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- Daily Training Tip #295
There is no shame in seeking help. .
If you are struggling with your dog (or anything in life) don't be embarrassed to ask for help. .
There are so many people who have the same struggles with their dogs as you if not worse. You are not alone. Many dog trainers have had the same struggles you had and will be able to relate to what you are going through. Don't keep to yourself and keep struggling because you are to embarrassed to get help. .
Find a trainer who will be able to help you and coach you through it. If a trainer attempts to shame, bash or embarrass you and tell you that the way your dog acts is all your fault then get away from that trainer immediately. Unfortunately those trainers do exist and it can be a horrible feeling to reach out for help only to be embarrassed and put down more about an already difficult situation. .
There are a ton of trainers out there who love people and love dogs. We want to help you, educate you and coach you through it. If you don't ask for help we will never be able to do that. .
Find a trainer that really cares about both yiu and your dog and get the help you meed so that you and your dog can start improving your relationship and enjoying life together to the fullest.
- Daily Training Tip #294
Don't be embarrassed by your choice of tools. .
Unfortunately it is so common that people will shame, bash and embarrass other dog owners for their choice of tools, technique, trainer and trainung philosophy. Don't let anyone embarrass you for what you chose! .
People who claim to love dogs so much that it becomes okay for them to bash other human beings over their choices don't really care about you or your dog. They are selfish people who care about themselves. A nice person who truly cares about others doesn't shame and embarrass others. They might educate but they sure don't bash. .
When people attempt to put you down for these choices literally ignore them and ignore it. Move on from them and don't allow their negativity into your life. .
None of their bashing should matter. All that matters is that you are doing whats best for you and your dog. Not only should you not be embarrassed but you should be proud. Be proud of the fact that you are making you and your dogs life better. Be proud of the fact that you can stand strong and do what you believe in. Be proud of the accomplishments you are making on a daily basis. .
Don't hide your tools and beliefs. Take pictures with your dogs training collar proudly displayed as it represents your decision to do what is best for you and dog regardless of what people think. Share your stories and let it be known that you are doing whatever it takes to make life better for yourselves. .
People will always judge but their judgment is none of your business. When they judge you just let it go right over your head. Never let it get to you. Just keep on doing what's right because that's all that matters.
- Rubble, Ziggy and Schnoodle are all here got about ten days of boarding. I'm so happy to have them here, help them with any tweaking to their training and enjoy their company. It's great to see how excited my dogs get when they see their friends comes back for boarding and training.
- Don't forget to get your questions in for this week's #askaway. This week's answers will be posted on Sunday night so you have one extra day to #askmeanything
- Provide Exercise, Discipline, Affection
Why is it important to provide exercise, discipline, and affection for your dog?
A balanced dog is one that is fulfilled in all three aspects of its being: body, mind, and heart. In nature, dogs instinctively find that balance. When dogs live in the human world, however, it’s up to us to ensure that they get that balance.
Really these principles can be adopted to our human lives to. We have alot to learn from dogs.
#balanceddog #happypaws #dogtraining #mindfullness #mindfullness
- Nothing like a pack walk to end the day!🐶💛
- Daily Training Tip #293
Be a leader not just a boss. .
You know that boss that you can't stand. The second you get to work he is demanding things of you, telling you what you've done wrong and never showing appreciation for your work. Instead of showing you how to do your job he just expects you to figure it out. When things go wrong he never takes responsibility for it. You know that he doesn't really care about you, he only cares about the job getting done and the money being made. You know why you hate that person? It is because he is not being leader, he is just being a boss. .
We need leaders and so do our dogs. Our dogs need us to give them positive feedback as well as negative feedback. They need us to show them what to do and not just expect that they get it. .
The reason why we follow certain people and consider them a leader is because they show us that they have our best interest in mind. They build trust between us and them and give use a reason to listen to what they say. We don't follow someone we don't trust and who just criticizes us left and right. .
Our dogs need to see that we have their best interests. They need to be able to trust us. We need to show our dogs that we will guide them through life and be there for them each step of the way. They need to be able to clearly understand us in order to trust us and we need to give them every reason in the world to want to be lead by us. .
A leader will be firm in his ways and at the same time fair. Your dog needs someone who will not just tell them to do something but will be there in the "trenches" with them. .
Don't expect your dog to want to do anything for you if you are just a boss. We need to be lead by balanced leaders and so do our dogs. Our dogs don't need a boss they need a leader.
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- Do you feel like your dog doesn't even know that you are holding the leash? Are your walks a constant struggle of getting your dogs attention and trying to get it to walk with you not walk you? Here are some tips that I find very helpful in getting a dog to tune in with you and pay more attention to you on the walks. .
1. If your dog is constantly getting ahead of you and "walking you" wherever it wants to go try changing directions quickly. As soon as your dog gets into it's own little world make a quick 180 and give a pop on the leash. The dog will learn that it must watch your body to know where to go and will immediately be more in touch with where you are going. .
2. Change up your pace drastically. Start to walk very fast and then go to the opposite extreme and walk very slowly. A dog that is out of tune with it's handler will forge ahead when you slow it down. It will stay in that fast paced walk instead of slowing down with you. If your dog does that give it a leash pop as soon as it gets ahead of you when you slow it down. This will let the dog know that it must be walking at your pace which will force it to stay in tune with your walk and the speed you are moving. .
3. Do sudden stops on your walk. Every time you stop walking ensure that your dog goes into an automatic sit. This can be done by applying leash pressure as you come to a stop until the dogs butt hits the floor. After repeating this many times you can switch to a leash pop if the dog doesn't immediately sit when you stop. Again this will have the dog watching for when you are going to stop because it knows that it must sit every time. .
These exercises are best done with a prong collar as you can deliver just the right amount of pressure to the dog and communicate with it very clearly. .
Whether your dog is a great walker or has some issues on the walk these are great things to practice on the walk to keep your dog tuned in and walking in follow mode throughout the walk. Remember the walk should be enjoyable for you and the dog not just the dog.
- Daily Training Tip #292
Nobody can be more committed than you. .
If you are working with a trainer you must be just as committed as the trainer if not more to the success of your dog. .
The way it works when you work with a trainer or at least with me is we become a team. The team consists of you, the owner and the trainer working together for common goal. The goal is to better the relationship between you and your dog and to help your dog live a healthy, balanced and successful life. .
If the trainer is more committed to that goal than you are then you won't reach the fullest potential of that goal. You might get a little bit out of it but not everything you could have. When you are not completely committed the dog may do really well with the trainer but then it goes back home and the responsibility is all on you as the owner. At the end of the day you are completely responsible for everything that training your dog entails amd the success of the program falls on you and how committed you are to it. .
If you are going to work with a trainer find yourself one that is extremely committed to you and your dog being successful. Find a trainer that understands your goals and that you feel can help you meet them but most importantly make sure that you are committed and ready to do whatever it takes to have your dog be successful. Without your complete commitment no trainer can really help you.
- Follow up on my post about leash pressure, this short clip of Ollie & I going for a walk today is a great example of proper Heeling. Not only is he in the position I want but he is not putting any pressure on the leash. The leash should not be the only thing keeping your dog from running away from you, your relationship with them should be their reason to stay. The leash pressure should mean No, Speed Up, Slow Down, Change Direction, & ideally at some point the dog understands your associated verbal or physical cues enough that the leash becomes obsolete. .
The right tool is SO crucial for this. Not just bc Ollie is the size of a mini pony & has two young girls in his family who want to walk him without getting knocked over, but bc he was choking himself before I introduced him to the prong collar/ heel command combo. Dogs process pain & discomfort differently than humans, their prefrontal lobe is different than ours & the differences in how they process stimuli from us is inumerable. So they don’t care that they are choking themselves. They may not care about prong collar pressure or e-collar pressure either until you teach them what it means through pressure & release. A prong collar evenly can disperse pressure around the neck so it does not cause damage, if you use the tool properly. Not teaching the dog what the pressure of any collar means will desensitize your dog to the feeling, causing them to pull harder & potentially injuring them. A dog constantly pulling on a harness & clotheslining themselves on one that squishes the shoulders together is another great way to injure your dog too. Head haltis in my experience apply an immense amount of social pressure on a dog & skew the conversation I am trying to have with them, I want to save a muzzle touch for a single moment, not a whole walk.
As always using training tools, techniques, & protocols properly all comes back to having a thorough understanding of the dog and putting our emotions & preconceived notions aside to do what is best for the dog. In this case, the Prong Collar/ Heel Combo has been a winner for Ollie. Can’t wait to show his parents how to follow up with the skills I have taught him!
- When we allow leash pressure to be activated all the time while were walking we are losing a whole system of communication we could be using to effectively modify our dogs behavior.
If we want a dog to be walking by our side on a loose leash we must teach them two things, what leash pressure means and where they should be walking. .
We want the dog to understand that if leash pressure is activated they are doing something we don’t want. If leash pressure is released they have accomplished the behavior we do want. I introduce this concept through a very fun game that utilizes play behavior and well timed leash pressure to build engagement with the handler.
Then we want to shape and condition the Heel Command with high rewards through changes of pace, tight turns, random stops, and lots of distractions. Although rewards should be a majority of your conversation with the dog around the Heel Command not every dog is responsive to that and this is where leash pressure plays an important role. .
If you are holding a dog in heel with leash pressure you are not allowing yourself to have a system of communication to correct the dog when the go out of heel. When you release the pressure the dog will not associate that with something good because you have not taught them. Instead they will choose to pull again because the feeling of pulling is what they have been rewarded for. If you don’t have a balanced system of communication where the dog is clearly told what you are expecting of them how can they effectively learn?
- Daily Training Tip #291
If it feels good your dog will do it. .
Dogs do what feels good for them. They seek out situations that are fun, enjoyable and make them feel good and do those behaviors. .
If your dog is doing something you don't like it is simply because your dog feels good doing it. The behavior fun, fulfilling or comforting and so your dog will continue doing it. In order to stop a dog from doing that behavior you must take away the pleasure it would get from the undesirable behavior. This means making it not feel good for the dog to do it anymore. That is all that punishment is. Your are taking away the enjoyment the dog gets from the behavior and making it not feel good anymore to act in that way. .
The same goes for teaching a behavior. A dog will do a behavior you want it to do because you have made it enjoyable to do that behavior. You show the dog that every time it does the desired behavior it gets enjoyment from it. Whether you are using food, toys, affection or a simple release of pressure the dog understands it as that behavior that it just did created a good feeling. .
Simply put reward is making that behavior enjoyable to the dog and punishment is making it unenjoyable for the dog. .
It is a very simple thing. Dogs are very black and white. They do what is comfortable and don't do what is not. With this in mind you can teach a dog just about anything you want. .
Punishment is not mean just like reward is not mean they are both just ways to twach your dog and clearly communicate what it is you do and don't want.
- Our little dog-friend, Jake, traveled all the way from New York to get grounded, balanced and trained here in San Diego! And he's been doing great 👍
When Jake came to us, he suffered from extremely high reactivity issues that were causing him to attention-bark incessantly. His triggers? Sensitivity to his dog-mom’s actions, noises outside, other dogs, and any sort of heightened energy moment like someone's coming or going. Just to name a few 😬
The first several weeks at the Sama Dog house were spent working to decompress his stress levels to a point where he could even HEAR us again through all of the internal and external noise he'd created. Once mellowed out, we could finally observe his behavior to better understand the root of what was needed - confidence and boundaries - in efforts to change the problem for good.
Now we're at a reset point with Jake. His attention-barking has decreased considerably and he knows a new "normal" for dog behavior. We are working to rebuild from his baseline, guiding him how he *should* be reacting in these situations. He is already less stressed, less itchy, and less physically reactive. He listens better and now has the ability to calm himself down. It will continue to take time and his dog mom Aisha couldn't be more devoted to his needs and changes. It’s remarkable to work with someone so devoted to their canine friend.
There's no doubt Jake is already a happier and more balanced dog, thanks to #teamjake ❤️
- Most people put their dogs away when it's time to vacuum. I either either leave them out or take them out and put them in place. My dogs understand that place means stay there and relax regardless of what's going on around them. .
Vacuuming is a great opportunity to proof your place command. At some point in every dogs life it will have to face the fear of the big scary vacuum. Why let your dog live in constant fear of something that is part of everyday household life? .
If you want to help your dog get over it's fear and stay calm around the vacuum, teach it the place command. Teach it that place doesn't just mean to stay there but it also means to chill out while it's on the cot. Then start holding it accountable for breaking command. Pop out your vacuum and start to clean around your dog while holding it accountable for getting up or off of place. Soon it will see that the vacuum is not a threat and it will learn to just chill out while you get the house cleaned up. .
Use every day life to proof commands so that when you need it your dog will be fluent in them regardless of the situation and environment around it.
- Nase, Augen und dann Ohren. 🐹🐶🥰 Nose first, eyes than ears. #dogsense
- Daily Training Tip #290
Relax it's just dog training. .
Dog training can sometimes seem very complicated and overwhelming. It can seem very confusing and get very frustrating and sometimes it can seem to be harder and more than it actually is. .
Dog training is not rocket science. It is something anyone who puts their head to it can do. It is a basic way of living with your dog that allows it to understand where it falls into place in the household and what it should and shouldn't do. Of course there is technique to it but it is something that anyone can learn. .
This is not in anyway meant to belittle the serious struggle that so many owners face. I get it. It can get really tough and difficult. The struggle is real. I've been that struggling dog owner and I completely understand it. .
I just want everyone to realize that if you want to make it happen you can. Thwrw is a ton of great information available and so many resources to help struggling owners. Find what works and stick with it. Remember that most of what it boils down to is giving your dog a meaningful yes and no so that you can clearly communicate what it is you want your dog to be doing. .
When it gets overwhelming just remind yourself that it is just dog training.If i was able to help my very reactive dog (before I was a trainer) than you can too. .
Remember to stay focused, and relaxed so that your dog will be able to learn fron you properly.
- Raw local honey works by naturally boosting your dog's energy, aiding in digestion, and even offering allergy relief when fed over a period of time.
Locally sourced bee pollen & honey are a wonderful nutritional supplement containing live enzymes, ALL essential amino acids, and up to twenty vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fatty acids. Local organic farmers - typically represented at your farmers market - also uphold more sustainable and considerate practices. Which, of course, is always important to consider when making all our purchases!
Note: Dosage via our references is usually recommended at about 1 tspn/day per 30lb dog. But it’s very important to start slow and work up. Literally one grain of pollen or one drop of honey to start to ensure your pup displays no signs of sensitivity.
- Happy Monday! .
If you can't find a reason to smile here's a good one. Just look at that face!
- The questions to this week's #askaway will be answered and posted on Sunday night instead of Saturday night. You have all week to ask me anything in the comments below or dm me.
- Flying into the week full speed ahead #zoom