Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Service with a smile! 

GABOR is our next service puppy and when I say puppy....I mean all puppy. 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Fling!

Does it get any better? Warmer weather. A brisk breeze. Sunshine. 

Nothing could be better then getting out and enjoying the great outdoors with our dogs at Paws & Effects Spring Fling NADAC agility trial. 

Who? You! or anyone who likes the joy and fun of dog agility.

When? May 2 - 3, 2009

Where? Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines, Iowa. (PDF of directions)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Signing at Beaverdale Books

We were honored to attend a book signing last evening at Beaverdale Books. 

Veterinarian Jeff Wells told stories from his new book "All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice." Everyone found the event to be quite entertaining.

Several animals attended as well as humans. Seneca and his handler were also both well behaved. Seneca is one of our first service puppies.

Beaverdale Books is donating some of the proceeds from the sale of the book to support Paws & Effect's R.E.A.D. program at the book store. 

Thank you for all that attended this wonderful event. We had a good time asking questions and hearing some of Jeff's most interesting tales!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

See Tag Open Doors

Several months have gone by since we last showed the powers of a dogs imagination. Tag talked Todd into watching him while he learned how to open doors. If you watch closely you will see Tag send a subtle cue to Todd to get out of the chair and close the door.

This session took only a few minutes to accomplish the opening of a door. Neat stuff.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Meet Gabor

I can't speak from personal experience but Gabor looks to have passed the first test. What test? His full blown temperament test with pro-tester Mateo at the helm. See for yourself.

Mateo rates on cuteness, and likability. He also puts the pups through a rigorous testing session.

The only way to really know is to "Be One" with the animals you are testing. If you become "One" with a pup or even make believe you are a pup, you will have a better understanding of who they really are and their ability to learn and adapt.

We always like to add in an Orange toy or two. If they don't take to Orange they are going to have a difficult time passing the "True Service Dog Test" thats applied when Eric gets involved.

We always like to see a playfulness with toys that aren't Orange and respect for those that are. By all means tear it up. I understand. Its not Orange!

Tagging means this pup made the initial cut and I am so please to see that orange is of value in the temperament testing.