The pandemic has had all kinds of effects on families and the dogs who live with them.
Some of the effects are terrific. Dogs received lots of attention from folks locked down with them. What puppy doesn’t love being the center of the universe?
Some of those effects are not so desirable. The change in family dynamic that come with a return to a more “normal” pattern has made for dogs who have a hard time being separated from their people even for brief durations; dogs that are overly reactive; dogs that are overly fearful; dogs unable to adapt to change. For these families, a board and train program may provide respite and a fresh perspective.
Stella and I achieved our Master Novice Trick Title with a repertoire of 33 moves. Trick titles are fun to work on, and so rewarding for you and your pup. We do ours with an organization called Do More With Your Dog and this is our video submission that earned the dog trick title. This little gal is moving on to Intermediate next, because she loves this stuff!
That old adage about old dogs and new tricks – pssshaawww! On the cusp of this eleventh birthday, McGee the Chi earned his official Trick Dog Title, Novice from Do More With Your Dog. Watch how he does it!
I am proud to report I have passed the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Knowledge Assessed examination. I am now authorized to use the initials CPDT-KA as part of my signature and professional documents.
The phrase “dog enrichment” is the au currant term for adding brain games and socialization practices to your pet’s everyday life. In fact, there are 5 different types of enrichment to consider and incorporate into a dog’s life: 1) Social 2) Cognitive 3) Environmental 4) Sensory 5) Food. None of them have to be difficult or complicated. You may be surprised at what your pup finds fun, and how easy it is to add all kinds of enrichment into your everyday routine!
It’s been five years since I started formally training dogs and their human companions. I started working full-time with dogs in various capacities more than ten years ago. Dog training is one of those professions where “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.” Why is that true?
Dog Training during a global pandemic is not only possible, it’s proven! Here is a great big round up of all the dog training graduates that have persevered through the masks, and distancing, through the scary times before lock down and the surreal times after that. Congratulations and my most sincere “thank you” to all the pet parents that have allowed me to coach them, and their wonderful pups in these most strange of days.