Monday, May 31, 2010

What is a reactive dog?

"A reactive dog will rush toward something or someone that he is uncertain about, barking, lunging, growling, and making a big display. People sometimes perceive reactive behavior as aggression, but a reactive dog is not rushing in to do damage; he is attempting to assess the threat level of a given situation. ... Reactive dogs are anxious, and their response is intense because they are freaking out." Leslie McDevitt, Control Unleashed

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Youth Only Schutzhund Camp

The first annual youth schutzhund camp is just for the next generation of schutzhund handlers and helpers under 18 years old. We are planning an exciting schedule including a cook-out with a bon-fire and somores, a fun trial, a trip to a water park, dog/handler relay races, and a music jam session. An SV judge will visit with us to talk about what judges are looking for on the trial field, and a Veterinarian will talk with us about K-9 health care. The participants will learn about training, trialing, and caring for the schutzhund dog, and make lasting friendships with other youth in the sport.

Dates: Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pet Poison Hotline 800-213-6680

What can kill your dog?

Tomato plants and the small green tomatoes, Large amounts of onion or garlic, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), Rodenticides, Antifreeze, Easter lilies, Xylitol sugar-free sweetener, Chocolate, Sago palm, Grapes, raisins, and currants.

Pet Poison Hotline:

If your pet has ingested something potentially harmful, please call 800-213-6680 immediately! Time is a critical factor with potential poisonings. Please be aware that due to the urgency of medical recommendations concerning poisonings and the fact that email is not the optimal venue for providing those recommendations, it is advised that you contact Pet Poison Helpline directly by phone. This telephone-based consultation service is available 24/7.

Pet Poison Helpline
A service of SafetyCall International
8009 34th Avenue South, Suite 875
Bloomington, MN 55425

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lab Puppy Raising Videos

Duckhill Kennels Puppy Headstart Program (I think they are missing all the in house stuff a puppy needs to see, but the other stuff is very impressive.)

The most critical learning period of a dog’s life is the first six months. During this period a puppy is the most open to learning. This is when he learns the fastest, when he most readily masters new tasks and when he adapts most readily to new environments. Our puppy headstart program is designed and structured to maximize the opportunity provided by this age period.

Our puppy headstart program focuses on 4 basic facets of the learning process:

1. Development of the learning process — Puppies learn and are thoroughly programmed to offer behaviors in order to "buy" rewards, such as treats or play or retrieving.
2. Development of self control — Puppies learn to inhibit and control reactive responses, and to sit quietly in scenarios of great temptation.
3. Programming of the core behavioral skills.
— Puppies are programmed on
(1) Calmness and steadiness in a high distraction environment
(2) Retrieving and delivery to hand
(3) Sniff and sit
(4) Hunting on rubble piles
(5) Whistle stops and directional casts
4. Development of desensitization and adaptation skills when faced with new and strange environments — puppies learn to experience a number of new and strange environments in order to build their adaptation and coping skills in the face of new and strange scenarios. We give puppies a great deal of exposure and desensitization in the following areas:
(1) Gunfire
(2) Cannon fire
(3) Combat noises
(4) Heavy equipment noise and vibration
(5) Emergency vehicles
(6) Multiple obstacles and terrains
(7) Unsteady footing on a variety of surfaces and heights
(8) boats
(9) Dark confined spaces
(10) Groups and crowds of people
(11) Urban areas
(12) Vehicle traffic

From weaning puppies are required to sit to "buy" all meals with a sit. Puppies are well socialized and exposed to a variety of stimuli through trips to neighboring towns and with nature hikes throughout our 200 acre establishment. Basic obedience is taught through operant conditioning with positive reinforcement. Puppies are pre-programmed to bark on cue. Puppies are exposed and accustomed to a wide spectrum of noises including: gunfire, cannon fire, combat noises, sirens, fireworks and heavy machinery. Puppies are taught to master a "confidence course" composed of: Aluminum boat, Swinging bridge, tight tunnels, stairs, ladders, concrete rubble piles. Puppies are pre-programmed to offer a "sit alert" in the presence of a target odor.

All of these activities are accomplished before the puppies are 16 weeks of age.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More TAG Videos

Shaping a High Jump

Shaping a Back Handspring

More Gymnastics