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Age: 8 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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BuggaBoy, Sunshine, MayMay
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August 1st 2005
June 22nd 2005
Greetings, Parks, Playing Rrroof-rrroof in the yard and Squirrels
Not getting to chase squirrels and the kitties getting in his bed
Brown Beaver and Yellow DuckieDuckieDuckie
Strawberries, Popcorn, and Anything out of the Kong Wobbler
Hikingin pursuit of squirrels
My Trickster~~Tug, Touch, Leave It.. I could go on!
Maple has a sensitive personality. Discovering this, he has taught me about gentle guidance and shown me that it is the BEST way for every dog. He has taught me the proper way to communicate what I want from him and now I understand what he wants from me. My passion is now teaching others how to train their dogs and understand more what their dogs are telling them to get the type of relationship that evokes extreme happiness.
Maple LOVES sniffing for squirrels, and thus, LOVES hiking and going to parks. Children make his stiff little tail wag as he whimpers with excitement. Some men scare the boy, but we are always working on that. At one point, BuggaBoy was overly reactive to other dogs. We have practiced lots of training exercises and he now plays games with me and doesn't mind seeing other dogs, even when they are close to us!! Maple is My Pride :)
Where's the Squirrel?!
The Groups I'm In:
52 weeks of dogs!, Advocates for Positive Training, AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY, Ban Breed Specific Legislation, Beagle Club, Canines & Crafts!, DAA: Dogsters with Aggression, Dog Lovers Society, Dogs for the Environment, Food and Nutrition, Hugs 4 Hounds, I Love My Dog Café, No Breed is a Bad Breed, Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue, Trading Dog Goodies., Working With Animals
The Last Forum I Posted In:
Socialization for grown dogs....
As Maple's 8th birthday present, we are finally going to apply for Novice Trick Dog! This will give him NTD at the end of his name. Our goal is to upgrade to the intermediate level soon! Check it out, it's so fun: DoMoreWithYourDog.com . We love tricks. He gets so happy and his confidence has soared since we have stepped into the world of clicker training. Check out my training blog: TrainMyWoof.Weebly.com/blog.html
I've Been On Dogster Since:
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October 24th 2013 7:49 am
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Autumn is here! Hiking through National Parks, camping by the lake, and walking around our favorite parks will begin to boom. I'm sure that I'm not alone in saying bringing our dogs with us makes each of our outdoor adventures so much more enjoyable! That is, as long as they behave! Teaching our dogs to be calm, attentive and friendly in these situations will be as simple as a few minutes of practice per day.
Mastering friendly greetings isn't as hard as it sounds! Have Bruno sit before you say hello to him each time you come home or inside from a chore. Enlisting your family and friends a few times in a week will help your pup generalize the behavior. Do a local test run before taking him out on the trails. The reward is getting to say hello and soak up some loving from adoring people!
Picture you and your dog walking happily through the park without beig pulled across the terrain! Set your dog up to succeed by practicing click and treats for every 3 to 5 steps of loose leash walking. Once he can do that well inside then up your rewards to every 8 to 10 steps. Keep the numbers variable and mix it up with bigger and better rewards. Going to sniff the trees and getting to greet another dog are some examples of bigger rewards. Fade out the treats and make them intermittent. Loose leash walking starts inside and then graduates to outside in the drive way. Once he can do this area like a champ then you can start doing your normal walks this way. If he pulls then stop in your tracks until he releases the pressure. You're on the road to smooth and enjoyable walks!
I know what you're thinking.. how are you supposed to keep your dog's attention with all the distractions? Teaching an attention cue will come in handy. Use a small treat between your index finger and thumb- reach it out to your dog's nose and slowly beig it up to your eyes. As soon as your dog looks at your face- click, treat! Practice several times and then fade out the food lure. He should comply with a hand signal (your finger pointing from him to your eyes) and verbal cue. Once you get that attention you've got to keep it with an activity! You and your dog will be the ones to determine what that will be, from playing tug, running the other way, getting to go say hi to another dog or practicing another behavior. Stepping in front of his vision to get him to focus can also be helpful if he is very distracted!
Have you noticed a trend in all of the above? The key ingredients are persistence and FUN! Don't let any of these things become a chore. Always make it fun and explore a little with your dog! They like to have fun just as much as we do! Now go out and enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather with your dogs!
September 8th 2013 1:14 pm
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Daily routines are changing for everyone while the kids are heading back to school. The hustle and bustle of the morning looks a little different to our four-legged friends. Kids are rushing by the dog to grab breakfast and head out to the school bus rather than going out to play ball in the yard. Parents are hurrying their children along and heading out to work. Now the dog is home alone. This change can sometimes be hard on all of us, especially the dog! Don't worry though, there are ways to make this transition easier on everyone!
Keep up with exercising your four-legged friend and you'll find they will be more relaxed and jolly. Skipping exercise causes a build up of stress hormones, thus, a more stressed dog. Regular walks and play times will be a great outlet for your dog and you!
For the hours that your dog is at home alone, supply them with a variety of chew and treat toys to keep them occupied. Stimulation throughout the day will keep them mentally healthy and happy. A few options are Kong wobblers, Kong treat balls, Aikiou bowls, Nylabones, Zukes bones and Kyjen or Nina Ottosson activity sets.
If your dog has a little extra energy then try out a local doggie daycare facility. Not only will it release your dogs energy, it will also provide them with a great deal of socialization! Socializing is vital to every dog's psychological health.
Training games are a great way to get the kids involved and provide the dog with fantastic mental health! Using force free training techniques will increase your dog's compliance, strengthen your relationship and encourage your dog to begin offering desirable behaviors. In short, it will make your life with your dog easier and more enjoyable!
Routine reduces stress in animals and humans. Use this to your advantage! Set a routine to stick to that incorporates everyone pitching in.
Get the kids involved! Set up a weekly chart that has a task for each child and parent to complete with your dog daily. Divide play times, walks, feedings and brushing along with any other activities that your dog requires. Using a star system gives everyone something to look forward to- pick a prize for those who get a set amount of stars by the end of the week- ice cream trip with the pup is one idea!
With these tips you and your pup should be on a smooth road to transition! I hope you all enjoyed summer. I'm certainly looking forward to the autumn season and the many training opportunities that come with it!
August 2nd 2013 11:21 am
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Dogs barking is one of the most frequent behaviors that I get questions about. 'How do I make them stop barking?!' is the one that stands out in most of these conversations. The answer is not the same for every dog, it's important to understand why they are barking before we can alter the behavior.
First off, barking is a natural dog behavior. Breed background and personality are key ingredients to why our dogs are barking. Dogs bark to alert, to get attention, out of boredom, out of excitement among other possibilities.
Now, whether your dog is alerting to inform others of an intruder or to alert in order to hunt is for us to determine by first looking into their breed background. Once you have reviewed your dog's breed history, there should be insight on whether they have a protective, hunting, herding, companion-bred or chasing-type background. Now, once you are aware of your dog's background it should give you insight on why your retriever is staring at the sky barking at birds he is alerting to and why your shepherd is protectively barking at passerby in front of your home.
Your dog's individual personality will affect barking behaviors, as well. If the breed book says your breed commonly barks at strangers, but yours just happens to love meeting new people then your in luck! A dog's personality and good socialization on your part can sway a dog's natural behaviors.
Most any dog will figure out that barking gets them attention. This attention could be a greeting or it could be a holler to hush up! If a dog wants your attention bad enough then they may begin to bark. Some will bark until you look at them, some will bark until you get up and take them for a walk. Bored dogs will bark even to get negative attention, such as a reprimanding because to the dog any attention is better than none.
Dogs who bark out of excitement could be one just seeing a squirrel and begins to yip or in excitement of going to the park!
Finally, let's review a few options to help you with your barking buddy! The best way to address attention seeking barkers is increase exercise and attention AND do NOT give in when they bark! Don't even look, don't touch, don't talk to them while they are barking. Wait for 3 to 5 seconds of quiet and then give them attention. These dogs need to be engaged constantly, so play, play, play with them when they are quiet. Always tell them 'good dog' when they are being good, too! By doing these things we teach the dog that barking is an unrewarded behavior and therefore it will DECREASE while the rewarded behaviors INCREASE!
Another method is to capture the barking behavior, put it on cue, and teach them a 'hush' command. The hush command is pretty simple: when your dog is barking put a handful of irresistible treats in front of them and entice them to follow you back a few steps until they are quiet and they get the treats! Once they are quiet you must engage them and get them to follow you to a game or play session rather than looking back at the same thing to bark.
If your dog barks at anything that moves then you'll need to desensitize them to each item individually. Although it does require a good bit of commitment on your part it is WORTH THE EFFORT! Reward them for staying calm at a distance from the item that usually causes barking and gradually get a little bit closer until eventually your dog can be near a squirrel or car without barking intensely!
Although we wouldn't expect our dogs to stop barking completely, a large decrease in barking can be feasible when the behavior is dissected and addressed properly. As we discussed, there are as many different types of barks as there are different reasons for barking. With these tips you have the tools to teach your pup that barking isn't everything!
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