We are just days away from the BIG day.... even BIGGER if you have littles in your home!! Just imagine what your dog will think of all the crazy makeup, scary masks, and odd clothing.
As responsible owners, it is our job to minimize the crazy and keep our dogs as calm and non-affected as possible. This can be a hard task depending on your dog, where you live, if you have kids, if you have a party, ect.
So, what can you do TODAY to help with what is inevitably happening tomorrow?
DIFFUSE YOUR OILS
That's right, now is the time to be proactive. Start diffusing your pups favorite calming oil today...not tomorrow (well, you should do it tomorrow too). My favorites include Vetiver, Balance, Serenity, Copaiba, Steady, and Calmer. The point to starting today is to support your pup ahead of time, also because it is important that we use our oils before the actual need arises, so there is not a negative association.
GET YOUR COSTUMES OUT
Over the years I have had a mixed opinion on dog parks, I feel like I have a love / hate relationship with them.
First let's start with the "love"....
I have many clients who frequent dog parks with great success. Many times they have a group of friends who meet up, allowing for some social time for the people and fun for the dogs. They are very mindful of who is in the area with their dogs, and are very much in control of their dogs.
Funny enough, in our area, most of us have property, which lends many locals to not go to the dog park, but they may head down to one of the many dog beaches in San Diego for some extra fun. Again, this is normally done with friends and can be a great social outing.
But the reality is, we have many clients that are not local be it they drive to work with us, or they are online. So many use dog parks as an outlet for their dogs.
For this I love the dog park concept.
BUT for all the love, there is the "hate" side of things...
The reality is, most of our dogs don't go to the vet unless there is a real problem or even an emergency.
Which, when you think about it, can be a super traumatic experience for you and your dog.
The tips that I am going to share with you can be to avoid that potential stress or to help your dog that may have already had that experience and is now worried about going to the vet.
First and foremost....USE YOUR OILS!
But here is the part that is super important....you need to use them outside of the trigger response (going to the vet) first.
So, what does that look like? That means randomly diffusing your dogs favorite calming oil so that they have that experience outside of when they actually need it.
[I know this sounds crazy, BUT IT WORKS, so do it!!]
By using your doTERRA oil of choice (yes, it needs to be a calming oil), creating calm, you can trigger calm...instead of triggering anxiety.
If you choose to put oils on right as you head out the door to the vet, there is a...
With so many different schools of thought in the training world, it is often hard to know if we are doing the right things with our dogs.
Information is everywhere all the time, the problem is weeding through what is VALUABLE information and knowing what to do and how to do it.
These days you can pretty much find out how to do anything you want on YouTube....but how do you know if it is the RIGHT thing to do, especially when it comes to your dog?
Unfortunately I don't have an answer for that, because the reality is, my business is dog training and canine wellness, and I charge for what I do.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do give away a lot of free content (hence my weekly Training Tuesdays and FB and IG shares), but the reality is, if you want quality help, that will truly make a difference in your entire family's life, you just may have to pay for it.
I digress....when I sat down to write this, my goal was to give you some tips to ensure that you are the one "in charge" in...
Today is a BIG day!! The release of the NEW PRODUCTS!!
I have been using my new products for the last few weeks and I am super excited to share that I have used each and everyone with our family and or our dogs.
I share how we have been using them below.
I cannot wait for you to fall in love with all of these amazing new, natural products.
If you want to grab the full convention kit they are now available in your back office to purchase. If you are not already a doTERRA member, reach out to the person who introduced you or check it out here!! If you want to save even more money, make sure to reach out to me to chat about our wholesale membership.
The following products are finally available for individual purchase, check out how I use them:
Adaptiv™ Calming Blend - all things calm...this is a new favorite in our house. Great to diffuse, make up in a roller bottle to apply topically. Great to use during the day or at bedtime.
Many of us own little dogs, or know people who do. It is also quite common for little dogs to have issues with hands coming at them.
Many times, this grows into other issues like not coming when called, darting away when you go to pick them up, staying just out of arms reach.
Want to know why?
Imagine it from the dogs view….here is a GAINT stooping over them to scoop them off the ground. In their world, this is a flight or fight moment on the food chain. Yes, it could be argued that they should know that we are not going to hurt them, but nature has its way of self-preservation.
So, what do you do?
It is super easy, instead of bending over, it is time to get in the habit of squatting down. This brings you low, without hovering over the dog.
Want to add one more item that will be icing on the cake?
Turn to your side as you do this, by doing so, you take the pressure off of the dog and they are more likely to come up to your...
There are so many sources of dog training out there, and sadly much of this advice is just NOT healthy or safe for your dog.
Let's break down the top 3 common mistakes I see as a behavioral trainer.
#1 Taking a shy puppy or dog to the dog park to socialize.
Just don't do it! This is a recipe for disaster. You have no way of knowing the social skills of the other dogs that are present, you cannot control the other dogs, and in many cases, people bring dogs that are aggressive to the dog park to "fix" them. Your best solution is to find a suitable, social playmate that can help bring out the "play" in your pup. This is best done with the supervision and guidance of a professional.
#2 Chase after and punish a dog who steals something.
If you chase, without realizing it, you add value to the item. This causes your dog to want to keep it even more, which could lead to other issues such as aggression and a potential dog bite. So what do you...
I know this may sound odd, but I want to share the importance of keeping track of behaviors that you wish to modify.
This could as simple as potty training or as complex as separation anxiety. Each of these presents different challenges that can be overwhelming when you are dealing with them.
This is why I am going to encourage you to write-it-down! If you can track where/what has been done, it is easier to see what needs to be done next and in turn that progress that is being made.
This is where keeping a Dog Journal can be priceless.
Here are a couple of examples:
#1 Puppy likes to pee in the house. You try and catch him in the act, but that can be a challenge in of itself. When you find the mess after the fact, you clean it up dutifully. BUT wouldn’t it be better if you knew the last time puppy went potty? This way you can set a timer to remind yourself to take puppy out, increasing your level of success. Record keeping would...
I often get the question…”Do I have to use treats?”
The simple answer is no….BUT I will share with you, that food is one of 3 top reinforcers in a dog’s life. For that reason, I do choose to use it and teach others to do so as well.
The hesitation that many have is they feel that food can lead to other problems, which I will be the first to admit, done incorrectly (just like many other tools out there) and things can quickly get bugged up.
What do I mean by bugged up? The reality is, if you bribe your dogs to do a skill, then chances are that you will have to continue to bribe them again and again to get the same results.
But what if I share with you how to use treats, but not as a bribe?
Let’s be honest, treats are an easy way to relay information to most dogs (yes, I know that there are exceptions to those rules), using food is gentle and effective, and that is why we use it.
But that does not mean our...
Let's chat about your dogs routine….or in my world, the lack of one.
Isn’t it amazing how our dogs can tell time….they know when you are about to be home from work, they know it is time for breakfast or dinner, they know it is time to go on their daily walk?
Did you know that keeping a schedule can actually work against you? Who wants that dog that annoys the heck out of you to get you to feed them? Not me.
Who wants the dog that keeps barking and acting a fool when they think it is time to go on a walk? Not me.
It is a myth that dogs need to be fed at the same time, go to bed or wake up at the same time, go for walks daily (I may get a few raised eyebrows on that one), that they need to practice the same training skills every day…and the list goes on.
I am here to tell you to ditch the routine!
If the idea of doing so makes you a bit nervous, I am giving you permission. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Feeding idea - ditch...