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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

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.

 

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.

Day 4 progress. Dog v. Cat

I haven’t been able to practice this for a few days… I got further than before, however I didn’t have all my tools (prong & ecollar) with me. If I had I could have gotten further today. It was the first time he was out of the crate not eating looking at the cat, laying down, so that is good progress. His face wasn’t relaxed though.

That’s our next milestone to be achieved.

Remote collar giving my dog freedom

Annyong is learning to stay close to me, and not trip up my daughter riding her bike. By keeping the distance short I’m now working on getting his attention with a distraction-his kid! He’s doing amazing! Low level e-collar (8/100) is usually not even felt by people. I can’t feel until an 8 & some people can’t feel until a 12. And when you do feel it, it feels like a tickle “I think I felt something”. Hardly shocking. Yes, they go up high, but I don’t use them that way.
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Annyong is able to run along loose with his little girl

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?

Dog v. Cat

Dog vs. Cat…working on attention & impulse control

Annyong has been with me just over a month now. I’ve been following my own protocols to the letter: Crate & leash only for at least 2 weeks- inside & out of the house. He’s been out of the crate on drop leash, proving he will listen to me if I say his  name. I give commands on leash & practice his obedience. I have taken him in fenced in yard & practiced on drop leash name & recall, coming back to me with high value food reward, coupled with a low level e-collar (5 works good for him usually). He has been doing AMAZING. Except…. he still wants to eat the dreaded evil cat! (video below)

On the first day here, the cat walked near his crate, probably not even noticing him. The dog blew up & he hasn’t been in the area since. Now whenever the dog catches a glimpse of the cat, he lights up, but milder & stops almost instantly. Over the last week or so, the cat has been joining us in the living room again, on the opposite side of the crated dog. (When I have him out of the crate, I make sure the cat is behind a closed door. #1 keeps him safe, #2 keeps dog from losing focus). Remember: avoid what you can’t control, train what you can. One of the first times I had dog out of crate, showing him how to relax & chill with me, the cat wandered out & he went to an intense focus I couldn’t break him out of. I had to end the session as he was past the point of coming back to a calm enough state he could be out.

So now that the dog has settled in & is under better control & making better decisions, I see if I can get his attention when the cat is in sight. I wish I’d recorded this from the start, as the cat was only a few feet eating to begin with. Annoying showed interest, but didn’t freak out. Because he didn’t freak out, the cat didn’t run. Because the cat didn’t run, the dog didn’t freak out…you get the picture. So I pulled out the video & recorded keeping his attention while the cat was in the background. This is a first. Them being in the same area together. At one point you may notice his ears go forward & he gets a little intense, I tap his e-collar (level 15 for this, probably could have gone lower). He chills & goes back to eating.

I will continue with this now daily until I can control the dog’s attention & intensity around the cat. As I progress, I will bring him toward cat, call him away (on leash

& ecollar), add some movement on the cat so it doesn’t trigger dog past the point I can control his attention…

I haven’t seen the dog mean harm to any person or dog yet, even though he came to me after breaking out of a fenced in yard & attacking 2 dogs & going ballistic when company came (previous owner). And wanting to eat their cat. I’ve seen him slip out of my car & charge at a dog on day 3 with me & run right past the dog & lay down. Most people would have been upset it happened. I was relieved he didn’t do anything. It proved he didn’t want to harm anyone as if he wanted to, he would have. He’s a good dog. And he’s mine. And I love him. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

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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Shelly & little Gizmo

Meet the Staff: Shelly of Doggie Fun & Fitness

How long have you worked here?

I’ve been working at DFF since February. I started off running and cleaning .After a few months I was put out on the small side floor to watch and teach the dogs good socialization skills.  As of now I kinda go everywhere.  I’ll run ,clean, work small side floor, and recently I have been introduced to the big side!  And Man it’s a whole new world over there.

Why did you choose to work here?

My dogs have been coming to Doggie fun and Fitness since they were pups! When we ask them if they wanna go to “school” they book it down the stairs and sit by their leashes wagging their little butts, then when we pick them up they are alseep on the car ride home from a long fun day of playing and socializing. I wanted to check out this amazing “school” that my dogs go crazy about! Little did I know I’d fall inlove with all these goofy dogs and my amazing co-workers!

What did you expect it to be like?13179096_10156101477548647_7578734269864448788_n

I expected it to be these cute dogs that I got to roll around and play with but there is MUCH more to it. Socializing dogs is like people socializing except they use their bodies and motions instead of words, it’s really cool figuring out their personalities and that tells us where they get placed from there.

What has surprised you the most?

What surprised me the most is Dogs in general, the little clues and signals dogs give you that you don’t necessarily pick up on. After observing even the most simple clue I can usually tell what their next move will be. I never considered learning all this stuff and putting this into action as being a skill but not everyone has the personality to do so. That’s the cool thing about DFF we are all calm ,Goofy ,and weird in our own way and in my opinion that’s the best kinda people to be around.


What do you like best about your job?

What I like best about my job is you could be having the worst day ever then you step on the floor and you have about 30 dogs that couldn’t be happier to see you! I treat every dog like my own I love them ,I protect them, and even pick up there poop!!! -Ask my parents I would NEVER do that at home 🙂

What do you like least?

…My boss is a total jerk …JUST KIDDING💙.  Before I worked at DFF I would’ve never considered rescuing a dog. Seemed like too much work, as if your taking in someone else’s problem, but boy was I wrong. We have had a few Fosters since I’ve been here and being here every day I got to know them a little better and they stole my hearts and I think every animal deserves to know love and a FurEver home. Hoping in the future I could help give some dogs a home and use the skills I’ve learnt to help give them have a better life.

 

Jade with Gabe

Jade of Doggie Fun & Fitness

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!