Rattlesnake Avoidance Training

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Rattlesnake avoidance training at Western Gateway Dog Park is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9am to 3pm.  It will be conducted by Get Rattled out of Reno, Nevada.  The cost is $85 per dog for newcomers and $60 for those who are attending a refresher class.  If you are a current member of Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park, you will receive a $10 discount.  Applications will be available at the dog park and various locations throughout town to send in along with your check to reserve your space.  We anticipate a good turn out so be sure to get your applications in early.  We hope to have fliers and applications available by mid-February.  If you have any questions concerning this event please go to www.getrattled.org or use our contact page.  Thank you. 

Join us for our 2nd annual Fall BBQ


Annual BBQ at Western Gateway Dog Park


Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park invites you to join us for our 2nd annual Fall BBQ supplied by 


Buffalo Boys BBQ

“Real Pit Barbecue”


When:  Sunday, Sept. 20,2015 

Where: Front pavilion at Western Gateway Park (near the entrance)

Time:   1pm to 3pm



Hot Out Of The Pit

  • BBQ Spare Ribs with Corn Bread… $10.00
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches………….. $ 8.00

Meal Includes Choice Of 2 Freshly Made Sides & Extra BBQ Sauce:

  • Smokehouse Beans
  • Creamy Cole Slaw
  • BBQ Bacon & Chipotle Potato Salad

All Drinks………………. $ 1.00

  • Soda
  • Water
  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade

Home-made Desserts……FREE!


Come relax and visit with friends for a couple of hours. 

No dogs please. 

Sign up with the contact form below if you plan on attending so we will have enough food for everyone.

We hope to see you there!



Congratulations Genice and Penny!

Photo by: Stokes Photography 2014Both, still very new to competition, Genice and her patient pup Penny participated in Rally Excellent and Beginner Novice. Penny competed 3 days, completing one run through each of Rally and Obedience.  After three qualifying ‘runs’ under two different judges, Penny was the highest scoring dog in the Beginner Novice class, and highest scoring mixed breed in the trial (All-Americans is what AKC calls them). 

 Penny started training for Rally in October.  Rally is similar to Obedience, except dogs and handlers follow a course marked with signs that required a particular behavior.  For instance, in Novice, which is done completely on leash, you might come to a sign that requires you to stop, down your dog, walk around the dog, then pause before heeling to the next sign.  Penny received her Rally novice in March.  Rally Advanced and Excellent are done off leash.  Unlike Obedience, in Rally you can talk to and encourage your dog through the harder signs.  You can also use both hand signs and commands.  Some of the skills required in Excellent include backing up three steps with the dog in heel position; also sending a dog to a jump and having it return to heel before the handler passes the jump; a moving down or stand, etc.

 In Beginner Novice Obedience, the handler can only give a signal or command once.  So, on leash, you tell the dog to heel, then walk forward, turn left, go slow or fast, turn around, turn right, and come to a halt, where the dog immediately sits, all without saying anything or signaling the dog again.  Any time the leash becomes tight, the dog doesn’t sit straight, the dog sits slowly, etc., counts as points off.  Then the dogs must sit while you walk around the ring, come back to it and go around it back to the heel position.  Also, you must walk your dog around 2 people acting as stationary posts, in a figure 8.  The dog must sit away from its handler and allow the judge to approach it and touch it without moving.  Finally the dog must come on command to sit in front of the handler. Whew!  Get through all that and your dog qualifies.  If the dog breaks its sits at any time, it is disqualified.  Penny’s best score was 194.5 out of 200.

 This may all seem easy but it wasn’t, at least for Genice.  And certainly not for Penny!  Everyone at Western Gateway Dog Park congratulates both Genice and her sweet Penny on this HUGE accomplishment!  Way to go!!!

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