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Welcome to our award winning Dog Blog with Free Tips on training and interesting advice with cute dog pics every week.  Learn about all topics dog related, from training and behavior advice to fun facts about dogs.  The Pooch Coach also shares her clients’ stories with you, which she hopes will inspire you to work with your dog to help them become the best dog they can be.

 

Never give up hope!  Whether it’s a slight inconvenience or annoyance, or a scary, huge issue, you can always get help for your pup.  Check out some of the great success stories, get some tips, and then give us a call if you’d like to join the pack!

 

If there are any topics you’d like to know more about, let us know!   We’re always looking for great ideas to add to our blog!

 

In August of 2016, Thoroughly Reviewed named The Pooch Coach Dog Blog with Free Tips one of the top 50 dog blogs in the world!  In September of 2016, Feedspot awarded us as one of the “top 100 dog blogs on the planet”! In November of 2017, we were honored with another award for Top 50 dog training blogs in the world by Mr Kortings Code.  In january, 2018, we got ranked on of the top dog blogs by Top Ranked Blogs.

 

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December 2014 News & Tips

DECEMBER 2014 NEWS & TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our December 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:

Saturday, January 24th @ 12 noon.

The Theme for January’s Meetup is Dog Massage!

Shelah, owner of Happy Hounds Massage

We have a special guest for this Meetup: Shelah, owner of Happy Hounds Massage. She will give your dog a free evaluation to what type of dog massage would good for your pooch. Massages can help mobility, aid in recovery from injuries or surgery, relieve muscles after intense play or running, reduce stress from anxiety,and help with conditions like arthritis or sprains. So come out & learn what would help make your dog feel his or her best!

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

How to keep your dog safe for the holidays

Some quick tips…

Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs. Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.

Do not put lights on the lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn your dog.

Watch out for electrical cords. Pets often try to chew them and get badly shocked or electrocuted. Place them out of reach.

Avoid glass ornaments, which break easily and may cut a dog’s feet or mouth.

Do not use edible ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to reach them.

Keep other ornaments off the lower branches; if your dog chews or eats an ornament, he can be made sick by the materials or paint.

Both live and artificial tree needles are sharp and indigestible. Keep your tree blocked off (with a playpen or other “fence”) or in a room that is not accessible to your dog.

Tinsel can be dangerous for dogs. It may obstruct circulation and, if swallowed, block the intestines.

Keep burning candles on high tables or mantels, out of the way of your dog’s wagging tail.

Review canine holiday gifts for safety. Small plastic toys or bones may pose choking hazards.

Your dog may want to investigate wrapped packages; keep them out of reach.

No matter how busy you get, make sure you still make time to exercise your pup. Also, keep in mind training and manners when you have guests. It’s a great time to practice friendly greetings for delivery people as well as friends and family. Have your dog sit to get petted for everyone’s safety.

Have a great holiday!!! See you next year.

A unique & thoughtful holiday gift…
A Pooch Coach gift certificate!

Each session includes:
A private one-on-one lesson with The Pooch Coach, expert trainer & behaviorist (See bio)
Follow up written instructions and papers for reference
Free month of follow up questions and guidance on topics covered via email or phone

Packages

Dog Training – One 90 minute session…. Choose from:

1. Basic obedience: Perfect sit, basic stay, walking nicely on leash, no jumping on people.

2. Intermediate obedience: Advanced stay, no stealing objects or food, drop any object, down, come when called.

3. Advanced obedience: Tricks, off leash recall, perfect stay, custom training.

4. Dog’s choice:
Focus on 3-4 commands or issues

Behavior modification: Package of 3 sessions… Choose from:

1. Aggression: Barking, growling, or lunging at people, other dogs, or objects. (see more)

2. Separation anxiety: Uncomfortable being left alone. Barks, whines or does destructive behavior. (see more)

3. Fear: Timid or scared around people, dogs or new objects. Needs to build confidence. (see more)

4. Dog’s Choice: Have some other behavior issues? Choose this option for more flexibility.

Make this a happier holiday for everyone!
Contact us with any questions.
info@poochcoach.com | 415-643-3333

For more video tips, check out

The Pooch Coach's Dog Channel!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Over 5,000+++ fans can’t be wrong… Join us on Facebook!

Happy Holidays!!
The Pooch Coach will be available during most of the holiday weeks for appointments, so keep up your training, and book an appt!

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

November 2014 News, Offers & Tips

NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS, OFFERS & TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our November 2014 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:

Saturday, November 8th @ 12 noon.
(Last Meetup of 2014 !!)

The theme for November’s Meetup is
“Can your dog pass the AKC CGC test?”

The Pooch Coach will demonstrate and review the 10 steps
and then help you with any items that need improvement.
Click here for info on the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

A unique & thoughtful holiday gift…
A Pooch Coach gift certificate!

Each session includes:
A private one-on-one lesson with The Pooch Coach, expert trainer & behaviorist (See bio)
Follow up written instructions and papers for reference
Free month of follow up questions and guidance on topics covered via email or phone

Packages

Dog Training – One 90 minute session…. Choose from:

1. Basic obedience: Perfect sit, basic stay, walking nicely on leash, no jumping on people.

2. Intermediate obedience: Advanced stay, no stealing objects or food, drop any object, down, come when called.

3. Advanced obedience: Tricks, off leash recall, perfect stay, custom training.

4. Dog’s choice: Focus on 3-4 commands or issues

Behavior modification: Package of 3 sessions… Choose from:

1. Aggression: Barking, growling, or lunging at people, other dogs, or objects. (see more)

2. Separation anxiety: Uncomfortable being left alone. Barks, whines or does destructive behavior. (see more)

3. Fear: Timid or scared around people, dogs or new objects. Needs to build confidence. (see more)

4. Dog’s Choice: Have some other behavior issues? Choose this option for more flexibility.

Make this a happier holiday for everyone!
Contact us with any questions.
info@poochcoach.com | 415-643-3333

Did you know.. Dogs Need Massages too?
(And what a terrific, unique gift idea!)

When you first think of massage for a dog you may think it would be great for a senior dog (it is) or a dog who’s recovering from an injury or surgery (of course it is!). But what about the rest of the dog’s life? Puppies who are massaged by a professional are learning to accept clinical touch and touch by a stranger, making them more confident and willing to be good patients at the vet, clients at the groomers, and better canine citizens.

Your teen dog who runs, jumps, wrestles, fetches, crashes, falls, face-plants and occasionally misses a few stairs has needs too. Since they’re made of the same stuff we are you might ask why they aren’t getting bruises, sprains and strains like we would if we mimicked their activities. The truth is they are, but the difference is that they’re hardwired to not show the pain, and depending on what’s happening at that moment, to ignore it. Even though a healthy dog will usually recover from these minor injuries quickly, a massage can help shorten the recovery time and get them back on all fours sooner. In case there’s a hidden or lingering problem, massage is a great way to detect, alleviate, and prevent it from becoming something more serious later.

If your dog does have a serious injury, trauma, or has had surgery, then massage can help stimulate the immune system, control pain, and keep them calmer during the healing process, all which can shorten the recovery time. It can also help reduce postural imbalance, which is common after being restricted for an amount of time. This can ensure that your dog will be at their optimum activity levels sooner, and safely.

Later in life when bouncing off the walls is no longer on your dog’s agenda, massage can help circulate fluids that build up from lower activity levels, help reduce the stiffness, pain and inflammation that come with the natural aging process, and stimulate weaker muscles to encourage appropriate activity. This can mean a more comfortably maturing dog, whose activity levels and quality of life can stay high for their lifetime.

So, give Shelah at Happy Hounds Massage a call to set up an appointment for your pooch. And, even better, why not give the gift of massage for your favorite doggy friend? You can find out more about her and dog massage at www.happyhoundsmassage.com.

The Pooch Coach's Dog Channel!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Over 5,000+++ fans can’t be wrong… Join us on Facebook!

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe

October 2014 News & Tips

OCTOBER 2014 NEWS & TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our October Newsletter. I 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:

Saturday, October 4th @ 11 AM.
(Tentative date for next Meetup is Nov 8th)

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

Behind the scenes at Dog TV shoots

DOGTV Shoot Sept 4th – Ft Funston, Diamond Heights (image 1)

DOGTV Sept 10th – The Ramp (SF Bay), Walter Haas Park, The Haight (image 2)

DOGTV Sept 19th – Green Screen in LA studio with actress Maggie Lawson
(@maggielawson / Maggie’s movie & TV appearances) (image 3)

Maggie & Kompis “bump”! (image 4)

So what is DOGTV?

TV’s first network for canines, DOGTV offers a promise to our beloved best friends that they should never again feel alone.

 

DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog – friendly programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who’s less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems.

 

The Pooch Coach has been helping DOGTV working behind the scenes with awesome dogs & scenery for filming. Check out these photo albums of the shoots from last month:

Try DOGTV for FREE!

Because of The Pooch Coach’s partnership with DOGTV, we can offer our readers a special treat! DOGTV has a monthly based subscription fee for DIRECTV, or for streaming to your smart device or laptop, but we’ve teamed up to offer you one month for FREE.

 

Please use the following easy to use guide in order to redeem your free month of DOGTV:

 

1. Go to dogtv.latto.tv and choose the monthly package ($6.99 value) and a smart device (Roku, LG, Samsung, or “none”)
2. On the next page, fill in your details and under “I have a promotional code” enter coupon code “PoochCoach” and click ‘Apply’
3. You will then see the the price changes to $0
4. When you finish the signup process, an email with your credentials will be sent to you
5. Enjoy DOGTV!

 

If you have any questions, please contact their support team at support@dogtv.com

Your feedback is appreciated!

If you try out DOGTV, please let me know what you think. Did your dog enjoy it? What things did he react to the most? Any feedback or suggestions are welcome. I am curious to see what you all think about it. And, of course, I can forward suggestions to DOGTV for its future programming.

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

A Puli we filmed for DOGTV.
If you’d like your dog to be DOGTV star, please contact The Pooch Coach.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

September 2014 News & Tips

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS & TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our September Newsletter. I 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:

Saturday, October 4th @ 12 noon.

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

What's New? Dog TV !!!

The Pooch Coach was asked by Dog TV to help out with their ALS ice bucket challenge… with a twist! Click here to watch Kompis perform!

Is your dog the next star?

Dog TV was so pleased with Beverly’s work, they hired her to do some shoots for their main programming. She’s been hard at work casting dogs for shoots on Sept 4th and 10th. There is still one more slot left for September 10th. If you have a playful pooch – or 2, we’d love to hear from you. Just send a short video of your dog(s) playing to info@poochcoach.com Your dog could be the next star!
(Deadline for submissions is September 5th at 6 PM)

Casting call!

Kompis with the mega yacht’s Captain Lee from Bravo’s “Below Deck”

Kompis (& The Pooch Coach) on Bravo TV!

Our last TV announcement is that Kompis is once again going to appear on “Below Deck”. She is the only dog to be on the show and mega yacht. Watch her on September 16th and 23rd on Bravo TV 9PM PST (check your local listings for exact time). Warning: It’s Reality TV, so be prepared for Kompis, Beverly and their family to all be made to look like complete idiots. But, we promise, we were actually very polite. Check out Kompis’ (& Beverly’s) famous “go poo poo” scene from last season.

Train your dog like a star!

Want to know more about how dogs get trained to be TV & movie stars? The most important quality is often patience! Here’s an article written by The Pooch Coach for Bay Woof magazine a couple years ago. They asked Beverly to explain how dogs get trained to be on film. Here’s what she wrote:
Bay Woof: “Raising a Canine Star”

Kompis in her role as injured dog dancer in “Doggie B”

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

A Puli we filmed for DOGTV.
If you’d like your dog to be DOGTV star, please contact The Pooch Coach.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

August 2014 News & Tips

AUGUST 2014 NEWS & TIPS

Welcome to our August Newsletter

The August SF Dog Connector’s Meetup is at Strut Your Mutt!
The Pooch Coach has been asked once again to be “Ask The Trainer”
at Best Friend’s Annual Strut Your Mutt!

 

August 23, 9:00AM – 3:00 PM Treasure Island, SF

What Is Strut Your Mutt?

Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt may just be the most fun you can have helping to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in your neighborhood – and around the country. The annual fundraising dog walk, fun run, and festival culminates in a day of fun for four- and two-legged participants of all ages.

 

Participate on your own – or as part of a team! – to raise funds for a shelter or rescue organization in your area. Don’t miss the chance to have a ball … and make a difference for homeless pets near you!

Hope to see you there!

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

Dog Training Levels

How well educated is your dog?

Does your dog listen great in the house, but “go deaf” when he’s outside, sees a bird, or doesn’t want to leave the dog park?

 

The Pooch Coach explains levels of training in a simplified way… Kindergarten through PhD! Click here to see where your dog ranks and see a cute video with ideas for you to try with your dog.

 

And here is a video clip from an SF Dog Connector’s Meetup explaining how indoor training is the basis of training, but you must perfect indoor commands and then make sure to practice outdoors before you can get to more advanced training levels.

Here’s another great example of why advanced commands can be useful. If you want to train your dog when it’s OK to bark and when it is not, start by training a “speak” command. Then you can use “speak” and “no speak” to control her.

 

The best way to start is to do something that typically makes your dog bark (a noise or toy, etc.). When she starts barking, just say “good dog, speak” and offer a reward (like a cookie). It’s similar to potty training! You can also try to get your dog to bark by barking at them. After a bit of practice, your dog will understand it as a command and bark when you say “speak”. Then you can introduce “no speak” and reward silence instead.

 

Here is a video example of my dog, Kompis, doing speak/no speak on command.

 

Need help getting to the next level of obedience? Give The Pooch Coach a call!

News!

The Pooch Coach’s online booking is in full swing!
We are working with PocketSuite to give our clients another way to connect with us.

New client special – get $25 off initial consultation when you book online. Existing clients pay no fee to book appointments! Give it a try and give us feedback on how we can improve your experience.

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Ready. Aim. Fire.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

July 2014 News & Tips

JULY 2014 NEWS & TIPS

No More Fear!

Welcome to our July Newsletter.  Our theme is getting over shyness and fear.

Dogs & Fireworks (loud noises)
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!

 

Happy 4th of July!!!
More on fearful dogs

 

Is your dog sometimes afraid to be petted by strangers?

 

It’s important that your dog feels comfortable around all kinds of people.   He should easily allow anyone YOU say is OK to pet him.  Hand shyness when younger almost always turns into aggression when older.  Your dog should be confident , happy and safe in all the circumstances you introduce him to.

This video demonstrates how to teach your dog to allow a person to pet him… slowly and safely.  Watch this 4 min video  to see how The Pooch Coach teaches a dog to go from jumping away in fear to freely allow being petted – in just over an hour!

 

Click here to see this amazing transformation
and understand how you can help your dog be more safe & confident.

Next Meetup in August

 

The Pooch Coach has been asked once again to be “Ask The Trainer”
at Best Friend’s Annual Strut Your Mutt!
August 23, 9:00AM – 3:00 PM Treasure Island, SF

 

What Is Strut Your Mutt?

 

Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt may just be the most fun you can have helping to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in your neighborhood – and around the country. The annual fundraising dog walk, fun run, and festival culminates in a day of fun for four- and two-legged participants of all ages.

 

Participate on your own – or as part of a team! – to raise funds for a shelter or rescue organization in your area.  Don’t miss the chance to have a ball … and make a difference for homeless pets near you!
Hope to see you there!

 

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups –
hear what they have to say!

 

Click here to see Meetup testimonials
Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!

 

For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.
News!

 

The Pooch Coach is now offering online booking!!

 

We are in Beta with PocketSuite to give our clients another way to connect with us.
New client special – get $25 off initial consultation when you book online.  Existing clients pay no fee to book appointments!  Give it a try and give us feedback on how we can improve your experience.

 

Try out our new online booking!

For more tips, check out our Training Tips Channel!

July 2014 News & Tips
Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues.   We’re adding new videos regularly, so keep checking it out or, even better, subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.


Our Facebook community just passed 1700 !!  Join us for advice, news & cute pics!
July 2014 News & Tips
Safe travels wherever you may go this summer!
Let us know if you need any help along the way.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.

We hope it was helpful.

Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!


-Beverly Ulbrich,  The Pooch Coach

Dogs and Fireworks

DOGS AND FIREWORKS

Welcome to our July Newsletter. Our theme is getting over shyness and fear.

Dogs and Fireworks (loud noises)

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!

Happy 4th of July!!!

More on fearful dogs

Is your dog sometimes afraid to be petted by strangers?

 

It’s important that your dog feels comfortable around all kinds of people. He should easily allow anyone YOU say is OK to pet him. Hand shyness when younger almost always turns into aggression when older. Your dog should be confident , happy and safe in all the circumstances you introduce him to.

This video demonstrates how to teach your dog to allow a person to pet him… slowly and safely. Watch this 4 min video to see how The Pooch Coach teaches a dog to go from jumping away in fear to freely allow being petted – in just over an hour!

Click here to see this amazing transformation and understand how you can help your dog be more safe & confident.

Next Meetup in August

The Pooch Coach has been asked once again to be “Ask The Trainer”
at Best Friend’s Annual Strut Your Mutt!
August 23, 9:00AM – 3:00 PM Treasure Island, SF

Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt may just be the most fun you can have helping to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in your neighborhood – and around the country. The annual fundraising dog walk, fun run, and festival culminates in a day of fun for four- and two-legged participants of all ages.

 

Participate on your own – or as part of a team! – to raise funds for a shelter or rescue organization in your area. Don’t miss the chance to have a ball … and make a difference for homeless pets near you!

Hope to see you there!

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

News!

The Pooch Coach’s online booking is in full swing!
We are working with PocketSuite to give our clients another way to connect with us.

 

New client special – get $25 off initial consultation when you book online. Existing clients pay no fee to book appointments! Give it a try and give us feedback on how we can improve your experience.

Try out our online booking!

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Safe travels wherever you may go this summer!
Let us know if you need any help along the way.

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Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

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June 2014 News and Tips

JUNE NEWS AND TIPS – Double the Fun!

Welcome to our June Newsletter – 2 Meetups and 2 training tips!

This month, we have two SF Dog Connector’s Meetups!! The main one will be at Taste of West Portal

Saturday, June 14, from 11:00 – 3:00

Come out and check out the neighborhood restaurants and stores. Enjoy several dog events, such as costume and trick contests. The Pooch Coach is the official “Ask The Trainer” and will be on hand to answer your training and behavior questions. We’ll be located at the park see our Meetup page for info.

 

Also, from 12:00 – 2:00, we’ll be doing our regular Meetup at West Portal park with demonstrations and hands on training practice.

Our 2nd Meetup is on June 21st at “Pet Palooza”
11 am – 4 pm at Catarra Real Estate, 2201 Market Street

This is an event created for dogs and their people. Come on out and meet some new friends and have a fun doggie day! The Pooch Coach is “Ask The Trainer” here as well, so stop by and say hello and bring along any dog training or behavioral questions. We’ll post more info about this event on our website & Facebook page as we get it.

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

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Hope to see you at one or both of these exciting new dog events this month!

Tip #1. How (and why) to walk your dog with confidence.

 

Did you know that dogs need to be walked every day?

 

I run into this woman and her dog Diego almost every day at the park. When I asked to take her picture for an article I wanted to write about walking your dog. She asked “who doesn’t walk their dog every day?”

 

If she can do it, so can you!

Think about why it’s so important… Adult animals migrate every day to get food and water. There is no delivery service for them! Cows go to pasture, deer forage for food, wolves hunt, and birds fly in formation to their destinations. By walking your dog with purpose every day, you are recreating this primal urge to find food and water as well as giving them an important job. A walk done correctly allows a dog to look to you for leadership and direction and keeps him focused on the task at hand. This is his time to work, just as soccer practice and karate lessons are times for kids to exercise both their minds and bodies. Back yards and dog parks are great, but they aren’t enough. You don’t expect a child to get all of his social and exercise needs met by playing in his backyard. And dog parks are like Chuck e Cheese for kids…. just time for wild running around and acting silly with their friends. It’s fun, but there isn’t discipline, connection with you, and learning being accomplished.

 

So, get out there and get some exercise!! It will make both you and your dog calmer and healthier.

 

Here is how to walk correctly….

 

This brand new video will show you how to ensure that your dog is getting properly exercised on his walk. It will help you stop your dog from pulling or lunging, which hurts both his neck and back – and yours! It discusses the importance of leadership and confidence in the walk for every dog. And. for scared or reactive dogs, it’s even more important that you show them leadership so they in turn can feel more confident and be safe.

Click here to watch”How to walk your dog with confidence. No more pulling or lunging!”

 

Tip #2. What if your dog gets lost? How to ensure his safe return.

 

Recently, many dogs have been getting lost in the Bay Area. And they’re running away from people who are trying to help them. Many dogs cannot be caught once they are off leash. This makes it impossible to read their ID tags or put a leash back on them. It can also cause them to dart into traffic or other dangerous places. The Pooch Coach wants to help, so we created this video with simple steps. If you do this exercise with a few people, you will help ensure your best buddy gets home safely if he’s ever lost.

Click here to view the simple video that could save your dog’s life

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Keep your dog out of trouble this summer…
Call The Pooch Coach for help!

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

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