Category Archives: Pam’s Dog Academy

100 Behaviors & Ideas for Dogs on Crate Rest!


This video is just to give you ideas of things to do with or for your dog that is on crate rest.  All these behaviors can also be used for any time you are not able to go outside and want to give your dog some mental stimulation and have fun.

Pick behaviors that your dog is able to do or train the behaviors your dog does not already know how to do.

If your dog is injured work on behaviors that are best for the type of injury your dog has.

Working with your dog while on crate rest will help prevent boredom and give your dog mental stimulation. If you have a dog like mine that is used to a lot of physical exercise, doing games and tricks in the crate help engage the dogs mind. This will help them be calmer in the crate and will help with the healing process.

These behaviors will help alleviate stress, boredom and frustration.

When Twix had his first and now his second herniated disc surgery, he was not able to walk and needed to be in his crate for most of the day, especially when I was not able to watch him. As he improved, he still needed to be in his crate because he is a very energetic dog and could possible injure himself again. So, I continued to have him in the crate when he was not being supervised. Doing tricks and behaviors with him have helped him be calm when I am not able to be with him or when he is on his own and sleeping in the crate. I feel that doing fun things with him makes his time in the crate more enjoyable.

I did not create these behaviors, they are all pretty common and have been used by many dog trainers. I hope that you will spend time working with and teaching your dog to do many of the behaviors in this video.

Alpha Stimulation: This is a machine that helps to stimulate the nerves. It is also can have a calming effect on some dogs. It puts Twix to sleep, because he is so relaxed.

Playology Toys:

Food I am using: Ziwi Peak

Snuffle Matz: These are good for mental stimulation and to prevent boredom.

Treat dispensing toys: Kong Wobbler and there are many different types on the market.



Put away toys:

Bucket Games:

Pam’s Dog Academy Website:

What you will find on this channel… Dog training tips, clicker training, “How To” train dog trick tutorials as well as “How To” videos on helping dogs with behavior problems.

I am very good at responding to questions and would love to help you train your dog in any way that I can.

Visit my website for a FREE organized video list, articles, online classes, and dog sport video titling opportunities.

Have a great day with your dog, today and everyday!
Pam, Isabelle, Bandit, Twix and Wynnie

Homemade Dog Food Using Thrive Life Products…


Homemade Dog Food Using Thrive Life Products…

I have recently started selling Thrive Life products.  I started selling these products because I use their freeze dried meat and cheese as dog training treats.  I figured since I use the product, why not buy it from myself.

The Thrive Life foods are simply amazing.  The food tastes great, easy to use, and healthy!  They also last longer and therefore I don’t have to worry about them going bad in my refrigerator.

I have been making my own dog food with my Thrive Life foods.  Here is one of my homemade dog food combinations.  I also substitute the turkey with chicken or beef to change things up a little.

To ensure my dogs are getting everything they need in their diet, I add powdered calcium, probiotic, multi-vitamin, and a joint supplement.

Check out my Thrive Life page and try the freeze dried meat and cheese with your dog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:

Have a wonderful day!

Pamela Johnson

Snuffle Mat Training: Reactive Dogs (Part 1)


Snuffle Mat Training: Reactive Dogs (Part 1)

Snuffle Mat Training Made Easy!

To purchase a Snuffle Mat go to Pam’s Dog Academy’s Website: Pam’s Dog Academy and start your snuffle mat training today.

Machine washable and dryer safe.

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