• ARF Dog Training Policies

    ARF Dog Training Policies

    Attendance The first class of Basic Manners, Small Dog Manners, Puppy Manners, Canine Good Citizen Prep, and Wallflowers series is an orientation without dogs. The orientation is an important class filled with all the information you will need succeed in …

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  • What is the Canine Good Citizen™ Test?

    What is the Canine Good Citizen™ Test?

    The Ten Items on the Test Here is a preview of the ten items the CGC Test includes. Handlers are welcome to use praise and encouragement and may also pet their dog between exercises. However, food, treats, and toys are …

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  • Pet Food Resources

    Pet Food Resources

    The following organizations offer free or low-cost pet food. The requirements for assistance vary, so please review the requirements for each individually. These businesses/programs were aggregated as a courtesy and are neither endorsed, nor guaranteed, by Tony La Russa’s Animal …

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  • Christmas (and Winter Holiday) Pet Safety

    Christmas (and Winter Holiday) Pet Safety

    Stay Safe this Holiday Season Cold Weather Tips If you are lucky to live in the Bay Area, most of your weather is manageable for your pets. However, there are a few points throughout the year that you may need …

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  • Cold Weather Pet Safety

    Cold Weather Pet Safety

    Keep Your Pets Safe All Winter Long Creating Emergency Confinement If your pet is used to spending the majority of time outdoors but the weather will make it unsafe to do so, consider creating an indoor space. You can get …

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  • Outside Time for Indoor Cats

    Outside Time for Indoor Cats

    It’s widely accepted that indoor cats live longer than their outdoor counterparts. Outdoor cats face potentially fatal threats from every direction: cars, roaming dogs, poison, coyotes, antifreeze, hawks, and other cats. They can contract diseases or injuries that they can …

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  • Thanksgiving Pet Safety

    Thanksgiving Pet Safety

    Stay Safe this Thanksgiving Be Careful with Food Keep your feast to yourself! Common holiday foods including garlic, onions, raisins, grapes and chocolate often prove fatal for pets. Even that turkey skin they beg for can lead to pancreatitis in …

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  • Halloween Pet Safety

    Halloween Pet Safety

    Safely Celebrate Halloween Keep Candy Out of Reach Chocolate! Xylitol! Raisins! Candy may be delicious for humans, but poisonous for our four-legged friends. Keep candy bowls somewhere out of pets’ reach. A trip to the emergency vet would certainly put …

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  • Pet Loss and Grief Support

    Pet Loss and Grief Support

    When your pet is no longer able to live pain-free and with dignity, it may be time to think about humane euthanasia. The following organizations offer low-cost end-of-life services for pets. The requirements for assistance vary, so please review the …

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  • Hot Weather Pet Tips

    Hot Weather Pet Tips

    Keep Cool When Temperatures Soar Test the ground with the back of your hand.If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for paws. When going for a walk or letting your pet enjoy some outdoor time, a good rule …

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  • Destructive Behavior in Dogs

    Destructive Behavior in Dogs

    Preventing and Eliminating Destructive Behaviors It is normal for dogs to explore the world with their mouths. However, dogs may not choose the safest or most appropriate chewing items as they get used to their space. Until your dog has …

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  • Managing Mouthy Dogs

    Managing Mouthy Dogs

    Reasons a Dog May Put Their Mouth on You There are many reasons a dog may put their mouth on you, and your dog may end up doing so for not one but many reasons: During playtime To get your …

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