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Want Your Dog To Behave Better For Your Children?

Try this….Have your kid practice commands with him. First obviously he needs to listen & obey you. But then pass the torch to your kid! My daughter is enjoying the training as she likes to be involved. She is noticing the dog is listening to her better than ever, which helps keep her interested in it. Now she asks to do this every meal.

She is feeding him a kibble at a time, by hand, just like our program says. She gives a command, he obeys, she gives him a kibble. She has the leash on him in case he doesn’t listen. He’s now listening to her almost as well as he listens to me. Even I’m amazed. <3

Look at the difference in his eyes

The Magic of the “Place” Command for Separation Anxiety

I’m still working on Annyong‘s separation anxiety. He panics when someone leashes him up to take him away from me. And he barks like crazy when I leave the house. He’s fine in a crate when I’m in the house.

So I’m practicing keeping him in a “place” command. A place command is a specific area with boundaries he must stay in. It’s like a crate without walls. Place is just like a very advanced “STAY” on a specific “thing”. It is great to practice keeping a dog in place to settle him down. I’m using this to keep him in place while I walk away & leave the room. Look at the difference in his eyes in each picture.

If you want to use this, once the Practice this daily for a few minutes a day, adding distraction, duration & distance (one at a time). The slower you ask more from your dog, the more you set the dog up for success rather than failure. We want to teach a lot, for a long time- lots of positive reinforcement & food before we start to correct a dog for doing something we don’t want. We need to be fair to the dog.

I’m actually using a nap mat for kids, but most dog trainers use a Kuranda, which is a lot more durable. You can even use his blanket, bed or even just a towel. It just needs 4 sides he can’t leave until he hears the magic word “break”. Challenge him (when he is ready!) with bouncing a ball, tossing food, having the kids run past him, knocking on the wall or door, ringing the doorbell…. Another one of my favorite tricks is to play the sounds in this Dog Sounds App.

The more often you “place” your dog & the longer you build on it, he will chill out & be less anxious. Keep on it & eventually he looks like this:

Annyong sleeping

 

Annyong happy on couch

Proof Our Program Works!

 

Practicing down/stay with meat on the floor.

So here is my 90 day update on my new dog, Annyong. Proof our program works. He has been on “probation” for 90 days in my house. He gets walked, socialized & trained every day. A little affection of course, but no excitement or freedom. He’s been out of the crate more & more as time goes on, always on a drop leash. Now we are starting to trust him off leash. We still have to work him through his cat issue, but he is SO much better than even a month ago. The other day he ran into the house & went chasing the cat & I called him (no leash, no e-collar) & he came! I was very proud! He will still be on probation for many months I imagine as he learns how to behave in the house. And learning he has to listen to me when I say his name. The more he listens/obeys/behaves, the longer he is out of the crate.

a well-behaved dog has EARNED the PRIVILEGE of couch time!

I think most dog owners fail their dog by first not having high enough standards for their dogs. They start off giving the dog too much freedom & then try to (partially) reign him in when trouble ensues (which it always does). They think of the crate as a punishment tool & therefore use it reluctantly. They think of leashes & collars are only for when outside. The more we use these tools (crate, leash, e-collar) IN the home, the more conditioned our dogs are to listening/obeying us. The better behaved they are inside the  more likely are to behave outside.

snuggles on the couch

I’d like the APO (average pet owner) to start with the end in mind. What do you want from your dog? And WHY do you want it? I want my dog to listen to me 99% of the time I say his name or give him a command. I want my dog to not pester my older dog. I want my dog not to chase my cat. I want my dog not to pick up items & guard them. All these things are unacceptable to me. And because they are unacceptable I will not allow them. The big picture of having a well behaved dog is what you allow & what you disallow. I use these tools to teach him manners so he will be safe & not embarrass me. (he still embarrasses me often in public! but better than before & we are working on that!).

Practicing down/stay while I’m doing dishes

A new question I ask dog owners in my class is “how confident are you your dog would listen to you if he was running into traffic & you called him?” I’m 99% confident Ziva will listen to me even charging after a cat/skunk/motorcycle- it’s happened & I have a lot of faith she will obey. I practice often with her. Annyong is NO WHERE NEAR THIS YET. But it is my goal. And he will get there someday soon. 🙂

Managing your crazy dog around company

Start by waiting to feed your dog just before company comes. He will be more interested in food if he is hungry. Before company arrives, start dropping kibble into the crate & then have company come in. (He should start off in crate or on leash). I prefer a crate.

As my dog started to light up I dropped his kibble into his crate as a distraction. “Here think about this instead.” After a few minutes he was pretty calm. I continued to stand there dropping kibble, his whole meal.

After he was very chill I opened the crate to let him go out & greet my mother. (He had not met her yet). Normally I would recommend leashing a dog for this but I was being lazy!  You can imagine if you wait until your dog is totally chill to let him greet company how much better mannered they will be. Any bad manners (jumping, barking) will be milder & more subdued. Of course if your dog is aggressive at all you shouldn’t go this alone. To find a trainer in your area visit the International Association of Canine Professionals to find a competent trainer in your area.

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Annyong in crate during superbowl

Dealing with Company and your dog during the Super Bowl 2

Annyong in crate during superbowl

Annyong in crate during superbowl

People ask me all the time what to do when company comes over. That seems to be a big challenge for most dog owners. Either their dog wants to charge to jump, lick & pester or, to see what they taste like!

My new dog Annyong is more toward the latter. He probably would have been fine, but since I didn’t have the time or attention to focus on him 100%, I kept him in the crate for safety reasons. This is what I would recommend unless you are able to focus on his behavior. Why risk it?

So what I did was (video below):

I started with a dog comfortable in his crate, in a relaxed mood.

Next, as company comes in to watch The Superbowl, I drop his supper-kibble by kibble- into his crate to give him something else to think about. By using his meal I can give him hundreds of “rewards” or distractions without worrying about him overeating. I also don’t have to worry about him not being hungry & more interested in focusing on “intruders!”.

My sister, also a dog trainer assists me by giving some kibble to get him thinking about that rather than all the commotion. As time goes by, his outburst get fewer & fewer. Each time I give him some more of his meal, sprinkled in with some treats for good measure. If I was able to do this on a weekly basis he would be much more settled with company. My girl, Ziva barked a little when the family arrived but quieted down almost immediately.

Bundle Up For Winter Weather

It’s a cold and windy winter snow storm! We hope you get to bundle up with your furry friends and stay warm and safe today!  However, we are here taking care of our dog boarding clients  and we ask our daycare clients to call before they head over. If you have any questions give us a call at 781-585-3647

Thank you

Doggie Fun and Fitness

Annyong in crate during superbowl

Dealing with Company and your dog during the Super Bowl

People ask me all the time what to do when company comes over. That seems to be a big challenge for most dog owners. Either their dog wants to charge to jump, lick & pester or, to see what they taste like! My new dog Annyong is more toward the latter. He probably would have been fine, but since I didn’t have the time or attention to focus on him 100%, I kept him in the crate for safety reasons. This is what I would recommend unless you are able to focus on his behavior. Why risk it?

So what I did was (video below):

Started with a dog comfortable in his crate, in a relaxed mood.

Next, as company comes in to watch The Superbowl, I drop his supper-kibble by kibble- into his crate to give him something else to think about. By using his meal I can give him hundreds of “rewards” or distractions without worrying about him overeating. I also don’t have to worry about him not being hungry & more interested in focusing on “intruders!”.

My sister, also a dog trainer assists me by giving some kibble to get him thinking about that rather than all the commotion. As time goes by, his outburst get fewer & fewer. Each time I give him some more of his meal, sprinkled in with some treats for good measure. If I was able to do this on a weekly basis he would be much more settled with company. My girl, Ziva barked a little when the family arrived but quieted down almost immediately.

 

Resource Guarding Aftermath

Low Conflict Resource Guarding

So my new dog Annyong isn’t perfect. I knew this going in. Last week during his earned freedom time he picked up one of my kid’s toys & wouldn’t let me have it. I didn’t think he’d bite me over it. But he did. I tried to take it from him & he took a piece of my flesh from my hand. (see video below) 

E-collar set on 8

E-collar set on 8

So today (with e-collar already on) he had taken something into his crate  during his freedom time. Instead of going head on “give it to me, drop it, out” etc. I told him to get out of his crate “come”  as I tapped the e-collar (on 8/100) & had him go to place. Then I was able to safely take an object left behind from his crate.

Jade with Gabe

Meet the Staff: Quiet Dog Daycare Jade

How long have you worked here?

I’ll have worked here a year in January. I work as the office manager and I also take in dogs at drop off in the morning. I also am part of the Quiet Dog Daycare team & Last Hope volunteer.

Why did you choose to work here?

Getting a job here was actually a happy accident. I had been working as a kennel attendant at another facility and noticed that there was very little structure when it came to behaviors, training, leash handling, etc. My dogs went to daycare here already and one of them did training a few years back so I reached out to Laurie in hopes to learn some more training skills and she offered me a job!

Jade with Sasha

Jade with Sasha

What did you expect it to be like?

I expected to gain a ton of knowledge about dog behavior and interaction and I have done just that! I’m much more confident handling dogs of all temperaments, even my own!

What has surprised you the most?

I was surprised with how much I thought I knew and how much I really didn’t. I didn’t think socialization was as vital as it really is. But I’m pretty sure I learn something new that surprises me every day.

What do you like best about your job? I love it all but I look forward to seeing dogs’ progress here. Dogs that come for training and leave with confident owners. Even dogs that come for daycare who start off nervous, not knowing how to play and now get dropped off so happy to be here 🙂

What do you like least? It’s really hard to see a dog that does so well here, go home and regress. Knowing what I know now, owning a  dog takes consistent work and effort!

Silly Lisa Sharland

Meet the Staff- Quiet Dog Daycare- Lisa Sharland

How long have you worked here? Going on 4 yrs here. Monday – Friday I’m on the floor supervising the dogs at Doggie Fun & Fitness. On Saturdays I assist w/ training classes. I also help on the road with the Quiet Dog Daycare workshop.

Why did you choose to work here? Typical answer- simply love animals.

What did you expect it to be like? Can’t say i had any clear expectations of what the work would be like, came from a CNA job, thought i was just transferring caring for humans to caring for canines.

What has surprised you the most? Puppies are hard!! And do not stop moving!! And do not stop piddling!! It is a lot more physical job than most people would guess.

What do you like best about your job? Best thing is seeing the shy/nervous dogs come out of their shells and live without stressing.

Lisa as Employee of the Month

Lisa as Employee of the Month

What do you like least? Worst thing is once in a great while seeing those dogs that can’t just be comfortable around their own kind. It is definitely a rare occurrence, but heart breaks for them.