I’m lucky, I have no clue what it’s like to live in a home without animals. Since birth they’ve been a part of my everyday life. Even from a young age I knew how important they were to me and I to them. I recently came across a book that I wrote and illustrated in 2nd grade about how “animals aren’t just animals they’re friends too” clearly I haven't changed much in this aspect...
This guy right here though Mr. Trapper John he’s a special one. When we met (even though I didn't realize it) he needed me probably more than I did him. His life had been turned upside down when he lost his previous person to cancer. The only world he had known for all 8 years of his life totally changed. I’m beyond grateful to the people that brought him into my life and trusted me with him. He has taught me so much and continues to do so. He isn’t just my dog he’s my team mate, my partner and my most valuable teacher as well as a healer to everyone, I have yet to see him turn his back on any human he comes in contact with.
Studying to pass my Dog trading and Behavior certifications has taken me way longer than I had originally planned and that's not a bad thing at all I will know when I’m ready. It is something so important to me, it's not my career, or something I want to do to make money, I really just want to be able to help people to understand their dogs (and other animals) as well as they understand us and he has been integral to my learning process, not only that he helps me with teaching others and their dogs. There is so much to be learned from the animals in our life if we just stop and take the time to really pay attention to them as much as they do us, lord knows he never takes his eyes off of me. #trapperjohnmd#trapperjohn#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#empath#crazydoglady#snowwhite#cpdt#cbccka t-shirt Via @plantfoodforppl
4th of July continuation... Whether you're planning on participating in 4th of July celebrations or not it is important to give your dog a safe place to go.
This safe place should be where your dog feels most comfortable, not where you want it to be. Think about where your dog spends most of his/her time. Think about where they go if they're scared or nervous. Artemis likes to sit under desks (even when she isn't nervous). Other dogs may go to their kennel.
Once you figure out where your dog is most comfortable make that spot even more appealing to your dog! Have a comfortable dog bed, or blankets and pillows, be sure to have toys and bones available.
NEVER leave your dog outside or in an area where they could easily escape your house. More dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year!
Ahhh this face 😍
Had a delightful walk and visit with @charlie_adventures_with_us and her amazing guardians tonight. She is only 5 months old and is such a smart girl! She has a solid foundation of socialization, lots of positive experiences, and is getting ready for a big trip, too! What a lucky little pup you are 💜
Come and say HI this coming Sunday to @pawsitivevet event just for your pets! Let’s talk about training, the science and the benefits of positive reinforcement training, enrichment, and cultivating that bond with our dogs that we all want 💜 look for our table: Kelowna Puppies & The Grateful Dog!
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Hooray for sunny Sunday mornings with my girl 😍
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Kidung Agung 7:6
Betapa cantik, betapa jelita engkau, hai tercinta di antara segala yang disenangi 💖 #cpdt
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Big warm welcome to our newest Teacher’s Pet Board & Train Student, Luna! Luna is staying with the Sit Happens Pack for 2 weeks to gain some confidence, work on potty training, socializing, and basic obedience! She’s off to a great start! We look forward to getting to know her and helping her become her best self! 🥰💖🐶🎓
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Thank you for the wonderful morning! I was invited to speak at the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic and Centre Animals Hospitals staff retreat this morning.
This presentation covers body language, setting patients up for success, a hands on towel wrap lab and a wonderful discussion of preventative behaviour solutions.
They were such an engaging audience with awesome feedback and questions!
We offer many different presentations regarding low stress veterinary visits and animal behaviour, if you are interested please contact Jessica Benoit at email@example.com#vettech#cpdt#animalbehavior#cooperativeveterinarycare#fearfreepets#lowstress#catsanddogs#alwayslearning
22313 June, 2019
You are a friend to small animals, even though they don’t think you are.
You may have come to us with high arousal of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc., but you responded to counter conditioning like a freaking rockstar and you show me every day how that paid off in spades. You may not be perfect, but none of us are, and I am so proud of you 💜 .
PS: if anyone needs some assistance in helping their dog become desensitized to certain stimuli, I can help via @the.grateful.dog.ca
Our resident puppy-bois Rocks & Scotch are so S.M.A.R.T. that they completed their basic obedience training! They’re on to bigger, badder behaviors now.... 👀WATCH OUT!
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Addressing the emotional state of your dog is the first step to behaviour modification.
Look around you. Your first question is WHAT is triggering the behaviour? Is it an environment, a noise, an object or another animal? Next, has your dog been given what they need, such as adequate walk/sniff/exercise time? Are they enriched - is their mind also given activities to give them a sense of calm and well being, keeping boredom away?
Each dog is an individual, and if a trainer is slapping on an aversive tool without asking or addressing these concerns first, especially the emotional needs of your dog, please look elsewhere.
Training should be stress and fear free (which may mean creating more space) and the sessions should be empowering to your dog (they are rewarded for making good choices). And just like our changes to improve our lives take time, the effort will give long term benefits and strengthen your bond at the same time 💜
Do you have a dog that does not want to go in a crate?
Crate training (or similar confined space) is an important skill for any animal for vet care, emergencies, travel, management. It can also be incredibly FUN! .