Monday, December 29, 2008

A new day!

Looking forward to begin the journey of reading and studying Ken Ramirez's behavior and training book. I received it from my dear husband for Christmas!

Also recommended to everyone is "don't shoot the dog" by Karen Pryor. A good solid read into the understanding of how positivie reinforcement training works. Ken's book notes that it references this quite a bit. I pulled it off my shelf and will look to re-read it...since it's been a while!

Still thinking of a creative name for my training business! Ideas!? My business cards should be arriving any day. I'm excited about that!

How did the pups do last week?
Zin's family was sick, so we rescheduled....

Gidget did great! We were able to work on taking treats a bit more gently.. she's quite sharky. It's interesting to see how quickly she 'gets' it with each member of the family. I tried to pass on the reminder that "consistency" will help with each delivery.

This week I will see a new client, along with Gidget and little 5 month old Sammy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!
It's been a nice relaxing day. We are on our way up to my sister's in Orange County for dinner. I am looking forward to tomorrow where I will be able to train and work with two of my clients and their dogs: Gidget and Zin!

Gidget is a 5 monnth old Shephard Mix who is getting bigger and bigger every day! Her owners (my sister!) have three young children all who love to interact with Gidget. The older two are learning very quickly to help show Gidget what works for their attention. We'll work also on some leash games for the family to practice so their walks outside will be enjoyable!

Zin is a 9 month old Goldendoodle : a Big ball of fur! His owner also has three youn children. Zin loves to find his owners' favorite object : cell phone, shoes, toilet paper... and run with it! We introduced the settle and calm behaviors to help show Zin not everything needs to be a game!! They're off to a great start!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The First day of Vacation!

So Christmas is upon us and the rain should be back soon! As I sip my coffee, I am diligently working on ramping up my dog training business....part of being the creation of this blog. My son James stands beside me saying "mama walk, mama walk".... it's time to go take Bosley, our 4 year old terrier-mix, on a quick walk around the block.

In the meantime I'll leave you with this dog thought:
Give me time to understand what you want from me.

Happy training!