I have been unbelievably blow away in my Karen Pryor Course. I am learning SO Much and having fun while I do it. Rebel is my dog I am using as my Demo Dog for class and to say we are having a blast learning is an understatement!! We can’t wait to graduate this year and put our knowledge to good use helping dogs in our community. I have met some pretty amazing trainers out there also committed to a different way of training.
Jane Killion wrote an very interesting article about how puppies will have larger brains and be more emotionally stable if you raise them in an enriched environment. More information about this article can be found here: https://www.puppyculture.com/new-enrichment-effect.html
To sum up the article however it was found that Animals brought up in an enriched environment show the following in comparison to animals raised in standard laboratory conditions:
•More new brain cells and neural connections
•Better brain cell survival
Additionally, they found that the physical changes in brain structure also resulted in the following intellectual and emotional benefits:
•Improved ability to learn and remember
•More emotional stability
•Better resiliency to stress
You can learn more or purchase the Puppy Culture protocols here: https://www.puppyculture.com/?a_aid=57ee895db898d
This one comes from Dr. Yin
“Animals perform behaviors that have been reinforced. In order to change behavior it’s important to reinforce desired behaviors, but we also have to remove reinforcers or motivators for unwanted behaviors.”
I get asked all of the time my Favorite supplements so I thought I would share the links:
The more I get involved with dogs, the more I understand the importance of finding and supporting reputable breeders. They breed to better the bred, by the follow the breed standard and provide the proper health testing, titling, and temperament among other values. The biggest thing is that they care where their puppies go. They care that it is a good fit for the home and the biggest thing is if it doesn’t work out they take them back. Imagine how much less space shelters and rescues would need, if we all supported reputable breeders? Everyone always seems to want a “cheap” family pet. However, cheap and quality and purposely bred dogs are not feasibly when you consider the costs to the breeder. I once came upon a blog about the value in having a relationship with your breeder, I wish I could find it! It talked about how reputable breeders support you and your dog throughout it’s life time. If you have health questions, grooming questions, questions about training or nutrition etc. they are there for you. Coming from someone, which lucked out their rescued GSD puppy passed all of her prelims, it can be challenging sometimes with not having a breeder to go to for advice. I spend a lot of time doing research when It would have been amazing to have a mentor from the get go.
I just realized I have not blogged in quite awhile. In september I attended my first, of what will be many, HRD seminars. I went to AMPWDA and loved every minute of it. It was the perfect seminar for a novice. I got amazing advice and support even after the seminar was over. They even had class room instruction in the evening to just train handlers in SAR. It was by far one of the most positive and encouraging groups of people. I left with great training plans, support and new friends. I can’t wait for next falls’s!
I have connected with a lot of SAR folks on Facebook and I am glad I have. Recently one of those people recommended this book to me How to Train A Police Bloodhound and Scent Discriminating Patrol Dog and it is beyond helpful with training and is intended for any breed of dog. I am only a few chapters in and wish I had known about this book sooner. Some of the tips I will definitely use with Ruger and some others I will keep in my tool belt, as I do not think they will improve on what Ruger and I already have going. It is very inspiring when veterans of SAR are so willing to help us newbies be successful. Hopefully one day I can do the same for someone else.
I do not usually share upcoming research in my blog, however as a Great Dane and German Shepherd owner this is awesome. Check it out:
For Immediate Release
AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces New Research to Tackle Bloat in Dogs
“RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2017) Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV, or bloat) is a serious problem for many canine breeds, but little is truly known about the causes of this deadly disease. While any larger dog can be affected, targeted breed-specific research can help advance understanding of potential genetic factors that may predispose dogs to developing bloat.” For the full article Click Here
I am not an expert.But there are a few things I supplement my dogs Raw diet with and I have friends asking all the time what I use, so I thought I would just blog about it. ( as with any advice speak with your holistic veterinarian before adding anything).
For hips and joints I use this Hips & Joint
For external parasite control I use (you do sprinkle it in the food) : Natural Flea & Tick Defense I also like DE: ( can put in food and use on them as well, follow directions as to not have them or you inhale it) Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade
For great looking skin and coat: Skin & Coat
Healthy oils: Krill Oil
Freeze dried raw treats ( great for training!):
I also like to use these for adding or training to make sure my dogs get some organ meat:
When I got Ruger I had plans for him before I even picked him out, before he was even born. The thing about life is we can plan all we want, then life happens. I had dreams of Ruger being a Therapy Dog, like Gracie, and to show him in Conformation, perhaps even breed him one day to have my next show dog. Expectations and reality do not always match up, I once saw a diagram about dog training and it was a squiggly line about getting from A to B, well sometimes we never make it to B and have to switch plan C or even D. When one door closes another opens, well this week one door will be closing for me for good. Ruger is getting snipped, he will never be able to have puppies, so although I said goodbye to Therapy Dog work for him a long time ago, and knew Conformation was not for him, for some reason I am feeling sad. The realization that none of my plans for him will come to fruition is hitting me hard this week. A quote by Tony Gaskins sticks out and that is “if you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.” I wish it was that simple! I have to keep reminding myself why Ruger would not better the breed, for one he has allergies, two he was never shown and does not have CH in front of his name. I could go on. I have to remind myself of all the positives instead. We did find plan D for Ruger and that oddly enough is something I never thought would be possible with a Great Dane and that is SAR work. We still have a long way to go and have so much to learn, however we are heading in the right direction. Life is funny, expectations are not always met, but the opportunities it opens you up for, if you are open to it, can surpass even my wildest dreams. If those other doors had not closed I would not have met some amazing people and had the opportunity to become a better handler than I was a year ago. I would not have a dog, which has certified twice now in tracking and has added an article search certification in there as well.