- Daily Training Tip #168
Share what the dog shares with you. .
If a dog has a bratty, snoty attitude you can't start off training by being it's friend. You have to first let the dog know that attitude is not allowed. Once the dog softens up and gives you more of the good stuff then you can give the dog the good stuff to. .
To many people make the mistake of trying to build a relationship with the dog before showing it that it's attitude isn't allowed anymore. This is only going to reinforce the attitude more because the dog sees it gets the good fun side of you with this attitude. .
Start by creating a shift in the way the dog thinks, snap it out of that bratty mindset and then the relationship will be built through training and the dog understanding that it gets all the stuff it enjoys through having a good attitude. .
Don't make the mistake of being soft with a firm dog or to firm with a soft dog. You must mirror the dogs attitude and give it what it gives you.
12 hours ago
- Mama Bear wishes you all a happy Friday and a great weekend!
15 hours ago
- Swipe for progress videos of Champ! When I first met Champ his mom was struggling with his behavior off leash when he played with his friends, he wouldn’t come back to her when it was time to go and had a hard time reading other dogs body language usually resulting in him humping or rough playing. Occasionally if you tried to remove him from the other dog he would redirect back at you by jumping and mouthing your arm.
Over the past two weeks I’ve seen a big change Champs impulse control, self awareness, and obedience. He definitely still has a ways to go, but with consistent training from his mom she can definitely achieve all of her off leash goals!
In these clips Champ is socializing with Beckett and Wrigley, he’s met these dogs before and their first meeting did not go so well, as you can see Wrigley is still not a huge fan 🤣
With the help of the E-Collar we are now able to communicate far more effectively off leash and Champ can learn how to behave appropriately so he can have more freedom and fun!
I keep the rough play and arousal to a minimum and keep the dogs focused on me by calling the dogs to come to me consistently throughout their park time and actively engage in playing with them. No sitting on the bench and staring at my phone or gossiping with other pet parents!
At the end I correct him for humping by grabbing his scruff and removing him while marking the behavior with the word “no.” Once he is calmly sitting I say “yes,” treat the other dogs first and then him. My ideal way to correct humping is with the pet corrector, but I left it at home this trip🤦♀️
Becket and Wrigley respond to my correction and his bad behavior by sitting, not trying to get in the mix. They have both already been through the same E-Collar program as Champ and although Becket is still a puppy he has a clear understanding of his role in socializing with other dogs.
So proud of all of these dogs and their amazing parents for engaging in proper training to ensure their dogs can safely socialize and partake in off leash experiences!!
17 hours ago
- Daily Training Tip #167
You got this! .
One of the big things that holds so many owners back from getting their dog to a better place is a lack of confidence. .
A dog that sees it's owner is not confident will not be able to follow through properly. A good leader is confident in what it's doing and how it leads. .
Don't let lack of confidence or lack of information hold you back. There is so much great information out there. Find someone with good information (doesn't have to be me) that feels right to you and just get right into it. As you train your confidence will grow. Just like a dogs confidence can be built up through training yours will as well. .
So this is me telling you: YOU GOT THIS! I believe in you now you start believing in you. .
Whenever you feel like your loosing that confidence grab that leash and say I got this! .
Have confidence in yourself, have confidence in your dog and have confidence in the process.
13 December, 2018
- Short and sweet does it.
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Lately we’ve been exploring and playing more than training, however, when we do ‘train’, it’s short and sweet - we all learn a great deal more when the experience is enjoyable and we care to carry on learning when sessions end on short, successful and uplifting notes.
My training drills last anywhere from ~1-5mins depending on what’s at play and the energy in store at the time (mine as well as the dog’s). If my girl nails a run, that’s where I end the session and reward her achievements and efforts through memorable PLAY.
13 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #166
Rules=bigger world. .
Many people think that by setting rules and boundaries for their dog that they are taking something away from the dog. In reality you are adding more to your dogs life by giving it rules. .
Dogs that are untrained get to experience way less of the world. Many times they are confined to their home or even crates for a big part of their lives because they don't know how to behave outside of the home. .
By training your dog, setting firm rules and boundaries and teaching it to be a follower not a leader you open up a whole world of opportunities for your dog. Your dog can go to so many more places with you and experience so much more of the world with you. .
Believe it or not by saying no and holding your dog accountable you are giving it the gift of seeing the world and living in a much bigger world. .
Dogs don't live to long so help your dog experience as much as it can in it's short lifetime by providing the guudance it needs.
12 December, 2018
- How do you feel about disciplining your dog? .
Does it make you upset to even hear those words? Do you feel bad having to tell your dog no? Are you worried it will ruin your relationship with your dog? Do you think it's unfair to say no to your dog? .
Do you know that by disciplining your dog you are helping it navigate life? You are protecting it from dangerous situations and actually opening up the world to your dog. .
So many people equate punishment with abuse. This skewed perception is what causes so many dogs and owners to struggle and unfortunately ends up being the cause for so many great dogs being turned in to shelters and even being put down. .
It's time for a shift in the way we view disciplining our dogs. We are not being mean or abusive we are simply teaching our dogs right from wrong and actually give them a chance to enjoy so much more in their short lifetime.
12 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #165
Start today, start small. .
It's very common for people to get very overwhelmed by all the training info out there or all the issues their struggling with that they just dont start. .
Don't let the overwhelm hold you back from helping your dog get better. .
Start today with something small and easy. This way you'll see results and feel motivated to keep going. The feeling of making change and seeing results helps to keep you wanting to do more. .
I think a great thing to start with is teaching crate door boundaries. Simply close the door on your dog every time it puts it's nose past that threshold. The dog will quickly learn that it must wait for permission to come out. This is easy to do, you will see quick results and it will start to make a real shift in the dogs way of thinking. .
Start small, enjoy reaching small goals and keep adding more and more on to it daily, before you know it you'll be on the way to having a well mannered dog.
11 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #164
Add structure if nothing else. .
If you don't have time to do a full training program with your dog or you don't know where to start then start by just adding structure to your dogs life. .
This means having your dog sleep in the crate and be in it's crate calmly when you're not home. Teach it to wait before going through all thresholds especially the crate door and front door. No free roam of the house and a nice calm walk, as well as adding a bit more of a set schedule to your dogs day. .
Without doing any other training you will start to see a difference in your dogs attitude and behavior within three days to a week. By adding in structure you will create a mindset shift in the dog. It will start to see that things happen at a set time and in a specific way. .
A big part of the change that is created during a board and train program is because of all the daily structure that is added to the dogs life. Most trainers will tell you that after max three days of the dog being with them even if there was no formal training done that the dog has changed solely because of the structured lifestyle with the trainer. .
Try it, you'll see it works. Once you see how well this works and the new headspace it puts your dog in you'll be motivated to take training futher and the dog will be in a better state to receive the training.
10 December, 2018
- We walk this road together.... .
Sometimes while walking Marley I get flashbacks to our old walks. .
I remember the time he tried to bite a lady's butt or when he lunged at an elderly woman for walking to close to him....the time my mom was walking him and he pulled so hard that she fell on her face. .
I think back to those times and I am amazed that this is the same dog walking calmly by my side...he's far from perfect but he's come a long way. .
I then think back to who I was then...struggling with my life...how I lived a much more impulsive life...I did everything I could to escape from the struggles and pain that filled my heart. .
And I'm amazed that I'm the same person calmly walking through life...I'm far from perfect but I've come a long way... .
Sometimes I think of it as both of us were reactive and it took a lot of training for both of us to learn a new way. .
As we walk Marley looks up at me with those handsome eyes as if to say "we are on this journey together, we got this."
10 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #163
Best way to greet a dog is not to. .
I get asked a lot about how I think people should greet dogs when walking or going into a friends house. The answer is you shouldn't. You should just completely ignore the dog and act like it doesn't exist. If your going to visit a friend than greet and hang out with your friend and if your stopping to say hello to someone on the street then do so but leave the dog out of it. .
The all to common thing that people are taught is to let the dog smell your hand. This is the worst and probably stupidest thing one can do as you're giving the dog the option to hire your hand. Another thing you'll hear is let the dog come to you first then pet it. But I dont think you should be petting it at all. .
Just let the dog be. .
If we all ignored other people's dogs there would be way less behavioral issues amongst dogs and way less dogs getting put down. So next time you want to pet someone else's dog because you just love dogs so much think about the fact that you might just be causing that dog to have more issues in it's life. If you really love dogs you won't want to be the cause of a dogs behavioral issues or even it getting put down. .
If you want a dog to pet the best thing to do is go out and get yourself a dog and then you get to pet it whenever you want.
10 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #162
Stacking behaviors. .
Dogs learn create habbits by stacking one behavior on top of another until it's a way of life. .
This goes for things we want our dogs to do and that we dont want. .
When a dog does something small that we don't like or shows the first signs of getting aroused it is important to interrupt that behavior right away. If you don't than the dog starts to do it over and over again and might slowly add in more things we don't want it to do until it's patterned into it's mind as what it should be doing. .
The same goes for teaching new behaviors and habbits. We must stack one thing on top of the other to pattern it into the dogs mind. For example starting off the day by waiting at the threshold of the crate is something small but we can then build on that and add more and more on top of it as the day goes on. .
Make sure to use this stacking in your favor by interrupting the small things you don't want right away and by adding more and more new things you do want until your dog has a whole new set of habbits and a brand new lifestyle.
8 December, 2018
- Is your dog friendly, but inconsiderate of other dogs feelings?
I definitely know a few dogs like this.😂
Beckett (tan dog in the middle) was for sure one of them. Inconsiderate, but also just a puppy who had yet to establish a solid understanding of what appropriate social skills are. Just like us, dogs aren’t born knowing how to engage in a socially appropriate way and need guidance from others in order to know how to navigate social situations. Beckett, just like so many dogs, had playing as his top priority in all social situations. As a puppy he didn’t understand or care about dog and human body language enough to modify his behavior, and because of this ended up pissing off quite a few dogs.
Beckett didn’t realize that the act of playing is up to the other dog too, that he had to express the proper behavioral cues before engaging in play, and maintain an equal power dynamic throughout play. Luckily for him he had an awesome dog walker who with the help of her pack of balanced dogs consistently held him accountable for his pushy and overzealous behavior. His mom engaged in training that educated her on dog body language and play so she could accurately understand how to have him socialized instead of taking him to a dog park and hoping for the best. Because of the through and balanced training that Beckett underwent he can now hangout off leash and have lots of fun with his friends, even dogs like Danny the Cattle Dog who used to hate his pushy puppy behavior. Now they are best friends and play non stop on their hikes!
Is your dog really lacking social skills? Or are you lacking the skill to teach your dog how to be socially appropriate? We spend the first 18 years of our life in school learning how to operate successfully in the real world, why shouldn’t a dog go through a similar process? Having your dog only socialized in a free for all environment like a dog park or daycare is like letting your dog have recess all the time, imagine if you ONLY went to recess growing up! How successful would you be as an adult??
8 December, 2018
- She may drive me insane at times. But this morning she overflowed my heart. It’s been testing and hectic lately between work, school and my personal life. Which finally caused a meltdown she sensed my crash, dropped her bone and came to comfort with kisses and nudges. Without a doubt she is the best being to have ever walked into my life. I needed her as much as I thought she needed me. Here’s to you my sweet Lily Bell. #puppylove #balanceddog
8 December, 2018
- You’ll find my animal-loving friend Dr. Katie Kangas and me doing our Facebook Live "Special Edition" sessions tomorrow morning! Tune into the Sama Dog Facebook page @ 10am PT
This week we will be sharing 3 easy ways to protect our pets from toxins ⚠️🐾
Regardless of our age and health, reducing our exposure to toxins in our daily life is a necessary step in restoring balance to our bodies and the bodies of our dogs. See you in the morning!
7 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #161
Use play to train. .
During play time there are so many great opportunities to practice training, proof commands and practice impulse control. .
For example if you are playing fetch with your dog have it go into a down stay and throw the ball. The dog will want to chase it but should stay down because you told it to. Once it's been down for even a few seconds release it to get the ball and continue on with the game. .
If you have multiple dogs and they are playing with each other use that as a time to practice and proof the recall command. Recal each dog off of the other ones by name then release them to go back to play. Dogs that can recall out of play have a really solid recall as play time is not something lost dogs will voluntarily leave. .
If you only have one dog you can proof recal off of it's own toys or even by throwing a ball, and when the dog is halfway to getting it recalling it back to you. Again I would always release the dog back to play time immediately after so it gets rewarded by continuing the game. .
There are tons of variations that you can come up with of ways to train through play time. So have fun with it. Let me know what ideas you come up with I'd love to hear em all.
7 December, 2018
- Little clip of some recall work with Champ! He is one of those dogs who thinks recall is optional and running past his handler without stopping is an acceptable response to “Champ come!” I have been working hard to hold him accountable for his behavior off leash and teach him that “come” really means “come within a foot of your handler, sit, and stay until you a released.” He’s been doing a fantastic job and is super responsive to the E-Collar (he’s working at a level 5-8 out of 100) .
One of the most important aspects of this training is that we don’t just put the E-Collar on an expect him to know what the pressure means, this communication has to be shaped, conditioned, and proofed just like any other skill or tool we introduce. Champ has done an amazing job in the handful of low stimuli situations I’ve exposed him too, now it’s time to add some distractions into the mix so we can prepare him for a wide range of real world situations. .
Btw the whole time he is coming to me he has E-Collar Pressure on, does it look like he is scared or in pain? He seems pretty happy to me! .
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7 December, 2018
- "Make the world your dog park, and the skate park your agility course."
7 December, 2018
- Daily Training Tip #160
Recess still has rules. .
When children go out for recess time there is either a recess teacher who's job is to watch them or their regular teacher goes out with them. This is to enforce that the children are behaving with nice manners while having fun. .
Break time with your dog works the same way. Just because you've given your dog break time to sniff on a walk, play in the yard or just roam around a bit doesn't give it permission to become a total brat. .
When a dog is given time to sniff, pee and poop on a walk it doesn't mean it can pull you around. When you allow your dog to play in the yard you should be able to control how worked up it gets. Your dog should listen when it's called and relax when you tell it to. Whenever your dog is on recess time make sure that you are always there and enforcing rules of basic manners. .
There is no break from being polite. Break time is earned and some basic rules still apply.
6 December, 2018