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April Training Tips - Treats as Reinforcement:

 TREAT SELECTION- Choose soft but non-crumbly high value treats, especially in a class.  Crumbly treats will cause your dog to spend a lot of time sniffing to get every morsel and will take longer for him to re-focus on you.       

If you will be tossing treats during your training session, make sure your dog can easily find them.  Try using light color treats like chicken or cheese if your floor surface is dark or you are working outside on grass and choose beef or other dark colored treat if you’re working on a light surface.  When working outside, it will also help if your treats are larger so they will be more easily visible to your dog. This will prevent him from spending a big part of the training session looking for the food.

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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