Wednesday September 14th, 2011 at 05:38 AMIt's so much fun especially when my pups are the ones who come up with inspiration for new tricks! I'm hoping others in Squamish will want to join our little club, just for fun! Sunday April 3rd, 2011 at 01:12 AMI'm always on the look out for behaviours which are kind and respectful to reinforce. One important behaviour that I see all too many people overlook is the "look away". The second I see one, I'm always checking to see what the other dog/person does in response to it. If there's any indication that they're not going to respect it, I intervene and try to time it so that the sender of this "look away" is reinforced for not following through with a more overt display. At the same time, the... Friday April 1st, 2011 at 09:10 AMInspired by Sylvia Trkman's shout out for videos on variations of "holding" an item. How canine/people teams problem solve. I thought it would be fun to give a whirl with my guys. We're just in the early stages, and I was surprised how much fun and cute this was to teach. It's not at all something a dog does naturally holding something in this manner so the learning curve was a challenge to come up with ways to lead the dog in the right direction. This is the first behaviour that Keegan has... Monday March 21st, 2011 at 03:39 AMFor Shadow's mom... As promised, here's Dr. Karen Overall talking about Behaviour Modification where she mentions her Relaxation Protocol. Here's Roxanne Hawn's blog, Champion of My Heart, with a link to the written work and created mp3's of Dr. Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol. She does a wonderful job of sharing her experience with it. Although it's really beneficial for reactive dogs, it also does a great job with young or worriers who just need a bit of help making sense of the busy... Saturday March 5th, 2011 at 02:10 PMI posted this to Fresh Start but wanted also to have it here for my scrapbook. I'm so proud of Daizy my 9yr old beagle; our communication skills, her zest for life and learning. There was a person in my puppy socialization class who mentioned something to the effect that they wanted their puppy to be better behaved than their other dog. Here we are in a class at Dogsmart.ca recently. I don't think age plays a really huge factor when you teach using EM/ clicker/ Lure Reward training methods. I... Saturday February 26th, 2011 at 10:15 AMSniff n Playdate with Quila :) One happy, happy, fun, fun, patient, playpal at a time helps George overcome his fears of being rushed, rolled and attacked by other dogs. Thank you Taquila Rose and Alice (dogsmart.ca) ! You do not know how relieved I am after a year or so now of off leash dog attacks and rushes, we've worked very hard on turning George's fears (lunge, machine gun bark to keep dogs away) around and George continues to bounce back. We've got our groove on :) Wednesday February 23rd, 2011 at 06:11 AMKeegan surprised me the other day when I blurted out "okay" thinking out loud "that's gotta be annoying" as he went to charge after Daizy who was in retrieve mode chasing her favourite Air Kong ball. To my surprise, he stopped on a dime, spun and with a happy, happy face b-lined back to me and sat front. "Okay" is usually my reorienting word when we transition into a new exciting space. I learned this from Leslie McDevitt's work "Control Unleashed". The mechanics of the cue are EXACTLY what...
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