Friday, June 28, 2013
With the long holiday weekend approaching, I wanted to take this time to remind everyone that fireworks are also approaching and not all dogs appreciate the light show that is our celebrations. Some dogs have hugely adverse reactions to the loud sound, and there are times where dogs will run away to try and avoid the frightening situation, or they become so frightened that they can cause injury to themselves trying to get away.
Please keep your dogs home during the firework celebration, even if you have one that doesn't bat an eye at the noise (it's for their ears sake). Keep them in the house or their crate, where they are safe, and not able to run or injure themselves.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy long weekend!
Monday, June 24, 2013
Smart Dogs Canine Training will be running our in demand Smart Dogs Basic Class starting Saturday July 6th, 10-11am.
This is a MUST class for all dogs. Learn to handle your dog in a real life environment, gain control and obedience in all situations, and have fun while learning.
Commands taught are sit, down, stay, recall, place and heel.
7 weeks, 1 hour a week - cost is $200.00. Classes held at the Fairgrounds in Milton.
Join us for this very important class, space is limited so contact us through this ad to sign up or visit Smart Dogs Canine Training on the web for more information - www.smartdogsk9.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Utilizing praise in training your dog is a key component in the reward process. You always have praise with you, so it is a good idea to learn how to use it. However, often times it gets owners in trouble when they are trying to gain or maintain a calm state of mind in their dog. The level of praise is extremely important and differs from situation to situation.
Remember this; the more excitable and flamboyant your praise, the more you are driving your dog back into that frenzied, excitable state that you may be trying to avoid. Unless you are amping your dog up for a run on the agility course, or releasing from a stationary position and looking for better engagement, praise needs to be kept calm and level in order for your dog to maintain control. It is unfair to ask our dogs to compose themselves when we are bouncing around in front of them, with high pitched, squeaky voices and are acting un-composed ourselves.
Another tid-bit to keep in mind is that over-done praise can also act as an aversive to dogs who are not so into the "baby talk" or those who are shy/nervous/fearful/anxious, instead of viewing it as rewarding they view it as something to be avoided. It's easy to see in the body language of your dog if they are enjoying the interaction or not. If your dog is backing up, trying to avoid you, or looking uncomfortable when you lavish on the praise - stop!
Soft eye contact, a sincere "good girl" and/or a pat under the chin are often enough to show the dog that they have done well, to keep them in their current clam state of mind, and to not overwhelm them with your own excitability.