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Getting involved in sports with your dog is a great way to challenge yourself and your dog both mentally and physically. It helps strengthen the dog/human bond, builds confidence and gives dogs a “job” to do!
K-9 Coach strongly believes in the power of dog sports like Treibball, Agility and Nosework to enrich the lives of both the dogs and their owners.
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K-9 Coach is a proud supporter and contributor to The Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s (APDT) annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization.
Sadly, three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters each year, turned in by owners who didn’t know how to deal with their pets’ behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them.
Each, year, the APDT designates the month of January as National Train Your Dog Month to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT selected January because so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. By providing education and resources, new pet owners can start off the New Year with their newest family member in the best way possible.
The APDT will have a variety of resources available for free download from the event website, www.trainyourdogmonth.com throughout January. They have set up free online webinars on a variety of training and behavior topics, as well as live Facebook “chats” with top professionals in the pet behavior and training field.
Since 1993, the APDT has promoted education for dog trainers. With more than 6,000 members who are willing and able to assist dog owners, the APDT is the largest professional organization for dog trainers in the world. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about their dogs to visit our web sites www.apdt.com, www.trainyourdogmonth.com, and www.mydoghasclass.com for more information and resources.
Please join the APDT and K-9 Coach in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month!
Do you have a passion for running and the outdoors? Love to take your pooch with you? It’s certainly great exercise for you both but be careful as the cold weather arrives. Here’s some tips from Dog Blogger Dorian Wagner!
Since laws like this affect us all, but can also be misinterpreted or misunderstood, we asked our good friend Steve Golden to recap this new law for us all. He did ask us to include the following disclaimer though!
Disclaimer: I am merely a law student, and therefore cannot provide actual legal advice, so the following should not be construed in such a fashion. This is just an interpretation of a newly-enacted law. I am, however, fascinated by animal law, so take that for what it’s worth.
Continue reading “Guest Post: HB 685, Georgia’s “Responsible Dog Ownership Law”” »
Anyone who truly knows K-9 Coach, understands that as a company we are really a family of people committed to the health and welfare of every dog, whether in our immediate care or in the external community. Our philosophy of creating positive experiences for as many dog and owner teams as we can extends throughout our business – from training to grooming to retail – and we believe that each and every dog should be evaluated on their own merits, as individuals. Continue reading “Training & Rehabilitation – The Pit Bull Image” »
According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost five million people are bitten or attacked by dogs every year. This is a serious issue for individuals, communities and dogs, and comes with high physical, emotional and financial repercussions. State Farm Insurance recently reported that they paid out $109 million in 2011 as a result of dog bites – and that’s just one company!
In recognition of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, K-9 Coach Owner and Head Trainer Amber Burckhalter offers help and guidance on what you can do to keep yourself and your children safe and what, as a dog owner, you can do to help prevent bites.
The key word here is “proper” socialization. Introducing a dog to other dogs, people, environments and the world at large is crucial to improve their coping skills. Dogs who are stressed by their inability to handle what or who are around them only have a few choices on how to react. And, sadly, one of those is aggression. Never force your dog to interact with someone or some thing they find frightening. This is called flooding and is a very dangerous tool to use during training, which can cause serious fall out behaviors. Make socialization fun and a positive experience.
Dogs that are ill are more likely to show aggression
Ear infections, arthritis, tooth inflammation and more can cause your dog’s ability to cope with his environment to lessen. Injured or sick dogs are also more likely to feel threatened and more likely to react with force and aggression. Make sure your dog is healthy and feeling good to avoid aggression caused by illness. Make a yearly visit to your vet and if you notice illness, see your vet immediately.
Know your breed
Recognize that certain breeds are less tolerant of children, chase and nip at fast moving objects, require extensive exercise and training or do not like to be held or picked up. Ideally, you should know your breed before you pick a dog for your family. However, even if your family already has chosen your dog, designing training and exercise programs around your dog’s breed traits can help prevent aggression. Mixed breeds should be watched for their natural tendencies and their training and exercise should also be reflective of their personal needs.
A well trained dog is a safer dog. A dog that responds to commands such as Sit, Leave It and Off is safer to the community at large and able to work as a team with their owners. Dogs who have no leash manners or basic obedience skills are more likely to suffer with issues regarding self control and body language and react inappropriately to stress. Investing time in your dog through training can pay off in huge rewards. Dogs can start formal training as young as 8 weeks, so do not delay.
Games we play
Avoid tugging with your dog and never teach your children to play tug with a dog. Rough games, such as wrestling, should be avoided, as should any games where your dog is allowed or encouraged to act on aggression or predatory actions. Any game that teaches your dog to place their teeth on humans should be off limits. Playing fetch, agility or hide and seek teach your dog skills such as self-control, appropriate human play and proper problem solving skills.
A tired dog is a good dog. Properly exercising your dog prevents many types of aggression, that are a result of bored dogs creating their own games/exercise. Fence/window aggression, for example, is not an issue for dogs receiving proper mental and physical exercise as the dogs have no need to run fence lines or run from window to window in the home, barking. Exercising a dog both physically and mentally can be achieved with fetch and stuffed Kongs, for example.
Address behavioral issues
As a responsible dog owner, you are obligated to address any and all behavioral issues your dog may be dealing with for both the safety of your family and the community at large. Behavior issues are a symptom of what your dog is struggling with internally and helping ease your dog’s stressors will help prevent him from showing outward aggression. Set an appointment with your veterinarian or local trainer if you notice concerning behaviors.
Did you know that April 26th was National Kids & Pets Day?
As a training company K-9 Coach is committed to educating as many people as we can about dog behavior and the important role that training plays in the lives of dogs, and the people that care for them. We of course care deeply about the welfare of dogs and strongly believe that teaching children how to properly and safely behave around dogs is of utmost importance. Continue reading “K-9 BOOK CLUB: Good Dog! Kids Teach Kids about Dog Behavior & Training” »
Did you know your K-9 Coach trainers receive over 30 hours of “official” professional development every year? Which doesn’t include the hundreds of hours they spend reading books, networking with colleagues and learning from each other – and from the dogs!!
Our training team recently attended the “Karen Pryor Clicker Expo” in Nashville, TN and they are all very excited to put what they’ve learned into action, both with their individual clients and in helping to develop and improve K-9 Coach’ overall training services. Clicker Expo is chock full of interesting and motivating seminars as well as hands-on workshops from some of the industry’s leading trainers and influencers.
What did I learn at Clicker Expo this year? Over all I learned that I have so much to learn!! As trainers we are continually growing and adding knowledge to our ‘tool box’ and this expo was no exception. Each conference I’ve attended has made me grow both personally and as a trainer. Continue reading “Clicker Expo – Exhausting but fun!” »
Author Jean Donaldson wrote a very interesting and insightful book a few years back that has become quite the bible for dog trainers, and which holds much that would be beneficial to dog owners in addressing myths and misconceptions about the human-dog relationship. It has been a few years since I last read the book in its entirety, so I thought I would give myself a refresher and at the same time pass on a few words of wisdom of my own, as well as what I myself learned from The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs.
Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING OUR FOUR LEGGED FURRY FRIENDS!” »