Ever seen the movie Coco? Well this is the breed that Dante portrays in it. The #Xoloitzcuintli aka #Xolo (for short) aka the Mexican hairless dog is an ancient breed deriving from #Mexico . These dogs go back 3000+ years and were the ancient Aztec dog of the gods. Legend says that their purpose is and was to protect the living and guide the souls of the dead thru the dangers of Mictlán, the afterlife. One other belief is that those Xolos who have a marking (small and white) on their chest have completed their task of protecting and guiding spirits in the afterlife. Xoco the older and larger one of the two has his marking, while Tona the little brother does not, HOWEVER, both have and continue to do a great job. ✨ #twintuesday#brothers
😱🐶 Votre chien doit tout connaître ! 🔥 Vous n’imaginez pas à quel point la socialisation est importante. Dès son adoption vous devez lui faire découvrir le monde le plus possible ! 👍 Prenez la voiture et allez en ville, amenez le dans un parc, sur un marché : il doit voir le plus de stimuli possible ! « Oui mais moi mon chien il est réactif dès qu’il voit un chien » 🤔 Et si ce comportement était normal ? Peut-être qu’il n’a pas était assez sociabilisé avec les chiens.
Opening up @bossk9cle has been a complete game changer for my life. We help so many dogs with their aggression, anxiety, fear, and lack of confidence on a daily basis. We also get to help dogs develop into who they were always meant to be. Lots of times this looks like making sure we help a dog become fully reliable off leash. The way they are meant to be. Every client - human and dog - holds a special place in my heart ❤️
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Fenton off property yesterday proofing heel,sit,down and recall. Off property sessions are the most beneficial, this is the time we get to see how he’s truly doing on his training. The outside world of full of different things, anything can happen, and we want Fenton to be able to handle it no matter what comes up.
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In the first part we'll talk about if we "need to win" and what it means to have an adversarial roll with the dogs we're working with. In the second part we'lll talk about counterconditioning and desensitization, habituation, flooding, and how these techniques are different.
About the trainer: my name is Brie Blakeman, CPDT-KA, I am a certified professional dog trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. I apparently have no problem mixing plaid with subtle tie dye and I grew up with an affinity for animals. As a child, I trained my family’s standard poodles, rats and parrots, also spending some years training Western trail horses to perform Dressage/hunter jumper.
After graduating from my Bachelor’s in Arts, and before becoming a certified trainer, I thrived in a successful career as both a painter (art here: @lunabrie) and a performing artist. For over a decade I performed as a circus acrobat and hula hoop artist (@lunahoops) captivating audiences as near as Portland, OR and as far as New Delhi, India. During my tours I educated diverse crowds of up to 500 people on the art of dance, hula hooping, and occasionally aerial arts. It was during this time that I honed my skill to break down complex techniques into easily accessible skills for people of all ages and backgrounds.
After adopting Yuka, my Siberian Husky with some challenging behavior, my passion and focus took a new turn and I decided to focus on dog training. I immersed myself in the study of animal behavior sciences, and pursued my professional dog training certificate acquiring over 300 hours of hands on experience in under one year. I believe my background as a public speaker, artist, and educator has given me a unique ability to recognize subtle shifts that need to be made in a dog-human relationship, equated with the communication skills needed to break down otherwise abstruse concepts and methodologies, into practical everyday use.
Alongside running my own business, I teach a variety of group classes at The Oregon Humane Society, helping clients understand and address behaviors like hyperactivity and reactivity. When I am not teaching, Yuka and I enjoy the sport of Mushing, Rally Obedience, and trick training. Yuka has been the best teacher I could’ve ever asked for.
The folks who don’t have the right tools or knowledge to create a harmonious life with their dogs.
When you’re able to communicate, address, and stop behaviors ranging from annoying, to anxiety inducing, to downright dangerous, you’re able to keep your cool and handle challenges in a calm and confident fashion.
The owners who lose their cool, and often interact with their dogs in ways they’re ashamed of and later regret, are almost always owners who don’t have the tools or knowledge to handle things in a better fashion.
That’s not an excuse or an out, just truth.
If you’re struggling with your dog, do the work. Investigate the options. You’ve got many tools that can help, and many trainers (online or in person) who can help. But you have to do the work to educate yourself.
I’ve been the frustrated, frazzled, angry owner. And it wasn’t because I didn’t love my dogs. It was because I didn’t know a better way.
Once I gained the skills and knowledge, I liked my dogs, and myself a whole lot better.
Timing can be frustrating and difficult. In my opinion, timing is a large reason why dog trainers can make a living. There is an art form to knowing what behavior to look for and when to reward or correct.
However, while it can be frustrating or difficult at times, if you can master the art of timing in dog training your success rate with your dog will skyrocket.
The reason why timing can be difficult to master is because dogs have a very tiny window where they can correlate if a behavior was either acceptable or not acceptable.
This time window is 1.3 seconds.
If you can not reward or correct in that amount of time, it is not fair to the dog to do so. Rewards at the incorrect time will lead to confusion which ultimately leads to corrections later on. Corrections at the incorrect time will lead to a decrease in motivation and confidence along with not learning the behavior effectively.
Can you see how using my hand as a Target substitutes for a pivot disk? By using your hand in this position, having your dog specifically target your palm, you can set heel position when you don’t have the disk, or when you are attempting to remove it. You can also use this hand position when pivoting to the right, which is not possible on a disk. I called this hand position pocket hand. If you don’t want your dog to jump up, then keep it reasonably low to prevent that. Notice that my hand stays steady at my side; your hand does not move! Your feet move. Try it! And make sure to videotape so that you can compare afterwards.