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Snuffle Matz are now for sale…

Pam’s Dog Academy is now selling SNUFFLE MATZ.

Snuffle matz are great for dogs and cats…

Snuffle Matz Video

What can you use snuffle matz for:

If you have a dog that eats his meal too quickly, you can put his food in the snuffle matz and your dog will have to search around to find his food.  This will slow him/her down, which is much better for your dog.

If you have a dog that does not like to eat his/her dinner, the snuffle mat acts as a fun game for your dog to use his/her nose to search around and find food.

It gives your dog a job to do…

It helps calm dogs because as they sniff around to find the food, the sniffing has a calming effect on your dog.

It is great just to use as a puzzle toy where your dog has to use his/her nose to find food items.

If you have a cat, you can sprinkle cat food or treats and allow your cat to search for his/her food.

It is fun to put cat nip on and let your cat rub and roll around on it and enjoy the cat nip…

Snuffle matz are made with a plastic kitchen sink liner and fleece.

They are also machine washable.

Snuffle Matz

$45 which includes shipping and handling when shipping within the USA.

$45 + $10 for shipping and handling when shipped outside of the USA.

To purchase:  Go to http://pamsdogacademy.tictail.com/product/snuffle-mat

Assorted Colors…  After you purchase, Pam will send you an email with photos of available Matz for you to choose from.

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Here are a few videos of my dogs enjoying their treats using the snuffle mat…

Twix loves his snuffle mat

Bandit & Isabelle Share the Snuffle Mat

Warning:

1.  You should ALWAYS Supervise your dog/puppy to ensure they are not eating the snuffle mat.

2.  Remove the snuffle mat when there aren’t any treats left in it.

3.  USE COMMON SENSE!  If your dog tears or eats items such as fleece toys or other dog toys when they are left out, then your dog might also do that same behavior with the snuffle mat.

Performance Puppy Tips

  Welcome to Performance Puppy Tips!

This is a performance puppy tips program and all content will be posted in a closed Facebook group.  The content of this group will only be for members.  Members will see video, be a part of discussions, learn training concepts, see my puppy plan photos and pictures of my new puppy as she grows up. NEW PUPIf you would like to learn more about clicker training, have fun, learn important behaviors/things to train puppies (or dogs if you don’t have a puppy), then this program is for you.

To become a member of this group, please send me a direct payment through PayPal using my email address (pamsdogacademy@gmail.com) to purchase a membership.  Once you purchase a membership, you will be able to send a request to join this Facebook page and I will add you as a member.

$25 for each 8 week part
Sign up for one part at a time or all five parts for $100 and save $25.

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 1 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 2 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 3 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 4 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 5 (8 Weeks)

In this group, I will share puppy performance training tips (videos, concepts, discussions, photos of my puppy plans and photos of my puppy) as I work with my new puppy. When something important comes up and I feel that others should know about it, then I will share the tip here on this page only.

The tips in this program will be specific for puppies. However, all of my training methods, games and training in general can be used with a puppy or dog.

Anyone building a working relationship with their dog for a specific dog sport will benefit from being a part of this group. I am calling it “Performance Puppy Tips”, because you will see me work with my new puppy as well as discuss important topics that come up as I train/work with my puppy.  You will also see how I work with and incorporate my other dogs into the training process along side my new puppy.

Members will be able to ask me questions and engage in discussions that pertain to specific posts. However, I will not answer training questions! If you have a training questions/issue and would like help solving it, I offer “One on One Online Training Classes”.  2 weeks for $40 and I will help you with your training needs through video and written plans. www.pamsdogtraining.com Pam’s Dog Academy also offers Online Classes:  Clicker Training Basics, Loose Leash Walking, Rock Solid Stay, Play-N-Train Recalls and Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle. If you are a CPDT, you can earn CEU’s when you take my online classes.

This group is for ANYONE: Trainers, pet dog owners, those preparing for competition and those that just want to have fun and build a better relationship with their dog!

If your goal is to compete or simply just to have fun with your dog, the most important thing you can do is build a strong positive relationship with your dog.  A relationship that is built on trust and cooperation.  Once you have a great working partner/relationship with your dog, the sky is the limit as to what you both can accomplish.

I look forward to sharing my insight and ultimately helping you train your performance puppy or dog through throughout this program.

A few categories that I will be working on with my puppy:
Socialization
Handling
Focus Building
Learning Methods
Trick/Behaviors Training
Sport Foundation Training
Safety Behaviors
Recall Games
Building Calmness
Proofing Behaviors

All training methods are force free, positive and without punishment/intimidation!

Welcome to Performance Puppy Tips!
Pamela, Isabelle, Bandit, Twix and my new puppy (that does not have a name yet)

Don’t let your dog free feed

Don’t let your dog free feed

by Emily Larlham

Often in a dog training class when I see a client who’s dog isn’t interested in working for food, I think to myself, “Is this dog overweight, ill, fearful, or does this dog have free access to the food bowl?”  Usually I am pretty good at guessing whose dog in a class has their food bowl left down at home.

The problem with giving your dog free access to food all day long is that the dog can habituate to the food and find it less interesting when it is used for training.  The dog might also be too full during training for the rewards to have any meaningful value to the dog.  The solution to this is not deprivation, or feeding the dog less food. It is simply making some of your dog’s daily food contingent on desirable behavior while the dog is motivated to want the food.  If you are really trying to solve a problem behavior or want a really reliable recall, you just won’t get what you had hoped for if you are leaving food down for your dog to have free access to.

Also, if your dog is not eating all the food in his bowl after you put it down, it is most likely you are feeding your dog too much food, or that the dog is becoming bored of the food because he has constant access to it.

This blog post below will help you find out if your dog is overweight:

http://clicktreat.blogspot.se/2012/03/does-your-dog-have-waist.html

If your dog needs to have his food left down for medical reasons, make sure to find some treats that your dog finds more interesting than the food he has free access to.