Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert is undergoing a revamp

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:00 am


Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert is undergoing a revamp to make it more amenable for a wide variety of dogs and to keep up with its popularity in the community.

The project, which began with irrigation work in late August, involved splitting the park in half in order to sod the dirt area with grass. Gilbert Parks Manager Rob Giles said the goal is to have at least one half of the facility, which was a large dirt area, open at a time until the town can complete the project that should solve a problem the park has had in the past.

“We’ve always had difficulty with turf and grass,” he said.

The need for the sodding stems from the park’s popularity. Although Giles said he didn’t have specific numbers to indicate the number of people who use it, he described Cosmo Park — first opened in 2006 — as a “very widely used park.”

The goal, Giles added, is to have the side undergoing sodding open for use by the end of October and to start on the other side of it thereafter.

The second aspect of the revamp is an installation of fencing to divide the park into four different areas for dogs. Two of the parcels would serve as areas for regular dogs, one would be of use for smaller dogs and the final plot would be devoted to timid dogs.

“We feel we’re reaching out to a broader range of interests from dog owners,” he said.

Giles added the town can open up the fencing for special events or to align with peak use times on weekends.

Gilbert Dogs 24/7 owner Stephen Biles said splitting the park in that fashion is a good idea because it makes the environment safer for the dogs. A big dog that is older and more passive, for example, could have trouble coping with a cavalcade of smaller, more energetic canines.

Biles said he visited the park in the early stages of the project and was impressed with what the town is doing, calling it “pretty significant,” and he added the park itself is already of a fairly high quality.

“I’ve seen a lot of dog parks in my time, and I haven’t seen one as nice as Cosmo,” he said.

Cosmo Dog Park is located at 2502 E. Ray Road. Contact Giles at (480) 503-6284 for more information about the project or to offer feedback about the project.

A Mesa woman is contesting a misdemeanor citation for failure to keep her dog on a leash 6 feet or shorter


Posted East Valley Tribune: Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:30 am

But the citation may not be as much of a problem as the actual law itself.

Everyone knows dogs in public are supposed to be on a leash. It’s the law. But few likely know leashes are legally limited to 6 feet in Maricopa County.

Mesa resident Esmée Lafleur is concerned about the issue after she got a citation, with a possible maximum penalty of six months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine, for using a leash that was too long.

Lafleur said she takes her German shepherd to Mesa’s Greenfield Park on a regular basis and works with him on a 30-foot line, generally with no complaints. She said she routinely sees dogs on no leash at all, but rarely allows her dog that sort of liberty.

On one previous occasion, the park ranger who ultimately issued the citation approached Lafleur and simply told her to “keep her dog under control” but gave no specific instructions, she said.

“I can’t believe (the ranger) cited me,” Lafleur said. “It’s weird. All of a sudden this guy decides I’m a nuisance to him.”

Although ignorance of the law is generally deemed to be no excuse, Lafleur argues the leash law is not a part of the posted rules at the park, and therefore cannot be enforced without a specific warning having been given first.

But that may not be the only problem. Careful examination of the leash laws at the city, county and state levels reveals that, while most cities in the area have a 6-foot leash limit and Maricopa County does as well, the Arizona Revised Statutes appear to only list such a limit for dogs on rabies quarantine. Another section states that all dogs over the age of 3 months must be on a leash, with no length specified.

“They sort of take little pieces out of context,” said Mary Kinsley, former chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Animal Law Executive Council, about Maricopa County animal laws. “It makes it difficult.”

She pointed out a similar discrepancy dealing with ownership of animals, in which the state statutes and local laws seem to conflict on whether there is an amount of time after which an individual may claim ownership of a lost animal, superseding the rights of the original owner.

That disagreement, however, does not mean that a 6-foot leash law is necessarily a bad thing. Local animal trainer Kama Rueschenberg, of Club Doggie in Queen Creek, said that a 6-foot leash is best for controlling a dog, especially those in training.

“(Owners) need to have enough control over their dog that they are not making a problem,” she said.

Rueschenberg also pointed out that most localities recognize the “Canine Good Citizen” certificate and allow for a dog certified as such to be trained on a longer leash, when certain regulations are followed.

Mesa Parks representative Leslie Clark said, in the end, the fine and sentencing for Lafleur will be up to a judge, and not something the Parks Service will comment on. She pointed out that, by her reckoning, Mesa Parks gives out nearly 1,000 warnings for every violation of dogs off their leashes in parks.

“The important parts are really that we are looking for pet owners to be responsible,” Clark said. “People don’t necessarily understand … to really be responsible that they need to have their dogs under control, on a leash.”

Lose The Leash Dog Training Receives 2011 Best of Gilbert Award

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Lose The Leash Receives 2011 Best of Gilbert Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, October 24, 2011 — Lose The Leash has been selected for the 2011 Best of Gilbert Award in the Pet Training & Obedience Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

“Is My Puppy Too Young To Start Training?”

This is probably the most frequently asked question that we get at Lose The Leash Dog Training. The fact that someone is asking is usually a qualification for our stock response: Your dog begins training the moment that you bring it home. This is honestly the best answer that we can give to anyone who owns a new dog of any age.

Puppies are like little sponges, they are constantly learning from their new environments. House training, leash training, dog manners, and obedience training will all begin right away, whether you want it to or not. The environment in your home presents new experiences to your puppy that it will learn to understand. I often wonder what “waiting to train” a puppy actually means, and if it is even possible…Feeding schedules, sleeping schedules, and potty schedules can all begin to be shaped from birth, and obedience and puppy manners often go hand-in-hand with shaping of these natural behaviors. Rules of the house can be instilled immediately, and we follow one golden rule: Don’t let your puppy do now, what you won’t want your dog to do later. Letting undesirable behaviors go on simply because a puppy is “too cute” can often create a bigger work load for you later on when you try to extinguish the behavior, once it’s “no longer cute”.

When in doubt, call a trainer. If you have questions or concerns about your puppy’s behavior, ask someone. We often give out tons of free advice, to anyone who needs it if they simply give us a call. We’ve had many people tell me that some of the simple tips given over the phone have helped them immensely when bringing their new puppy home and managing their dog down the road. For a more thorough education, we offer a FREE In-Home Demonstration/Evaluation that will allow a professional trainer the chance to get some hands-on insight into what kind of training help you’ll need. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

Rob Jewell (Owner/Head Trainer)


Dog Bite Prevention Week – LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training – Phoenix Arizona

          National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 15th-21st, 2011, and organizations around the country are promoting education and awareness campaigns to reduce the staggering number of dog bites that take place each year.  Here at LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training, our professional staff has worked with thousands of owners and their dogs, as well as the general public in order to prevent dog bites through education.

Did you know?

  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
  • Almost one in five of those who are bitten, a total of 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
  • In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

Who is most at risk of being bitten by a dog?

  • Children are the most at risk group for being bitten by a dog, adult males are the runners up.
  • Simply having a dog in the household increases the risk of being bitten by a dog, this is why proper training is so important.
  • Consulting an experienced dog trainer can greatly reduce the risks of being bitten by a dog!

Need some tips about dog safety?

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog, to greet a dog, let it dog come to you.
  • Do not run away and scream from a dog, standing still or moving away slowly will help to keep the dog calm.
  • Do not allow children to play with dogs without adult supervision.
  • Do not approach or disturb a dog while it’s sleeping or eating.
  • Always ask any dog owner for permission before greeting any unfamiliar dog.
  • Always report stray, unfamiliar dogs to your local animal control agency.
  • Always report a dog bite to your local animal control agency.

          LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training is committed to increasing safety and awareness around dogs!  If you have an organization that may benefit from a dog bite prevention seminar, contact LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training to discuss our dog safety education programs.  For dog owners, LOSE THE LEASH offers FREE In-Home Dog Training Demonstrations and In-Home Dog Training Programs which will educate owners on the safest, and most effective ways to protect your family from a dog bite.  For more information, contact LOSE THE LEASH by clicking here.

Statistics in this article have been collected from the Centers For Disease Control. More info available by clicking here.

The Three Most Important Components of an Effective Dog Training System, the Lose The Leash Dog Training Method: Motivation, Structure, and Consistency.

Whether a dog owner has just brought home a new dog, or they are ready to begin improving the relationship with an older dog, owners have a lot to consider when figuring out just how they will accomplish training their new or old best friend. From tried and true methods, to wacky gimmicks, to systems that just don’t work, there are so many ways to train dogs that owners (and their dogs) often end up so confused that limited to no results are accomplished. The reasons for the failure in any training system can quickly be analyzed to reveal that the failure most probably occurred due to lacking one of the three critical components (for both dog and owner).

When evaluating a dog training method, one of the most important factors is motivation. Motivation most often comes from what psychologists and trainers call positive reinforcement. Simply put, it is what everyone looks forward to about dog training, often taking the form of treats, toys, or praise. Not every dog has the same motives for working, so selecting the correct motivator, or lure is critical for training. Now the limitation to simply using a lure is that it isn’t always alluring…This is where the structure comes in.

Structure comes in the form of showing the dog what to do. A lure can, in many situations, offer enough motivation and structure of what to do but eventually, a dog will probably need some guidance. An example of the need for structure is when a dog bolts for the front door while being trained with a lure to perform a command. Although the dog may have a firm understanding of what a command should mean, the overwhelming influence of the doorbell may override the lure’s ability to motivate the dog to perform. In this case, something must be used to stop the dog from bolting to the door. A leash, physical touch, standing in front of the dog, or simply asking again for a behavior (giving a command) may represent enough structure to keep the dog performing a desired task. Without the structural component, the dog may run to the door, thereby only learning to repeat the mad dash next time. The occasional ‘mad dash’ is what is ruining our consistency…

Consistency is probably the most important factor that can have a positive influence on a dog’s behavior. The consistency of ‘doing’ what is right can only be learned from ‘doing’ what is right (practice makes perfect). Expecting the dog to figure out on his/her own what to do in a confusing situation will slowly eat away at the performance of the desired behavior. The proper application of motivation and structure can help the owner keep the consistency, but it is up to the owner to stay consistent.

By using this model for a foundation of training, a dog owner, and dog, can build and maintain a happy and successful relationship. Punishment is not needed in this model, and both owner and dog will confidently understand and uphold their roles in a household. Understand that all components of this model are required to achieve the most success, and your dog will thank you for it!

Fun Facts About Dogs

Here’s some fun facts about man’s best friend

Survivors of the Titanic included two dogs: a Pekingese belonging to Henry Sleeper Harper and a Pomeranian belonging to Miss Margaret Hays.

The oldest known breed of dog is the Saluki, which is an Arabic word meaning noble one. These dogs were raised as hunting dogs by ancient Egyptians.

The oldest breed of dog native to North America is the Chihuahua.

That whole one year in a dog’s life is the equivalent of 7 in a human’s isn’t exactly true. A more accurate calculation is as follows: At one year, a dog is the equivalent of 16 human years; at two dog years they are 24 human years; at 3 dog years, 30 human years; and for every dog year after that, add 4 human years.

Every minute, dogs take ten to thirty breaths.

The only mammals with prostates are humans and dogs.

There are 42 teeth in a dog’s mouth.

Whippets can reach a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour.

The Taco Bell dog is actually a female, and her real name is Gidget.

One of the very first animals domesticated by humans was the dog.

The oldest known dog lived to be 29.

The “spring” in Springer Spaniel referred to this dog’s ability to spring or startle game.

In Flemish, Schipperke translates to “Little Captain.”

The Lhasa Apso was used by monks to guard temples.

The Doberman breed was created in the 1860’s by Louis Doberman, a German tax-collector who created the dog to protect him while he worked.

Most people think that dogs sweat by salivating, but they actually sweat through the pads of their feet.

The name Pug is believed to have derived from this dog’s resemblance to the pug monkey.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not color blind but can, in fact, see color. However, their color scheme is not as vivid as ours and can be likened to our vision at twilight.

You might expect that a Great Dane can eat a lot of food. In fact, they can eat up to 8 ½ pounds a day!

Cats can see a lot better than dogs. In fact, dogs first distinguish objects by movement, then brightness, and finally by shape.

Among dogs officially registered with kennel clubs in the U.S., Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed followed by Rottweilers and German Shepherds.

All dogs, regardless of breed, are direct descendants of wolves and technically of the same species.

A dog’s whiskers — found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws — are technically known as vibrissae. They are touch-sensitive hairs than actually sense minute changes in airflow.

Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar dishes.

Dogs have a sense of smell that is one of the keenest in nature. Humans might smell a pot of stew cooking on the stove, but a dog can distinguish the smells of each individual ingredient, from the beef itself to the potatoes.

The Art of Redirection – an efficient cure for the most common doggie don’ts.

San Diego Dog Training – The Art of Redirection – an efficient cure for the most common doggie don’ts.
Written by Rob Jewell
Trainer at Lose the Leash Dog Training of San Diego, CA

Working as a dog trainer in San Diego, the most common question that I am asked is usually “How do I get my dog to stop ______?” Many of the biggest challenges owners face with their “Best Friend” revolve around annoying behaviors that their dogs develop. Jumping up, leash pulling, barking, nipping and not coming when called are the some of the most common problems owners face. Feel free to substitute your dog’s own annoying behavior in the list above…We’ll soon be on the way to solving these challenging issues.

My most frequent response to a general question regarding the aforementioned behaviors is another question: “What is it that you want your dog to do instead?” Before we try to stop a challenging behavior in a certain scenario, we must first ask ourselves what it is the ideal behavior that our dog can perform. All too often we see a person’s first reaction to an unwanted behavior is to react by attempting to curb, halt, or punish the dog for “misbehaving.” STOP RIGHT THERE! Before we start ‘whispering’ (or yelling) corrections with a “cht-cht”, “aaahhtt”, or “no”, we need to analyze what’s going on. Your dog is simply acting out a role in a well rehearsed behavioral model, and one that we can take control of without the need to punish.

An example of a common “problem” we treat starts as an owner and dog are approached by a guest (or stranger), many times accompanied by another dog. The owner typically prepares the dog for the upcoming interaction by tightening up on a leash, signaling to the dog that it is now time to begin the typical drill. (Feel free to insert “halter”, “harness”, “leader”, “choker”, “chain” or other correction device in place of the word leash above.) At this point the dog now understands that the owner is appropriately prepared for the antics and may begin running, jumping, barking, pulling, growling… For most owners facing this situation, the pulling increases, yelling might ensue, and the dog and owner eventually get what they have been trained to expect from the situation. At this point we have failed to “correct” the “problem”, and are disappointed that it has all happened again…Maybe next time the owner will yell “NO” a little louder! Or, let’s take control appropriately and add a little redirection, not a correction.

Redirection involves taking the dog’s attention from a distracting stimulus and getting the dog to focus on the owner, who may then ask the dog to perform the appropriate behavior. In the example above, and in many other scenarios, getting the dog’s attention, and having it “sit” works well. Now instead of the antics, we have a dog sitting. Reinforce this behavior with tons of praise and attention, you are doing great! The dog may still feel challenged, wanting to get up, regressing to the same-old-same-old. DO NOT CORRECT, KEEP REDIRECTING! Ask the dog to sit again, and again reinforce the great behavior. Don’t get upset, don’t yell, and don’t punish…Keep asking for the most desirable behavior. Of course this may seem too easy, that’s because it takes patience and practice. The amount of attention an owner can capture from the dog is usually limited by the level of distraction, so start your practice in a neutral environment and build up more distraction. Once you have it mastered, you will never have to say no again…And your dog will love you for it!

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