Oct 202016
 
Hikes are a great reward for many dogs.

What’s in a reward? It is key to a vibrant and happy relationship for all.  Here’s a quick look-

Examples of a prized reward

Freeze-dried Beef Liver (AKA Doggie crack)
Dog park
Playing in the water
BALL!
Walk
Grooming love fest

Here’s a recent client’s list of her dog’s valued items/activities:

Diego’s List – (in order)

– Hikes
– Car Rides
– Walks
– Treats

Taija shares “Knowing and using Diego’s valued rewards has added greatly to quality training in creating a happy and bonded team.”

It’s good to have a list and post it so others can know your dog’s valued  motivators.

Good use of rewards can make the difference between “I don’t think so” to your request and turn it into stellar performance with enthusiasm! Joyfully, easily and with a desire to repeat again and again is the way to train!

Please share your dog’s list.  We may get new ideas for our dogs 🙂

Oct 132016
 

If your dog is walking away before licking the bowl shiny clean, he is sending a message. Let’s explore some possible reasons dog food is left behind:dog-food-bowls

The food is junk and tastes horrible.
Invest in quality food and your dog will love you for it.  (And your wallet long-term from fewer vet bills) Poor quality food can actually make your dog ill.

The food smells rancid and is rotting in the bin (and the bowl.)
Yeah, you see a value in the the giant bag for a couple bucks savings.  But the dog food begins going rancid the moment you open the bag (and often before that).  Select the bag with the longest “best by” date and keep the bag size under what your dog will consume in 3 weeks.

Your dog is allergic to the food and knows it.
The fewer ingredients, the better the chance it will suit your dog’s body.  Be willing to try something else to account for taste preferences as well.

Portion sizes are too high.
Feed your dog appropriately for his individual needs.  As a basic rule of thumb when you look down over your dog’s body there should be curves following their frame and muscles.  And their ribs do not want to be showing (for most breeds).  Stop the running buffet.  Put the fresh delicious food down and allow your dog to eat up to 20 minutes.  After that or when they leave, pick up the bowl and discard what is left.  Modify portion sizes to maintain a good weight.  Ideally feed adult dogs two times a day.

There is much to be said for giving your dog a great diet of fresh, even raw, foods.  Each family has to look at what is feasible for them in time and budget.  It’s good to revisit your dog’s diet and health regularly.

Keep food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.

Keep dog food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.

Aug 272016
 

Sound Socialize Your Pet To Respond Calmly to Loud, Sudden Sounds Like Thunderstorms and FireworksBig News!  Sound Socialization is making a name for itself  European Dog Show 2016, Brussels

Yep, that’s right!  Royal Canin, this year’s largest sponsor, has their stand set up to display the “Wall of Innovation”.  Sound Socialization is featured in the “Innovation Dog Corner”.

Royal Canin’s, Els Van Haver, Training & Scientific Communication, contacted us requesting our dog training product to be one of a handful of products to share with dog lovers from around the world.  Els has been using Sound Socialization for years and really likes it.  His words:

“I’m also convinced of the interest for puppies to be well socialized, and as such Sound Socializations disk is a good idea for breeders who often lack the time to have these puppies in the kennel socialized with all kind of noises. It’s easy and user-friendly for the breeder, and helps the beginning of socialization at the breeder unit. As a veterinarian I’m familiar and fond of this sound disk, so making publicity should be very easy.”

Stop by Royal Canin’s booth and they are happy to speak with you regarding why they selected our Sound Socialization and how your dogs can benefit from it.

O’Neal Scott, developer of Sound Socialization, shared “We are thrilled to be a part of Europe’s largest dog show in Brussels and be part of Royal Canin’s ‘Innovation Dog Corner.’  It is such an honor.  European breeders have been purchasing and using this training CD for their litters and I’m glad the word is getting out more.  This one training makes a huge benefit to the dog’s quality of life.  And ultimately to the dog’s family as well.”

If you are attending the European Dog Show 2016, please make a point to visit Royal Canin’s stand!

 Get your Sound Socialization Training Here