June Training Tips - Generalization:
It is important for your dog to
be responsive to your cues regardless of where you are or your body position (sitting, standing, lying down). Dogs are not good at understanding this on
their own so it is very important that you work with your dog in different rooms in
your home. Once he can perform a cue
correctly 8 of 10 times anywhere in your house, you can then take him out to your back yard, then to your front yard, and then to a variety of dog-friendly locations to practice.
You will want to start with places with few distractions (being away
from home will already be a major distraction) and then as he becomes more
solid, you can start going to busier locations.With each location change even within your house, you will need to back up your training a bit. Keep your sessions short and your level of reinforcement very high. When you go outside to work, even at home, choose a VERY high level reinforcer to help keep your dog engaged amid all the distractions. When you change locations, especially going outside, you may feel you are starting all over again, but just be patient. Your dog will continue to get better and you will be glad you spent this generalization time.
Living with Our Dogs:
Going on Vacation and need to board your dog? it is not too early to start your search as quality
facilities fill early. Even if a
location has been highly recommended, we suggest that you visit before making a
boarding appointment. You will want to know such things as:
do the dogs potty and how often will they go out?
vaccines are required of each dog?
they accept titers? (If that applies to you.)
happens if my dog becomes sick (or injured) at the facility?
play time activities offered for my dog and where they will be done (inside,
there age or breed restrictions?
is the cancellation policy?
is the cost and what does it cover?
are the hours for drop-off and pick-up?
Observations to Make:
the facility clean with no odor?
there appear to be ample space for the number of dogs allowed? Is
the potty area sufficient for the number of dogs allowed? Is it clean? Is
the area well fenced (high enough, no potential escape holes, etc.) Was
I allowed to tour the premises and all areas within the premises?
If your dog has never boarded at this facility, you may want to schedule an overnight visit far in advance of your vacation as a sort of preview. If all goes well, this will give you great peace of mind when you leave your dog for a longer period of time. If there are any problems, you will still have time to look at other facilities.
DOG FRIENDLY LOCATIONS :
www.bringfido.com - This website provides information on dog friendly places throughout the US. You just plug in the city and the category (hotel, restaurant, etc.).
FREE HANDOUTS - REQUEST THRU "CONTACT US":
Are You Ready for a New Dog ? - Questionnaire
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Holidays - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Housebreaking & Marking
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Puppy STAR Program
Toxic Foods and Beverages
Treats (Food & Toys)
What Class to Take
Your New Dog: From Planning Stages to First Weeks Home
BOOKS AND WEBSITES:
CHILDREN AND DOGS: www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: www.ready.gov/animals
EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS - www.dogsseminarsdirectory.com
FOODS - www.dogfoodadvisor.com
LOST PETS: www.petamberalert.com
(This site also offers a free download, "Lost Pet Recovery Guide"
PET LOSS SUPPORT: pet-loss.net
PET POISON HELPLINE: www.petpoisonhelpline.com
PET RESCUE STICKERS: www.petrescuestickers.com
(You can order stickers for your front door indicating how many and what kind of pets you have to be rescued. There are several styles from which to choose.)
POSITIVE VENUES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY BE NEW TO YOU:
Canine Work and Games: www.c-wags.org
Dog Scouts of American: www.dogscouts.org
(Local Troop is #119)
PUPPIES - Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog by Kenneth M. Martin, DVM and Debbie Martin, BS, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
REACTIVITY - Click to Calm by Emma Parsons
SEPARATION ANXIETY: Don't Leave Me by Nicole Wilde
SOCIALIZATION - "He Just Wants to Say Hi" by Suzanne Clothier
SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS:
Disabilities - www.dogswithdisabilities.com
Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs - www.blinddogs.com
Deaf Dogs - www.deafdogs.org