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Dog Sports

One of the best ways to encourage a positive relationship with your dog while as training them to be the dog you want is competing and training in various dog sports. There’s something for everyone and every kind of dog – from competition obedience to field tracking. All levels can try something new or advance in their chosen sport. Some of the most popular dog sports are conformation showing, agility, Rally Obedience, and scent work.

One sport offered here on Vancouver Island is Rally Obedience. It’s a fun version of competition obedience which involves heelwork and off-leash command training. Even if you don’t want to compete, it’s a fun way to teach your dog something new, and in doing so, you form a greater bond. The idea is to work as one team – the team would move through a course of signs as one unit. Heeling in position and then performing each exercise in the course designed by a certified Rally O judge. Rally O starts at a Novice level, which is on a leash, focusing on basic heeling as well as simple commands such as “sit,” “down,” “stay,” and heeling in position while turning or moving forward. It then proceeds to the Intermediate level, which is an Advanced course but still allowing the dog to remain on a leash if they are not yet ready to work off leash. Then Advanced, and Excellent. As the team progresses in the sport, they may go as far as a Master level, which is off leash and involves minimal commands and more complicated exercises. Such as a 5 step back-up in position, leaving the dog in a sit or down position, working on more non-verbal cues, pivot heelwork, as well as distance commands.

Every dog sport is intended to be fun for the dog and owner – there are so many things to choose from; your dog will love the variety of learning different things. It’s always encouraged to combine physical exercise with mental stimulation – working your dog’s brain will result in a very tired dog at the end of the day: and a tired dog is a happy dog!

Written by: Sam Doherty




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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital