Fortsætterholdene er i fuld gang og Otto #mops og Oscar #bichonhavanais er gået direkte fra samme hvalpehold til fortsætterhold, og efter træningen i går fik de en velfortjent leg! De er virkelig blevet gode venner der leger ligeværdigt 🥳😍
Our ride-training is going very well! She understands what I mean with going forwards and I can steer her a little bit with my hands on her neck. With the ride-training she is always very motivated! I think she like it!😍
Och och och wat issie knap jongens, mijn blonde prins! 💙
4 2455 minutes ago
Meeting species specific needs shouldn't just stop at providing forage, friends and freedom to move - those are the basic building blocks for good welfare and emotional well being....however I feel that enrichment is still not being taken as seriously.
Domesticated world often lacks of stimuli that naturally enriches the animal's physical and cognitive abilities. A horse that is kept in a paddock, no matter how large, will be deprived of this stimulation if the human doesn't provide it . In natural world horses come across many physical and cognitive puzzles which influence their proprioception and problem solving skills - in domestication enrichment allows us to stimulate the brain , break up the boredom and provide opportunities for positive experience on daily basis.
What have you done for your horse today ?
I don't want to be cluttering your newsfeed with my own feelings or words that aren't helpful right now.
But I do think it is important I show up and speak out against what is happening (and has been happening).
I pray for those grieving and hurting, especially my family & friends. I cannot imagine the weight of what you are feeling. I see the pain and the exhaustion of carrying such a heavy burden on your shoulders for so long.
While many have shared the practical tips for change, I encourage and challenge us to also look inward.
I think the biggest change we can make is with ourselves first so I pray I am continuously guided to see my own blind spots, unconscious biases, things I take for granted, and areas where I can diversify the information I consume so that I can live a life of love and kindness for all people.
It is no one's job to teach us how to be a better person. We must do that on our own. As I always say, good things happen when we leave our comfort zones, question our own beliefs & face areas that may not be so pretty. We need to heal our own wounds so we can see where we are projecting. We can no longer take the easy route. THIS IS NOT GONNA HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.
How can I be better at..
♡ Choosing more kindness in my heart and putting myself in others' shoes?
♡ Being curious instead of being quick to judge?
♡ Learning & listening?
♡ Taking action and standing up when I see something wrong
♡ Having difficult conversations?
We can only grow by looking inward, hearing the words & thoughts that enter our minds. Choosing love over hate. Celebrating differences. Choosing connection over division.... over and over and over again (it's like a muscle we need to keep using).
The media likes to show all the negative, but I believe there is so much positive happening too. Eyes being opened & shifts being made. I have already seen in it myself, the conversations I've had with friends & family, and work calls I've been on. People are allowing themselves to get uncomfortable and that's the first step.
"When there are enough lights, the earth will shift."
I saw this quotation on a fellow FNTP's page @nikkisnaturalcare and loved it.
Pictured here is @petparentallies Curtis taking time to cool off the hot puppers with a damp cloth. Curtis is one of the most gentle, kind, and observant people I've ever met. It's part of why he's an amazing force free trainer (and part of why I married him!). But society doesn't necessarily see that tenderness he exudes when they look at him. Society sees a black man, which somehow automatically strips him of softness in white eyes. Black men don't deserve the reductionist labels and aggressive assumptions. Take time to look at people beyond the conditioned assumptions you often make without realizing. Pause every. single. time. you catch yourself making assumptions about someone based on race. In that pause, stop not only to see what's in front of you, but the beliefs you didn't even know you still carried within you. White people, we have a lifetime of work, it's never done. Keep showing up, allowing your past self to be wrong,reading, challenging yourself, putting your money into black businesses. .
Keep showing up for racial justice even when your county has moved into the yellow or green and you can go out to eat again. How will you be sure your allyship doesn't drown in your fresh margarita that you're just *SO* gRaTeFuL you can get an a place other than home again? .
Keep showing up for racial justice the day your favorite sports team gets to play live again. How will you remember to yell Black Lives Matter when you're also yelling go eagles? .
Keep showing up for racial justice when you're off unemployment, have a savings account and full fridge, are working again, and less in touch with the living conditions of poor people. .
Keep showing up for racial justice without posting about it. Keep disrupting your racist uncle at dinner. Keep donating to bail funds until prisons are abolished. .
All too many times white people turn away the second the wind blows differently (while POC lives remain the same). How are you going to KEEP up the work when there isn't a media reminder? How are you going to remember when the world allows you forget like so many times before? #beyourdogsally#forcefreedogtraining#positivereinforcement#phillydogtraining
Day 2 - Stay vs Wait #100daysofdogtraining
Sounds like simular cues however they have different outcomes for the dog and both can be valuable to your everyday life including accidents like smashing glass on the kitchen floor, we can either ask our dogs to wait in that moment as we figure out a safe route for them to exit the room or ask them to stay put as we clean it up.
So the "stay" cue has a meaning of I would like you to stay in place until I return and give the release cue.
And "wait" has a meaning of dont move just yet and stay alert for the next intruction or release cue. Eg. Crossing roads, going out the door or throwing items such as toys/food.
Me and sprock will be working on our "stay" building it up so stay and be relaxed around noisy and fast moving stimuli.
ED: another dog pro validly pointed out this article contains information that could be misconstrued as inconsistent and anthropomorphization. It’s also unconfirmed from the author’s pen name and bio if this is a BIPOC. I am taking the author and their experience at face value, but it should be noted there are people out there trying to undermine and discredit the movement so due diligence is necessary. 🚨 .
Excellent article re: reactivity and race #linkinbio 🙌 .
“All I can ask is that you - White person reading this article - consider the small privileges in life you take for granted. You and your #dog don’t live in a racial vacuum. For Christ’s sake, walk his ass outside while he’s still a nice #puppy and get him around some Black and Brown people. If it’s too difficult or too late to do that, remove him from spaces Black people frequent if he doesn’t like us. 🐕 .
Your dog’s behavior is 100% your responsibility.” 👏 .
. #Socializing a dog is not just letting them play with other #dogs . Dogs innately fear what they have not been exposed to so if your dog is #fearful of or #reactive towards #POC , check your bubble and see where/how you might be #whitewashing them ☁️
Dogs have more lessons to teach us than we could possibly imagine 🖤
She’s just recently started in our private Obedience Program because she has issues with dog reactivity, micro-managing others and the doorway, and loves to pull on the leash!
During our first lesson, we spoke a lot about advocacy when it comes to your dog and why it is important to take on a leadership role in your home dynamic.
Leadership is meant to be calm, neutral and takes decisive action as necessary — and sometimes involves putting ourselves first when reacting to something uncertain.
This, in turn, takes a lot of pressure off of your dog because they will look for guidance first, rather than react, and default to your judgment.
Already by the end of her first lesson, Luna was more responsive and maintaining commands better, and more consistently, than she had before!
1 182 hours ago
This morning, Sam tried claiming space from several dogs and myself. My tried to push us out of his way to bully us because he thinks he can. He not only pushes others around, he attacks them because he thinks he can. No reason other than to be a bully.
It's summer and it's hot! :) We had a very nice afternoon and walked at a very slow pace. Whenever we are walking in the park and there are no other dogs, it's the best time with Dyfra, both relaxed and I really enjoy the moment we are having🌳
☀️It was also super exciting to see that a high trigger dog could pass us at a distance not too far! The proudest moment was when they passed us, she looked at the dog and was staying so relaxed.
Even when we walked back to the path the distance was much smaller and she ignored him!🥳 She looked at the other dog who was walking away, turned around and we walked further the other direction. All with a loose leash, no tension and a happy feeling.
Probably not a good description to visualize the situation, but it was another proud full moment :)
We continued our walk and she stayed calm even when I slightly panicked at one point when a dog (off-leash) walked nearby. She saw him while remaining relaxed, I said YES and she got a lot of treats🍎
So this afternoon was pretty nice and I loved how she was staying connected with herself. We're making progress! :)
REWARD YOUR DOG
I am new to this dog world but I have seen a lot of things I do not agree with. The term “Cookie Pushers” being one of them. Using treats is NOT an inferior form of training. .
Some believe that you need to be the alpha of your dog and control every aspect of their life. Below are a list of outrageous comments I have read:
Never let your dog sleep in your bed or get up on the furniture. .
Never let your dog have free access to toys or bones. .
Never pet your dog when he asks you to. .
Never go over to your dog to give him attention; make him come to you.
Always eat before your dog.
Never let your dog go in the house before you .
Hi my name is Kayla... this is my husband nick... and we are proud to be “cookie pushers.”
“If we love our dogs, if we respect them, if we view ourselves as being in a relationship with them and not just as being their drill sergeants or keepers, then our verbal communications to them need to be as loving and respectful as to any human.” -Suzanne Clothier .
Kaum bin ich mit Planet Pfote gestartet, ist es auch schon Zeit einmal Danke zu sagen ☺️
Vielen Dank für all die guten Wünsche, die mich auf diversen Wegen erreicht haben. Meine Luftsprünge sehen in etwa so aus wie die von Cookie 😃
Manchmal muss man einfach den Mut haben und die Dinge in die Tat umsetzen, die einem schon ewig im Kopf rumschwirren. 🐕🐾😃
Und jetzt freue ich mich einfach auf die nächsten Monate und Jahre, in denen Planet Pfote nach und nach immer weiter wachsen darf und wird🐩🐾
4 213 hours ago
Buster is here for a two week recall foundation.
Part of learning recall is teaching what an ecollar means so we have a consistent and accountable recall every time. When a dog has been patterned to come back every time, we are actually decreasing the likelihood of having to use the ecollar for Come or Let’s Go but dogs are dogs and sometimes they just want to wander, go greet a strange dog, fight a strange dog, chase a cat, or get the zoomies in a place that’s not super safe. Even dogs with great relationships with their owner will have a time when they just want to do what they want even if it’s not safe or in the best interest of the pack.
So it’s our job as leaders to set the limits and hold everyone accountable. If your dog is off leash and you don’t have a way to communicate, you could find your self in a bind. Busters been a great puppy, always stayed close to his family and definitely loves and has fun with them but as he hit adolescence, he just decided he wanted to do his own run off thing and not come back. He is super food motivated and comes to me 99.9% of the time when practicing outside with just a leash and food, but that .1% is still there even with all the practice, even with his love of food, even with our playful and fun and relationship.
So what is the ecollar going to accomplish?
It communicates clearly for up to 1/2 a mile, finally you can trust them off leash!
It can speak so gently in a whisper just like here in the video. No more needing to yell or get frustrated. I press and hold it on a 4 and he doesn’t look like anything is going on. This is his exact same look and attitude as when we practice with just leash and food outside.
When going up a few numbers for a “correction not punishment” when he is ignoring the command or getting distracted, he will still look this excited.
This is a tool to help but it needs to be taught fairly so our dogs have the best shot at fully understanding us and what we are asking of them. Communicate our needs, train the behaviors, hold them accountable, have a fantastic relationship with your dog!
Have you ever had the feeling of frustration from learning? As if the more you learn, the more you just... *freeze*...? I’m in a place where I’m searching for answers. New ways to think. New connections with what I already know and what I’ve learned recently. I get blown away by everything I learn from thinking and searching for answers outside of the box. But it also frustrates me. Ripping apart all these familiar patterns... that has been my way of thinking for YEARS 💭🤯 And then many of them are just a simple bluff. So then I pause for a bit. To process. Because so much of trying to work together with the horses mind and brain starts in OUR brain. Thinking through all of the things that we do just by habit. And the way between theory and practice can be sooo hard. But I will do it. I will make new thinking patterns. I will continue to search outside the box, even though it’s hard. I want my horse to shine. I want to be there for her as her sidekick in the process. After all it’s mostly HER journey. And I’ve started to realize that now. Falling in love with movement again is for her very best. And I will be there to help her ❤️
It’s time to start getting back to our normal routines! We have a basic obedience class starting Wednesday, June 10 at 6pm. Class is one night a week for 6 weeks and cost $100.00. In this class your pup with learn basic obedience, taught using positive reinforcement methods that include a focal command, sit, lay/down, stay, recall, loose leash walking/heel and discussions on common doggie troubles. Call or message us today to sign up. (Class sizes will be kept between 4-6 participants to ensure social distancing) #muttleycrew#dogstore#dogtraining#positivereinforcement#dogs#rockymount
0 94 hours ago
Yesterday I met this adorable man that may have made my heart explode into 262638 pieces. Winston has joined our family to work on some basic obedience and to get some help feeling more comfortable in his crate. This little guy is one smart cookie and rocked his first lesson. Welcome, Winston! Your awesome parents are doing an incredible job making sure training is done right ❤️😊
Today we learned two new things - both by chance. 😉
The first happened because I yet again had a pony nose in my business (pocket), so I pushed him to the side and got a stroke of inspiration to teach him a new command: "höflich" ("polite"), where he has to wait until I open my hand for him to take the cookie. That magically happens when he takes his nose AWAY from my hand, even if it's only for a second. It worked really well with the clicker and I know it's nothing new for a lot of people, but it's the first time we've worked on it with the intention of making it a command.
The second thing that we accidentally discovered today was when I dropped a cookie on the ground and he started snuffling after it - I said "such" ("search"), and then we played "search the cookie" (and a cut up apple) for a couple of minutes.
It wasn't really the plan for the day, but it was the right thing to do - he was happily going back out on the meadow and when I went to say bye he came towards me, took his cookies (politely 😉) and even followed me for a couple of meters! 😮
This is Dave. Dave is a tricolour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is a total spunk; I'm sure you will all agree.
Danielle and Paul were lucky enough to visit Dave at his beautiful breeder's house today as he turns six weeks of age. Thankfully, travel restrictions had been lifted enough for us to go and see him.
We have waited just under two years for a puppy from Carol Yates from Kahleyvale Cavaliers and boy was it worth the wait. Carol breeds puppies with incredible temperaments and puts in a ton of time into early socialisation and wellbeing to ensure her puppies are the best and happiest they can be.
It has been hard after losing Stevie in late 2018 but its time to add to the Urban Family. We have always been a two-dog household, and we have grieved for a long time and still will. Stevie was the most amazing dog, a dog that could never be replaced. Dave isn't a replacement dog; he's another dog. He will be just as loved as Stevie and Trevor.
We hope you log in and watch us raise him. We will be filming pretty everything he does and everything we do with him. We want to show you how we raise a puppy: the fun times and the hard times.
Say hello to Dave. We know, you will love him as much as we do.
*Move His Feet ......Or Use your Brain* "My horse naps" - "oh all you need to do is to move his feet !"
"My horse bucks" - "just show him who's the leader....and move his feet !'
"My horse takes the piss and refuses to work" - "groundwork, groundwork, groundwork......ps. and move his feet !" Those comments are all too common all over social media related to equines. The majority of the threads in mainstream horse groups that ask for "help" with a problematic horse will have the typical leaders, don't take the piss'es, groundworkers, just given it a good whackers etc and their solution to all the problems is so simple.....all you need to do with your horse is move his feet.
Move his feet - and the underlying pain is still there
Move his feet - and the anxiety or fear only grows
Move his feet - and you're on a road to emotional shut down
Move his feet - you didn't help him at all
The more you move their feet to try and fix behavioural problems , the less you use your brain.
When instead of moving feet we use our brains we will understand that all behaviour has a function and the unwanted behaviours have a root in underlying health conditions, unresolved fear and anxiety issues, memory of pain or traumatic experience, inadequate diet, not meeting spiecies specific needs or an aversive training application which directly causes fear and lack of trust in humans. In many instances it is the combination of few underlying causes - for example a horse that has a limited turnout, doesn't get spiecies specific diet and the owner uses aversives can develop medical conditions such as chronic stress, ulcers, arthirits and on top of that fear towards the human related to being constantly poked, whipped, kicked and pulled....and having his feet moved .
Dealing with unwanted behavioural issues can be as straightforward as changing the diet or as complicated as finding all the factors contributing to those behaviours which often requires help from a qualifed equine behavioursit ..... but all of it starts with one thing - a human using his brain.
Will I always have to use food?
Yes and no.
It's a complicated answer. You won't have to feed your horse for every correct response and as your horse becomes familiar with a behavior, you can begin to feed that behavior less. You will not have to use a high rate of reinforcement forever.
All training requires motivation and maintenance.
The way I see it, you have two choices:
Food or force.
Appetitives or aversives.
We train and maintain with these. There's no way around it. There is no such thing as motivation free or maintenance free training.
So, pick your poison.
Will you always have to use your stick and string?
Will you always have to use your rope halter?
Will you always have to use your crop?
Will you always have to use your spurs?
Will you always have to use your bit?
Will you always have to use pressure?
I don't know about you, but since I have to always use something, it'll be food for me. My horses like it better.
Aslan doet het heel goed op enthousiaste, lieve woordjes en knuffels, maar als ik een snoepje geef zoekt hij altijd nog nét ietsje harder voor het juiste antwoord op mijn vragen. Hoe beloon jij jouw paard? En beloon je alleen als hij precies doet wat jij wilt of ook als hij al zijn best doet? 🤔
📸: @academic.andalusier tijdens de les van @eva_roemaat
23 17817 May, 2020
Ring of fire! 🔥🔥🔥
Wat vinden jullie van onze nieuwe hoepel voor de komende shows?
Honey ging er alvast stoer doorheen 🤩
Woof Cultr is more than just clothes, it’s a culture, it’s a sense of community. It always has been. .
Yes, we make awesome, quality clothes for everyone that supports humane training & #science .
But we also give the more quiet and reserved folks a way to open up conversations through their shirts. Ways for people to ask questions without confrontation or feeling uncomfortable OR as a way for people to get out of their comfort zone and feel good about it! .
We always wanted to find a way to connect this +R community even more, and I’m still so shocked and amazed at how it’s grown. Especially right now during this global pandemic while everyone is social distancing, we’re still connected in so many ways. 🥰 #woofcultr