Posts made in October, 2012

Happy Dog? Signs of Stress or Nervousness

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in bite prevention, Blog, safety, tips | 0 comments

Happy Dog? Signs of Stress or Nervousness

Are you able to tell the difference between a happy dog and a nervous dog? Most people can tell if a dog is very upset, but we have found that the more subtle signs often get overlooked. Knowing the first signs that a dog is unsure about something will allow you to resolve the situation before it becomes unmanageable, or the dog reacts out of fear or stress. If you can tell when a dog is uncomfortable, you can keep yourself, your children, and your dog safe. Also, if your dog shows these signs during training, it’s a clue to you that they are either unsure of what you are asking or are...

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Social Butterfly? Or Homebody? Managing Your Dog in Public

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in bite prevention, Blog, events, fostering, safety, tips | 0 comments

Social Butterfly? Or Homebody? Managing Your Dog in Public

We spent this past weekend at two different dog events helping man the Jasmine’s House booth. Both events were a huge success, but they really got me thinking about dogs in public places. For the most part, everything went great, but at both events there was some barking, some “snarking” (a bark/snarl/snap with no damage), and some really stressed out dogs. How can you tell if a busy dog event is the right choice for your dog? And once there, how can you set your dog up for success and make sure they have a good time? You probably already know if you have a dog at either...

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Puppy Costume Party!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, events, safety, tips | 0 comments

Puppy Costume Party!

Halloween can be a scary time for dogs – who socializes their puppy to ghosts, goblins, and monsters? So when your adult dog sees all these crazy creatures at your front door, it can be quite upsetting to them. Well, let’s change that! On Oct. 24th we will be having a Puppy Costume Party — except there’s a catch. The puppies won’t be in costume, we will! Let’s help these puppies realize that behind the masks are real people with lots of cookies for them. There will be some light refreshments for the humans! Who: Any puppy under 20 weeks of age who has been...

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Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog, safety, tips, training videos | 0 comments

Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

There are many ways to train a recall, and I occasionally use different techniques with different dogs. But by far my favorite method of teaching recall is using a hand target – teaching the dog to come and bump their nose against your hand when you call them. This gets them to come all the way to you, make contact with you, and makes it easy for you to grab their collar in an emergency. It also gives them a very clear goal – come *right here*. Here is me teaching Sinclair the beginnings of the hand target recall. He has done some recall work in his past life (come and sit front,...

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