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August 18, 2011

Coming Soon…….Free Kirkland Dog Park Seminar and Workshops

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 4:10 pm

Our Dog Park Education Committee has been hard at work designing a safe environment for socializing and exercising our dogs. The committee has been tasked with creating the park rules, developing a park logo, designing all of the park’s signs, and hosting free educational programs.  We have consulted with Kirkland’s Park Director, Jennifer Schroder in this process, and in September the committee will present their work to the Park Board.

One of the members of KDOG’s Education Committee is Sandy Dain, owner of Metamorphosis Pet Training. Sandy has been a long time supporter of KDOG through sponsorship of Go Dog, Go!, as a recent auction donor for our fundraiser, and as a dog park sponsor. She’s hoping to get to know many of you at our work parties at the park site this year.

Sandy will be presenting our upcoming Kirkland Dog Park Seminar (prior to the opening of the park), and future educational workshops at the park for KDOG. Our educational programs will be a great opportunity for dog owners to become familiar with our park’s rules and how to have a successful park visit. We’ll also be revealing a sneak peek at the park logo and announcing the name of the park at the 1st event.

I asked Sandy some questions to learn more about her background as a dog trainer and why she became involved in helping KDOG create Kirkland’s first dog park:

How long have you been working with animals and pet owners?

I launched Metamorphosis Pet Training in March 2008. I worked for a Humane Society in Oregon for a few years prior to starting my own business and have been volunteering with shelters and rescues my entire adult life. I’ve been assisting the Seattle Humane Society with assessments and by training their volunteers for the last 4 years.

What kind of approach do you take in training your clients?

I’ve found that I can set my clients up for success by making sure that I understand their goals, customizing a training plan that will work for their lifestyle, providing very clear instructions, teaching them the skills they need to be successful, and checking in with them weekly to make sure things are going as planned.

The training techniques that I teach owners to use are the ones recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. They have been designed by animal behaviorists and have been proven to be both safe and effective. This is often referred to as “positive training.”

Why did you become involved with KDOG?

While dog parks aren’t appropriate for all dogs, they can be wonderful places for many dogs and their owners to exercise, socialize, and play. Dog owners in Kirkland who want to spend time with their dog off leash are faced with either traveling to another city or letting their dogs off leash in areas that haven’t been designed for that purpose. I got involved with KDOG to help the organization establish rules that would make our park a safe place for residents to enjoy.

Do you think all dogs can enjoy dog parks?

When visiting dog parks I often see dogs that are engaging in a lot of avoidance behavior because they aren’t comfortable playing with other dogs. I also see some dogs acting poorly because they are over aroused.

When my clients are considering using a dog park for socialization and exercise I explain that dog parks are appropriate for adult dogs that 1) enjoy playing with a variety of breed types, 2) enjoy playing with multiple dogs at the same time, and 3) will come to their owners when called. For dogs that don’t fit that description I can recommend a training program to develop a strong recall and/or suggest that they find a couple dogs that can go on long walks with their dog or that they can have over for play dates.

Dog parks are only as good as the people and dogs that use them. If you aren’t sure a dog park is right for your dog contact a trainer for advice.

How can dog owners contact you if they’d like some help or brush up training with their dogs? You can find out more about Metamorphosis Pet Training by visiting

Sandy Dain, Owner of Metamorphosis Pet Training


August 16, 2011

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction – So Much Generosity

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:39 am

What happens when great event hosts and organizers, pet loving auction donors, awesome volunteers, and fabulous attendees all come together for a fun event? The August 11th Wine Tasting and Silent Auction was a big success. KDOG is honored to have been invited to be a beneficiary of this year’s event, along with Pasado’s Safe Haven. We are very grateful to all that our hosts did to plan and present this event. There is a tremendous amount of work that went into preparing for the event, and our heartfelt thanks go to Penny Sweet, Larry Springer, and Chuck and Marti Bartlett for their time and dedication. Please stop in at their businesses and let them know how much you appreciate their support of our dog park. When shopping for wine or looking for a place to stop and have a glass of wine, please visit The Grape Choice, It’s dog friendly, too. For your purchases of healthy and safe dog and cat products, please stop in and shop at Dooley’s Dog House, Also, our thanks go out to Marilyn & The G Strings for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment at the event. 

This auction could not have been possible without those that spent time securing auction donations, businesses that provided donations, the event volunteers, and the event attendees, Below is a list of all of our generous auction donors. Please consider shopping with them, visiting their business, and thanking them for their help. KDOG very much appreciates their support.



Dooley’s Dog House

Susan Stearns

Allison McLauchlan

Penny Sweet

Les Amis

John Gilday

Amici Ristorante

Cathy Handfelt

Patty Leverett

Amy Introligator

Four Paws Tender Care

Salon Taylor

Park Place Cinema

Mystic Mountain Pet Retreat

Wendy Koob

Janet Matney

Linda Rethke

Heathman Hotel

At Home Vet

Mary Kay – Rosemary Mitchell

Novelty Hill/Januik Winery

Vintage Park Hotel

Pup Strut-Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

The Bathery – Electrolysis/ Skin Care

The Dining Dog Cafe & Bakery

PARTYLITE – Ariana Burgess

HO Sports Company Inc.

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Coastal House

Woodhouse Wine Estates

Trendz Nail Bar

Kathy & Bob Barrows


Waterfront Grill

Kirkland Bicycle

Bill Sample

Kathy Evans Beauty Studio

Tony & Adria McNamara

Darcy Shurin

The French Bakery

Dentiste – Kate McKinney DDS

Larry Bigham

Kirkland Performance Center

Metropolitan Market

Merrick Pet Care

Blue Dog Bakery

Park Place Books

True Treats Pet Bakery

Stavos Loannon

Russell’s Restaurant

Marilyn & The G Strings

Tech City Bowl


Classic Kids Photography

Humanature Photography

Fish Wenatchee

Canine Dental Services inc.

Woodmark Hotel & Spa

Doggie Care Resort

Metamorphosis Pet Training

Go With Gretchen

Bishop’s Ale House

Ruth Sprague

Leslie Stuifberger

Jenny Fraley

Stickney Research

Jennifer Deak


Kate O’Neil

Seattle Fire Department

Northwest Nurseries

Crave Seattle

Lenny Hayes

Liz Thorson

Pat Terrry Cano

Rivers Inc.

Down Under Dog Designs

Maggie’s Log Dogs