Wellness

Hands On Healing, Enrichment, Phobias, Senior Dogs, Weight Issues

Not all issues that we have with our dogs can be fixed with "training". Many of them take a lot of management until the "training" bites. Most of them need concentrated behavior change which includes desensitization, learning incompatible behaviors, and changing emotional response. This includes learning about environments, proprioception and handling by strangers.

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Enrichment
We all know the benefits of allowing a dog to scent and gather information about their environment. This is an exercise you can do at the beginning of each class to allow high energy dogs as well as shy and insecure dogs to focus and decompress. Place a number of household items scattered about in one area of your training space. You can use things such as folding chairs, large stuffed animals, children's toys, umbrellas, suitcases, rollerblades and various kitchen gadgets. As dogs and students arrive, have each team walk their dog through the enrichment area one at a time, letting them sniff any object they wish to. There is no food or play involved with this exercise. Students can praise shy and insecure dogs for showing courage in sniffing any item.

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Separation Anxiety Protocol
Separation Anxiety is a big issue, especially with rescued dogs. Something in their life caused them to fear being left alone and that needs to be addressed because your entire house is destroyed.

Savvy Socialization
Socialization means learning to be part of society. When we talk about socializing pet puppies, it means helping them learn to be comfortable as a pet within human society-a society that includes many different types of people, environments.


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Canine Weight Loss
Nobody wants to be told their dog is fat. As humans, we've wrapped food around emotions like love, caring, support and belonging. Yes, most dogs love treats and smile when you hand them out like candy. But that doesn't mean they love you more. It means they love your food.

Loving your dog too much in this way puts her health at risk. Obesity is tied to many painful -- and avoidable-- consequences like diabetes, joint/bone/ligament damage, heart disease and high blood pressure, heat intolerance, decreased liver function and more.

Stress Free Handling for Vet and Groomer Visits
Dogs and cats aren't born hating particular people or places. Usually two things need to happen before your pet decides that its groomer and veterinarian are The Evil Empire. The first is unfamiliarity and the second is unpleasant experiences.

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Apartment Living and Creative Exercise
Running. Jumping. Playing. Problem solving. Dogs live for this stuff!
Exercise—for both mind AND body—should be fun for you and your dog.

Over 100 exercises are available for those who cannot for whatever reason, walk or run their dog every single day for long enough to satisfy the dog's needs.

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Senior Enrichment Not every dog requires a significant solution like an orthosis or a cart. Based on our evaluation of your dog's environment and your veterinarian's diagnosis, we can recommend products and changes to the home that support more general mobility challenges.

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Enrichment We all know the benefits of allowing a dog to scent and gather information about their environment. This is an exercise you can do at the beginning of each class to allow high energy dogs as well as shy and insecure dogs to focus and decompress. Place a number of household items scattered about in one area of your training space.

Senior Support
Not every dog requires a significant solution like an orthosis or a cart. Based on our evaluation of your dog's environment and your veterinarian's diagnosis, we can recommend products and changes to the home that support more general mobility challenges.

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Noise Phobias
Noise phobia is an excessive fear of a sound that results in the dog attempting to avoid or escape from the sound. ... The most common causes of noise phobia are fireworks and thunderstorms, but dogs may develop a fear of any sound no matter how inconsequential.

House Training Issues in All Ages
Most puppies can be housebroken prior to 8 months of age using traditional methods. But for older dogs that are still having accidents in the house, the umbilical cord method should be used. 

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Hands On Healing
The right holistic treatment can improve your dog's health and happiness, and maybe even extend his/her life. The main advantage of alternative medicines is that they can treat a number of ailments in a natural way without chemicals that could have adverse side effects.

Non-conventional, alternative, natural and holistic methods are not only concerned with the physical aspects of your pet, but also its emotions and experiences, which can have a major impact on its physical health.

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Bed Rest Games
There are many reasons why a dog would be confined to a crate or on restricted exercise.
Here are some games that you can play with your dog that require very little movement on the part of the dog, but burn energy, teach something useful and challenge your dog mentally.
Most of these games also teach your dog necessary behaviors that are handy for a dog to comfortably live in our contrived world. Going to the groomer or the vet, being alone and not trying to destroy the house, leaving your dinner alone, leaving roadkill alone on a walk, knowing how to deal with a leash and the different sensations and pressures, etc.   

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