Free Workshop Videos
on Body Language and Walking Around Distractions
These two workshops, on video, are relevant to everyone and cover topics dog "owners" often ask about. So, don't forget to check out these two (and our other videos) at https://yourdogsfriend.org/videos/
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"Learn to Speak Dog: how to understand and communicate effectively with your dog"
, presented by Jessey Scheip, KPA CTP, trainer at veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike's Animal Behavior Wellness Center
"On the Go: Bringing Your Dog Out & About Around Distractions"
, presented by Dog Latin senior trainer, Juliana Willems, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
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, we will have a free booth, where we can help more dog "owners" and rescues with their behavior issues. Contribute to our mission keeping dogs out of shelters by joining our team (walking with us, getting a free t-shirt, and having your own fundraising page!) or donating on our page. Please go to https://bit.ly/2Y2O1ER
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. Sept 5 is coming up fast, and the day of the walk, Oct 5 at Wheaton Regional Park, is right behind it.
A Barking Interrupter - The Quiet Cue
Jan 24, 2018
by Tiffany Lovell
I received a call this week from a couple whose only complaint about their dog was her incessant barking. I could tell they were frustrated. They used the phrase “driving us insane”. They also shared how much they love her and what a wonderful companion she is.
This is a call I receive multiple times a week. People adore their dogs but barking is a “hot button” issue. It is often the reason for tension between family members and neighbors. It even results in the relinquishment of dogs to shelters.
It’s important to understand that barking is a normal, natural canine behavior. Dogs bark for many reasons including boredom, frustration, alerting to noises, fear, reactivity and more.
When your dog barks, she’s attempting to communicate something she needs, similar to when a young child cries. As the dog’s guardian and advocate, it is up to us to listen and try to help him.
Determining the “why” behind barking and addressing it is the most important step. If your dog barks at something or someone out of fear, yelling at or punishing her will not fix the issue for either one of you. Your dog will likely become more fearful. This is due to your reaction and you’ll both experience the same situation again next time.
If your dog barks because she’s bored and frustrated from being ignored all day, you must provide the physical exercise and mental enrichment her brain and body are pleading for. These are fundamental needs which most dogs don’t receive regularly.
Almost all dogs bark to alert others in their house when they hear or see something outside. In moderation, this is barking that many humans accept as it instills a sense of safety. However, some dogs don’t understand that just a handful of barks is enough. This is where a positive interrupt cue can be used. (something invaluable I learned during one of my Peaceable Paws Academies with Pat Miller).
The positive interrupt cue does exactly what it says…it interrupts the dog’s barking in a positive way and allows you to redirect the dog’s focus.
You are basically saying “Thanks for the warning. Now let’s go do something else”. When you teach this cue, your dog learns that it is acceptable to bark at something a few times. Then she is positively reinforced for stopping and looking at you.
The key to success with this cue is to first teach and practice it in a low distraction environment when your dog is NOT barking. You need to build a very solid foundation before expecting it to work when your dog is focused on barking at something.
In this video I’m working with my own dog, Bosco and introducing the very beginning steps of the quiet cue.
You want your dog’s head whipping back in your direction nine out of ten times after hearing your cue BEFORE you attempt to use it in a barking situation. If you don’t take time to establish this automatic response when there are zero distractions, you can’t expect it to work in a highly distracting situation.
Lisa and Brad Waggoner’s dogs, Cody and Willow, always alarm bark when the UPS truck pulls up into the driveway (sound familiar?). Here’s a video showing how Lisa uses the cue “enough” said in a normal tone of voice to interrupt the barking. Then she can easily move the dogs to another part of the house.
Using patience, consistency and high value treats, you too can have a powerful positive interrupt cue which will redirect your dogs from barking and help to bring peace to your household once again.
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Tiffany Lovell, CSAT, CPDT-KA, AAI, operates Cold Nose College, Space Coast in Brevard County, Florida and offers force-free training and behavior consulting. She specializes in private in-home coaching & training, separation-anxiety training (local & remote to anywhere in the U.S. & internationally) and behavior consults. (321) 757-2059; coldnosecollege.com
This Weekend's Free Workshops
Workshops are from 1:30 - 3:30pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Only demo and service dogs are allowed. Register here.
THIS Sat, Aug 17: That's a ... CHICKEN!
If you want to see a fascinating talk, this is it!!! Trainers have been clicker training chickens for years to improve their clicker training skills. Last February, company owners and employees, human resource managers, paramedics, fire fighters, parents and teachers of special needs children, and pet owners came together in one room with a flock of chickens. We have videos to show you what happened … plus a live chicken to demonstrate. Speaker: Jennifer Pennington, CPDT-KA, CDBC;
Lead With Fun
THIS Sun, Aug 18: Advice for Adopters, Potential Adopters & Fosters
Learn how to make life with your adopted dog easier and more fun! Come hear a trainer discuss dog training and behavior, helpful pet products, and the many common issues that adopters face. There is also time to discuss your individual concerns. Presenter: Sarah Stoycos, KPA CTP; Laughing Dog Academy
Free Fall Workshops
Workshops are from 1:30 - 3:30pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Only demo and service dogs are allowed. Our fall workshops include some truly terrific ones, including three by veterinary behaviorists or veterinary behavior residents.
Advice for Adopters - guidance for adopters, potential adopters, and fosters
Sunday, Sept 15, Oct 20 or Nov 17
Working With Your Reactive Dog: A Demonstration - Sat, Sept 14, 1:30pm with trainers, Sarah Stoycos, Laughing Dog Academy, and Marnie Montgomery, Joyful Dog
No Time to Train? No Problem - Sat, Sept 21, 1:30pm with trainer Juliana Willems, Dog Latin Dog Training
From Hyper Hound to Happy Hound - Sat Oct 26, 1:30pm with veterinary behavior resident, Dr. Meghan Connolly, Atlantic Veterinary Behavior (Dr. Connolly is able to visit homes in Maryland!)
Pain and Behavior - Sat, Nov 9, 1:30pm with veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Amy Pike
The Dominance Controversy - Sat, Nov 16, 1:30pm with veterinary behavior resident, Dr. Meaghan Ropski
You can read about all of our workshops and register at http://yourdogsfriend.org/free-workshops/
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Leash Manners: THIS Fri, Aug 16 @ noon - 2:00pm (1 session)
Learn how to get and keep your dog’s attention; hold your leash so that your dog can’t pull you off your feet; use equipment to help with training; reinforce your dog effectively; maneuver around distractions.
TTouch Methods to Calm Your Dog: Sat, Aug 24 @ 1:45 - 4:15pm (1 session)
Body work, wraps & movement exercises to help your reactive, fearful, easily distracted, or elderly dog. Screens are used to help dogs relax without the visual distraction of other dogs. Learn enough in class to continue TTouch at home.
We will have Nose Work classes starting in September. Join the wait list to receive an email when they're scheduled.
Check out our Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, and Puppy Party schedules here.
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