Imagine this. It is a school day. You just sent your child off to school, and you have settled in to your daily routine. While having your morning coffee and listening to the news, you see a "Breaking News" item. This catches your attention and you tune in closer. There has been a school shooting … Continue reading Patrol dogs in schools for Active Shooter situations….NO, just NO!!!
We will have three classes starting Oct 1 and Oct 3. The classes will be a Detection Evaluation, required for all handlers. The other classes will be a 3 week "Building A Dog's Drive" and a 6 week Basic Detection class. For more info or to register, please see the Training tab, on the Services … Continue reading Scent Work classes starting
Found this article on LinkedIn. Written by Kimberly Artley of PackFit Dog Training & Behavior https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-our-limiting-beliefs-limit-dogs-kimberly-artley/?trackingId=iO8JN3%2FA1BZfL0pgy1lLcw%3D%3D
Here is an interesting article I found on heartworms and heartworm preventatives. My dog, Zephyr is not on these poisons. Instead she gets a few drops of black walnut tincture once a day (from our holistic vet). I mix this into her food, and ONLY during our heartworm season; June-October. Zephyr used to have a … Continue reading What to use to protect your dog from heartworm disease.
When training our dogs, most owners will usually rely on the "traditional" commands of "Heel," "Sit," "Stay," "Down," and "Come." However, that is simply for the ease of training, for trainers and owners alike. I began training my dogs using odd commands, words that do not necessarily translate to the actual meaning that word is … Continue reading Commands Used in Dog Training
I found an article on DNM (Dogs Naturally Magazine) on the use of NSAIDS with our dogs. It also discusses some potential herbal and naturally remedies to use, in place of those NSAIDS. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/think-twice-before-using-nsaids/?utm_campaign=Content%3A%20The%20Problem%20With%20N%27Saids%20For%20Dogs%20-%20July%2022%20%28JheVpb%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJjbGF1ZGlhQHBob2VuaXh3b3JraW5nZG9ncy5jb20iLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJDNFl5VjkifQ%3D%3D
Here is another terrific article; this one on dog thresholds and triggers. This will work out well for Zephyr and I. She gets over excited on walks when we meet other dogs. She is such a social diva! She thinks that it is her right to ‘meet ‘n greet’ every dog that we come across. But if I try to maneuver her away, she gets pissed, and starts tugging on her leash.
Go to this blog and give it a like; “Where dogs and science meet.” There is lots of science based information there, related to dog training. And we all know (or should), dog training is rooted in science.
Does your dog embarrass you on walks? Is your dog struggling to be calm when they see humans, dogs, bikes, joggers, etc? I’ve been there. My first dog, Pepper, was so afraid of strangers that one day while running alongside my bike, she veered into the road because the upcoming car was less scary to her than the stranger 50 plus feet down the hill. The second dog I adopted, BJ, was terrified of new places, people, and dogs. Astrid was so frustrated by the leash preventing her from running up to other dogs and chase other critters, that she used to throw temper tantrums that would make a 2-year-old child seem mild-mannered and sometimes she would growl at dogs.
Did you know that one of the pioneers in canine behavior modification, Karen Overall, learned much of what she shares with us today from a dog named Flash that put…
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Excellent thoughts here. I am one handler who prefers to be present, and hold my own dog, for routine procedures. If you feel you need to take my dog “into the back” without me, then I have to wonder just WHAT you are planning to do with her!!
Pet parents are what psychologists and animal behaviorists call a stable attachment base for their pets. Our presence reassures our animals and helps them handle scary situations with less stress and fewer negative psychological outcomes [1,2,3].
When I adopted Astrid after a 10 year break from dogs, I was surprised by a veterinary practice trend that I hadn’t encountered before. The technician wanted to take Astrid to the back for her blood draw and vaccinations. With my previous pets I had always been present for these routine procedures. Since then I have found “taking animals to the back” for routine procedures to be standard practice at 3 out of 4 clinics I have visited. This may seem like an insignificant change to make the technicians job easier but it can actually have far reaching consequences.
The “stability effect” has been studied in children and in dogs. Studies have shown that…
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I am a firm believer that a dog's diet does much to help shape their behavior, as much as your training does. My dog Zephyr, is a very highly driven, extremely dominant, and fiercely independent, little Dutch Shepherd. She is my first Dutch Shepherd, and I have been 100% happy with this breed. As I … Continue reading Can a Dog’s Diet Really Affect Their Behavior and Training?
Hmm, essential oils are better at treating lyme infection, than antibiotics, in dogs. Interesting. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/07/10/essential-oils-lyme-disease-bacteria.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20190710Z1&et_cid=DM299853&et_rid=658922137