corner and with it tempting bags of goodies full of treats and potential chew toys. Children may want to share their trick or treating booty with their 4-legged pal.  Parents should step in and curtail this. Both chocolate and raisins have serious effects on dogs, from mild to severe, and potentially fatal.

In addition to the treat hazards, not every dog will enjoy this holiday.  To dogs Halloween can be a real fright with all the ghouls and goblins running around and ringing doorbells.  Wandering noses and frisky feet can get into trouble when the fun starts.  Children in costumes can frighten dogs.  The trick is not to treat Halloween as just another day for a dog.  Taking precautions on Halloween will prevent dogs from running out, getting hurt or frightening their Halloween visitors.

On Sunday, October 12 from 1 to 3 pm the Acme Canine staff will host their 8TH ANNUAL HOWLOWEEN party at their facility in Lewis Center.   This is one celebration when it’s okay for you and your dog to dress up and have a howling good time.

Bring your dog in costume.  Wear one yourself!  And plan to enjoy an afternoon of safe dog activities.

Each year Acme Canine Resource Center solicits nominations for a charity to sponsor through our fundraising events. This year’s selected group is 4 Paws for Ability. Located in Dayton, OH, and founded by Karen Shirk, 4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

HOWLOWEEN is one of several Acme Canine charitable events open to the public;  refreshments (for dogs and humans), a costume contest, dog games, silent auction and raffle occur throughout the event. Each dog receives a “trick or treat” bag filled with dog related materials and treats.   This year, attendees can meet Chewbacca, a service dog in training with 4 Paws for Ability.

Thanks to great sponsors such as Dr. R. Mann Veterinary Hospital, Durfey’s Dog, Antonio’s Pizza, all R friends, Top Priority Band, SnapPet Photo, PetEdge, Coastal Pet products, Pawsitive Kneads and more, this should be the best party ever.

Schedule of Events

1:00pm  pawprint painting & costume photographing

1:15pm  costume parade and dog games following

2:30pm  awarding of prizes, raffle items and silent auction


Giving back to the community is part of Acme Canine Resource Center’s purpose, and this event is just one of many charitable activities in which Acme participates. Acme volunteers Reading Dogs to schools and libraries, sponsors an Olentangy Little League team, and gives demo dog presentations to local schools and organizations.

Founded in 2004 by owner Laura Pakis, Acme Canine Resource Center is a boarding, daycare, and training facility located in Lewis Center, Ohio. Laura’s (and the entire staff’s) mission has always been, and remains, “building better lifelong bonds through behavior training and coaching.”

Acme Canine’s facility offers a spacious, 1200-square-foot, indoor space and 3 outdoor multipurpose areas for use in specialized training, year-round classes, and monthly activities and workshops. The facility’s kennels are welcoming, clean, and provide a home-like atmosphere for dogs boarding at Acme. The staff is well-trained in canine behavior and accredited in dog training and pet boarding, so you can be assured your dog is in great hands. Doggie daycare in a structured, dogcentric environment is also a service offered Mondays through Fridays.


4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children and assistance to their families. This year, Acme Canine is sponsoring a dog in training, Chewbacca, a 5-month old Golden doodle who is set to graduate in December. Proceeds from Acme’s events such as Woofie’s Retirement Party and Spike’s Pool Party will go toward the cost of training, housing, feeding, and caring for this lovely boy! If you’d like to learn more about 4 Paws for Ability and the services they provide, you can find them on their website, www.4pawsforability.org, or by mail, e-mail, or phone at: 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385 E-mail: karen4paws@aol.com Phone: (937) 768-9098


All dogs have an inherent need to chew that begins when they first grow teeth and continues through old age. Chewing is essential for dogs for several reasons: it relieves boredom, it satisfies an urge, and it is essential for good tooth/gum health.
Many times owner provide a slipper or old shoe as an “easy” toy for their puppy, only later to complain that their dog is stealing shoes and destroying them. You need to teach your dog the proper things to chew and prevent his access to things he should not have.  Dogs like black and white.  Teaching your dog “LEAVE IT” or “DROP” as well as “TAKE” can clarify to the dog what he can and can’t have.  Acme Canine can lend a hand to teach your dog what is appropriate to chew and what is not. Give us a call today to schedule an assessment to start you and your dog on the right track.

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