Category Archives: Emily Larlham

Disaster Preparedness Drills and Safety Plan

Disaster Preparedness Drills and Safety Plan

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To purchase this DVD for $39.95 go to http://pamsdogacademy.tictail.com/product/disaster-preparedness-drills-and-safety-plan

In this DVD you will find an all inclusive plan to keep your dog safe if faced with a disaster or emergency.

You will learn how to train dogs to do a variety of important life saving behaviors that all dogs should know and practice (Stay, Come when called, Leash Walking, Impulse Control and more) as well as safety behaviors (wearing a muzzle, cone of shame, taking medications and so much more).

Pamela will take you through a variety of ways to condition your dog to accept wearing a cone and a muzzle, enjoy being handled and even massaged. She explains why it is important to train dogs to enjoy these things and not wait until an emergency happens when the dog is scared and worried because all of a sudden he has to wear a muzzle or a cone.

Do you or your clients have a difficult time getting dogs to take medication? This DVD will go over a few non-traditional ways on how to get your dog to take and enjoy taking his medication, without any struggle. Finally giving your dog medication will be easy and stress free for you and your dog.

Does your dog hate to have his nails trimmed? Are you worried that you will clip them too short and cause your dog pain? Pamela goes over a few ways to clip/file your dogs nails and how to find a method that works for you.

You will also learn what you will need if an emergency or disaster strikes, such as first aid kits and what to put in them, handouts that could help you relocate your dog if he were to go missing and other valuable ideas on how to be prepared for anything. Accidents, emergencies and disasters happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared? Do you know what you would do? Do you have a plan?

This DVD will help you get your dog and your family prepared with plan and know what to do when faced with an emergency, disaster or accident.

Using Back Chaining to Train Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors

Using Back Chaining to Train Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors

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You will be able to purchase this DVD from Pam’s website at http://pamsdogacademy.tictail.com/product/using-back-chaining-to-train-tricks-dog-sports-and-real-world-behaviors  $39.95

This DVD goes over the in’s and out’s of training back chains and discusses a few non- traditional back chaining concepts. You will learn what back chains are and why you should use back chaining.

If you have tried to learn how to back chain in the past, but felt it was too confusing, then you will love this DVD. The goal is to teach you how to train using back chains in a simple understandable way. If you have been training back chains for years and would like a new perspective with new ideas on how to train back chains then this DVD would benefit you as well.

You will learn important concepts such as: Verbal/Visual Cues, Stimulus Control, Variable Reinforcement Schedules, Rewarding in Position, Repetition, Adding Criteria, Fluency, Premack Principle, Anticipation, Using Extra Cues, Fading Cues, Proofing, Systematic Learning and Conditioned Reinforcers. Knowing and understanding these concepts will help you be successful when training and building back chains.

The behaviors taught in this DVD range from tricks (clean up your toys, go to the crate and close the crate door, and much more), dog sports (canine freestyle routines, disc dogging routines, flyball, agility contacts, weave poles, rally and more), to real world behaviors (no jumping on people, going inside the house, getting in the car, etc) with step by step instruction on the process to back chaining each one. You will find training back chains to be easy and fun with Pamela Johnson’s DVD.

 

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.