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Did you get a new pup, or are thinking of adding a pup to your family?
We have a great puppy class that starts young puppies off on the right
foot, in a positive environment that lets them enjoy learning, improves
the bond with your pup, and teaches the owner how to handle
typical puppy issues.
4 sessions, 45 minutes - 1 hour each. Cost is $125 plus HST.
For puppies up to 18 weeks of age - must have two sets of vaccines.
Space is limited, please contact us today for more information
your dog blow you off? Decide not to listen to you? Do you have trouble
training your dog? Is your dog always checking out anything else other
Sometimes it's not a matter of training, conditioning
or repitition - it's a matter of relationship and handling skills.
Sometimes with the slightest body movement, we confuse our dogs.
Sometimes with a command uttered one too many times makes our dog loose
focus. Sometimes a hectic nature on our part, creates frustration in the
dog. Sometimes our lack of clarity creates stress in our dogs.
Sometimes our bodies are saying one thing, but our voices are saying
Having a well behaved, responsive dog isn't always about
sit, down, stay and come. Sometimes it's about being clear in our
expectation, calm in our interactions and meaningful in our
Exercise for ourselves, as well as our dogs, is extremely important for maintaining a healthy, balanced life. To often, proper exercise is over looked when it comes to dog ownership, and breeds vary drastically on the amount needed throughout the day.
There is a saying that, "a tired dog, is a good dog", and essentially this rings true. Dogs who have been given an outlet for their physical needs are less destructive, less anxious and less hyper active because boredom has been reduced, and their physical needs met. However, not all exercise is created equal.
I always ask my Basic group classes how much exercise owners give their dogs on a daily basis. Many times I am pleasantly surprised with the answers, but not always. When I hear, "he runs around in the backyard for hours", or, "we take her to the dog park" I cringe a bit. Neither is the preferred form of exercise for us here at Smart Dogs Canine Training. I won't get into dog park details, as I will save that for a different post, however, dogs left to entertain themselves, or run themselves silly are not having their energy expended in an appropriate way.
I am absolutely not against dogs having doggy friends to play with, though it isn't a necessity. Good doggy friends, and some playtime in a backyard together is a wonderful treat, but shouldn't replace a dogs daily exercise with their owner. Nor should letting your dog play alone in the backyard (or typically pace and whine in the backyard) for hours on end.
Dogs NEED and CRAVE both mental and physical stimulation (as well as human contact). And what, might you ask, is our preferred method of relieving dogs of excess energy?
Interactive play with owners
Training and structured walks (incorporating training on walks) are absolutely awesome ways to drain your dogs excess energy and provide exercise at the same time. When we work our dogs mind, along side their bodies, they use up a lot more energy than if we just exercise the body alone. This helps to inject rules into your lifestyle, build a better bond, maintain control, practice obedience, (or what ever type of training you like), and helps to make you the focus for your dog.
Interactive play, for example tug or fetch, are wonderful ways to build a bond, exercise the body, and exercise the mind by teaching rules and incorporating obedience to the play routine. For example, teaching an "out" or "give", requiring calm sits before throwing the ball, utilizing high speed obedience during tug, etc. Tug and fetch make you more interesting to your dog, and we always want you to be the interesting one, not what or who is going on around the dog.
More training ... why not? It never hurts to add more training to you dogs life.
Hiking with your dog involves immersing your dog into new situations, new smells, nature and allows your suburban dog to experience the wonderful world beyond the sidewalks and roads. Good for you and good for your dog. Hikes do not have to be structured, but can incorporate the odd obedience command, for example, the recall. Hikes allow your dog just to be a dog for a while, and that is important as well, as long as it is in a controlled situation and their are rules (ie. no running up to other dogs on or off leash, no jumping on passerbys etc.).
My personal preference for dog exercise is for the dog to be involved with the other end of the leash, (the owner) rather than the dogs in the dog park, or the dogs you are passing on the street. I would rather have my dogs focus on me, than the distractions around them such as other dogs and people. I would rather have my dogs engage with me during physical activity, rather than want to engage elsewhere. By exercising in this way, it can help to reduce leash reactivity, teaches manners, creates engagement and always make you the focus anywhere, any time. And heck, it never hurts any of us owners to get out more, get moving, enjoy the weather and play with our dogs.
So get out and have fun with your dogs, exercise, play and train, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We have lots of classes that involve both physical and mental work for your dog.
I thought it was about time that we officially introduce Frankie since many have already met him out at our classes. He came at both a good and a bad time for us. Frankie arrived about a month before we lost Brandy. He was to take over most of the work so that Brandy could retire. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way.
It has been a very tough road over the last few weeks. I miss my little dog terribly. However, I am thankful that Frankie was able to meet her and get to know her before she left us. Even in a very short period of time, she passed on some great habits to him. He has also been able to keep us distracted through this difficult period.
With a crash course in Basic Obedience, Bootcamp level, a little Advanced stuff and some minor agility equipment intro's, he has helped out a great deal. He has a lot of learning left to do, but I am confident he will be able to handle the things that I throw at him.
For those unsure as to what breed of dog he is, Frankie is a Rat Terrier. Not popular up here in Canada, but they are very popular in the US. He will be training for Rally Obedience, possibly Agility and from there, what ever else I decide.
He will never replace Brandy, no dog can, but he will do a good job helping to fill the void, keeping us occupied and moving us forward in our training careers.
On April 22nd, 2015, we had to make the hardest decision of our lives. We had to let Brandy go.
She was my best friend, my business partner and my rock. She was my son's best buddy, and just an amazing little dog. She was the main reason that I got into training dogs, not because she was a problem dog, but because I was blown away at the things you could teach a dog and by the things that you could accomplish with one if you put your mind to it.
She touched the lives of many, and those who knew me in the past 12 years, more than likely knew her as well. She changed many, many peoples negative opinions of Jack Russell Terriers - she was a breed ambassador. On multiple occasions I would get the comment, "can I take her home?", she made people smile where ever she went. She came everywhere and did everything with me, and was always more than willing to do what I asked of her.
Brandy was a very independent, driven little dog (probably the highest drive dog that I have worked with to date), who had tonnes of attitude and spunk. She liked to back talk if I was unclear in my handling, but always gave 300%. She was a brat of a puppy, typical Jack Russell Terrier, but once enrolled in obedience classes, became the easiest dog ever, that fit in to our family like she was always with us. She also had one heck of a sense of humour, and entertainment was high on her list of things to do.
She was multi-titled in agility, always participated in the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada trials, and had a few Rally Obedience titles as well. Her job was to work with dogs that displayed leash reactivity and work as my demo dog in classes, which she did beautifully. She took on another job, and became my son's best buddy and protector, even though she was never raised with children.
Brandy was a once in a life time dog who took a piece of my heart when she left. I will be forever grateful for being able to share my life with her, and I miss her terribly. I love you little dog.
Thank you to Hawkins Animal Hospital for taking care of her over the years, especially to Dr. Hornamen who gave her a new knee and who was there at the end. Thank you to the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada who started us off on the road to competition and became a constant in our lives. Thank you to my family, friends and clients for being so supportive during this difficult time.
Brandy The B-Hive: August 13, 2002 - April 22, 2015 RIP my little girlie.
TITLES & ACHIEVEMENTS: *Master Level Agility Training *Advanced Level Obedience Training *1st Place On-Leash Agility 2005 Niagara Group Terrier Trial *Agility Dog of Canada Title (ADC) with the AAC 10/27/06 *Starters Games Dog of Canada Title (SGDC) with the AAC 2/9/07 *4th Place 10" Division Royackers Canada Cup 2007 ($78.50) 7/21/07 *Retrieval Proficiency Test (RPT) 8/18/07 with the Canadian Disc Dog Association *JRTCC Nationals 2007 - 1st Place Agility II, 2nd Place Jumpers, 2nd Place Tunnelers, 3rd Place Gamble *CARO Novice Rally Obedience Title (RN MCL) - 3 rounds, 197pts each 11/10/07 *CPE Level 2 Standard Title - CL2-R - 03/09/08 *CPE Level 2 Handler Games Title - CL2-H - 04/05/08 *CPE Level 2 Fun Games Title - CL2-F - 07/05/08 *7th Place 10" Division Royackers Canada Cup 2008 07/19/08 *CPE Level 3 Standard Title - CL3-R - 08/02/08 *JRTCC Nationals 2008 - 1st Place Agility II, 1st Place Jumpers, 1st Place Gambler, 1st Place Tunnelers *CPE Level 2 Strategy Title - CL2-S *JRTCC Nationals 2008 - 1st Place Agility II, 1st Place Jumpers, 1st Place Gamble, 1st Place Tunnelers *Advanced Agility Dog of Canada Title (AADC) with the AAC 11/29/08 *JRTCC/JRTRO June 2009 Twin Trials - JRTRO Trial June 6/09 - AGILITY TRIAL CHAMPION,
1st Overall - 1st Place Agility II, 2nd Place Gamble, 3rd Place Jumpers *JRTCC Nationals 2009 - Small Terrier Steeplechase Challenge WINNER, 2nd Place Agility II , 5th Place Gamblers, 4th Place Jumpers *JRTCC Nationals 2011 - Small Terrier Steeplechase Challenge WINNER, AGILITY RESERVE CHAMPION (2nd overall) *JRTRO June 2012 - RESERVE Agility II & III Champion, 2nd Place Agility III, 1st Place Gamble, 1st Place Jumpers, 2nd Place and Reserve Pet/Rescue Conformation *JRTCC Sept 2012 - RESERVE Agility II & III Champion, 1st Place Agility III, 1st Place Gamble, 1st Place Jumpers, Small Terrier Steeplechase Challenge WINNER *CARO Trial October 26, 2014 - Advanced Rally Obdience Title - 1 previous round 196, 2 rounds 10/26/14 196 - RA MCL