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Prepping a home and our dogs for the arrival of a new baby can be intense, but the investment in training is worth the results to have trust in our 4 legged family members around the new arrival. It is best to start baby introduction at least 2 months before the baby is even born. It is important that you condition early on that the dogs respect the space and boundaries we set. We want to set boundaries to teach the dogs they’re not allowed in the baby’s room, or within 10 feet of the babies things like the highchair, bouncer, play mats, etc. It’s good to mimic the baby being there by having the high chair out with crackers, cheerios, etc on it, lay down a blanket on the floor with a mobile over it, set up the baby swing, etc. Anything that the baby may be doing or be in needs to be set up so that the dogs can start learning boundaries around the baby’s things. If they get near the baby’s things I like to back them off by moving into them and using a “go” or “away” command. It may also help to let them drag a leash so that you can reinforce it as needed. I will also recommend finding as many different baby sound effects that you can (you can find many on spotify and youtube) and play them throughout the day to help them get used to the noises.
Once the baby is home, you want to continue the above rules for the first 6-8 weeks of the baby’s life. The dogs are not allowed to crowd the baby’s space or be in the baby’s areas. You are simply teaching respect and that the baby requires space and is not to be bothered. They don’t need to approach and sniff the baby initially. They can sniff them from a distance. After they have followed these rules the first 6-8 weeks of the baby being home, you can then allow them to approach and sniff the baby and be close to the baby’s things on your terms when you notice they are no longer seem interested when the baby moves or makes a noise. But for the rest of the child’s life it is good to just condition respect of anything baby and to not be pushy/nosy.
Once the baby gets mobile, you also need to enforce rules and respect towards the dogs from day one. No pulling, grabbing, crowding space, etc. The respect needs to be mutual. And if at any time the dog is uncomfortable you need to help them know that they need to move away from the baby, not growl/snap to make the baby move away from them. Make sure they know they have sanctuaries in the house where the baby is not allowed to touch them for the rest of their lives. Things like their crate, beds, etc should be sanctuaries where they know that if they go to those spots they are safe and no one will bug them.
Does your dog struggle with boundaries in the house? The place command is one of our favorites to help teach your dog boundaries!
Here’s a quick video on how to teach the “bow” trick!
Does your dog struggle with having their nails clipped and with general handling? This is a great exercise that helps to teach relaxation when you need to trim your dog’s nails or do any other general handling!
Here are some great tips for activities you can give your dog to do while they’re home alone during the day!
Want to start teaching your dog some fun tricks? Here’s how you can start teaching the “beg” trick!
Here’s another video of the Paper Plate Recall exercise and how it can help teach a reliable recall with your dog!
Does your dog struggle with fireworks? Here’s some tips to help work them through their fear!
Here’s some great tips on some things you can do to start training your puppy properly!
Paper Plate Recall is a fun game we like to play to help teach a reliable recall. Here is an in depth video on how to teach it to your dog.
Here’s a nice video of how you can teach the “leave it” command to your puppy or adult dog.
Here’s a typical training session with one of our Obedience Camp attendees names Luka!
Here’s a little video from a few years ago feeding my pack of 13 dogs.
This video is of Huxley, a 1-year-old Rat Terrier that we have been working with for almost 6 months. He is one of the most human aggressive dogs I’ve ever worked with. When I first met this dog, I didn’t have very high hopes for him. He was extremely dangerous and unpredictable. He has come a long way, and his owners have done an amazing job at being consistent to get him to the more reliable point that he is at today. This video is a sneak peak of everything we’ve been doing with him to get him to where he is today. He still isn’t 100% trained, but he has come so far and has become a much much better and happier dog with our help! I now have high hopes that with a bit more time and consistency Huxley can become an even better dog.
We have mostly been doing SATS Perception Modification to get Huxley where he is today. You can learn more about SATS here: www.synalia.com
This video is of a Lab named Simba working on off leash obedience with high distractions.
This video is of Shay, a 7 month old German Shepherd who is highly distractable. This was her first time in Petsmart with me. She struggles a bit in the beginning because she’s so excited to be there, but as I work her through the distractions, she does awesome.
This video is a Chem-Dry commercial that we were head trainers for summer 2011. We trained the dog, Pashmack, for this commercial. It was a very fun experience, and Pashmack was a great dog to work with!
This is a video of a Golden Retriever named Sugar that was here for our Boot Camp training program. We are working on her off leash obedience (sit, down, stay, and heel). She was a very fun dog to work with.
This video below is of Lilly, a 11-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog. We are working on strengthening her obedience with distance and distractions in Petsmart. The day we took her was adoptions day at Petsmart, so there were a lot of very stressed dogs there, so I think she did very well! She is wearing a pirate hat, because this video is also her audition video for a magazine, and in the magazine she has to wear reindeer antlers. The hat was to show them that she can wear it without being distracted by it.
Is your dog rude and intense while you’re getting their food ready or trying to feed them? Then check out this video! Through training, a calm dog during feeding time is very possible! Contact us for more information about how we can help!
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This Video is of Lilly, a 5-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, walking on the treadmill. This is proof that even a young puppy, can learn to walk on the treadmill without a leash, even when there are distractions around.
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