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Traveling with your pet this summer season?

*Tips courtesy of Dog Training Miami

Traveling with your pet this summer season?

Whether you are flying or driving this summer, travel can be extremely stressful, that includes our pets too. Thankfully there are a wide range of options that can ease your pets travel anxieties and reduce stress.

Holistic Supplements

Over the past couple of years there has been an explosion in the pet supplements market, these natural remedies help with everything from hip and joint to skin and coat. The calming treats work wonders for settling your pets travel anxieties and come in a wide variety of yummy flavors.

Dog Supplements

Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming treats for dogs all sizes – around $7
Excel Calm-Quil Calming Tabs – $8.99
Ark Naturals “Happy Traveler” Calming product – around $15
Benadryl

One common anti-anxiety trick is to give your pet Benadryl. This method can help with anxiety but it does require you to be extremely attentive to dosing amounts and any adverse reactions, we highly recommend that you consult your veterinarian prior to giving any medication to your pet.

Toys, Treats, & Blankets

Another simple tip is to make sure that your pet has a couple of their favorite toys, treats, pillows, or blankets around to make them feel comfortable. You have to remember your pets nose is extremely powerful and familiar smells can be very comforting to them.

Grooming Issues…

Grooming Issues with my Collie

 

Question

I own a collie mix named Buck. He is a sweet dog with a long stringy hair that needs grooming often. He does not enjoy this activity and has bitten me several times. The last bite drew blood and scared me a lot. Buck is a friendly dog who loves people, he only gets aggressive when I try to brush him on his back, belly, or feet. This behavior is getting worse, sometimes he growls if I pet him in the wrong place. Is there anything you can suggest to help? Thanks!
Answer from expert dog training
Sometimes simple things like brushing your favorite canine can become a problem when aggression occurs. Buck’s aggression should be handled with caution, since some grooming attempts have resulted in blood loss. This unwanted behavior can be managed and controlled with some correct ‘brushing’ therapy.
Working with aggression. When working with a dog that has displayed aggression it is very important to teach with “praise”. Using aggression to correct aggression does not work. You must teach him how you want him to behave.
Positive ”
Brush” Therapy. Food training is a good way to ease your canine’s grooming phobia. Use a special food treat offered only when the brush comes out. Let your dog see the brush and praise him when he shows confidence or relaxes. Gradually attempt the use the brush, praising him when he accepts grooming. Grooming time should be a wonderful, relaxing, fun filled event for Buck.
Obedience Training. Obedience training can correct and solve most behavior problems. Daily obedience training will promote trust and confidence. A dog that trust his master shouldn’t have a problem being brushed. If you are dealing with dominance aggression, obedience training will certainly help. Make your canine work commands, this will ensure your alpha position in the pack. I suggest making Buck ‘sit’ for any attention he receives. Also, work on the ‘stand for exam’ command. Use food. Start Buck in a ‘sit’, then make him lean forward for the treat, at the same time use the back of your other hand to gently lift up on Buck’s belly. Give the command ‘stand’ as Buck leans forward and stands for the food reward. Remember lots of praise. Use this command during brushing therapy.
Positive Training It is very important to use positive training methods when dealing with a canine phobia. Keeping your canine relaxed during the exercises by using lots of food treats and praise. Make brushing therapy a game, or use the brush during play time. Try grooming Buck while you walk. He will be less likely to become aggressive during fun activities.
Training Buck to accept the brush will be a challenge. Give him plenty of time to adjust to the new grooming and petting exercises. Make it a nice experience for the dog. Most canines can be desensitized to grooming with positive training methods. Food training can ease anxiety and help relax your canine. By teaching obedience, we learn to communicate with our canine, and our pet dog responds with acceptable behavior! Good Luck!

Counter Surfing

Counter Surfing

Question

We have two dogs, a boxer who is two years old and a one year old mix breed. They both are pretty good pets, except when it comes to getting on the counter!! How can I keep them from jumping up (short of cutting their legs off…ha,ha)? When it comes to food nothing is safe. They know it is wrong, because they run as soon as they hear me coming!! Any helpful hints would be appreciated!! Thank you!

Answer

Snooping around the kitchen counters can become a frustrating problem for a dog owner, especially when your canines becomes sneaky about it. There are several ways to control this problem and retrain your dogs not to jump up on anything, including counter tops:

Don’t allow your dogs free run inside. To much ‘unearned’ freedom inside the house will promote bad behavior(stealing food from counter tops). Make your pet dogs stay close to the pack at all times until they are trustworthy. Consider using light 4′ training tabs on the dogs inside the house to help with control. Practice the ‘come’ command when your dogs sneak off into mischief. Use food reward to your advantage. Make your dogs work for the reward. No freebies, please!

Experiment using skilled set-ups to lure your dog to jump. When you catch your dogs in the act of counter crashing, there are several correction options you can experiment with. A leash correction using a quick snap and release on the lead. A squirt bottle with water can help deter jumping. Aim for the nose. An empty aluminum can with eleven pennies inside, tape the top of the can. This object, when shaken, emits a crunchy metal sound hated by most canines. Some dominate dogs are not troubled by the shake can, and I have even seen some attack the can and become crazed by its noises! When your canines learn not to jump for the biscuit placed there as a lure, acknowledge this with ‘super’ praise! This ritual should be practice everyday.

You can even practice at the Autumn Paws event!

 

Remember that a correction should be ‘quick and sharp’. No tongue lashing is necessary! Exercise a command the dogs understand like ‘sit’ or ‘come’ after you correct your dogs. Praise your canines for the acceptable behavior. Always end a correction with praise. This should be consistent in any situation where bad behavior occurs. Stay in charge of your canines inside the house, and make them earn food and praise by working commands for the pack leader! Good Luck!

Thanks to the team over at www.totalcaninetraining.com for the guest post

Is Positive Reinforcement Training Just “Tricks for Treats”?

I had a client recently that I had to part ways with due to so many things, but at the top of the list was the fact that she was stoned or passed out while I was at her apartment trying to train her dog. It was a very sad situation as the dog actually made wonderful progress with me the first week, but I never was able to show that to his owner. I had to end things before she got to see the training in action as it was just a very bad environment.
Through text I went over all the commands the dog had learned and offered to send her handouts so she could maintain the training that was done. She refused and told me that all I did was “tricks for treats” and that if she had known that she wouldn’t have hired me. Wait. What?! All I did was tricks for treats!???
Did she not understand that positive reinforcement training relies heavily on using lures, such as treats or toys, and food reinforcement? I sat there for a while trying to process what she had just said. If you read my website you learn everything there is to know about my training methods and my reliance on positive reinforcements and food lures. But clearly she never looked at my website. And foolishly, I never explained to her my methods when we first met. Now, part of that I blame on the fact that the reeking stench of pot smoke and cigarettes was making it hard for me to actually breathe when we first met. Then when she went into telling me that she used to get her dog high until she realized it was turning him into Cujo, my head was spinning. Every fiber of my being was telling me to get the hell out, but her dog, the cutest pit mix (aside from mine) I’d seen actually smiled at me, with his teeth. He may have been high.
Positive reinforcement training does rely heavily on food rewards and lures. Since food is one of the biggest motivators for dogs, rewarding him for doing the right behavior with a treat pretty much guarantees that he will perform that correct behavior again and again and again … Just like giving a gold star to your toddler for doing something correct, food is like the gold star for dogs. But some people think its the lazy way of training. They see it as a bribe. Or they worry that they’ll have to carry around treats forever just to get their dog to behave. My former client told me she never had to use food to train her dog and that I was messing him up by using treats. I did try to explain the concept of food luring and reward to her, but it was a lost cause at that point.
There are drawbacks to using treats as lures and rewards and any trainer who does will tell you that the hard part is getting the dog to perform the desired behavior without the treat. But it’s a crucial part of positive reinforcement training–its called fading the lure. So if you train your dog to sit by putting a treat to his nose and moving it over his head until his bum hits the ground, food is the lure. (Just an aside: you can teach any behavior without using a food lure, but most positive-only trainers choose the lure over other methods. I use lures and other methods as not all clients want to take the time to fade the lure.) And if you reward that sit with a treat, food is also the reward. If your dog is food-motivated, he will perform that behavior again as long as the food is part of the process. So then you have a dog that will sit, but only for food. Meaning training is nowhere to being complete. If you never get past this point, it is just “tricks for treats.” And then it becomes a bribe.
When I’m thinking straight and don’t have a contact high, I explain the lure method and the other methods of teaching a sit or down so the clients know ahead of time how training will look. As a trainer, it’s up to me to explain this process to my clients so they know upfront that the heavy lifting will come when we start fading the lure and treat rewards. When the dog is suddenly not getting his gold star every single time he sits, he may not sit at first. He knows how to do it, but the picture has changed for him. I explain to my clients how to get around this so they’re not just stuck with a dog with a killer down-stay who has to be treated every single time. I teach them how to get to the point where they can ask for the behavior and get it without doling out more than some verbal praise and a head scratch. It takes time and a commitment from the owners as I can’t always be there to do it for them, but it’s magic when you get there.

Fiber Diet for dogs and puppys?

Advantages of introducing your dog to a canine fiber diet

 

Our friends over at Miami Puppy Training kindly shared this with us

We understand the advantages of fiber in our diet that is personal, but is their any advantages in a four legged friend of fiber diet? Fiber was consider majority and product in year’s earlier, but now, the dietary worth of fiber in the four legged friend diet is eventually recognized.

Before trying any of this on your puppy please see a vet for their thoughts.

Just what is fiber ? It’s part of carbs. Fiber is highly nondigestible from the human anatomy. Your four legged friend’s diet may reap the benefits of fiber in quantities that are appropriate. Just like people, an excessive amount of fiber in a diet may have negative consequences on the gastrointestinal system. It’s always vital that you track your four legged friend diet to keep a healthful amount of fibre to satisfy your requirements that are pet. Speak with your vet in your four legged friend diet about the advantages of fibre.

Compliance is common in both animals and people. Too frequently, ’s that is pet become heavy. Fiber in your four legged friend diet is a fantastic way to help your pet shed weight that is excess. Keeping a a fat that is healthy is critical to quality and the durability of your dog’ existence that is s. We understand that weight reduction is accomplished by fiber can not alone, but it may really change lives. Fiber keeps your four legged friend experience articles and complete without huge amounts of calories.

The animals who reach the desirable weight target may require a small extra fiber in the four legged friend diet to keep the pounds that is desirable. Mixing fiber with part control that is strict, you will not be unable to produce a four legged pal diet which is hearty and wholesome for your own pet.

Related to people, constipation occurs in animals. Your four legged friend diet should include fiber to aid stop this illness from happening. As your four legged pal ages, her or his diet should include elevated amounts of fiber . Dogs that are mature tend to take care of problems of constipation with greater regularity than their younger brethren. Because of this, higher fiber content will be noted by you in mature mans best friend food diets.

So how exactly does fiber help maintain points going? Water is absorbed by fiber . With the absorption of plain water in the fiber , the items in the gut have mo-Re mass. It’s this that causes the motion along the digestive tract. The passing moment through the intestine becomes routine and mo-Re normalized.

Fecal uniformity will be contributed to by healthful quantities of fiber in your four legged friend’s diet. You’ll understand when your four legged friend relieves himself often when your furry friend is getting the appropriate number of fiber . An excessive amount of fiber in your four legged friend’s diet can lead to sloppy and free fecal matters.

Some studies suggest a small improve in fiber will help in the control of DM. The fiber assists to control glucose levels by slowing the absorption of sugars from your gut.

Bear in mind that exorbitant quantities of a canine fiber diet may have damaging impacts in your four legged friend’s well-being. That is why, it is not unimportant to purchase high quality dogfood from reputable businesses to ensure a healthful diet to your four legged friend. See in your four legged friend diet for these resources of fiber . Beet-pulp, soybean hulls, grain bran, tomato and apple pomace, and peanut shells. Feed for example hemp and oats are also illustrations of fiber that is indigestible.

When utilized in moderation fiber has advantages in your four legged friend diet. Talk about the greatest number of fiber to your veterinarian for the dog.