Guide to Dog Body Language
Ever wish you knew what your dog was saying? This video gives you insight into your dog's behavior to help you decode their body language.
A great compliment to the body language video produced by Irith Bloom, KPA-CTP, APDT of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, this video provides insight into how dogs interact with each other. Dogs display "calming signals" to communicate with each other and resolve conflict. Dogs also use these signals to communicate with humans!
Training Your Dog to be Left Alone
Unfortunately, we cannot be with our dogs 24/7. Some dogs become anxious, or even destructive in our absence. The following videos are a step-by-step guide to teaching your dog to be comfortable alone. Please note, some pets need more than just this instructional video. If you are not making any progress, or your pet is very distressed or in danger of hurting themselves please contact the office to set up an appointment to discuss other options.
How to Stop Your Dog From Barking
Looking for a fun way to get your dog to stop barking? Take a look at the following video provided courtesy of Bridges Dog Training trainer, Sara Owings, KPA-CTP. In a few simple steps, you can achieve serenity!
Prevent Barking at the Doorbell
In this video, trainer Pamela Marxsen teaches how to train your dog to go to the crate at the sound of the doorbell. To occupy the dog in the crate, she uses a Kong to hold his attention. There are a wide variety of food puzzles and toys that can be used a substitute for the Kong.
The dogs in the following videos have food allergies. In the training process, their dog food kibble is being used. The procedure is much easier if you have a gooey treat like peanut butter or Kong liver paste that the dog can lick off of, or out of the muzzle. Shoving kibble through the muzzle is a little more challenging but can be done.Please review the Muzzle Training Lesson Plan in conjunction with watching these videos.
Muzzles or Treat Baskets (Muzzle Training Part 1)
This video shows one way to make a muzzle into a treat basket. In this video, the muzzle used is too large for this particular dog. Also, the training is proceeding a little too fast for her. The goal is to have a positive experience with muzzle. At one point, this dog tries to back of out the muzzle. Take your time and go slow. This is a technique to be used with dogs that are not food aggressive, and are not aggressive to humans.
Muzzle Shaping (Muzzle Training Part 2)
This video shows how to shape a dog to put their own muzzle on using a clicker. The dog in the video is already clicker trained, which makes the process go a lot faster. If the dog is not clicker trained, the technique can still be used, but it will take a longer period of time. Even if you are not successful in getting the dog to put the muzzle on their own, it is still a fun game which will increase the positive association with the muzzle.
Crate Grate Muzzle Technique (Muzzle Training Part 3)
This video shows how to apply a muzzle to a dog that you cannot touch (for dogs that are aggressive towards humans). It involves using a crate and a grate made with PVC pipe. The handler is positioned too close if this were truly an aggressive dog. Standing to the side of the crate would be less intimidating for most dogs.