Pet enrichment is our priority
FUN WITH FIDO
Enjoying Time Together
I can ensure that your pet will have more than enough time outside. It will be hard to stop their tails from wagging with all the fun they’ll be having. Outdoor activities not only provide an opportunity for exercise, but also help to curb bad habits by giving pets a chance to release excess energy and socialize with other animals.
USEFUL TRANINING TIPS . . .
The Name Game
Puppy Name Game
Wait until your dog is not looking at you and then say your dog's name in a very bright and happy tone. As soon as your dog turns to look at you, mark this with a word to let the dog know this is good, like “yes” or “good,” and then immediately give your dog a treat. You can play the Name Game any time.
This is a fantastic game to play with your dog every day for mental stimulation. This can also be played while out on a walk and you are trying to gain your dogs attention from that of another dog, person, vehicle.
Small training treats are the best. Make sure they smell good and that you dog loves them first.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.
216-870-2084 or email@example.com
Socialization and Relief
NOTICE - Walking group will take a break over the Christmas & New Year Holidays. Walking will resume the 2nd Saturday of January, (1/7) 2023.
Normal meet time is 9:30 am but the location has changed. Please call 216-870-2084 to obtain the location and to register. There is no cost. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, have your dog leashed and bring water. We will be out for at least 1 hour.
MUZZLE TRAINING & USE
Muzzles are a positive tool
A muzzle should be thought of as a safety tool. A muzzle protects both you and the dog as well as anyone around your dog. Every dog can benefit from muzzle training. Reasons for wearing a muzzle may be in the event of a highly stressful situation or injury or when trying to curb a particular behavior in the dog. Proper training makes it much less stressful (and maybe even pleasant) for a dog to wear a muzzle. Copy and paste the following link to your browser for helpful tips on muzzle training. If you would like to schedule a one on one training for an introduction to the muzzle please contact me to set up an appointment.
DOG PARK TRIP
Out and About
My Dog Park Trip is a great opportunity for your pet to learn some basic social skills and tricks. I’ll take your pet to a nearby park for exercise, obedience training, and lots of fun and games. You’ll be able to tell after a Dog Park Trip, because you’ll come home to a more mellow and happy animal.
INDOOR LEASH TRAINING
Control your dogs environment
Indoor leash training teaches your dog the manners he'll need for outdoor walks, socialization and identifying boundaries. It enables you to gently control his movements and correct any missteps.
Following are training techniques to help you guide and teach your dog using the leash training method indoors
Arrange the furniture so you have plenty of room and remove as many distractions as possible.
Attach the leash onto your dog’s collar while using verbal praise such as “good.” This will teach the dog that the leash is positive.
Wind the leash around your hand to shorten it so the dog can’t get more than five steps away from you.
Walking / Heel
Hold a treat in your hand, next to your leg, to keep your dog focused on you.
Begin walking and say “good” every 10 seconds, provided he isn’t pulling. Issue the treat every 30 seconds or so. This will teach him that focusing on you and staying close to you will result in a positive outcome. As his leash manners improve, increase the time between issuing treats. Eventually, treating will not be necessary.
Reverse your walking direction every few seconds. If the dog begins to pull at any point, say “heel” and gently pull him toward you. As soon as he falls back in line, issue the treat to reward him.
Leash the dog as soon as he has had something to eat or drink.
Walk him slowly around the area next to the outside door. Walk in a loop so he’s always near the door.
Walk him out of the door after two or three minutes, while saying your chosen command for toileting, such as “go bathroom” or “toilet.” If he doesn’t go, walk him back and repeat this process.
Issue a treat as soon as he goes to the bathroom outside. If he looks as if he’s about to go indoors, gently guide him outside using the leash.
Socialization & Manners
Remove all distractions such as toys and food from the room and ensure there is a clear path from the center of the room to the door. Leave the door open. Socialization can be stressful for dogs especially if they feel confined or trapped.
Introduce the dogs. Have a friend or family member bring in the other leashed dog.
Hold the slacken leash. This will alow the dog to move around freely.
Give praise to the dog every 10 seconds or so, provided he remains calm and polite toward the other dog.
Restrain the dog by gently pulling the leash toward you, should he become over-excited or agitated.
Loosen the leash once he has calmed down and repeat. Limit initial socialization sessions to between 5 and 10 minutes at a time.