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Inexperienced Even the most water-loving dog will likely be a little taken back the first few times he has a bath. Being sprayed with water, lifted in and out of the tub, having his body maneuvered so you can get him washed and rinsed are all foreign concepts. If inexperience is the only reason for your dog’s dislike of baths, time should cure the issue. Stay patient and make sure he has good experiences while being bathed.
Uncomfortable How do you handle your dog when you are bathing him? Do you lift him up on his back legs so you can rinse his belly, or force him to lay down so you can get him wet? If the bathing process is uncomfortable, you shouldn’t be surprised that your dog dislikes baths. Having the right equipment can make the process much more comfortable for you both. A hand-held shower attachment is inexpensive and connects easily to most existing showers. The attachment makes it easy to wet your dog from any angle while he stands comfortably on four feet. If you don’t have adequate facilities to bath your dog comfortably, consider using a waterless bath, which you just spray or sprinkle on his coat and brush out.
Cold Water Whether you are bathing your dog outside with the garden hose or in a heated bathroom, he is not going to enjoy cold water pouring over him. If you have to bath him outside, bring warm water from the kitchen in a bucket and use a sponge to wet and rinse him. If you are able to bath him in the bathroom, test the water before you start spraying him to make sure it is a comfortable temperature.
Sprayed In Face It is challenging to get your dog’s face clean and rinsed, but don’t make the mistake of pouring water over his head. While you may think getting it over with quickly will make it better for your dog, he will find it frightening. Instead, wash his face with a wet washcloth, using just a little shampoo. Use the same process with a well-rinsed washcloth to rinse his face.
Here’s a fun game to play with your dog which also reinforces the “come” command…Come Game: You call your dog while another person “hides” just around the corner or couch. After he comes to you, you tell your friend he’s ready, and she calls him. Your dog will look around and think “where’d she go?” and run off to find her… A fun game of hide and seek!
You then hide somewhere else while your dog is finding your friend.
Make it very easy at first – just around a corner, etc. Once he’s good at this, then you can add difficulty – behind doors, in closets, in the shower. And, then, even take it outside.
No cookies are needed here. If the dog is energetic enough, he should love running around and finding you. If needed, you can coax him with a toy or cookie at first, but do not rely on treats. Finding you will be your dog’s reward!
Ghost is a 2 year old Siberian Husky who was just rescued from The Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue Referral. She was wandering the streets and got hit by a car. (Seems to be a theme this week… See yesterday’s post on how to keep your dog safe from the streets).
Someone found her and brought her to the vet, where they fixed her up and she was put up for adoption. Her new parents have been rehabbing her and are looking for some training help, since she’s also a little shy.
It’s important to keep dogs’ minds busy while they are healing from injuries and surgery. Even if they can’t run around and play, you can still work on commands and play low energy games, such as find the toy or cookie. This will keep them occupied and out of trouble. Tiring them out mentally is even more important than usual during these times, so take this time to teach your pup your some new tricks and games!Check back with us tomorrow to learn a fun game to play with your dog that also helps teach & reinforce recall. — at SF Dog Connect by The Pooch Coach Dog Training.
Usually, puppies grow out of car sickness once they get used to the weird motion. But, they often need to be trained as well, since just the thought of going in the car can make them get ill after it’s happened a few times,
Here’s what to do: Try getting in the car without driving and just give your dog treats. At first she might sit & drool, thinking she’s going to be ill. Eventually, she’ll realize the car isn’t moving and she feels fine. You probably have to do this several times before she’s fine being in the car with it not moving.
Then, just drive a few yards and stop & treat some more. Continue building up her endurance (and her love of rides/treats) until she’s over the mental block.
If this does not work, then your dog truly has dog car sickness (or general motion sickeness) and you can consider over the counter meds for her (e.g Dramamine) for longer trips, but you should talk to your vet first before trying anything.
Hello! Welcome to our July Newsletter We hope you enjoy it.
Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are really enjoying this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:
The Pooch Coach will discuss the importance of exercise and how to properly walk and exercise your dog for his or her best mental and physical health. And she’ll explain how Whistle has been helping her and her clients’ keep track of what their dogs are up to!
Katie from Whistle will attend to tell us all about this great new device, often called a “fitbit for dogs”. The Whistle Activity Monitor provides a visual summary of your dog’s well-being and behavior trends by measuring your dog’s daily activity and rest. Set goals for daily exercise and even see what your dog is doing when you’re not around. Whistle will be here to demonstrate the device, as will Kompis, who’s been using one since March. Learn more at whistle.com
Everyone who signs up and attends will get a free Whistle swag bag, and one lucky dog will go home with a FREE Whistle device!
DOGTV will be on hand to film the dogs for their programming and feature us in their blog. They will also be bringing free gifts for SF Dog Connector’s: portable water bowls, gift cards & more!
Kira from Nuena Photography will also be on hand to capture the day for us! Everyone will get free low res images from the event.
Are you worried that your dog will be afraid of fireworks? Here are some tips for dealing with the 4th of July – or any other “scary” noises.
1. A tired dog is a happy dog. Exercise always helps your dog to behave better by tiring him out. Do extra walks and runs during stressful times to help relax your dog and make him less likely to react to loud noises or anything he is fearful of.
2. Lead by example: Make sure *you’re* calm during the loud and sudden sounds! Sometimes, we project fear by expecting it to be there. It’s like when a child falls down and their parent reacts by saying, “Oh my gosh, Johnny!! Are you OK? I bet you’re hurt badly!!” The kid sees their parent’s reaction and starts crying. Instead if you just say, “You’re fine, Johnny. Let’s get you up and take a look. Yep! You’re fine. Let’s go get some ice cream!!” Don’t feed into your dog’s reaction. Show him it’s silly to be scared.
3. Redirect: Play and/or run through commands with your dog when the sounds go off. You could even put on some loud music if needed to help drown out the noise. Just make sure you keep him occupied rather than allowing him to run and hide or shake.
4. Desensitize: You can download firework noises (or sirens or any other sound your dog is afraid of) and play them for your dog on low volume and build his tolerance slowly. All the steps above are still important to keep in mind while doing these practice runs.
5. First timers: If you have a puppy that hasn’t heard fireworks yet, make sure and teach him that they are FUN!! Celebrate with him instead of looking for any scared reaction. I’ve trained my dogs to run outside with me when we hear fireworks – because they know it’s exciting & fun!!
If your dog is really nervous and you feel you could use some expert help, The Pooch Coach is just a phone call away!
The Pooch Coach News!
In case you missed it, The Pooch Coach casted and trained a dog (“Bulleit”) for another great film entitled “The Love Effect.” Here’s their original kickstarter page. And here’s their Facebook page.
We took pictures so we could fill you in on our adventures. Check out Day 1 here and Days 2-4 here. It was great fun and exhausting!! We’ll keep you posted on when it’s showing so you can come see it later this summer.
Tyler Atkins, the star of the film, with Beverly, Kompis and Bulleit, the dog star.
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Exactly one month until our next SF Dog Connector’s Meetup!
On July 18th at noon in SF, we will have our next free training Meetup with special guest: Whistle! They will be on hand to talk about their cool activity monitor for dogs (some call it a “fitbit for dogs”). They will provide free “swag bags” with fun Whistle gear & toys to all attendees (signed up in advance) and one lucky dog will go home with a brand new FREE Whistle device!
The Pooch Coach will talk about the importance of a solid exercise program for your dog, and how she’s using Whistle to help her dog and her clients’ dogs stay in shape. She’ll, as always, also be available to answer any training or behavioral questions you have.
And one more special guest for our Meetup!! DOGTV will be on hand to film the dogs for their programming and feature us in their blog.
For more information on the event & to sign up, click here.