Hot Spots - Training Tuesday #50

Aug 20, 2019

Hi all, Bree Beery here. 

Now, first and foremost, I am not a veterinarian. But I did want to chat with you today about a problem that I see a lot during the summer months….hot spots.

There are many causes to hot spots, everything from seasonal allergies, food sensitivities, fleas, spending too much time in the pool, plus a plethora of other skin problems.

Interestingly I have also read that certain breeds are more prone to problems such as Goldens, St. Bernards, GSD, Labs and Rotties. Which could be due to their thicker coats.

Here are a few tips to help support your dog:

  • I recommend clipping the hair around the area of concern.
  • If you suspect food to be part of the culprit, see how your food rates on and adjust if needed to a 4.5-5 star food.
  • Use the cone of shame or a blow-up collar to keep your dog from messing with it.
  • And if you are a fan of essential oils, I personally would use Lavender, diluted with a carrier oil. Applying a drop or two, 2x...
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The Screw Up Cookie - Training Tuesday #49

Aug 13, 2019

Today I want to chat about Screw Up Cookies….yes, it is a thing!!

If you have been working with me, or following me you know that I use and recommend the use of cookies in training.  I find that for the majority of dogs out there it is a top reinforcer in their lives, so why would I not use a tools that is ready made for success.

I am a firm believer it is HOW we use the treats that matter.  But that is really a topic for another day.

Today it is all about the screw up cookie…and it is just that.. you screw up, you still own your dog payment.  It is that simple.

We are all human, and we are going to mess up from time to time.  The good news is, as you train more and more, your screw up rate tends to go down.  BUT even I mess up from time to time and the key is that I still pay my dogs.

Now, many think that by doing so, that I may be rewarding the wrong behavior.  But I am going to share a little trick.  If I mess up, I will quickly...

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Is Your Dog a Piranha? - Training Tuesday #48

Aug 06, 2019

Hi all, Bree here from Pawsitive Principles Training and Wellness Online Academy! 

Today I wanted to chat about a topic that just came up in our Free Dog Training and Wellness FB group, during my free masterclass.

It was about those dogs that take treats like they are piranhas.  The ones that you fear you are going to lose a finger just trying to give them a cookie…which is not very rewarding for us right?

In the group I shared my favorite method, which is a flat hand delivery, there is actually a FB live where I break it down.

Today I want to share a second method for those that are just over the top and the flat hand does not work (remember, all dogs are different, and that means not all methods work for one dog)

This version involves using a spoon.  While placing the treat at the end, you deliver the treat.  As your dog is chomping down on the metal, they will not really like that sensation, which will cause them to back off the next round.  Which...

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Benefits of Consistency with Oils - Training Tuesday #47

Jul 30, 2019

Today I want to share an experience I had with my older border collie True. Next month she will be 14.

She has been an amazing dog for all her years, she was my go-to girl for working with reactive dogs, always on point with her body language, helping others be at ease while they learn how to be around others dogs and interact appropriately, she excelled in agility, obedience, rally and herding. I am truly blessed that she is my girl.

Now that she is older, she does have some health concerns that we keep a very close eye on.

She is under veterinary care for her seizures, she gets twice per day medication (you can read up on that scary night on Blog #15) plus age has brought with it season allergies and age-related aches and pains. I use my doTERRA essential oils daily for support with excellent results.

Over the years I have randomly fasted my dogs for a 24-hour period (basically no breakfast or dinner for one day), for all the same reasons that people fast…to help reduce...

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Does Your Stress Affect Your Dog? Training Tip Tuesday #46

Jul 23, 2019


Does your stress affect your dog?

The simple answer is yes, yes it does.

I work with many dogs that all of a sudden, the owners see an increase in bad behavior.

When diving deeper many times we can find the trigger when looking at the human side of things.  Be it, stress at work, stress at home, stress in a relationship, stress about company coming, stressed about the dogs bad behavior….the list goes on.

Heck, I have even seen an increase in arousal levels in Reckon (you know my cute little Russell terrier…who is down there).  I have been putting in long hours prepping for the launch of our new Community site. 

I have actually been lucky enough to record some his poor choices, so that I can breakdown how to work through it properly, teaching him how to actually behave and sharing that with all of our new members.

When we are stressed, it is super easy for us to get reactive, just like our...

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No More Micromanaging - Training Tuesday #45

Jul 16, 2019

Today I want to talk about how we as humans tend to micromanage our dogs and how that is really not necessary when you set them up for success. 

For example, we have to tell our dogs to sit and stay at the front door so that they don’t bolt out when we open it.

What if I could tell you there is a better way?

Or what about those dogs that go ballistic while you are prepping food, and just about knock the bowl out of your hands as you try to deliver it?

How about that dog that barks uncontrollably at a knock at the door…or the doorbell?

I actually just asked the question in my Free Dog Training & Wellness FB Group yesterday “What is one bad habit that your dog has that you would like to change?” Barking was one of the TOP problems that people are dealing with.  Which goes to show that you are not alone if you have this problem too.

The list of “bad dog” behavior goes on and on.

I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to teach...

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Manage Your Dogs Crazy - Masterclass - Training Tuesday #44

Jul 09, 2019

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No More Arguing! Training Tip Tuesday #43

Jul 02, 2019

Question of the day: How do you prevent arguing over resources?

First let’s define resources… these can be anything of value to your dog, which normally include their meals, treats, chews, toys, bed…. You get the idea.

Honestly this comes down to management, regardless of your dog having resource guarding issues, just like us, dogs need space and there is nothing wrong with that.

For this reason, I recommend giving each of your dogs specifically designated areas that they can call their own.

This can be in the form of a crate, maybe two rooms separated by a baby gate, maybe dog beds strategically placed around a large room.

If you dog is a bowl searcher, then I would definitely recommend a crate or gate to keep multiples apart.  No one likes a busy body in their face when trying to eat.  For dogs this can create stress, and even resource guarding issues that were never present previously.

It is just best to avoid setting our dogs up to fail.


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Do Dogs Learn by Observation? Training Tip Tuesday #42

Jun 25, 2019

Today’s Training Tip Tuesday questions is: Do dogs learn by observation?

Yes, yes they do!!  This means that when you bring that new puppy home, he or she is watching every move that your older dog may make.

This can of course we a wonderful thing, lets elaborate on that… if your current dog is well socialized, loves people and other animals, then your new puppy or dog will see your older dogs interactions and be more accepting of the new situation.

Being dogs are pack animals, they usually follow the leader, when you have a new dog or puppy come into the home, generally they will default to the older wiser dog and follow suit.

This can be a big benefit when you have a shy or worried dog, as they can then follow a strong four-legged leader in the home as they acclimate.

Unfortunately, it can also be the ultimate disaster.  Let me share why….

Many times, we add a second dog to our homes to help support a problem with the first one.  The hiccup is,...

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What does it mean to manage your dog? Training Tip Tuesday #41

Jun 18, 2019

What does it mean to manage your dog?

This is in reference to behavior.  When our dogs make poor choices be it bark at the neighbor kids or get in the trash, this all falls into behaviors we want to change.

So, when we talk about managing your dog, it is literally just that.  Time to take steps to control what is going on.

Keeping in mind, if we allow “x” behavior to continue, our dogs are not going to stop, they will continue to do what is reinforcing to them.  Basically, what makes them feel good.

Barking at the neighbor kids is generally great fun for your dog, barking blows off steam and makes our dog feel better, clearly there can be more to this, but this is the very simplified explanation.

Just like digging in the trash can be rewarding…. of course, it is they found food and paid themselves for a job well done.

In most cases, we can see a pattern when it comes to lack of management.  Most dogs that find trouble, do so because they are...

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