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February Training Tip:

A tendency we all have in working with our dogs is to talk too much.  While we certainly want to praise and encourage them, we need to avoid needless chatter that our dogs will just tune out.  An analogy we like to make: think about a  time when you were really engrossed in a book or TV program and your spouse chose that time to get chatty. You likely tuned out what is being said because you're wanting to focus on your book or TV show.  Another familiar scenario - How well does your spouse listen to you when watching a football game? This is similar to what our dogs experience when they are trying to focus on what we're asking them to do but yet are distracted by our voice.  Try to remain quiet and give your dog a chance to think about what you are asking.  They are smart, want to please us, and they will be more successful if we can refrain from too much talking.  

Life With Our Dogs - Car RidesHow does your dog ride when he's in the car with you?  In your lap? Loose with no restraint?  As we begin this new year, we ask all owners to think about safety and what might happen to your dog if you were in an accident. Ideally he should ride in a crash tested crate if your vehicle will accommodate it. If not, he should be restrained with a crash tested harness in the back seat on the passenger's side. The click it harness by Safetypod passed crash testing so it would be an excellent choice. It is available through www.sleepypod.com.


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
Calming
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Chewing
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Counter Surfing
Digging
Fence Fighting
Holidays - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Housebreaking & Marking
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Puppy STAR Program
Separation Anxiety
Toxic Foods and Beverages
Travel
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

CLICKER TRAINING: www.clickertraining.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

 

 

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