Shot Record Required

While we have required owners to have their dog’s up to date on these shots, on the recommendation of our veterinarian and because of all the kennel cough stuff going around so much in Columbia, we now need to have the record on the vet’s letterhead for admission to training. This step is similar to what we require for boarding with us. 

Please bring the shot record when you come to class for the first time.  If you forget it, we will ask that you begin training at a later date when you have the record.  A shot reminder list that vets often supply will meet this requirement. An invoice might also have that information.

Here is the list of required inoculations. Your vet may adjust this list of shots for your particular dog’s needs. Your vet probably has given these as part of your routine care of your dog(s):




Para influenza


Parvo virus

Bordetella (Kennel cough)

And – Worm free check within the year

There is lots of kennel cough in this area this spring.  I understand the inoculation can often reduce the severity of the illness if the dog gets it – somewhat like our flu shots.

Thank you for your participation in this important step for canine health.

Roger Gafke

Contacts us with questions.

573 881 5446


The ‘leave it’ assignment

Telling the dog to ‘leave it’ can be an essential household lesson – there are so many things in one’s house for the dog to leave alone.  One can begin to teach the dog to leave things as a part of the primary lesson to ‘get it.’  One must leave it before one can get it – so to speak.  The ‘leave it’ assignment is part of the Puppy Kindergarten class in week 4 and the Level 1 class in week 5.

The ‘stand’ exercise

This exercise teaches the dog to focus on the task you have given – in this case get on your feet and remain in place. The lesson is part of teaching the dog to stay on task after you have given the dog an assignment.

The “get it” game

Take advantage of the dog’s prey instinct – to chase. We encourage the dog to chase as a game with the dog eagerly coming back to us for more.  We want that eagerness on the dog’s part as an essential element of coming when called. This ‘get it’ game is part of the motivation lesson in week 4 of Puppy Kindergarten and week five in Level 1.

Amanda and Border Collie puppies

Granddaughter, Amanda, was present for the birth of a litter of Border Collie puppies and for each step of their first weeks of development – eyes open at two weeks, ears open at three weeks — and first solid food on their third week birthday.

Amanda holds the first born of five Border Collie puppies, April 1, 2017.

Amanda get ‘how to’ instructions from her aunt Marcia

Before eating directly from a bowl, puppy sucks its first solid food from Amanda’s finger.

Amanda (center) and Lauren (right) give the three-week-old Border Collie puppies their first meal of solid food

Join Drill Team and Therapy Service

Imagine your dog among these members of the Drill Team and in therapy service. Here are some pictures.  Open to Building Members.

Border Collies have the run of the park

This sunny Thanksgiving afternoon was a great time for a romp in our 10-acre,wooded dog park.  The park is open for our Building Members.  Dogs have great fun.  Our Collies were eager to run when we opened the gate.  They continued to explore for the next hour or so – non-stop.