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!