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Day 3 progress. Dog v cat

So as you can see I’m not rushing anything. As a matter of fact I hadn’t thought of introducing them until I noticed Monday my cat wasn’t hiding any more. That indicated to me the dog wasn’t sending off a dangerous vibe anymore. So each day this week I’ve been feeding them closer & closer, challenging Annyong’s impulse control & focus. I want him to choose to make good decisions, not tell him all the time what he should be doing “come sit down stay” blah blah blah.  (video below)

Could I have moved this along faster? Did I have to wait a month, 5 weeks to be exact? Sure I could have brought him to the cat or the cat to him. What would have happened? Dog would have lit up (like he did on day 1) & cat would have ran. Dog would have gotten harsh physical correction to override his strength & intensity on the cat. (This dog was almost impossible to handle when I was just training him under his previous owner). So I would have been forced to be heavy handed with him had I rushed things ahead of their timetable. Cat would have hid longer. Both animals would lose trust in me.

So by going at their pace I’m able to achieve more. Better results with softer handling. They are speaking to us all the time. Are you listening?

Should I crate train my puppy?

Should I crate train my puppy? by Michelle Gillis of Doggie Fun & Fitness

I hear this all the time…

“I feel bad leaving him in there”

“It’s so mean!”

“I wouldn’t want to be in a cage”

“I want him to sleep in bed with me”

There are so many good reasons to crate train your puppy.  Before I start listing reasons, try to shift to your dog’s perspective.

Human Perspective: a crate seems like a jail cell meaning punishment

Canine Perspective: a crate is a safe place to sleep

Crates are a safe place for a dog to hang without being bothered.  For families with young kids, it’s necessary.  Who wants to take a nap with an unpredictable toddler on the loose?

My dog Annyong loves chilling in his crate. He goes in with the door open, however it’s important you close the door too so it’s on your terms not his.

These are the reasons to crate train…

Housebreaking

Housebreaking problems usually start as a few accidents.  This can turn into a habit that can last through adulthood. If those accidents were not cleaned up properly, we are now blurring the inside/outside the house line. We have to teach a puppy that the smell of urine belongs outside.  This is where the crate comes in…

Puppies like to pee/poop away from where they hang.  The crate is a small version of your house.  Your teaching him “you don’t poop where you hang”.  When he gets older, he will see the house as his crate and never have an accident.

I recommend Natures Miracle for clean up

Safety

Puppies are curious which can lead to mischief.

  • Chewing through live wires
  • Chewing and choking on objects
  • Eating/swallowing dangerous objects (corn on the cob swallowed whole.. $5000 vet bill)
  • Eating/chewing poisonous items (ant traps, odor eaters, anti-freeze)

Separation Anxiety

Crating for small amounts of time at a young age teaches your pup to tolerate being alone.  If your pup is constantly with someone, they will panic when left alone.

Anyone who has a dog with separation anxiety will tell you how awful it is.

Your life will revolve around managing it and it takes a lot of work and help from others to fix.

Signs of separation anxiety

  • Dog will follow you room to room
  • Whining/barking when out of view (excessively)
  • Watches you constantly

When left alone…

  • Scratched trim in doorways, damage to windows
  • Puddles of drool
  • Frantic panting, wild wide eyes, pupils dilated
  • Persistent barking until hoarse

NOT signs of separation anxiety

  • Chewing furniture, shoes, toys
  • Sleeping when you come home/ or excited/happy to see you

Grooming, Vacations, Emergency Vet Visits, etc.

At some point in in your dog’s life he will have to be put in a crate.  Grooming, boarding, vet stays, can be stressful enough, adding crate stress can make things challenging.

“When can we stop using the crate?”

I think 1-½ years old is a reasonable goal but every dog/situation is different.  Some high-energy dogs need it for much longer.  I recommend using it for many years if you spend a lot of time with your dog, mostly to prevent separation anxiety.

So…. crates are good!

Lets stop applying our human perspective and start looking at things through the canine perspective.  We earn our dogs respect that way

Crates should always be used in a positive way, never used for punishment.  Seek a professional trainers advice before forcing a nervous/fearful dog.

Noelle- groomer for Doggie Fun & Fitness

Meet the Staff- Noelle- groomer for Doggie Fun & Fitness

1.  How long have you worked here? 9 months

2. Why did I choose to work here? I chose to work here because one of my dogs had gone through training and daycare, and I was impressed with the operation. Plus Laurie offered me a job.

3.  What did you expect it to be like? I knew it would be different than any other place I had worked. There was going to more to it than just grooming.

4. What has surprised you most? I don’t think I was truly prepared for HOW different it would be. Everything I thought I knew about dogs, only scratched the surface of what could still be learned. I also was surprised at just how AWESOME the daycare floor staff is. The patience, love and guidance shown to each dog is amazing. Keeping so many dogs happy at once is not always easy, but they are pros. As a groomer, not much surprises me. But again, as much as I thought I knew about grooming, I am constantly learning different methods to make the grooming experience more enjoyable for our 4 legged friends.

Noelle doing Big Boy's nails

Noelle doing Big Boy’s nails

5. What do you like best? Being around animals has alway made me happy. Coming in to work and knowing that I get to spend the day with some amazing pups puts a smile on my face. I love seeing the transformations of dogs in training! Especially ones that come in with no self confidence. Our staff works so hard to build these dogs up and help to make them happy and self assured.

6. What do you like least?When dogs come to DFF and go through training, it’s a commitment. A commitment by our staff and the dog parents. It breaks my heart to see a dog come so far, only to regress because the family isn’t following through. Same with grooming. I try to educate people about caring for their dog in between grooming. It’s completely frustrating when a dog comes in matted because they aren’t being brushed/maintained at home.

Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop Announces Jacksonville Florida Workshop January 2017

Date:  December 28, 2016

THE QUIET DOG DAYCARE WORKSHOP UNLEASHED IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA

International Association of Canine Professionals Advanced Certified Dog Trainer & Professional Dog Trainer Instructor, Laurie Wagner Leads Workshop for Dog Care Professionals at Happy Hounds Dog Resort

KINGSTON, MA-Professional dog trainer and founder of the Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop, Laurie Wagner, will lead a two-day workshop on Saturday January 14th and Sunday January 15th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day at Happy Hounds Dog Resorts, 4603 Shirley Ave, in Jacksonville, Florida. The Quiet Dog Daycare workshop teaches dog professionals calming techniques that help hyperactive dogs to soften, and nervous dogs to relax among other dogs.

Laurie Wagner, owner of Doggie Fun & Fitness in Kingston Massachusetts and member of the International Association of Canine Professionals has been training dogs for over 16 years using calm techniques. “Dog daycares don’t need to be loud. Loud noises make dogs more tense,” declares Wagner. “They make dogs bark, jump, hump other dogs, and mark territory. They’re not happy.” In just two days the Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop teaches the art of socialization, to help dog daycares help more dogs. Doggie Daycares have a reputation for being loud, and the Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop’s goal is to help daycares transform into quiet and happy places by helping dogs relax and soften. A promotional video describing this techniques is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/5eBV07CX6XE

For more information on the workshop in Jacksonville call Jack at Happy Hounds Dog Resort at (904) 800-8800. **A Liability Waiver Must Be Signed and Sent to Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop office, and can be downloaded online at https://youtu.be/5eBV07CX6XE. To find out more about Laurie Wagner and additional upcoming workshops in Boston and Australia (Perth & Melbourne), go online www.QuietDogDaycareWorkshop.com, follow the Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop page on Facebook.


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