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October is an important month for those in rescue;Adopt A Shelter Dog Month My mission is to reach as many pet owners as possible, to help improve the human-canine relationship, with a wide variety of ongoing classes. Training significantly improves the chances of a dog remaining with family, and serves to strengthen the bond between two species. In keeping with this special month, I am beginning classes geared towards those who foster dogs, and would like to do something extra for that dog, to improve chances of being adopted. I am beginning a Foster Dog class, for those dogs actively being fostered, prior to adoption, at what I believe is a reasonable rate. To help me reach the many many dogs out there needing to be adopted, please forward, tweet or facebook! I appreciate your efforts to send my newsletter onwards. Class details will be outlined in a separate block. As always, I continue to educate clients about puppy mills; this is an excellent and informative link. Help Stop Puppy Mills Feel free to send this link onwards. As always, you can find me hereand here for lots of dog training tips, discussions and articles. Hope you enjoy this article on my puppy mill rescue lab Doobie, written for Dog Star Daily Reading is knowledge! My intent is to provide many useful sites, links and articles in each newsletter, as well as keep you posted on upcoming classes. Read on!
Good Manners for the Family Pet: Tuesday October 12th, 6:30 PM Foster Dogs Clicker Course: Tuesday October 19th 8 PM Good Manners for Family Pets: Wednesday October 20th 6:30 PM Nose Games and Other Fun Stuff: Wednesday October 20th 8 PM Advanced Obedience/CGC Class: Thursday October 21st, 8 PM CGC Testing Day: Saturday October 30th 11 AM
COOPERATION VS COERCION: WHOSE WALK IS IT ANYWAYS? COOPERATION VS COERCION Written by colleague and friend Casey Matthews-Lomonaco, talented dog trainer, writer and owner of Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in New York. Be sure to follow her blog for great training information.
21 Sarah Court Earleville, Maryland 21919 443-350-6820 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to forward newsletter to anyone in rescue, or any dog owner who may be interested. There will be a new sign up button directly on my website. Happy reading!
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN GRAD MARLEY and Upcoming CGC Testing Event
Very happy owners, big grins all around! NEXT CGC TESTING EVENT
Working towards the goal of Canine Good Citizen is just another rewarding form of dog-canine interaction. The more we do with our pals, the closer and more rewarding the dog-human relationship. Advanced classes work towards CGC skills. Read on for class updates in the next section. SATURDAY OCTOBER 30TH at 11 AM, RAINWOOD KENNELS, ELKTON MD, will be the next test date. Dogs will be tested in order of arrival. Advance notice is required by calling 443-350-6820 or email email@example.com. Let me know if I can help you towards achieving this exciting goal.
PET HEALTH CARE GAZETTE is one of my favorite sources for the latest in pet health care issues and information, written by facebook and Twitter friend Lorie Huston. One of the most recent articles was on pet CPR, something we all need to know about. Being prepared for an emergency is the best defense!
In keeping with the NEVER SHOCK A PUPPY CAMPAIGN a tip on use of shock collars, which I never recommend. When a dog experiences the pain of being shocked, there is immediate aversive and negative association to whatever is in the environment when the shock takes place. This could be: dogs, people, kids walking past the property, delivery people, visitors coming into the home. Use of shock begets fear, lack of trust, confusion for the dog (unpredictable environment and not feeling safe) as well as aggression. Get involved and join the campaign. Spread the word!
I hope you are getting the chance to get out and enjoy the brilliant fall foliage with your furry friends! Keep in mind that learning is a life long process, and that ongoing mental and cognitive stimulation is beneficial to your pal. Also, knowledge is power! I hope you have found the articles and links useful; my intent is to make this a very informative and educational newsletter for everyone. Hope to see you soon! Never dull moment with the labs. The latest adventure has been to conquer the scary evil dishwasher monster for Talley, sure to be the subject of a blog. Until next time,
Leslie and the labbies
$10 discount for rescued dogs in Good Manners Classes. Special rate for Foster Dog Parents class.
Recently, I have begun to introduce Nose Games into the curriculum of my dog training classes. Why? Well, dogs possess this most amazing organ that we seldom encourage them to employ for daily enrichment. Teaching our dogs how to search for treats and items by scent is truly enriching, and is a behavior that dogs engage in on a daily basis, being, well.....dogs!! When we teach and encourage behaviors dogs innately use, the scenario is win-win. How many Canine jobs can you think of where dogs are employed by virtue of their superior sense of smell? Here are but a few:
Search and Rescue
School Weapon Detection
So many dogs with so many talents! Why not help the family dog make the most of their own olfactory organ? Nose Work and Nose Game workshops are springing up all around the country. Recently, myself and Bridget, Look What I Can Do! American Lab, attended a Nose Games Weekend at Pat Miller`s Peaceable Paws. As I has previously taught Bridget Go Find It, I had a pretty fair idea that she would excel at more advanced nose games, and this proved to be the case. We worked her hard, and gave her challenges she was up to, such as, with herself waiting out of sight, then locating treats that were hidden in the wild mish mash of tackroom scents.
Pictured above, Bridget using scent to locate kibble that was hidden around the yard.
Recently I have had feedback from owners who participated in my classes, proud of how their own dogs had progressed, and happy to have another form of enrichment for their dogs. From Judy Copple in Elkton MD :
"Spent the last 1/2 hour with Denali waiting in the kitchen while i was
hiding treats in the living room and on command "go find" she would go
find all the treats. We were able to go three rounds of this and she
had enough! I was so so proud of her waiting in another room and being
able to find the treats. Later today or tomorrow we will be working on
Staying when she has a little bit more patience ;-)..Thanks Leslie once
again...But yes to make it easy you do have to train the human first,
before the animal lol..."
And yes, Judy is absolutely correct by the way! Dog training is as much about helping the human learn new behaviors, as it is the dog! Following is a summary of the activities we participated in at Peaceable Paws.
Go Find It: basic first step, toss treat a short distance as you cue Go Find It, click when dog arrives at treat, in plain sight.
Wait/Go Find It: a bit more advanced, as dog waits, while you step away a short distance, and "hide" treats in plain sight, then returning, releasing and cueing Go Find It.
Hide Treats/Dog Watching: slightly more challenge, with dog watching on Wait cue, while you hide treats behind or around nearby objects, returning and releasing with Go Find It cue, click as dog arrives at each treat.
Hide Treats/Dog out of sight: the most challenging progression, with dog behind a barrier, as you leave and place treats hidden out of sight around a room, then returning to release dog. At this point it was delightful to see Bridget on an active olfactory search, using scent to locate the treats, forehead furrowed in concentration, nose to the ground, and snuffling away.
Scent Discrimination:progression of "finding" a treat in a single box, marking the box upon finding (for Bridget a paw touch), teaching "take scent" from gauze pad and release to find and mark box with treat, scent discriminate between two boxes with one empty, then scent discriminate between three boxes with two empty, correctly locating and marking the box with the treat in it.
This was a wonderful, challenging and invigorating weekend, learning alongside one of my own dogs. I hope you will be able to join me for classes at Rainwood Kennels in Elkton MD, as I introduce Nose Games into my own curriculum, with intent of beginning a Nose Games class in the fall. Stay posted at my website as i enter the new dates here. Look Go out there and have some fun!