2015 Best Dog Toy

If you think one dog toy is as good as the next, then you’ve never participated in a focus group of dogs in action.

Despite the cold weather, Houston, Gracie and Piper had a great time chasing balls, tugging on Wubbas, and chewing on treat toys.  What more could a dog ask for!

While all the dogs had a great time with the toys, the 2015 toy test winner was a tie between the Earth Orbee and the Gnawledge Treat Bouncer.  Gracie found both interesting immediately (when a treat was inside).  Houston enjoyed playing with the Orbee on its own.

Wubbas got a three out of five PAW rating for versatility in chewing and fetch.  The dogs liked to watch it but some only gave it a sniff.

We would like to thank all of the participants for making toy test night a huge success.  We were pleased to offer owners an opportunity to “try it before you buy it” and will provide the results to the companies who donated the toys.

The Woofie Shop already has the Orbee in stock but will soon have the Gnawledge Treat Bouncer.  Stop by and check out our supply!

Have a product you’d like us to test?  Send us the product’s name and where it can be obtained and your favorite Central Ohio dog training center will do the rest!

Workshops for kids and dogs

Looking for something special to do with your children’s friends?  Interested in a unique party idea that involves dogs?  Book a canine group workshop designed just for your kids.

Acme Canine can specialize a workshop to the date, time and even the place that suits you the best.  All you need to do is have three (or more) dog owners interested in participating and the class is set.  Call (740) 548-1717 for more information.

Here’s some of our great ideas:

Kid N Dog Safety workshop

All children should be taught to respect other living beings, be they animal or human. From birth, children need to learn that some things are just not allowed and “be gentle” should be a common household command. Even if your household does not contain animals, your children should still be taught the basics. One day they will encounter a dog whether it is a neighbor’s dog or a meeting on the street with a strange dog. Students receive verbal instruction, handouts and visual demonstrations. Cost $35/dog Limit six well socialized dogs who know obedience commands.

Picnic with your pup workshop

Dogs will learn the Place Mat and Leave It commands to help prepare for your very own picnic with your dog.  Attendees will receive handouts on the commands as well as a booklet on treats and dog nutrition.  Cost $35/dog   Limit to six well socialized dogs.

Preparation for a new puppy

If a new puppy is in your future then this workshop is for you! This workshop is geared towards first time dog owners, also people who have previously owned dogs and want to get started off on the right track, as well as children who want to take part in the process of preparing for your new arrival. This is a very informative session with lots of tips, advice, and handouts. Cost $20/person…no dogs

 Dog tricks and games

There are many reasons to play games with your dog. It will strengthen your relationship. It will keep the dog from getting bored, which will keep him from things you don’t want him doing, and make him healthier. Join our certified trainer in fun games such as Funagle, Are you a Mutthead, Are you out of your mind, TicTacDog, and musical canines.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to teach your dog various tricks, including: Shake, Wave, Crawl, Roll Over, Dance, and many more.  Teaching tricks can be fun and rewarding for your dog.  Tricks are mentally stimulating, and allow a dog to receive all kinds of praise and attention from anyone around to watch their amazing feats.  Cost $15/dog  Limit to six well socialized dogs.

Games for dogs and kids

Tug of war or dogs chasing children isn’t the way for children and dogs to play together. The staff at Acme Canine is pleased to announce the creation of a new workshop specifically designed to assist children with interacting more efficiently, enjoyably, and creatively with their favorite furry 4-legged friend. The contents of this one-hour workshop to be held and will be geared toward the discussion of age appropriate play with dogs, showcasing how various games can develop and encourage better interaction and bond between child and pet, addressing prevalent problems affecting certain types of play, and many other pertinent topics.

Children age 6 to 12 will benefit from learning how to recognize the advantages of incorporating new and innovative play strategies with their dog and how the wrong game may contribute to increasing bad behaviors.  Cost $15/child.  Limit to six well socialized dogs.

DOG IQ Testing

Interested in some easy ways to gauge your dog’s brainpower? The best way to measure intelligence is to assess your dog’s problem solving skills. Even if your dog isn’t the brightest kibble in the bag, you’ll still have fun! Problem solving games are great for keeping your dog busy indoors when the weather is too cold to be outside! Cost $10/dog

Dog involved holiday gift night

Build your relationship with your dog while having fun! Join us for an evening of holiday arts and crafts. Help your dog make a special pawprint ornament for a loved one! Cost $10/ornament

Quick classes on improving dog behavior

Looking for something special to do with your dog friends?  Interested in a unique party idea that involves dogs?  Book a canine group workshop designed just for you.

Acme Canine can design a workshop to the date, time and even the place that suits you the best.  All you need to do is have three (or more) dog owners interested in participating and the class is set.  Call (740) 548-1717 for more information.

Here are some topics for workshops:

CGC TEST

A certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator from Acme Canine will test dogs for Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine. Cost is $10 per dog.

Improving commands and confidence building workshop

Does your dog know commands but loses focus at the sign of a squirrel or when the doorbell rings? Learn how to teach your dog to accept real-life distractions such as the door bell ringing, toy destruction, mailmen, loud noises, food on the floor and more. This 1-hour workshop offers an opportunity to work on distraction training and improve your dog’s self control.  $30/dog  Limit 6 dogs.

 Walk Without Pulling workshop

Is your dog walking you? Our certified trainer will show you how to get control of the situation and have your dog walking politely on leash by the end of the session. Cost $20/dog Limit six dogs.

Come on command workshop

Coming to you when called is one of the more important skills your dog can learn. The recall, along with a solid “emergency down” may save your dog’s life one day, so it’s worth putting time into training your dog to respond quickly. Although we strive never to put our dogs in unsafe situations, the “come” (or “recall”) command can avert a car-dog collision, a deer chase, or other hazards. On a more practical level, the “come” command presents your dog with opportunities for freedom precisely because you know you can call your dog back – in the park, on hiking trails, or anywhere. At the end of this two hour workshop you will have the skills to build a solid recall with your dog. This class is only available to ACME CANINE obedience clients. Cost is $50/dog Limit 6 dogs.

Special Interest classes for dogs and owners

Looking for something special to do with your dog friends?  Interested in a unique party idea that involves dogs?  Book a canine group class designed just for you.

Acme Canine can create a training package to the date, time and even the place that suits you the best.  All you need to do is have three (or more) dog owners interested in participating and the class is set.  Call (740) 548-1717 for more information.

Here are some suggestions for classes:

SCENT WORK PART 1

A dog’s nose is always working, so why not use this as an opportunity to exercise and bond with your dog? This two-part class will help develop your dog’s natural scenting ability. Your dog will learn to focus on a particular scent, find the source of that scent, and then alert you when he has found it. As your dog’s handler you will learn to observe your dog, paying close attention to his body language and other visual cues. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300/dog with $100 deposit to reserve spot.

FETCH & RETRIEVAL

Does your dog lack interest in fetching?  This class focuses on teaching the dog to retrieve various objects. Dogs will learn to take items from the owner’s hand, hold the items, move with the items, and then release the item to the owner when prompted. All parts of the class will be taught on leash. Distractions will be added as the class progresses in order to teach the dog to take and hold items in real world situations. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300/dog with $100 deposit to reserve spot.

Therapy Dog Training Tailored to You!

Looking for something special to do with your dog friends?  Interested in a unique party idea that involves dogs?  Book a canine group class designed just for you.

Acme Canine can specialize a group class to the date, time and even the place that suits you the best.  All you need to do is have three (or more) dog owners interested in participating and the is set.  Call (740) 548-1717 for more information.

Here’s some classes we currently offer:

Reading Dogs Class

Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to meet others in the area who are bringing dogs to libraries, schools and bookstores to help children with reading? In 6 weeks you and your dog will develop the skills to help children with reading comprehension. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300 with $100 deposit to reserve spot.

Therapy Dog / Canine Good Citizen

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a six week program that teaches responsible dog ownership to owners and basic good manners to both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Students will receive verbal instruction, handouts and visual demonstrations. An optional noncompetitive CGC Test is available on the last class day for a fee of $10.00 per student. Upon successful completion of the test you and your dog will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Cost is $300 with a $100 to reserve your spot. Limit six well socialized dogs with knowledge of basic obedience commands.

Personalized Group Obedience Class

Looking for something special to do with your dog friends?  Interested in a unique party idea that involves dogs?  Book a canine group class designed just for you.

Acme Canine can specialize an obedience class to the date, time and even the place that suits you the best.  All you need to do is have three (or more) dog owners interested in participating and the is set.  Call (740) 548-1717 for more information.

Basic Obedience Group Class

Our certified trainer, Laura Pakis, will provide you and your friends with the knowledge and skills necessary to train your dog each step of the way. She’ll guide you through the training process and through obedience your dog will become a better member of your family. Not only will your dog learn basic obedience but we focus on good manners and building respect. Your dog will build a good foundation through many group exercises and distraction training. All commands are taught on leash. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300 with $100 deposit to reserve spot.

Intermediate Obedience Group Class

Is your dog still using a dragline in your home? Does your dog only respond to commands if you pick up the leash? Take your dog from on leash in your home to responding to verbal commands off leash. Obedience is a way of life and must be maintained as your dog grows and matures. Dogs must know on leash commands and be able to pass a competency test. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300 with $100 deposit to reserve spot.

Advanced Obedience Group Class

If your dog responds well to verbal commands off leash or on a tab in your home then this class is the next step in your dog’s education. We will coach you along in the process of getting your dog offleash outdoors. Dogs must be successfully responding to commands in the home without a dragline as a prerequisite to this class. Six week course. Limit six dogs. Cost $300 with $100 deposit to reserve spot. Call us at 740-548-1717 for additional information and to schedule a free competency test!

Does Your Dog Pull On Leash?

It’s not just your dog! It takes two to pull.

Dogs do not pull if there is no one dangling at the end of the leash! Both you and your dog need to break old habits.

A Leash is to the Dog-Human connection like a seat-belt is to the car-driver connection.   Both are safety devices and often mandated by law. Just as we never use a seat-belt to drive our car, we should not use a leash to “drive” our dogs.   A leash allows us a safe and effective connection to our dogs in case of surprises, emergencies, or situations where attention is hard to get or keep

Your dog pulls because someone, somewhere at some time, took a step when he put tension on the leash.   He continues to pull because it continues to be a rewarding experience. He pulls, and he gets to the car. He pulls and he gets to greet that other dog in class. He pulls and the neighbor lady across the street tells him how lovely he is, even though he is now not JUST pulling but is also climbing up the front of her with his muddy dog paws, to which she replies, “it’s ok, I don’t mind!”

What gets rewarded gets repeated.

Here is the elusive answer to the ever present question of HOW DO I TEACH MY DOG NOT TO PULL?? (Shhhhh – it’s a secret!)   Don’t walk forward if there is tension on the leash.

Sounds way too simple doesn’t it?

Simply POP every single time you note that the dog is about to put the slightest tension on the leash and the pulling will go away.  If you are consistent and don’t give up, he will learn it. He will have good days and bad, but if you are diligent, he will figure it out.

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2004: the beginning of Acme Canine

As part of Acme Canine’s 10th anniversary celebration we are looking back on special moments. 

The year 2004.  Dog owners paid an average of $32 for a 40 lb bag of dog food.  Labrador Retrievers topped the most popular breeds of the year with Golden Retriever and German Shepherd Dog close seconds.  “Josh,” a Newfoundland, won best in show at the 128th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. And Cesar Millan began his hit show, Dog Whisperer, on National Geographic Channel.

Also in 2004, Laura Pakis started her dog training business, Acme Canine.  It was created to bring professional, knowledgeable and caring dog training to the places dogs misbehave the most…their home.

When owner, Laura Pakis, decided on the Acme name, she had not thought of the benefits of having a company name that started with the first letter of the alphabet. Rather it was based on two other reasons. One was the good memories of the nostalgic Acme Company and how it could fix anything. Most importantly, it was the more intellectual reason of Acme’s definition meaning “the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development”. For Acme Canine that meant being dogcentric!

Making the Final Call

Hi Spike here,

I have the best friend in the world, Woofie.  I’ve know him all my life and he’s been there for me through thick and thin.

Well, Woofie’s getting old (he’s 11 years old now) and some days he doesn’t do as well as others.  Our owner, Laura, gets sad  thinking about the day Woofie may not be in this world with us and to tell you the truth, sometimes I get a little misty-eyed thinking I might not have the big guy to sleep next to at night.

Right now Woofie moves slower and has some bad days, but his quality of life is pretty high.  Laura knows this because of a great scale created by Dr. Alice Vilalobos of Pawspice Care.  She’s a veterinary oncologist who cares alot about cats and dogs and wants owners to be comfortable assessing their pet’s quality of life.

I’ve attached her Quality of Life Scale chart along with the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance guide to planning ahead a tribute to your pet’s life.  A Guide to Planning Ahead  Quality of Life Scale