Slowing things down with some work on our pool noodle Cavaletti poles! We love this activity as a fun way to help with hind end awareness, it's also a good lesson in focus and impulse control. Today the pups get a piece of carrot if I see them paying more attention to their feet and using careful footing 👍
With such a great group of cooperative dogs, we decided we'd start our morning with a group stacked challenge/cover up game! We spread out various forms of the Stacked and Cover up challenges we've been working on all month and let everybody go problem solve! It was fun seeing which games the dogs gravitated to and then the techniques they used for solving each one.
☀️ Another gorgeous day! ☀️ While lovely for us, heading out for a walk in this heat can have real consequences for our dogs.
We tend to thing our dogs need to have X walks a day, and can feel guilty if we're not taking them out. But missing walks can actually have some benefits, particularly for dogs that might be reactive, find walks stressful, or just find them very exciting! Missing a walk gives them the opportunity to relax, and it means you can spend some time together doing something like a short training session somewhere cool, or a chilled out enrichment activity instead. Providing them with some mental stimulation is just as tiring for them as exercise so will help to keep them stimulated while they're not exercising.
One more round of the maypole game... We like this one for reinforcing focus and impulse control! It's great exercise for dogs and people too! We vary the speed, direction, and distance from the maypole as we go around to work different muscles and build different skills 👍
We are starting our Tuesday by moving around our makeshift maypole! A good body awareness activity that builds core strength, helps a dog with balance, coordination, focus and impulse control too! To earn their carrot, they must follow around with me, in the same direction I am going 👍
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Enjoying my stuffed Kong, it’s filled with salmon pate 👅
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Even now that I work from home, it can be hard to feel like I'm doing a good job for my dogs on workdays. One thing that really helps is to let go of doing things the ideal way and doing what I can in the time I've got.
Here are a handful of activities that I squeeze in when I can:
- Feed meals from food puzzles: Each meal usually takes them 10-15 minutes. TBH, I do this everyday, no matter what. It really is so easy and quick.
- Busy projects: A rotating selection of baby food, peanut butter, bully sticks, yogurt, treats, etc. in smaller food puzzles. A great way to get 30 uninterrupted minutes into the end of my workday.
While there are plenty of examples of amazing, elaborate food puzzles on here, a quick and simple puzzle that only takes a minute to fill will still make your dog very happy!
- Quick pee and squirrel sniff in the yard: We don't have a fence right now, but even a brief chance to pee and explore helps them.
- Training time: The goal is fun, so we usually play high energy training games with quick repetitions.
- Fetch or Tug: I give the game all my focus and play hard. Having multiple balls in play makes fetch more fun!
I'm always surprised at how much just 5 minutes to explore, train, or play helps keep them calm and in good spirits through the afternoon.
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I’m crazy for snuffle matts 🐶 On a rainy day where I can’t take my walks, I get my exercise a different way! Mental exercise is just as important as physical 💡 .
Snuffle Matts are a great way to get your dog’s sniffer working! This one I got on Amazon for a little under $40, but you can can find cheaper alternatives. I liked this one cause it was so big and had lots of fun places to hide his treats 😋
Today was a go to work in the dark come home in the dark kind of day. I think one of the biggest questions this time of year is "what do we do all winter?" I'm really trying to incorporate more canine enrichment into our daily routines. .
One of the products I use is this feeder by @paw5us Honestly when I get out the enrichment peices the dogs get super happy because they love doing them. This bowl is designed to work with their natural foraging senses and makes them work a little bit for their meal. It definitely takes longer for them to eat too if you have a food chugger. It's also fun to watch the two dogs figure out things differently. Penelope has a more puppy approach to this. I included pics so you could see the inside. There's an extra piece you can insert to make it easier for puppies but I like to leave it out. Fill it with food, snap the top back in place and let the dogs do the work. It's also dishwasher safe.
I'd like to post more of our enrichment if you guys are interested. I'd also love to hear what you guys do for some winter boredom busters! If you check out Paw5's IG they also have ideas there too that are not just their own products.
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I want Logan to be more comfortable with noise (dropping change, cutlery clatter, garbage chute sounds) and movement, because he’s sound sensitive and skittish. In this game, he’s in control of making the jars fall, and he’s learning to make the noise and movement happen and that the noise is not scary.
Start here: Last week we played the game with just one empty jar and rewarded him for offering any contact with it, and then moving to rewarding him for knocking it over. Doing this game on the carpet is purposeful, dampens the noise until he’s more comfortable.
Video 1: first try with two jars and a few coins. He looks at me after lightly touching it, then figures out - “oh that game!”, and knocks it over. (5 repeats)
Video 2: the top jar tipped but didn’t fall, Logan’s startled and looks to me for direction and reassurance. I reward him for an offered behaviour of paw towards jar “yes, you’re on the right track”. He’s looking for freebie treat crumbs 🙄 (I need to make softer treats) but eventually tips the jar again and again in its new position. (10 repeats). Next time I will try not to give verbal /facial expressions reassurance as quickly. ————————————————————————
Resource/inspiration: this is a super simple application of start button behaviours with noise and movement I attended lecture and lab on this topic with @evacarpemomentum@emeliecarpe. It was one of my favourites at #clickerexpo2020 . They talked about using this approach to desensitize a dog to the sound of fire works - have the dog “ask” to make a recorded sound to happen in order to be rewarded with play. They also showed us how this can be applied to agility, where the dog learns that the banging sound on the teeter totter can be something they make happen for a reward, rather than a scary sound that happens when they are on it. For small dogs at the end of the teeter totter it also helps them purposefully use movement to get the end to hit the ground, to make the “bang”, which is easier for bigger dogs to achieve.
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