Every Dog Behavior and Training

Every Dog Behavior and Training We’re a nonprofit dedicated to providing inclusive, accessible dog training and behavior resources!
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📣 New webinar alert! Puppy Starter's Guide: Taking the First Step Towards Lifelong SuccessJoin us for a discussion with ...
01/09/2024

📣 New webinar alert! Puppy Starter's Guide: Taking the First Step Towards Lifelong Success

Join us for a discussion with San Choi, KPA-CTP, on preparing new puppy guardians for lifelong success. We'll discuss how dogs learn, their life stages, and practical tips to start their journey including potty training and troubleshooting mouthing behaviors.

Details:
Jan 31, 2024,
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Over Zoom

This is a FREE event! Donations are optional.

San Choi, KPA-CTP (he/him) is the founder of Ruff Roll Academy. He loves supporting people and dogs in their efforts to live fulfilling lives together.

RSVP:

This will be a discussion in preparing new puppy guardians for lifelong success by providing them a presentation about about how dogs learn, their life stages, and practical tips start their journey including potty training and troubleshooting mouthing behaviors FREE event, donations optional!

Dog bites happen. In fact, they happen frequently, and with every type of dog. So what should you do when it happens?Get...
01/08/2024

Dog bites happen. In fact, they happen frequently, and with every type of dog. So what should you do when it happens?

Get everyone to safety. This includes medical care, and reporting to animal control depending on your local laws (this is for public safety!)

Avoid the blame game, and look for potential causes that could be changeable.

Ask for help. Period.

Make a plan moving forward. What do you need to do to keep safe in the future?

Let yourself feel any and all emotions that come up. It is ok to have a lot of big feelings when you’ve been bitten (or someone else has).

Take things at your pace. That might happen quickly or over many years. It’s ok to be hesitant around dogs, or feel like you need to build trust with your dog again. You can’t rush this.

When we’re training, we often ask folks to flip their thinking. Usually we see our dogs through the lens of “I wish my d...
01/06/2024

When we’re training, we often ask folks to flip their thinking. Usually we see our dogs through the lens of “I wish my dog would stop barking, stop jumping on people, stop begging,” etc.

But to train effectively, we really need to flip that script and think about what we want our dogs TO DO! Maybe we want them to sit when they greet new people, or lay on their bed while we eat dinner. Once we start thinking about what we want our pups to start doing, we can train some awesome new behaviors for them to do- instead of the stuff we dislike.

01/05/2024

January classes are open for enrollment! Check them out at everydogaustin.org/classes

Just a friendly reminder that we offer financial assistance on all of our training services. You can request financial assistance on our website with a simple, easy form!

What does acting "fine" mean when it comes to our dogs?When working with reactive dogs, humans often tell us that their ...
01/04/2024

What does acting "fine" mean when it comes to our dogs?

When working with reactive dogs, humans often tell us that their dogs are FINE when:

- the vet takes them to the back
- they're in a crowded place
- new people pet them

What they really mean is that their dog doesn’t bark, growl, or lunge when fearful.

Lack of aggression or reaction can be confused for being calm, but in reality, the dogs might be so fearful that they just shut down. If they are scared and feel like they can’t escape, they might try to disappear by not doing anything. This behavior does not reflect a dog who is FINE.

Unfortunately, it can be easy to keep putting these dogs into uncomfortable situations because they don’t do anything “bad.”

Avoid putting your dog into scary situations, regardless of whether they respond with growls or with stillness. There are indicators that you can look for to know the difference. Including:

- heavy panting
- ears back or pinned
- eyes darting
- lip licking

These can all suggest that your dog is not actually “fine".

If your dog is struggling with fear, check out our Fearful Dog Class or set up a Behavior Consultation!

AN UPDATE AND A THANK YOU!We set a goal to raise $5,000 by January 1st to help us continue our work. This incredible com...
01/03/2024

AN UPDATE AND A THANK YOU!

We set a goal to raise $5,000 by January 1st to help us continue our work. This incredible community shared our campaign and donated enough to see the goal exceeded. The funds you raised will go directly to easing financial barriers to dog training, helping dogs in shelters, and more. Thank you for everything! It's going to help us make a big difference in 2024.

If you (or anyone you know) could use free resources on dog training, check these out:Every Dog Webinar Recordings: http...
12/30/2023

If you (or anyone you know) could use free resources on dog training, check these out:

Every Dog Webinar Recordings: https://www.everydogaustin.org/dog-training-videos
Webinar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/user/YourDogsFriend
Every Dog’s Resource Library: https://www.everydogaustin.org/library
Every Dog’s Blog: https://www.everydogaustin.org/blog
Every Dog’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everydogaustin/

Financial challenges are impacting many families right now. We receive training requests from folks facing hard times daily. They tell us that they've just lost a job, or are caring for a family member with medical expenses. So many people desperately want to provide the best care for their dogs while they're trying to make ends meet.

In a world of unpredictability, our love for our dogs remains constant. That's why our door is always open with financial aid that comes without judgment or questions.

In 2023, we provided financial aid to 225 families. The need will be even greater next year.

No dog or family should be left behind due to financial barriers. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we rely on donations to continue this work. If you would like to donate, visit Everydogaustin.org/donate

✨ The holiday spirit is still upon us as we look forward to New Years 2024.Our dogs might share our joy, but managing th...
12/29/2023

✨ The holiday spirit is still upon us as we look forward to New Years 2024.

Our dogs might share our joy, but managing their behavior during holiday gatherings can be a task. Especially with the extra stimulation like new people, different environments, fireworks, and more. Every dog, like every family member, has their own unique temperament when surrounded by festivities.

Recognizing your dog's triggers is pivotal. By understanding what excites or unsettles them, we can preemptively address situations and ensure a harmonious gathering.

If your dog is prone to challenges like jumping or resource guarding, preparation is important. Create designated, tranquil spaces for them to retreat. Supervise interactions to ensure comfort. If traveling, prioritize their safety and well-being.

With dog management techniques, you can control and tailor your pup's environment to deter unwanted antics. Consistency and enrichment are key! For example:

- Tools like Lickimats provide mental enrichment.
- Hiding treats in a cardboard box can stimulate their mind and offer a distraction from temptations like decorations or people food.
- Exercising your dog before people come over can help them release excess energy.

As we ring in the New Year with loved ones, let's ensure our pets feel loved too. https://www.everydogaustin.org/post/managing-your-dog-over-the-holidays

Every pup that walks into a shelter has a unique story, and we've witnessed firsthand the challenges that many of these ...
12/28/2023

Every pup that walks into a shelter has a unique story, and we've witnessed firsthand the challenges that many of these dogs face.

Many behavioral issues stem from a lack of training and support, and long-stay shelter dogs often begin to struggle more and more over time.

Classes and solo play time out of the shelter environment can truly transform a shelter dog's life. The dogs get much-needed time out of the kennel and learn new valuable skills to help them get adopted.

Want to help us expand our shelter dog programs to help more pups in 2024? You can donate at everydogaustin.org/unleash today! 🐶❤️

We don't know who first created this meme, but we just had to share! If your dog is struggling with a behavior issue, pa...
12/25/2023

We don't know who first created this meme, but we just had to share!

If your dog is struggling with a behavior issue, particularly if their behavior has recently changed, please talk to your vet!

A LOT of behavior problems can be caused by underlying medical issues: which means that training typically isn't going to work until we fix that problem.

Finding underlying causes can be tricky. Many dogs don't obviously show that they're not feeling well- so we might only notice them getting grumpy at the cat or a slight change in how they run. But once we do a thorough investigation (whether that's hands-on evaluation, xrays, or something else), sometimes our clients find out that there was something majorly wrong.

Most of us aren't at our best when we're hurting, or itchy, or uncomfortable- and dogs are much the same. So before we spend a ton of time trying to train our dogs through reactivity, aggression, or any other behavior challenge: we want to make sure they're feeling physically ok!

A quick note: many dogs often "hide" underlying pain well and may get scared and shut down at the vet. So it's a great idea to take videos of your dog walking (or sitting, or running, or whatever else they normally do!) so your vet can see what their gait and movement looks like normally. Sometimes a vet is able to catch something they wouldn't have seen by just looking at your dog in the exam room!

Dog training information is plentiful, but what about the cats?Indoor kitties (although safer) often grapple with boredo...
12/22/2023

Dog training information is plentiful, but what about the cats?

Indoor kitties (although safer) often grapple with boredom and health challenges due to limited stimulation.

Feline enrichment is essential for their happiness and well-being. By nature, cats have instincts to run, climb, and hunt. Cats can feel suppressed while living inside, leading to anxiety, depression, and even physical problems like gastrointestinal disorders or urinary tract issues.

The good news is that enrichment doesn't need to be elaborate or expensive. Play sessions, puzzle feeders, or even rearranging the environment can make a big difference. By learning about your cat's natural behavior cycle and investing time and effort into enrichment, you enhance their quality of life and foster a deeper bond with your kitty.

Our webinar with Amanda Tong, MSc (she/her) from The Animal Behaviour Academy takes a look at feline training and enrichment with species-specific needs & requirements! Available to watch now for FREE at https://youtu.be/ew4jV8TC4Lw?si=yWi_1G-7wabbmqul

Who doesn't love to reward their dog?? Our trainers are all about it, using positive reinforcement training to teach our...
12/20/2023

Who doesn't love to reward their dog?? Our trainers are all about it, using positive reinforcement training to teach our students.

Positive reinforcement training encompasses terms like reward-based, Fear Free, and force-free training. These center on rewarding desired behaviors in animals by adding positive outcomes post-behavior to encourage future behavior. Rewarding a sitting dog with a treat makes it more inclined to sit again.

Methods like negative reinforcement and both positive and negative punishment involve adding or removing stimuli, sometimes leading to discomfort. We prefer to prioritize positive reinforcement, steering clear of these techniques.

Research indicates that dogs trained with positive methods display fewer stress indicators than those trained with harsher methods. Beyond effectiveness, it also aligns with the humane treatment of dogs, reducing the risk of long-term behavioral issues like fear or aggression stemming from punitive training.

You can read more about our Positive Reinforcement work as well as the work others are doing here: https://www.everydogaustin.org/post/positive-reinforcement-training-basics

✨ January is a great time to start the journey into dog training. Giving someone an Every Dog gift card is a wonderful w...
12/18/2023

✨ January is a great time to start the journey into dog training. Giving someone an Every Dog gift card is a wonderful way to help dogs and their families thrive in 2024.

Whether it's private training, group classes, or addressing behavior issues, our classes offer immense help to any dog.

Do you know a new dog owner or a fur parent facing training challenges? This thoughtful gift will help. We've witnessed the impact of early behavior support and training, and we're here to make it accessible to all.

Grab yours today!

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🐾 Do you (or will you soon) have a new puppy in the family? 🎉 Mastering potty training is key!Check out our latest blog ...
12/15/2023

🐾 Do you (or will you soon) have a new puppy in the family? 🎉 Mastering potty training is key!

Check out our latest blog post for essential tips on rewarding your pup, managing training challenges, and dealing with accidents. It can feel overwhelming, but we got you!

Read more here:

If you’ve just gotten a new puppy, potty training is probably one of your first priorities. We’ll go through the basics here, but if you’d like some personalized help, sign up for a private training session! Potty Training Rule #1: Reward Your Puppy for Going Outside! The first step to potty t...

Catch up on our webinar "Barking Up the Right Tree: Holiday Tips for Dog Owners". Learn tips for traveling with your pet...
12/13/2023

Catch up on our webinar "Barking Up the Right Tree: Holiday Tips for Dog Owners". Learn tips for traveling with your pets or having guests over this holiday season!

This webinar from Every Dog and Areona Carter, CCDT covered suggestions for managing stranger danger, bringing other dogs over, jumping, resource guarding, and more.

Watch and learn: https://youtu.be/yZIEB26s_sc?si=DGjuGqxvzNhSnGjG

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About Areona Carter, CCDT
Areona Carter graduated from Texas A&M University and established Carter’s K-9 in 2019 during her senior year of high school. She is a CGC certified and serves as a mentor for CATCH Trainers Academy. Follow her on IG at

Speaker: Areona Carter, CCDT, Carter's K9----Dog training is for everyone.We're a nonprofit dedicated to providing inclusive, accessible dog training and beh...

🐾 As a pup at Austin Pets Alive, Ruthie faced challenges exacerbated by shelter anxiety. We are happy to say that her st...
12/11/2023

🐾 As a pup at Austin Pets Alive, Ruthie faced challenges exacerbated by shelter anxiety. We are happy to say that her stress decreased while attending our confidence-building class which allowed her to unveil her silly, loving personality.

You can help dogs like Ruthie with a small gift that will make a big difference.

A $30 donation to Unleash Your Love, (our end of year campaign) provides enrichment and a much needed break for shelter pups in Austin. Join our community of dog lovers to transform lives one class at a time. Let's reach our $5,000 goal together: https://www.everydogaustin.org/unleash

Please like, save, and/or share this post if a donation is not in your budget this year. The engagement helps immensely!

🌿🐾 Explore a different world of animal care in our FREE webinar on Dec 12, 6-7 PM! Gain insights from zookeeping to enha...
12/10/2023

🌿🐾 Explore a different world of animal care in our FREE webinar on Dec 12, 6-7 PM! Gain insights from zookeeping to enhance pet care at home - from enrichment strategies to health monitoring. Whether you're a pet owner or considering one, this event is for you!

Optional donations support our campaign, Unleash Your Love.

Sign up here:

Ever wonder what it's like to care for exotic animals? This webinar will explore the valuable insights gained from the world of zookeeping and how those experiences can directly benefit those who care for their pets at home. FREE event, donations optional!

Our beloved trainer Kelley is leaving us this week, and we wanted to give a big shout out to this amazing woman and her ...
12/08/2023

Our beloved trainer Kelley is leaving us this week, and we wanted to give a big shout out to this amazing woman and her work!

Two and a half years ago, Kelley packed her bags for somewhere new and landed in dog-loving Austin. In March 2022, Kelley started training at Every Dog, but her journey working with pups actually started in animal shelters. There, she became very interested in dog behavior which only compounded when she adopted her own dog, Pepper. She got into training to learn more about Pepper's behavioral quirks and to lend a helping hand to others, hoping to keep more dogs out of shelters.

When she's not training dogs and helping families, Kelley immerses herself in cozy reads, friendly hangouts, and hikes with her incredible dogs, Pepper and Clove.

We loved working with Kelley and wish her ALL THE BEST in this next chapter of her life!

We are SO THANKFUL for the amazing volunteers who give their time to help Every Dog and all of the pups. Volunteers have...
12/05/2023

We are SO THANKFUL for the amazing volunteers who give their time to help Every Dog and all of the pups. Volunteers have given over 600 hours this year, and we'll need even more help in 2024!

Our biggest need is for class assistant volunteers. These awesome humans help out so much with classes: assisting with set up and clean up, helping out during classes, and even being a savvy "stranger" during greeting exercises. Whether you're an aspiring trainer or just someone who wants to help, we've got classes that need your help!

If you're interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] with some information about yourself and the days/times you might have available to help. We need volunteers at both our north and south locations!

You may have been hearing about a respiratory illness found in dogs in other US states. While Texas isn’t on that list y...
12/01/2023

You may have been hearing about a respiratory illness found in dogs in other US states. While Texas isn’t on that list yet, we wanted to address potential concerns and give you some information. We’re committed to keeping you and your pups safe!

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What is it?

Canine respiratory infections can be caused by many things- like “kennel cough” or Bordetella (which is why we require up-to-date Bordetella vaccinations for dogs attending classes).

This particular illness is not Bordetella, and the cause (or causes) are not yet known. It is concerning due to the severity of the illness, which can cause pneumonia and other serious symptoms. It seems to be most common among dogs that have recently been in boarding, daycare, or other crowded situations.

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What is Every Dog doing about it?

Every Dog has cleaning procedures in place to keep dogs safe when they come to classes. We use hospital-grade sanitizer to disinfect floors and other surfaces that dogs will use. We wash toys, bowls, and other items puppies will interact with. We do not allow the sharing of water bowls, and encourage families to keep their dogs at home if they notice any signs of illness. We are reviewing and honing our sanitation procedures to minimize the risk of any illness transmission.

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What can you do about it?

1. Do not bring your dog to class if you notice any symptoms of illness. If your pup is coughing, sneezing, has more-than-normal nasal or eye discharge (or any other signs of other illnesses, such as vomiting or diarrhea), please do not bring them to class. We will gladly offer a makeup session when your dog is feeling better.

2. Use caution if your dog has recently been in boarding, daycare, or other situations with many dogs. Please consider taking a week off before returning to class.

3. Do not allow dogs to meet on leash in classes. We always ask that you keep a minimum 6 feet between dogs in/around class (with the exception of specific puppy kindergarten play).

4. Bring your own water bowl for your dog. Please do not allow your dog to share bowls.

5. Talk to your veterinarian ASAP if you notice signs of illness in your dog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

🌟 A big THANK YOU for the incredible support on Giving Tuesday!Your donations propelled us closer to our year-end fundra...
11/30/2023

🌟 A big THANK YOU for the incredible support on Giving Tuesday!

Your donations propelled us closer to our year-end fundraising goal, and will provide financial assistance to over 10 families - ensuring a brighter future for humans and their beloved pets in ATX.

Let's keep the momentum going through December to continue making tails wag with joy! 🐾❤️

Visit everydogaustin.org/unleash

Y'all are the best. To those who have already donated; your impact resonates far beyond today. THANK YOU!Finances should...
11/29/2023

Y'all are the best. To those who have already donated; your impact resonates far beyond today. THANK YOU!

Finances should never hinder the well-being of anyone’s dog. That's why we offer financial aid on all our services, no questions asked.

Every day, we witness the impact of your generosity on families facing hardships—job losses, medical challenges, etc—yet display unwavering love for their dogs.

This year we provided for over 225 families. With a goal to assist 400 families in 2024, your donations will directly contribute to easing financial barriers to training.

There's still time to make a difference this Giving Tuesday. Your contribution matters. https://www.everydogaustin.org/unleash

Y'all are the best! There's still plenty of time to give this  , but we wanted to put our paws up for those who donated ...
11/28/2023

Y'all are the best! There's still plenty of time to give this , but we wanted to put our paws up for those who donated so far.

THANK YOU to those who donated today: you've given enough to cover financial assistance for 7-10 families!

We can't do this work without you, and you continue to show up for this community. To give today, visit everydogaustin.org/unleash or follow the link in our bio.

Unlock the power of language for Spanish-speaking dog owners this   🐾In Austin's vibrant community, dedicated Every Dog ...
11/28/2023

Unlock the power of language for Spanish-speaking dog owners this 🐾

In Austin's vibrant community, dedicated Every Dog Austin trainer Eric Tarango is on a mission to break language barriers for Spanish-speaking dog owners.

Despite a growing demand for training help, Spanish-language dog training remains limited. By offering training in Spanish, Every Dog Austin not only addresses this demand but also uncovers a world of understanding and connection between these families and their dogs.

Read more about Eric's work at Every Dog Austin here: https://www.everydogaustin.org/post/paws-across-cultures-the-impact-of-spanish-language-dog-training

Donate to Every Dog Austin for GivingTuesday here: https://www.everydogaustin.org/unleash

🐾 Help us break down financial barriers in dog training this  !Your donation will make professional, ethical, and fun tr...
11/27/2023

🐾 Help us break down financial barriers in dog training this !

Your donation will make professional, ethical, and fun training accessible to all Austin dogs. This year we provided financial support to over 225 families for training. Next year, we aim to provide for 400 families. Will you give to ensure every pup in Austin has the opportunity to thrive and bond with their humans? 🐶❤️

Learn more about Unleash Your Love: https://www.everydogaustin.org/unleash

Just in time for Small Business Saturday - here is the 2023 Every Dog Austin Gift Guide!Grab some gifts and support incl...
11/25/2023

Just in time for Small Business Saturday - here is the 2023 Every Dog Austin Gift Guide!

Grab some gifts and support inclusive, accessible dog training and behavior resources for Austin pups.

Read more here: https://www.everydogaustin.org/post/holiday-gift-guide

You may find yourself around more people this time of year. If you have an anxious pup, here are ways to help them feel ...
11/24/2023

You may find yourself around more people this time of year. If you have an anxious pup, here are ways to help them feel more comfortable around strangers!

Dogs who have stranger danger are fearful or reactive to new people. This can occur at home, on walks, or anywhere else in public. Common reactions for these dogs are fight, flight, or freeze. If you have a dog who is a little (or a lot) nervous around people, there are a few things you can do to he...

It's that time of year! Celebrate Black Fur-iday with Every Dog Austin.Fetch 20% off 2024 classes using code BLACKFURIDA...
11/22/2023

It's that time of year! Celebrate Black Fur-iday with Every Dog Austin.

Fetch 20% off 2024 classes using code BLACKFURIDAY until Nov 27. We offer puppy classes, manners classes, agility classes, and specialty classes. This is a great deal to transform your pup's world with accessible and inclusive expert training.

Sign up with code BLACKFURIDAY today! https://www.everydogaustin.org/classes

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