|Posted on January 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Do you have a hard time clipping your dog's nails? Does the nail trim itself stress out your dog? Check out my new post on filing your nails.
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|Posted on January 4, 2018 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
In the spirit of National Train Your Dog Month, I decided that I will be teaching Loki a few new skills this month. One of our BIG problems with Loki is that I can not do his nails. When he was little I started doing his nails right after bringing him home. My last dog Tazie was horrible to do his nails and I really didn’t want to have to go through that again. While he was a puppy he was really squirmy so I wrapped him in a blanket and did his nails. Somehow I scared him really bad and caused him to have a fear reaction. So now he won’t let me touch his feet with anything in my hands.
Today I put a board in front him and started working with his targeting skills and got him to touch the board with his feet. Then using clicker training we worked up to him actually scratching the board with his feet. I named it File once he was doing it reliably. I didn’t have my camera tripod so I couldn’t get a video of him doing it, but I will tomorrow and post it.
Now he will be able to file his own nails down without being afraid, and it will also be providing mental stimulation for him.
|Posted on December 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
January is National Train Your Dog Month, and I thought I would work on a series of blogs about what it all means. Just like any other profession, there are a lot of crazy terms and acronyms that get thrown around. For someone who isn’t “in the know”, it can be a bit intimidating. So let’s dive right in shall we?
What is a Certification and what does it mean?
There are several ways to get a certification, like working for a big box retailer that will certify you to teach their classes. I have a certification from both Petco and PetSmart. There are other Professional membership groups that also offer certifications IAABC_newlogo_webAsscCertto their members that apply for and pass the test/application for them. Such as my behavioral consultant certification from IAABC.
There are school programs to go through as well. The most popular is ABC (Animal Behavior College). I chose to go a different route here as well because it suited my situation better. I was already working with training mentors and getting hands-on experience daily in a training facility. I chose to take a different online course from Penn Foster and completed an Associates degree for Canine Education Instruction.
The IACP has a list of programs that offer certification for people that want to become a dog trainer.
cpdt-ka-testing-areas-pie-chartThere is also The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) that tests dog trainers for their level of proficiency with learning theory and husbandry skills. This test is only given twice a year.
One of my goals for 2018 is to actually sit down and take it, I have allowed it to intimidate me for several years now and I need to just bite the bullet and do it.
Both the IAACP and CCPDT require Continuing Education Credits. We must keep up with our education in new training techniques and our knowledge about the health and care of dogs in order to keep our certifications.
Anyone can slap on a hat and say they are a dog trainer, but it takes someone special with a deep devoted love of dogs and calling to help them, to be a professional dog trainer. It’s not just something we do, it’s who we are!
|Posted on December 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and also the one of the most stressful and dangerous for our dogs. We get into the holiday spirit and start to decorate our house with big beautiful Poinsettia’s and Holly and Mistletoe boughs.
Holly, Mistletoe, and Poinsettia are all poisonous to dogs. The danger does not end with the plants. Tinsel for the tree may look really pretty, however, it can become tangled in your dog’s intestines and stomach. The pretty glass balls that we hang on the tree can also be a danger as our dogs try to play with them, causing them to fall and break. Broken pieces of glass can become embedded in their feet or worse yet, they may eat them.
The tree itself is even confusing for our dogs. “WE” have taught them to go outside and do their business and they often pee on the trees of our yards to let others know it’s their territory. Now we have brought a tree into the house!!!! Oh, My!!!! Our dogs think… “need to put my address here”.
Now let’s talk about all the goodies that go on the table. Ham or Turkey? Both are staples
of holiday dinners, and both can cause problems for our dogs. Small poultry bones can cause choking hazards at best and splinter and perforation of the stomach and intestines at worst. It’s perfectly safe to give our pets some lean white meat and veggies, but no skin. With pork, just as with us, make sure it is FULLY cooked. Dogs can get Trichinosis just like us, so no undercooked pork.
We must also beware of the all the chocolate that will be around for our pups to make off with. Here is a list of other foods that you need to be careful of around your dog.
Raisins & Currants & Grapes
Walnuts & Macadamias
Onion and Garlic
Xylitol (sugar substitute)
The stress of having so many strangers in their home and so much commotion going on dreamstime_l_21787619can cause even more problems. Be aware of the doors as your guests are coming and going. If your pup seems to be stressed, give them some time alone in a room by themselves. A special chew toy or treat to keep them busy will help them feel more relaxed.
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