Fireworks and Fido

Fireworks can bring OOOO’s and AAAHHH’s from us… but bring terror to our pets.


The ASCPA states that one in five pets are scared of loud noises.  The 4thof July, in fact, is the most active holidays for shelter workers because of the number of dogs lost.  More dogs are lost this weekend than any other during the year. Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe:

  • Make sure your pet has a collar properly fitted with current contact information. (Cliffty Animal Supply in Madison, Indiana, can make ID for their collars while you wait)
  • Microchips can provide an extra layer of protection as well. Make sure your pets microchip is working by asking your vet to scan the chip.  The contact information listed with the microchip company needs to kept current also.
  • Have current photo of your pet just in case.
  • Feed pets earlier in the day and walk them on a leash before dark.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended outside.
  • Place pets in crates if they are crate trained and/or an interior room of the house.
  • White noise can help – a tv or radio turned on.
  • Lights on will decease the burst of light that frighten some pets.
  • Leave pets at home during celebrations.
  • Antianxiety vests help some pets, ie Thundershirt.
  • Antianxiety medications are also an option for pets that are extremely sensitive to noise. Seek veterinary recommendations.

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Cats and livestock can be affected by fireworks as well. Make sure livestock fencing is secure and cats have a safe place to hide.  Cats may benefit from some of the same safety precautions as dogs.

Taking precautions with your pets will help ensure their safety allowing you to enjoy the celebrations of July 4th.

Denice Rackley is a freelance writer who is also a RVT, working Border Collie breeder and trainer and livestock producer.


Summer classes start June 4

Hey!  You don’t want your dog to be bored during the longer days of summer, do you?

It’s time to sign up for the next session of Flying Paws Agility Club classes! Whether you are just starting out or working on improving your skills, this is a great time to work with us!

Check out the Classes page now to find a class that works for you!

Canine Fitness Seminar

Just like you, your dog is happier being fit and trim!  Come join us Sunday, April 23, from 1-2:30 p.m., for a hands-on seminar with your dog. Find out some tips on improving your dog’s overall fitness in a fun class for both of you. Using uneven surfaces and focussing on body awareness, you’ll learn how to help your dog enjoy exercise even more.

You’ll also work on warms-up and cool-down techniques that will help your dog, even if he is a weekend warrior.

Cost:  $25

Space is limited, reserve a spot now at:


Winter conditioning and sequence pattern seminars!

  1. Canine athlete conditioning

Dr. Brian Waldo, DVM, and Dr. Julie Waldo, DVM, will discuss canine athlete conditioning, warm up and cool down, and treatment of injuries. Bring your dog and learn how to keep their muscles warmed and ready to go, even in cold weather. You’ll also find out how to identify injuries and help your dog when they occur.

Day and Time: November 22 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Place:  Flying Paws Agility, 1491 E Sample Road, Bloomington, Indiana

Cost: $20

Reserve your spot:


  1. Common sequences – 360s, 270s, pinwheels and serpentines

We see them all the time in trials, but what is the best way to handle them? Instructor Deb Abbott will talk about strategies for all dogs on these common sequences. All levels welcome.

Day and Time: November 22 from 2:45 to 5 p.m.

Place:  Flying Paws Agility, 1491 E Sample Road, Bloomington, Indiana

Cost: $35

Reserve your spot:

Special price for both seminars: $50

Cooper receives laser treatment for an injury at Dr. Waldo's office.

Cooper receives laser treatment for an injury at Dr. Waldo’s office.

Flying Paws Open Practice moved to Saturday at 3 p.m.

Leah and Louie at Lafayette March 2015Open Practice will move to Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. as weather allows.  We will put away large obstacles when there is snow, but until then we are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

Also, there are a couple of places left in our upcoming seminar on teaching your dog tricks and skills in your living room over the winter!  Email us at: to let us know you are interested, as space is limited!!


7 Skills and Tricks You Can Teach Your Dog at home

2014-06-22 14.16.28Winter is coming…but that doesn’t mean training your dog has to end!

There are plenty of shaping and conditioning activities that you and your dog can complete without anything more than a clicker and a bag of treats.

In this two-part seminar, you will learn the basics to get yourself started and we’ll send you home with some Agility Skills 2.0 in case your dog leaps to the head of the class!

Sign up at

Date: Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, November 14
Time:1-2:30 p.m.
Two-day seminar cost: $30 ($20 for FPAC members)
Place: Flying Paws Agility
(home of Applied Canine Behaviors)
1491 E Sample Rd
Bloomington, IN


New classes starting first week of August

Leah and Louie at Lafayette March 2015Here is the line-up for the next round of classes for Flying Paws Agility. Class sessions are six weeks and cost $90.

Agility Foundations:  Starts Wednesday, August 12, at 7 p.m.

Beginner 1: Starts Tuesday, August 6, at 6 p.m.

Beginner 2: Starts Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Intermediate:  Starts Tuesday, August 11, at 7:15 p.m.

Advanced:  Starts Friday, August 7, at 5:45 p.m.

In addition, there are drop-in agility drills sessions on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. Cost is $15 per session, free to members.

Open Practice takes place on Sundays at 9 a.m..  Cost is $10 per session, free to members.

Contact club president, Kate Emblom, at flyingpawsagility @ for more information or to sign up.


First Summer Class Session starts Week of June 8

Agility Foundations (Prerequisite for all Flying Paws classes): Learn to engage with your dog and prepare for agility training.  Fast-paced games and lots of focus will get your team ready!  If it’s raining we will meet inside.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting June 11. Cost $90 for six weeks for nonmembers, $60 for 6 weeks for FPAC members.cropped-cooper-tunnel-barktoberfest.jpg

Beginner Levels: Start the basics by learning jumping techniques, contact behavior, board work and handling moves.  Understand the mechanics of putting drive into obstacles.  Improve focus with your dog and begin to sequence obstacles.

Beginner: Tuesdays at  6:30 p.m. starting June 9.

Beginner 2: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning June 11. 

Cost $90 for six weeks for nonmembers, $60 for 6 weeks for FPAC members.



Advanced: Continue fine-tuning your training, adding complexity to courses and obstacles.  Some students may want to begin to focus on preparing for event competition or simply improve their performance at a higher level.

Fridays at 5:45 starting June 12. Cost $90 for six weeks for nonmembers, $60 for 6 weeks for FPAC members.


Assisted Drills:   A drop-in class to learn to think through a course and how you will handle each obstacle. An instructor is on hand to help if you need asistance.

Mondays at 6:30 starting June 8. Cost $5 for members, $10 for current students, $15 for non-members.  

Contact:  Kate Emblom, FPAC President, for more information, ceolstan @