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Gail Hawksworth, owner, breeder and handler pictured here with Ch. Mysham V K Legacy Amy Kate T.T, C.G.C.
Picture was taken at Palm Springs, CA Inland Empire Hound Show.

Is your dog's name "No, no. Bad dog!"? What you need is......

Dog Behavior Modification Classes

Offered at Hoof 'n' Paw Veterinary Hospital by:

     Gail Hawksworth & Patty McCartney

Classes Offered

Puppy Socialization:

Congratulations on your new baby. Yes, baby. The wants and needs of a puppy are different from an older dog. Puppy classes are geared for the baby dog from 8 weeks to about 4 or 5 months. Successful training of a puppy determines his outlook for the next 10--15 years. It is literally the difference between having an easy companion or a problem child you want to give to someone else. Puppy classes are aimed at socializing and shaping attitudes, both yours and your puppy's.

Classes are designed to share experiences; they help prevent unruly behavior and establish a good working relationship. We all started in kindergarten and progressed from there. This is your puppy's kindergarten class.

A quick note:

8 Weeks! Yes, we can start this young! Why? Because learning starts that young. Early training can go faster and smoother and we have new hi-titer vaccines that can protect your dog from parvo and distemper at an early age. Your dog must start this vaccination regime with your veterinarian before this class!

Basic Dog Training:

Welcome to elementary school! We'll teach you the tools to work with you teenage (or older) dog. And, we'll give him the tools to start understanding you.

Proper word usage, your body language and understanding of his behavior are all part of this vital communication. The universal basics of walking on a leash; of sit, down, come and stay are taught. Understanding what heeling is, of why a good come is so difficult to teach and what really means to you and to him. A firm grasp of these basics for some people is only the starting point towards more advanced work. The amazing worlds of agility, obedience and therapy dog training reveal themselves as goals worth seeking.

As long as they're physically fit, there is no dog (or person) too

old to start. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.


Dogs must have their adult vaccines and be at least 6 months of age before starting this Basic Dog Class (parvo, distemper, rabies).

Canine Good Citizen:

The purpose of the C.G.C. Test is to ensure that your dog can be a respected member of the community. It has been trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program embraces both pure-bred and mixed-breed dogs.

C.G.C. training is fun and useful. This test of your dog's manners and training is not a competition and does not require that you and your dog perform with precision.

Advanced degrees:

Did your education stop in elementary school? Your dog's doesn't have to either; from sheer fun to formal precision work, from common sense manners to saving lives, you and your dog CAN go as far as you are willing to dream and train. You and your dog can work in agility, obedience, therapy and search and rescue. They are all based on team work and training minds, yours AND your dog's. A mind is a sad thing to waste.

Gail Hawksworth

Gail owns MySham Kennels, home of her "Gentle Giants" (Irish Wolf-hounds). She breeds, trains and handles her dogs in both obedience and conformation. Several of her dogs are not only champions, but have multiple other titles such as CGC, ATT, CD and TDI. Gail is proudest of her 1994 #1 Irish Wolfhound in the National Obedience Trials her #11 in the 2000 trials and #1 in 2001.

Gail does obedience judging for 4H and FFA, takes her therapy dogs to hospitals and schools and is obedience chairman of the Irish Wolfhounds Association of the West Coast. she is also actively associated with the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club, Mariposa Dog Training Club, Association of Pet Dog Trainers and in April of 2000 became a TDI Certified Evaluator.

Patty McCartney

Patty trained her first dog in a public dog training class at 15 years of age and competed with that dog to his CD title with 3 scores of over 195 out of 200. She has since continually worked and trained multiple different breeds under many different trainers. She is currently in apprenticeship to professional dog behaviorist and trainer Kathy Huxtable in Fresno and is as a full-time veterinary technician at Hoof n Paw.

7 week Puppy Class

7 week Basic Dog Class

7 week Dog Obedience

4 week C.G.C.

Fun Agility and TDI

TDI and CGC Test


Private Sessions

Customized for your individual behavior problems