"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue." - Unknown
It is hard to believe we are halfway through 2010...WOW is all we have to say! It has been a tremendous year so far for Charlie's K-9 camp. Our campers and their families have been wonderful, we could not ask for better folks and pups to work with. We are excited to see what the second part of the year has in store for us.
Cully is a sweet poodle who lives in Clemmons, NC with his owner Susan Clay. Cully camped with us from July 5-19, 2010. Cully has a stubborn streak, but learned his basic obedience commands very quickly. His loving personality makes him irresistible to everyone he meets.
In the photo to the right, Cully and Charlie demonstrate the "heel" command. Cully is an attentive student and eager to please.
Look at Cully sit on Charlie's command in the picture to the left! Sit is a very important command for your dog to learn and obey. Not only is Cully obeying the sit command, he is also obeying the sit, stay command as Charlie takes a few steps away from him to practice the stay command.
Cully is in the down, stay position in the photo to the right. Cully is always eager to play on a second's notice. From the looks of it, something has caught his eye and he is ready for playtime. Lucky for Cully, it will not be long before Charlie gives the okay command and both trainer and trainee can take a break from lessons.
The handsome yellow Lab in the picture to the right is Joey. His excellent disposition is easy to see. Joey lives with his owners Ran and Frank Bell Jr. in Winston-Salem, NC. Joey camped with us from July 5-19, 2010 to learn basic obedience commands.
After learning to heel while on leash, Joey learned to sit. Joey is demonstrating the sit command perfectly as you can see in the photograph to the left. Joey is a quick learner and once he learns something, he does not forget it!
Joey is following Charlie's "come" command from a sit, stay position in the picture to the right. Charlie's patience pays off as Joey gets in no hurry, proof of his easy going personality.
True to his breed, Joey's favorite part of his training exercises is the reward/playtime! When Charlie says "okay", Joey knows it is time to find a stick for Charlie to throw. Joey is a fun loving sweetheart you can't help but love.
This beautiful Pit Bull is Maggie. True to her breed she loves people and smiles all the time! Maggie lives with her owner Susan Schmidt of Clemmons. Maggie was at camp from July 31 - August 20, 2010. Maggie is always a pleasure to have at camp.
Maggie is very energetic and loved learning to heel while at camp for basic obedience training. As you can see in the picture to the right she is in a perfect heel while walking with Charlie. Notice the loose leash as she confidently heels, when a heel is done correctly there is a J shape to the leash. Eager to please Maggie quickly learned all of her commands.
In the picture to the left Maggie is performing a text book sit. Maggie has a sweet, loving temperament that shows as she looks at Charlie for her next command. Maggie personifies her breed with her eagerness to work. She was always ready for her training exercises greeting Charlie with a wiggle and a smile.
Maggie is demonstrating a down and stay command in the picture to the right. As you can see she has her back legs behind her like most Pit Bulls do when they are calm and relaxed. Something has captured her attention as she has a few moments to relax from her lessons. Maggie knows that soon Charlie will give her favorite command which is "OK". When the "OK" command is given it's play time which is her favorite part of training.
Alex is a playful Labrador/Irish Setter as you can see from the happy go lucky look in the picture to the right. Alex belongs to Toby and Beth Robertson of Winston-Salem. He was at camp August 6 - 20, 2010. Alex was 11 months old when he attended camp for basic obedience training.
While at camp Alex learns and retains his commands very quickly. In the picture to the left he is working on his heel command. Alex is very lovable and enjoys the all the attention he gets at camp. The big smile on Alex's face is proof that he loves working on his training.
As part of his basic obedience training Alex learns to sit and stay. His puppy like qualities are showing in the picture to the right. He is such a happy boy and so proud of himself for doing such a good job! Alex learned quickly that doing his commands earns him praise and attention from Charlie. He can be a little stubborn at times, but it didn't take long for him to figure out that if he listens he gets lots of "good boy" and pets for doing it right.
One of the commands he learned was the "stay" command. It is very important for Alex to know when he needs to stop and stay. This command will keep him from getting into trouble, whether it's keeping him from running into the road or out of danger. Alex is executing a "down" and "stay" perfectly as Charlie backs up a few steps in the picture to the left. Charlie has his full attention while he learns this important command.
This German Shepherd Dog is Kolt. Kolt is a very noble dog that has all of the qualities a GSD should have. Kolt is owned by Tom Knight of Pfafftown. He was at camp August 15 - 28, 2010.
Kolt is a hard working dog that loves doing his job well. He is highly intelligent and quickly learned all of his commands. Kolt is enjoying learning the "heel" command in the picture to the right. While performing the "heel" command he is walking right beside of Charlie's left leg. He is in step with Charlie making for a pleasurable walk experience.
In the picture to the left Kolt is in a "sit" and "stay". Notice that Charlie has dropped the leash to teach Kolt that no matter how far away he is Kolt has to maintian his "sit" and "stay".
Kolt is an outstanding dog. He eagerly and happily runs to Charlie as he is given the "come" command. The "come" command may be the most important of all. It allows for instant recall to keep Kolt out of danger. There is nothing as scary as having a dog run out into traffic and not being able to call them back.
Bruiser is a Shepherd mix that camped with us August 17 - 30, 2010. He is owned by Talisa Brandon of East Bend, NC. One of Bruiser's best traits is how intelligent he is. Bruiser learns well making him a pleasure to train.
In the picture to the left you can see Bruiser in the perfect heel postion. His nose is right by Charlie's left knee. The lead is loose as he follows slightly behind Charlie.
Bruiser quickly mastered "sit". "Sit" is a key command to any good training program. Having a dog that will immediately sit on command is essential, whether in a busy urban environment or out in the field.
Charlie trains using repetition, praise, and correction. As you can see by the great smile on Bruiser's face he loves getting "praise". Dogs thrive on the principle that they are doing a job, and doing it correctly.
August 29 - September 14, 2010 Billie stayed at the camp for basic obedience training. Charlie and Cindy as well as the other campers were constantly entertained with Billie's wide open antics. Billie is always ready to work. Billie is owned by Earnest and Mary Clontz of Mocksville.
Billie quickly learned all of her basic obedience commands. In the picture to the left she is "heeling" on Charlie's left side.
In the picture to the right you can see how Billie eagerly waits for the next command to be given. All commands are taught using repetition, praise, and correction.
In addition to learning the verbal command, all of the dogs trained at the camp are taught hand signals as well. As you can see Charlie's right hand is completing the downward motion of the "down" hand signal.
Nola is a female German Shepherd Dog that owns David and Laurie Fitzgerald of Winston-Salem, NC. Nola is highly intelligent, and thrives on pleasing her owners. She demonstrates all of the outstanding qualities a GSD should have.
To the right you can see Nola in the "down" "stay" position. Notice how intently she watches Charlie waiting on her next command.
What a big smile Nola has on her face as she "sits". Nola loves doing a great job for Charlie. Like all of the dogs trained at the camp Nola loves the praise she gets from Charlie.
Nola is performing the "down" command in the picture to the right. Notice the hand signal given, and how she follows it all the way down.
Izzy is a 2 year old mix breed dog that came to camp September 12 - 17, 2010. Izzy is a very intellegent dog, which made training her very easy. She belongs to Nikki O'Neal of Winston-Salem ,NC.
In the picture to the left, Izzy is practicing her "heel" command. Izzy is a very energetic dog that loves to please her trainer. She learned all of her commands very quickly.
Here is Izzy in a "sit" and "stay". Notice how closely she is watching Charlie wanting to make sure she does her command just right. Izzy had a behavior issue that she had to overcome while at camp. At first it was thought to be some aggressive behavior actually turned out to be fear biting. With the special one on one training Charlie provides she was able to build her confidence eliminating the issue.
Izzy works diligently perfecting her "down" and "stay" command. Both are key in her basic obedience training. In addition to the verbal commands all dogs are trained using hand signals as well. This helps to reinforce the commands when training.
In the picture to the left, Izzy has all of her attention focused on Charlie. She is happily returning to him on his "come" command. Izzy knows it will soon be time for her favorite command which is "ok"! This signals the end of the training session and play time with Charlie.
Midnight is an eleven month old German Shepherd Dog that belongs to Kirsten, daughter of Mark and Madonna Wright of Winston-Salem, NC. Midnight was at camp for basic obedience training September 12 - 26, 2010.
True to the GSD breed Midnight is always ready to work. He quickly learned to "sit" and "stay" as you can see in the picture to the right. Charlie is reinforcing the verbal command with a hand signal.
Midnight is a very intelligent dog, and retained his training well. In the picture to the left, Midnight is in the process of going into the "down" position.
After a rewarding training session, Midnight is ready for some play and love from Charlie. He is so proud of the good job he has done! The biggest reward that Midnight has is knowing he has performed his "job" or training perfectly.
Deacon is a Newfoundland that belongs to Sherrill Bowman of Walnut Cove, NC. He was at camp from October 11 - 27, 2010. Deacon was a pleasure to have at camp. His joyful and loving personality is sure to brighten anyone's day.
Deacon is a very intelligent boy. His size can be a little intimidating at first, but as soon as you meet him you realize he is truly a gentle giant. He wants to please and quickly learned his basic obedience commands. In the picture to the left he is calmly walking in a "heel" beside of Charlie.
In the picture to the right, Deacon is in a "sit" "stay" as Charlie walks away. It is very important to be able to give your dog the "stay" command and know that they will stay until you tell them to come. This helps to avoid accidents and dangerous situations.
Deacon has a big smile on his face as he returns to Charlie as soon as he is given the "come" command. His desire to please is clearly written all over his happy face.
Trevor is a lovable lab mix that was at camp from October 11 - 28, 2010. He owns Jenny and Rick Fisher from Pilot Mountain, NC. Trevor was a joy to have at camp. His smile is sure to make everyone that meets him happy.
Trevor quickly learned to "heel" as you can see in the picture to the right. He is very smart, and soon was an old pro at all of his commands.
Trevor is still young at 4 months of age. He has lots of puppy energy. He put all of the energy into learning his commands during training. In the picture to the left, Charlie is working with him on his "sit" command.
Charlie also works with Trevor on his "down" and "stay" commands. In the picture to the right Trevor is executing this perfectly.
Trevor loved the end of the training session which means playtime with Charlie for all of his hard work. It's the reward for doing such a good job during his lessons.
Rocco was at camp from October 11 - 30, 2010. He is a mix that belongs to Rose Anderson of Winston-Salem, NC. Rocco was 6 months old when he received his basic obedience training.
Rocco quickly learned all of his basic obedience commands. He was very attentive to Charlie, and only wanted to please as he went through his lessons.
In the picture to the right, Charlie is working with Rocco on his "sit" and "stay" command. He learned and retained his commands very well.
There are five basic commands that Charlie teaches during basic obedience training. All are essential to having a well behaved, balanced dog. Rocco is performing a "down" command in the picture to the left.
Abby is a sweet girl that belongs to Kristen and Bryan Royster. She was at camp for basic obedience training from November 07 - 21, 2010. Abby is a very energetic girl that loves to play.
While at camp, Abby, quickly learned and retained her commands. She enjoyed her special time with Charlie everyday during her lessons.
Abby learned "heel" and "sit" the first day of training. She put all of her unending energy into her lessons. Abby's spirit is one of the reasons we love having her here at camp. She is a ball of energy all the time.
As you can see from the pictures, Abby, excelled at her basic obedience training. She loved to hear the "Okay" command that signals the end of training and the beginning of playtime!
Walter is a Coonhound that belongs to Katie henderson of Winston-Salem, NC. Walter was at camp from November 21 - December 5, 2010. Walter is a great dog with lots of personality as you can see by his lovable grin.
While at camp, Walter, learned his commands very quickly. Not only did he learn them fast, but he also retained them well. His drive to work was evident during his lessons.
In the picture to the left, you can see Walter in a "down" "stay" as Charlie gives him the "come" command and hand signal. All of the verbal commands are reinforced with a hand signal.
In the pictures to the right, you can see that Walter is receiving the down command. Charlie gives the command, and Walter executes it perfectly. Walter was a joy to have at camp!
Rambo is owned by Bill and Sharon Hathaway of Clemmons, NC. Rambo is a beautiful German Shepherd Dog. Rambo came to camp for training from November 21 - December 5, 2010. He has been coming to board at camp since he was about four months old. It has been a pleasure to see Rambo grow up. He is a joy to be around.
Rambo quickly learned his basic obedience commands. In the picture to the left you can see Rambo in a "sit" and "stay" as Charlie backs away from him.
As you can see in the picture to the right, Rambo immediately executes the "down" command. Rambo is a very bright, and intelligent dog. He is a pleasure to have at camp.
In the photos above, Rambo is going from a "down" position to a "sit" position. Notice Rambo's rapt attention on Charlie as he waits on his next command. Once the relationship of leader is established, the dog looks to you as the owner to tell it what to do. Dogs are pack animals, so they look to the pack leader for instructions. As pack leader you are in control of your dog's behavior. When the dog sees you as "lower" in the pack than them it creates behavior problems, because they are making the decisions. It always pays to be a firm, stable pack leader for your dog.
Lilah is a sweet girl that was a pleasure to have at camp. She camped with us from December 5 - 22, 2010. Lilah is a quick learner that wants to please. She belongs to Lisa Fowler of Kernersville, NC.
Lilah is performing a beautiful "sit" in the picture to the right. She is patiently waiting on Charlie to give her next command.
In the picture to the left, Lilah is performing The "down" command. As you can see Charlie is giving her the hand signal for down in addition to the verbal command.
Charlie has given the "down" and "stay" command in the picture to the right. Charlie backs up as she stays in position. You can see that he is getting ready to give her the hand signal agian to reinforce the command, He gives both verbal and and at the same time to ensure the dog associates the hand signal with the verbal command.
Essie is a beautiful black lab. She belongs to Steve Garnett of Mocksville, NC. Essie was at camp from December 5 - 22, 2010. Essie was a pleasure to have at camp. Her sweet personality shines.
Essie is working on "heeling" in the picture to the left. She is an all around great dog. Essie wants nothing more than to please her handler. Essie was a joy to have at camp.
In the picture to the right, Essie is patiently waiting on Charlie to give her next command. Her execution of "sit" and "stay" are perfect. Essie is very intelligent and quickly mastered her commands.
Essie is watching Charlie intently as she anticipates the next command. She is in a "down" and "stay as she waits.
It's finally here!! The best part of training! That's when Charlie gives the "OK" command. "OK" means lots of play time with Charlie. Essie especially loved play time. She is so loving and gentle. Essie wants loving even during play.
CHARLIE'S K-9 CAMP
BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING/BOARDING