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57. Life with multiple dogs

Life with more than one dog can be challenging, daunting & occasionally exhausting…but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you’re already surrounded by a household of dogs, or you’re thinking of adding a new dog to your pack, in this episode I go over tips & tricks for integrating and living with multiple dogs under one roof.

Some of the topics I cover include…

  • Questions to ask before bringing a new dog home…
  • FOMO – Fear of missing out with one dog while working with another! How to balance working with multiple dogs at once while keeping everyone happy
  • From meal time to “sibling dog bullies”…how to manage all that & more!

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56. #giveyourdogaraise w/ Don Hutton

Would you show up to work without getting paid? No…? Me neither! So why should our dogs be expected to do what we want them to do, without getting paid? If you’re struggling to get your dog to pay attention to you, listen up. In this episode Don and I talk about all the different yummy (& stinky) ways you can reward your dog for all the awesome things they do! If you want extraordinary behavior, you better be ready to pay for it. #giveyourdogaraise

Some of the topics we cover…

  • Benefits of giving your dog a raise
  • Rewards that we might not be excited about…but your dog will be!
  • How to portion control & plan ahead

Connect with Don!

Don Hutton, KPA-CTP

runningdogs.ca

Instagram: @runningdogsTO

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DIY Dog Training Treats

Training treats are an essential part of changing your dog’s behavior and if you’ve done any training with me you know how many you can go through! While there are loads of great treats you can buy, I also like to be able to control the ingredients, which is why I like to make my own training treats.

The other amazing thing about DIY training treats is that you can work in nutrient dense materials like real chicken. I’m a big believer in real food for dogs (studies show reduces cancer risk, helps mental alertness and mood, and more!), and training treats are a part of that equation.

These pyramid pan molds are the perfect size and you can make hundreds or in my case thousands of treats with ease. You can find the molds I bought in my amazon shop.

I was first turned on to using tapioca flour in training treats from a great blog by Eileen and Dogs, it helps to keep the treats dense and prevents them from crumbling and gives them a spongy consistency. The treats are quite easy to hold and dispense which makes them ideal for training!

There is a lot of room for variation but these are the 2 recipes that I made. They yield enough to fill 2 pyramid pans. Play around with your dog’s favorite flavors to find the highest value reward for your dog.

Orange/ Pumpkin DIY Training Treats

  • 10 oz Pumpkin (about 3/4 of a 15 oz can)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 TBS MCT Oil
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 drops orange essential oil (optional – great scent)

Chicken/Dill

  • 1 can chicken with water (9.75 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1TBS MCT oil
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 TBS dried dill (optional – great scent)
Spraying the pans with oil made getting the treats out a breeze!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. I sprayed my pans with oil to make it easier to get them out
  3. Blend wet ingredients in a food processor
  4. Mix blended wet ingredients with dry ingredients
  5. Spread batter into molds with spatula and be sure to wipe off excess batter. ( I found it easier to pour the batter in small amounts in all four corners and worked the batter inward)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until you can see the treats starting to lift. I made the mistake of not baking them long enough my first go which made a tedious task of popping each treat out individually. So if the treats don’t come out very well try baking it for longer)

I made a lot and then stuck what I wasn’t going to use in the coming week into the freezer.

Happy Training!

-Rachel Laurie Harris CPDT-KA

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Mindset in Training: Cue — NOT Command

If you’ve followed my work for any length of time — you’ll know that I really prioritize your mentality when approaching training your dogs. Generally speaking I think if you have a positive attitude about training, and use reinforcements and rewards to shape behavior, you’re on the right path. I don’t always get bogged down by little details, but in this particular case, the details really matter. My beef is with popular terminology — the word “command” that we use to describe a behavior we’d like our dog to do — for several reasons. For one: our dogs aren’t our servants so there is no need to “command” them to do anything! Second, words matter. FULL STOP. Using certain words can affect your mindset of how you’re approaching training! The intentions you set and actions that follow are hugely affected by the vocabulary you apply to training. Third, I strongly urge you to view your training as a conversation with your dog. Good conversations don’t begin with a command.

Time with your dogs should be fun and rewarding – spend less time trying to control them and more time enjoying them as they are!

Dogs are emotional beings — and we are responsible for their emotional health as much as our own. Don’t buy into this outdated “pack leader” bullshit— I don’t. Controlling our dogs is not the goal, and commanding them has a hidden meaning of “control.” Utilize the science of how dogs learn to teach them in the most humane and effective way possible.

I am very intentional in my use of the word cue. I spend the time reinforcing a clear behavior, tying it to a cue, and continue working with my dog so their understanding of my ask is clear. I am also allowing my dog the space to not respond — consent is as important in human/dog relationships as it is in human/human relationships. Some people think consent is controversial in a lot of dog circles, but my goal is to work towards my dog willingly responding to a cue. If they don’t, that’s ok — just more information on what my dog needs going forward. Like, was my cue confusing? Were they distracted? Are they not quite to the level where they can do this consistently? Are they not being rewarded enough? All of these things are questions you should ask yourself if your dog is not reliably and willingly responding to your cues. Tough truth time: chances are that you haven’t done the work to get your dog to that success point.

Waylon + Tiva showing off their “wait” cue! This is a highly reinforced behavior!

Opening a “dialog” with your dog starts with understanding how dogs learn. Humans and dogs have a lot of similarities in learning behaviors (minus the spoken language part). Dogs do what works for them. That means that if your dog performs a behavior you like and want them to repeat, reward them. The more you reward for a repeated behavior, it is more likely that your dog will repeat that behavior again and again. Once you start to use this knowledge consistently you will see your dog start to offer behavior to earn their desired reward. That is the dialog that we hope to achieve with our pups. It takes work, but the results are very rewarding for human and dog alike.

I encourage you to intentionally choose to cue your dog to perform trained behaviors and discontinue commanding!

Happy Training!

-Rachel Laurie Harris CPDT-KA

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55. Meeting your dogs nutritional needs. w/ Savannah Welna

In this episode Savannah and I discuss how behavior and nutrition are interconnected and how we can improve our dogs lives by feeding nutritionally complete fresh food meals. Savannah offers insights on all things digestion, Processed foods vs. Raw and how not to be dumb when it comes to food safety. Join us in our discussion on how to “Feed thy dog”!

Connect with Savannah Welna

www.feedthydog.com

www.facebook.com/feedthydog

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54. Precarious Predicaments! w/ Smart Bitches Modern Dog Training

We’ve all had the “oh shit” moments with our dogs. Dog bolts out the front door, off leash dogs charge you, a fight breaks out. Do you know what to do?!

This episode is for you! The wonderful ladies from Smart Bitches Modern Dog Training join me and we talk all things precarious predicaments with our dogs!

Smart Bitch Modern Dog Training which boasts two trainers: Taylor Barconey CPDT-KA & Jiovany ‘Jio’ Alcaide CPDT-KA. For short: Jio & Taylor, the Smart Bitches

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53. How to find a dog walker, w/Mandy Boutelle

Finding a dog walker can seem like a daunting task. In this episode, Mandy and I talk all about how to find the right dog walker for your dog!

Mandy Boutelle

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50. Dog training musts

In this episode I discuss the musts to setting you and your dog up for success during training sessions and in life.

Lick-able pouches

Episode 19, Finding a trainer

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49. The benefits of nose work w/ Patrice Kuiken

Have you ever wondered about nose work for your dog?

Never heard of nose work?

Own a reactive or hyper active dog?

This episode is for you!

In this episode we talk about:

-what nose work is

-how to play and or compete with your dog

-the dogs olfactory system

-benefits or nose work

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Links to Cited Sources:-Research study about sniffing and pulse rate: http://www.dogfieldstudy.com/en/pulse-study/at-the-heart-of-the-walk
-Article about how dogs smell, scent receptors etc.: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/dogs-sense-of-smell/
Links to Nose Work Organization that focuses on fearful and reactive dogs:-National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)

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48. Decompression Walks

Decompression walks can look differently based on your dog, your location and your preferences but I give you my rules for decompression walks so that you can your dog have more opportunities to decompress together!

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