Recommendations for Training a New Pet

5 Recommendations For Training a New Pet 5 Recommendations For Training Your New Dog Starting off your relationship correctly can make all the difference in the satisfaction both of you have going forward. It shouldn't be rushed or forced as it sets the tone for all future interactions.Patience is Key:You are building a new relationship and you both need time to build trustConsistency:Being consistent will help your puppy or dog understand your expectations faster.Supervision:Paying attention is important to help prevent your dog or puppy from making mistakes.Be Kind:Training takes time and mistakes will happen, but it will go much smoother when you have empathy and compassion. Find Something That Motivates Your Dog:All dogs like rewards but not all dogs like the same treats, toys or games - recognize your dog’s preferences.Product RecommendationsThese products, such as some of these food dispensing toys, can help make the training process easier, and more fun for your dog!RedBarnFreedom No-Pull HarnessKongKong WobblerKibble Nibble BallBuster Food CubeFor more information on the different theories of dog training and how to train your dog without pain or fear using positive reinforcement/ reward based methods, check out The Evolution of Dog Training, by Shannon Riley-Coyner on Amazon. "This post may contain [...]

By |2022-06-13T20:42:33-07:00June 13th, 2022|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Preparing Your Dog For A New Baby

How do I prepare my dog for a new baby? Preparing your dog for your baby may vary slightly as each dog is different but there are steps you should take with all dogs. Start about a month before the anticipated birth. Before Baby Comes: Your dog may be wondering what all of this new stuff is! Set up the nursery before baby comes so your dog can go into the room and sniff around. Put the car seat in the living room and keep it there for a couple of weeks. Getting used to sounds: Find a YouTube recording of a crying baby and play it for you dog so they can get used to this unfamiliar sound. Baby Arrives! Before bringing baby home, you can take a baby blanket home for your dog to sniff so they can get used to the unfamiliar smell of your new family member. Gradually introduce baby to your dog. DO NOT shove your baby's face towards the dog's face as this could cause more anxiety. Simply hold baby on couch and let your dog slowly approach. If your dog does not have training we recommend taking the Truly Force Free Animal [...]

By |2022-05-16T11:47:07-07:00April 21st, 2022|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Traditional vs Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Can you trust the advice your trainer's giving you? Sadly, I often hear of trainers giving advice that appears made up, with no real theoretical or scientific basis. In most places, becoming a dog trainer requires no formal training or education. Therefore, uneducated trainers dispense a lot of misinformation. This is sad and inexcusable, because in the last twenty years, our scientific understanding of how dogs think, learn and feel has greatly expanded. We no longer have to guess at what training methods are most effective. Based on the scientific data, we can examine both how traditional training works and how positive reinforcement training works, as well as how these trainings impact dogs. In particular, we now have enough information to understand how the use of pain and force negatively impacts a dog's ability to learn as compared to positive reinforcement-based techniques. To understand these differences, we must first understand how these two training methods work. Traditional Training Traditional Training is the basic philosophy of traditional trainers which is to correct any unwanted behavior using a leash correction or “pop” and then praise the appropriate behavior. For example, a traditional trainer may ask a dog to sit. If the [...]

By |2022-04-18T13:14:41-07:00March 17th, 2022|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Tips For Moving With Your Pet

Moving Can Affect Each Pet Differently Moving can be very stressful for both dogs and people! Each dog is different so it can also depend on each animal. Anxious Dog? If your dog is generally anxious, moving will increase their anxiety. Talk to your pet's veterinarian for a mild anti-anxiety medication such as Trazadone or Xanax. Your pet may also benefit from a thunder shirt or pheromone collar. Anxious Horse? Hire a professional horse mover/trailer to help with the process. They will have the experience and knowledge to make it an easier process for both the horse and you. General Tips For Moving With Pets Routine - Keep a regular routine as much as possible. Get in Walks - Make sure your still setting time aside for regular walks to burn off excess energy and calm anxiety. Manage Your Stress - Make sure your own stress is managed so you don't add to theirs. Visit the New Home - Go to the new home as much as possible to familiarize your pet with the environment. Go to the new home before moving boxes in so your dog has a chance to sniff around or play in the backyard. Bring high value [...]

By |2022-03-21T13:08:51-07:00February 16th, 2022|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Is A Puppy Right For Your Family

Is a Puppy Right For Your Family? I am the first to admit that a cute, roly-poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a newborn baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy, and others are beyond challenging. As a puppy goes from newborn to an adult in 12-24 months, it can be compared to a child growing from birth to 18 years old! This reality cannot be taken lightly. Because they develop so quickly, the first 6 months are very important. An un-socialized puppy is destined to have behavioral issues as an adult. Factors to Consider Before Getting a Puppy It is important to carefully think about getting a new pet; it should not be an impulsive decision. Lifestyle - The first thing to consider is your lifestyle. If your life is already chaotic [...]

By |2022-01-13T13:37:59-08:00January 17th, 2022|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Make Holidays Enjoyable for Your Dog

Make The Holidays Enjoyable For Your Dogs As humans we often think of the holidays as a chance to see family members that we don’t see often, go to parties, and eat festive food.  For us this time can be very fun and exciting, but it is also typically more hectic.  As you celebrate the holiday season, take moment to consider the holidays from your dog’s point of view. Don’t Force Your Dog to Socialize With all of the dogs and people I have worked with, I have never met a bad dog, and I have never met a bad person. I have met many dogs that exhibit bad or inappropriate behavior, and I have met many people who don’t know what to do in those situations. I often compare it to a parent who has a child that had severe ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, or another brain disease. The parents are not bad because they have these children. They just need help figuring out how best to help their children. Asking for help is hard to do, but it is the best thing to do when you love your dog or child. Although we love to invite friends and [...]

By |2022-01-11T19:13:07-08:00December 13th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Teaching the Humans

Teaching the Humans Like humans, dogs respond best to praise, encouragement, and rewards. When I am working with my clients, at some point they eventually realize that I am not actually teaching their dogs, I am teaching them how to teach their dogs. I admit that working with a dog who is experiencing fear, anxiety, one who is barking, growling, or lunging, may be more challenging, but teaching your dog the basics is not as complicated. In addition, once you understand the basics of how to teach your dog, helping them in fearful situations will be easier. I work with dogs who just need to learn manners, dogs that bite, and everything in between. No Bad Dogs, Only Bad Behavior With all of the dogs and people I have worked with, I have never met a bad dog, and I have never met a bad person. I have met many dogs that exhibit bad or inappropriate behavior, and I have met many people who don’t know what to do in those situations. I often compare it to a parent who has a child that had severe ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, or another brain disease. The parents are not [...]

By |2022-01-11T16:30:25-08:00November 10th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Why Is My Dog Eating Rocks

Why Do Dogs Eat Rocks? Dogs can eat rocks for many reasons - habit, boredom, play, curiosity, anxiety... Sometimes it starts out as curiosity then turns into a habit. The habit often gets worse when the people give the dog a lot of attention when they have the rock in their mouth. What Re the Risks of a Dog Eating Rocks? No matter what their reason is, it can be dangerous. They can break their teeth, choke and/ or create an obstruction in their digestive tract. Dogs can require surgery to remove rocks from their stomach or to remove teeth that break from chewing on the rock. How Do I Stop My Dog From Eating Rocks? There are many ways to STOP dogs from eating rocks: Prevent access to the rocks - remove them or block access in your yard or keep them on leash when they are around rocks. Teach your dog "leave it" and "drop it." Be sure to use high value treats when you reward them for doing “leave it” or “drop it.” Provide other safe toys for them to chew on like stuffed Kongs, no hide chews, bully sticks, food dispensing toys/ kibble nibble ball, Kong [...]

By |2021-10-18T21:54:35-07:00October 18th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

How Your Personality Can Affect Your Dog

How Your Personality Can Affect Your Dog Carefully choose a dog whose personality and energy level are a match for yours and/or your family's. When we adopt a puppy or an adult dog, we rarely consider if their personality is a match with our own.  We fall in love with how cute they are, or their picture on the rescue site, or we just like the breed. When we are adopting a dog, we are often trying to adopt our new “best friend.” Just like people, dogs can be energetic, impulsive, silly, shy, fearful…..the list of personality traits are endless.  And, just like in people, some personalities do not “mesh” as well as others do. Playing the Match Game - Yours & Your Dog's Personalities When we match with the right dog, the relationship can be magical.  If you are a couch potato and you find a dog who loves laying by your feet, you can both be at ease in your relationship. If you are a marathon runner and you find a dog that never seems to tire, your relationship can be blissful. If you adopt a dog who gets distracted easily or is impulsive, you [...]

By |2021-09-14T22:39:48-07:00September 14th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

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