Maple Leaf

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Age: 10 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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BuggaBoy, Sunshine, MayMay

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Gotcha Date:
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

Favorite Toy:
Brown Beaver and Yellow DuckieDuckieDuckie

Favorite Food:
Strawberries, Popcorn, and Anything out of the Kong Wobbler

Favorite Walk:
Hikingin pursuit of squirrels

Best Tricks:
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 :)

Forums Motto:
Where's the Squirrel?!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
How do I get 2 dogs to sleep in the same dog kennel

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: . 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:

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Dog to Dog Play- Body Language Info!

February 1st 2014 11:12 am
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Dog to dog play is a huge part of dogs' social lives. They learn proper interaction with different dogs, what is and isn't acceptable, and how to engage or disengage a play session. They begin this lifelong lesson at just three weeks old and maintain and shape their play behavior around the types of dogs that they are exposed to.

Without knowing dog body language it could be hard to determine if the play is good or teaching your dog bad habits that can get him into trouble wih the next dog. Things to look for are mirroring and equal trading of roles- one dog chased first and now it's time for the other to chase. Shaking off and sniffing are also good signals to see. These last two could be indicators of many things but most usually shaking off is a release of adrenaline or an attempt to calm the other dog and sniffing is a calming signal if another dog was too serious or needed a reminder that they are playing. There are many other good signs to watch for including blinking eyes, head turns (also called look aways), and swooping happy tail wags to name a few. Most of these body cues will seem subtle at first, but once you start watching for it frequently it can become second nature for you to watch for them. Let's take a look at the other end of body language in dog interactions.

Body language indicating a tensity in the air usually entails one or more of the following; stiffness, hard staring, raised and quick tails, fast mouth jiving leading to heightened excitement, stalking - with few exceptions, constant mounting, and excessive barking. Many greetings start off with a hint of stiffness and then both dogs break into play or become relaxed and friendly again. If they do not become friendly with one another after a few moments, call your dog to you an engage a short play session to help ease the tension. Avoid walking over and grabbing collars or trying to physically move them. The added stress could cause an altercation. As mentioned previously, keep an eye on your dog to watch for subtle cues hat your dog is or is not enjoying the play time. Remember to praise any GOOD behavior to encourage them to behave in the future. And interrupting and redirecting their attention can go a long way in preventing a scuffle.

Although this discussion does not hold all the keys in dog to dog play, it will help you begin to see the world of body language and begin to understand dog socialization. In watching your dog play you will learn your dog's quirks and what makes him tick during doggie play times. They may show you that they dislike certain types of dogs and LOVE other types of dogs. Enjoy your doggie playtimes and go have some fun at the park!


Autumn training and fun!

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!


Back to School Tips for the Pups!

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!

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