Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m very actively involved with All Border Collie Rescue. One of the great benefits of volunteering for a dog rescue is that we can often get stuff for our personal dogs and fosters through the group at discounted costs. I’ve taken advantage of this a time or two. Thundershirts, kongs and this time a Gentle Leader. Boring? Maybe… but this little gem, in my opinion, is just about the best thing since sliced bread! I received my gentle leader on Sunday and tested it out for the first time yesterday when I took Maverick to my secret field that I discovered.
The transformation was instantaneous. Sure he didn’t love having that strap over his face. He rubbed up against me a few times, which i didn’t mind, because I thought it was cute. Lots of head shaking. After a few minutes, though, that was mostly gone. I cannot tell you how amazingly he walked with this lead on. It’s not that Maverick was ever a major puller or anything like that, but with this, his leash was loose the WHOLE walk!
If you are interested in trying this out, I do suggest doing some desentizing at first, although it’s probably not 100% necessary. Take the time to read the instructions and make sure you fit it as it says to. Put it on and feed your dog treats. Associate it with good things. He’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly!
Does anyone else use these regularly? How do you like it?
So you’ve decided to get serious about training your dog. Whether its trick training, or general obedience, you’ll need to figure out what motivates Fido to learn. I’ve already shared with you an article on using toys to train your dog, now I will discuses using food. More specifically: picking out treats.
One thing I always keep in mind when I’m picking out training treats is the actual size of the treat. Its easy to get carried away with treats when you are training your dog. If you are doing a lot of training, feeding your dog table scraps (only healthy ones of course) and also giving them their normal portion of dog food, chances are after a few months, Fido will be well on his way to being over weight. Keeping the training teats small not only ensures that your training will stay on pace, but it will also reduce the calorie intake during your training sessions. If you feel like you are giving your dogs a lot of treats throughout the day, consider reducing the amount of kibble you are giving them for breakfast and dinner to compensate for the added calories in treats.
Call me crazy, but I get some sort of strange joy out of buying my dogs new treats and mixing things up. I like to buy several packages of different treats and mix them all up in my treat jar. Doggy trail mix, if you will. I buy a mixture of crunchy treats and soft treats and sometimes even put some regular kibble in the mix (Although they are wise to that game and usually just spit the kibble out – stinkers!). Don’t be put off buy larger treats. Often times I buy larger treats and spend a few minutes cutting them up into appropriate bite size training portions.
Here are some of my go to treats. Money is a concern for me when I’m purchasing treats, so I typically shop at Walmart for them, because frankly their prices are just unbeatable. I realize these are not grain free or organic and probably are slightly high in fat content, but again, everything in moderation.
Don’t forget that you can also make your own treats. Here is one of my favorite recipes.
Good luck with your training and until next time!
Ok, so we’ve all learned by now what a “dog year” is. It’s fairly common knowledge that for everyone 1 human year a dog ages 7 years. Thus the term “dog years.” Recently my significant other forwarded me this great link on a more accurate way to calculate the age of your dog! Hope you all enjoy 🙂
Good morning dog lovers. Unfortunately I, personally, don’t have a great training tip to offer you. I’ve been uninspired lately, perhaps because of the weather. I’m ready for summer and to be able to be outside playing with my border collies more often. Anyways, in lieu of writing my own post, I’d like to direct you to a truly great reading authored by a fellow border collie lover, who happens to be a dog trainer and also a search and rescue trainer, about using toys and playtime to train your dog. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did!
Christmas is right around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to give my beloved Border Collies their Christmas presents. Their stocking are hung by the
chimney laundry room with care, in hopes that dog bones and tennis balls soon will be there!
Today’s fun fact? According to Petfinder.com 40% of dog owners hang stockings for their pets and 63% will give them presents.
Maverick and Kinsey are ready for Christmas!
What did you get your babies for Christmas this year?
You’d be surprised how difficult it is to come up with a fun fact every Friday! Admittedly, I skipped last Friday, because I wasn’t about to pull attention from Lindsay’s amazing post about fostering. If you missed it, check it out here!
Halloween is right around the corner and if you are lucky you will score a big haul of candy next Wednesday. This may be a fun and exciting time for you and your little ones, but it could take a disastrous turn if your furry friend gets a hold of your sugary score.Dog’s stomachs are typically very sensitive and there is a whole slew of things that are delicious to humans, but toxic to canines. Most importantly, you want to keep your dogs away from the chocolate which is not only toxic, but can’t be deadly. For Fido’s sake make sure you keep your candy off the floor and out of reach.
Candy isn’t the only thing to consider protecting your dog from on Halloween. If you are passing out candy and your dog is even a little weary of strangers or people entering your house, it’s better to go ahead and put Fido away in a back room. This way he won’t be stressed out by the never ending barrage of visitors. Not to mention, you never know if your trick-or-treaters are scared of or allergic to dogs.