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Whatta Pup! Classes start August 29th

WhattaPup! classes at Cosmopawlitan

5 weekly classes start on Sunday, August 29th.

Puppy Socialization group classes are for puppies age 9 – 16 weeks. This fun-filled five week Socialization Class prepares you for surviving and enjoying puppyhood with your new addition! Small breed class on Sundays at 11am; Medium/Large breed class on Sundays at 12:30pm.

Basic Training group classes are for dogs over 16 weeks. This five week Group Class covers all the basics you need in order to enrich your relationship with your pup and have a polite, well-mannered dog. Classes are on Sundays at 2:30pm and 4pm.

Spaces are very limited. Register online at www.whattapup.ca. Call 647-893-5580 or email info@whattapup.ca for more information.

Cat Harness and Leash Training

Cat on a leash

Spring is here, and why should dogs get to have all the outdoor fun? These days it’s common knowledge that it’s safer to keep your feline companion indoors, but there’s no reason your cat can’t do a little exploring outside with the proper apparel.

At Cosmopawlitan you’ll find a variety of cat harnesses (and leashes) because we love to see owners getting outdoors in a safe way with their meowing pals. Here are the most important things to remember when harness and leash training your kitty friend:

1. Get the right harness. Bear in mind that cats are escape artists. To make sure your cat can’t wriggle out of the harness and away from safety, get a proper “H” shaped harness and make sure it’s snug enough. To test this, you should be able to fit two fingers between their body and the harness. Naturally you can find this type of harness at Cosmo!

2. Go S-L-O-W-L-Y! I cannot stress this one enough. Let your cat see, sniff and play around with the harness for a few days so he/she gets the feel of it before you try putting it on. When you do put it on for the first time, be gentle and take your time. Try to distract your cat with toys or treats and only buckle it up if you’re not met with extreme resistance. Some resistance is normal. Your goal during this first process is to ease them into wearing the harness for a short time each day.

3. Through the whole process, use treats, toys and positive reassurance to make the experience a good one. When your cat appears relaxed while walking around the house with her new harness, it’s time to attach the (lightweight) leash. There’s no need to hold on to it yet, just let it drag behind her as she walks. Keep her mind occupied with a little bit of bribery and when she seems to be ignoring the leash, take hold and get ready to follow your kitty around the house.

4. Remember that walking a cat is not like walking a dog. You’ll be doing more walking alongside than leading. Just let your cat explore and sniff to her heart’s content. Follow along behind her with some slack on the leash and the two of you will have a great time.

5. Be safe. Your fenced in backyard is the best place for your kitty to wander, but barring that, a quiet, dog-free, grassy area close to your home is second best. And don’t forget to make sure your cat is up to date with all of her shots. Keep a close eye on her too, dogs aren’t the only ones who like to gobble up things they find on the ground!

6. Don’t force the outside world on your cat if they truly are excessively frightened. As much as you might think your cat is dying to get outdoors or constantly fawn over how cute she looks wearing her harness and leash, it’s pretty easy to tell if she’s happy with the idea or not. If she is visibly terrified and clearly wants to get back inside, take her back inside.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all cats will take to the harness and leash for various reasons, some are just too intimidated of the outdoors due to growing up inside and some just never get comfortable wearing the gear. Don’t get frustrated, if your cat is happy indoors then you should be too!

Happy Trails,
Cynthia

Saturday, August 22 – Free Giveaways and Dog Training Advice

Human Grade Doggie Cuisine

Visit Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa this Saturday for a PLETHORA of EVENTS!

Giveaway Day with Human Grade Doggie Cuisine: learn more about the brand and receive a free sample for your dog (12pm to 4pm)

Free Pet Seminar with Don French of Humane Canine Training: only two more weeks of free dog training advice (12pm to 2pm)

Dog Training with Don French of Humane Canine Training: registered dogs take classes in positive training methods (4pm to 5pm)

Call 416-598-4700 for more information.

August News! Dog Training and Free Seminars

We’re teaming up with Humane Canine Training to bring you more Dog Training Classes and *FREE* Pet Seminars for the month of August!

Humane Canine Training
Basic obedience topics include: sitting, lying down, staying, walking on a leash, etc.
Register in-store today! Spaces are limited.

Humane Canine Training
Seminars and Q&A on: jumping, barking, biting, pulling on the leash, chasing, housetraining, off-leash park safety, dog body language, clicker training, adopting a dog, stealing food, diet & nutrition, dogs eating own feces, special needs dogs, etc.

Don French has twenty years of experience in training and handling dogs. To learn more about him, visit: www.DogsAndDogsCanada.com

Call us at 416-598-4700 for more information.

*NEW* Dog Obedience Classes with Don French @ Cosmopawlitan

Hot off the press! Here’s some exciting news!

Our customers have been asking for information on dog training classes, so we are very pleased to announce that Don French of Humane Canine Training will be holding beginner and intermediate classes at our facilities in Cosmopawlitan!

From their website:

Our methods of training are humane, and we do not or will not use any form of correction collar during training. This includes Haltis, head harness, body harness, choke, prong, bark collars, or MartinGales.

If you’re interested, please book ASAP because spaces are indeed very limited!

Click here for more info on Don French and his humane training methods.