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

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

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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