Join us for our second annual 10K run on March 26, 2017. This year we’re adding a 5K run/walk. The cross-country run winds through the beautiful foothills of the Sierra’s and the historic town of Raymond, CA. At about 1000 ft. elevation, the trail follows gentle slopes and a well defined trail. Registration begins at 7:00 am and the run starts at 8:00 am with breakfast and awards following.
Each runner will be given the opportunity to dedicate their run in honor of a loved one.
Registration fee includes entry, t-shirt and breakfast.
10K pre-registration – $50.00
10K registration – $55.00
Ages 12 and under – $40.00
5K pre-registration – $35.00
5K registration – $40.00
Ages 12 and under – $25.00
Breakfast only – adults $12.00, children $7.00
100% of the proceeds go to Doc’s Dogs For Vets for the kennel and training of Assistance/Service dogs.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sponsors are the key to providing change and we hope you'll chose to participate by making a donation, providing a gift for the runners, providing a booth or volunteering.
Our mission is to aid wounded veterans by providing highly trained service dogs, helping both veterans and rescued dogs to gain independence and a new lease on life.
It costs approximately $10,000 to support a service dog though raining and veteran matching; including adoption costs, medical and general care, a minimum of 10 months of training, and veteran support. The proceeds of our fundraising go to pay for these costs.
We currently have 4 dogs in training under the direction of Ali Imel, RVT, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. We need to raise $40,000, an ambitious goal, but possible with your help. As a sponsor, your donation reaffirms your commitment to our service men and women. The support of the American people, in general, and the community, specifically, means as much to veterans as the services that are provided. Your support will provide a much needed Service dog in addition to encouraging veterans trying to re-enter life after combat.
We hope you will consider supporting Doc's Dogs For Vets. You will find the benefits of sponsorship listed below. Please feel free to contact Diana Pleitez at 559-641-5064 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you.
“LET’S GO” TITLE SPONSOR
LET’S GO IS A COMMAND OF MOTION – The Presenting Sponsor is an Example of making things move and happen. It takes $10,000 to adopt, train and care for a service dog and your donation makes it happen!
“THAT’S IT” PRESENTING SPONSOR
THAT’S IT IS A COMMAND OF ENCOURAGEMENT – Your donation encourages the community to care.
“BRING IT HERE” TEAM SPONSOR
BRING IT HERE COMMANDS DOG TO BRING ITEM TO YOU – Bring on the treats, the toys, and the tools for training.
“TUG IT” SPONSOR
TUG IT COMMAND IS TO PULL ON ITEM TO MAKE IT MOVE – Your donation makes it possible to move a dog from a shelter to the raining program
“NOSE IT” SPONSOR
NOSE IT COMMAND IS TO PRESS FORWARD – Every donation helps us move forward toward reaching our goals
BRACE COMMANDS DOG TO STIFFEN BODY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT & BALANCE – The support of each donation is as important as the gift
“FIND HELP” SPONSOR
FIND HELP COMMAND – DOG SHOULD RUN TO NEAREST PERSON AND ALERT THAT YOU NEED ASSISTANCE – Each donation helps us spread the word about the need for service dogs
ALERT IS TOOL FOR DOG TO COMMUNICATE – Each donation helps communicate the need for service dogs
May add promotional items of choice to runners goodie bags
I have consulted with many dog owners who express their frustration that, while their dogs can do a terrific job of following behavior cues at home, the dog often ignores their owners requests in real life circumstances such as while on a walk, when company visits or at the park. I often hear statements like “She knows what I want her to do, she’s just so stubborn”. What is my response? Is their dog really just stubborn?
Most likely not!
Yes, their dog went to puppy socialization class. You bet, they moved on to an obedience class. They even have a graduation certificate to prove it! Sure, their dog was introduced to sit, down, stay and leave it. They have performed them in class and in the back yard. So they are trained, right? Maybe not. Introducing a new behavior and putting it on cue is only the beginning of training. The real work is yet to come!
Let’s talk about generalizing and proofing!
Generalizing is the process of associating a particular behavior or cue in different environments. Dogs are great at association, but not so good at generalization. This means that just because your dog can do a beautiful down stay in the back yard doesn’t mean they will be able to do it at the park. This is would be like to asking your eight-year-old child to do their homework at Disneyland.
Proofing is the process of training your dog to follow cues in distracting or potentially stressful environments. If you haven’t practiced a sit stay using high value reinforcers at your vet’s office, don’t expect your dog to comply, especially if vet visits are stressful for her. I often recommend bringing super tasty bite sized treats with you to your dog’s annual wellness exam. The waiting room is a great place to generalize and proof your training. An added benefit is that your dog starts to make a positive association with a potentially scary place.
Another consideration when training your dog to respond to your cues is proper reinforcement. Build the foundation for your training wisely. Think of good behavior as a bank account. Each behavior that gets paid whether in tasty treats, praise, or play will add credit to the account, while each unpaid behavior will be like a withdrawal. In the beginning pay, pay, pay to build up that minimum balance. Each correct answer equals one tasty treat. If the balance is high enough, then withdrawals (when we won’t be using treats) will be a breeze. You’ll find your dog will want to work for you just because your awesome!