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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.

 

Grass Field of Dreams!

Introduction
Pamela Johnson owner of Pam’s Dog Academy is a dog trainer and educator with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a M.A in Education Curriculum Development. As a full time middle school PE teacher, Pamela feels that many of the skills she uses to teach children transfer nicely to training dogs.

Her passion is using FORCE FREE training methods for behavior modification, as well as training complex behaviors and tricks.

She thrives on the challenge of coming up with creative new ways to train dogs.

Pamela believes that every dog she works with teaches her more about training, patience and, most importantly, to be a better person.

Pamela traveled to Vancouver with Emily Larlham to team-teach a Canine Freestyle seminar, and has taught multiple dog training seminars in North America.

She is known around the world for her training videos on her Youtube channel “pamelamarxsen.” Here she posts free tutorial videos in order that more people may discover the magic of progressive reinforcement training!

Her business Pam’s Dog Training Academy is based in San Diego, California. She is a CPDT-KA, a professional member of the APDT as well as the PPG.
What We Need & What You Get

Pam’s Dog Academy has a new training facility that is in need of a grass field. We currently have a horse riding arena that is dirt and will be the perfect place to host seminars, have group classes and dog sports camps. However, it is not going to be cheap.

We will need $6000 for sprinkler systems, drainage and grass.
I am offering many perks to reward you for your generous donation to this project! ebooks, DVDs, Online Classes and One on One Coaching.
If we are not able to raise the entire $6000, we plan on saving the money and putting it in a special account that will be specifically for the grass field. If enough is raised for us to get the project started, we will proceed in phases.
If you would like something other than the perk offered, please feel free to email me and I will see what I can do.
The Impact

This project will not only impact those that are able to travel to group/private classes, dog camp or seminars, but I will be able to produce an unlimited amount of FREE YouTube “How to” Clicker Dog Training videos. These videos will range from dog sports, tricks, behavior modification and so much more.

You can view some of my YouTube videos at www.YouTube.com/pamelamarxsen
Pam has been helping people train their dogs with FREE advice through email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and over the telephone. This will not stop because Pam believes in helping as many dogs and their humans as possible.
Other Ways You Can Help

Pam’s Dog Academy understands that times can be tough and not everyone will able to donate to this project. If this is the case, we 100% understand! If you are not able to contribute financially, we would really appreciate it if you could spread the word by sharing information about this project to those that might be able to help and support us financially.

Please feel free to share through social media, email and through word of mouth.
Indiegogo also has many share tools!

Chewing

Chewing

By Emily Larlham

Your puppy is going to chew, so take preventive measures.  Wipe Wintergreen Oil on surfaces that you don’t want your puppy to chew on.  For example, wood skirting boards, chair legs, table legs, and wires.  Do this weekly.  Wintergreen oil is an essential oil sold at places like Whole Foods that has a minty smell that dogs are not attracted to.  Remember it is an oil, so don’t use it on fabric as it stains.  I like to use the oil to associate all the things in the house that are inedible with a similar odor.

NEVER spray or put anything in your dog’s mouth as punishment.  It is cruel and can cause your dog not to trust you.  What you are doing is simply making the things you don’t want your dog to chew in your house less desirable to chew.

Puppy-proof the house and yard. Make sure there are no dangerous or exposed cables and wires.  Wires can be encased with special tubing and electrical sockets can be plugged with baby-proof plugs.

When a puppy chews on an inappropriate item, do not scold him as this can cause him not only to find being around you punishing, but he can quickly make the association that chewing on things when a human is in the room is a bad idea but when humans are gone it is perfectly acceptable.  If you never scold your dog as you interrupt chewing, you are more likely to catch your dog doing inappropriate chewing and can redirect him to something appropriate and get rid of the problem behavior faster.  Scolding can also make puppies not want to chew on appropriate items, like chew toys, for fear of being punished, and because puppies need to chew when they are teething, this can cause other behavioral issues to crop up.

When a puppy chews on an inappropriate item, simply use an attention noise, or the Positive Interrupter noise to interrupt the behavior and redirect the puppy’s attention to something else.

A complete video tutorial on how to train the Positive Interrupter noise to interrupt behavior:

Simply relying on interrupting behavior to make it go away will not work.  This is because if you ONLY pay attention to your puppy when he is chewing on something inappropriate, he will learn to do that to get your attention.  So always remember to give your puppy attention when he is being PERFECT and doing nothing, in conjunction with interrupting him for chewing on inappropriate items.  Make sure you give your puppy tasty chews for sleeping in his bed and NOT when he suddenly starts chewing on the walls!

You will need to keep your eyes on your new puppy or rescue dog 100% of the time he is loose in your house, until your puppy is trusted to not to chew on inappropriate items.  You can do this by having your pup on a leash and a harness to keep him near you or having him in the same room as you, where you can always see him.  When you are busy and unable to watch your puppy, you can put him in a pen where he cannot make any mistakes.  Watching your puppy like a hawk when he is loose is also a great idea when teaching him where it is appropriate to go to the bathroom.

The handler of this Golden Retriever puppy, pictured to the right, has brought her puppy to an indoor café where dogs are allowed, for some socialization.  She is using management by providing the puppy with appropriate items to chew on so the puppy won’t learn to make mistakes, like chewing on the table legs, while she is distracted with her coffee.

Puppies need to chew as they loose their baby teeth and their adult teeth set.  This can take up to 12 months.  Provide them with enough items to chew to help them through this hard stage in their lives.

Tip: Only have 3-6 toys out in your house at a time.  By having too many toys out at a time, the puppy can make the connection that anything on the floor is fair game to be chewed and played with.  Rotate toys to make them more interesting.