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Holiday Manners

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to refresh some of your dog’s basic manners; Before the hustle and bustle of family gatherings.

These are a few basic strategies for managing your dog’s behavior over the holidays.

Train your dog to “Leave it.” The ‘Leave it’ command it useful for so many things that dogs might find interesting or tasty, that you don’t want them to have. Don’t touch the turkey! Leave those tree ornaments alone…. The stuff on the counter is not for you!

Train your dog to respect boundaries. Teach your dog to ‘wait’ at doors. With friends and family coming in and out of the house, doors might be left ajar, and that should not be a reason for Fido to bolt and venture off. By training your dog to wait for permission to enter or exit through doors, you instill the necessary impulse control to prevent great escapes.

Teach your dog the place command. Train your dog to stay on a bed, until you have given them permission to leave. Making your dog’s bed a ‘stay station’ allows your dog to be with the family, without being underfoot. When trained properly, it’s a great tool to teach your dog to relax and enjoy your family and friends without jumping or begging from the table.

For more tips and tricks, or to start training your dog before the holidays, please visit www.dogdynamix.com.

Food Rewards - What should you use for training?

Food selection is a very important part of the reward-based training process. All food is not equal. You can train your dog in less time, with longer lasting results if you choose the right reward for a job well done.

The first concept each trainer needs to understand is that the food you are using needs to be rewarding TO THE DOG. It sounds so obvious, but I have seen countless new trainers use their dog’s kibble, or buy some super-fancy-dehydrated-omega-something-or-other, that their dogs just didn’t like. You are not incentivizing your dog to work with you if they don’t want what you have. With a huge variety of options at the pet stores, it’s easy to go for really expensive, thinking you’re getting ‘the best’ treats. Or, you might go cheap, thinking you’ll save a dime. But neither are necessarily true. Be sure that what ever you’re using is of high value to your dog.

Food should be soft and easy to swallow. Nothing halts a good training flow like the crunch, crunch, crunch of a big biscuit. Your goal is repetition of the right behavior. It’s hard to get reps in when the dog spends a lot of time chewing.

Food should be easy to handle to avoid dropping it on the ground. Dropping food on the ground encourages your dog to break their attention from you to search for hidden treats in the grass. That can be quite counterproductive. Tiny treats, or treats that shred and crumble are not good choices.

Maybe your dog isn’t very in to what you have that training session. What do you do? Don’t switch training rewards mid session. Instead, do your best to end on a successful repetition of the command or behavior you’re working on and end the session. Make a mental note, that next time, you will need to up the value of the reward for that particular circumstance or environment and try again later. If you switch, your dog can learn to ‘hold out’ on you, and wait to perform until you have just the right thing. 

Use a variety of rewards. Try to find five or six different rewards that your dog goes bananas for…..but not in the same training session. Diversity and interest is key, but each type of food has a value rating to your dog. They will like one type of food over another, if used in the same session, and feel disappointed (instead of rewarded) when they get the less desirable treat. Switching the food out each session can also reduce irritation to the digestive system.

Foods that are nutritionally balanced are ideal for dog training. Many of the products you find at the pet stores are full of sugar, artificial ingredients, dyes and chemicals. There are healthy, tasty options out there if you know what to look for. Our favorite food rewards are high in value and easy on the budget. Give these a try:

RedBarn meat rolls

Natural Balance meat rolls

Fresh Pet Select Vitals

Hotdogs (yes, good old fashioned hot dogs)

Cut up cheese

Happy Howies rolls

Looking for a budget option, or does your dog have dietary restrictions? Follow our Dog Dynamix Board on Pinterest for delicious home made dog treat recipes.

Busy, busy, busy...

Happy New Years, from Dog Dynamix! It was crazy busy at the facility for the holidays, which got us thinking..... Everybody is SO BUSY, that sometimes it's hard to find time for dog training. Here are some tips and tricks for some quick obedience lessons that you can work on while getting your every-day routine out of the way.

Here are some suggestions for doing just that:

Sit/Down

Feeding time is the perfect time to get your dog to learn to earn. Ask for a sit and/or down before offering up their dish. 

Wait

Practice this command when need to have your door open while you bring in groceries, or packages, to allow guests to enter your home, or to be let in or outside

Stay

“Stay” should mean, “do not move until I come back for you.” Practice this in your home if you need to walk across the room for a moment - to refill your bee....... er, water.

“Sit-stay” can also be used on your walk when you stop for poop patrol, or if your dog is easily distracted by other dogs or people. It’s also not a bad command to use when a car is approaching, or at the cross walk, either.

Come, Here or Your Own Recall Word

A solid recall is important, and you can practice this so many times in your daily routine. When it’s time for a walk, for mealtime, to go out for the last potty of the night, or simply just because. Be sure to check out our last blog for tips on teaching a solid recall!

Place

We like to use dog cots for the “Place” command, but a throw rug or a dog bed will do. "Place" means go to your spot and stay there. This command can be used when the doorbell rings, or when guests arrive. You can train ‘Place’ when it is dinnertime for the humans, or if you want to watch the game or a movie..... Or anytime you want everyone to relax.

Dog Dynamix offers lots of class options to help you make the most of your relationship with your dog. Contact us, and we will help find the right class and training to fit your needs.