Joyful Dog

Joyful Dog Creating a happy life with your best friend, through individualized and group training programs for puppies and dogs in Loudoun and Fairfax, VA, and Montgomery, MD.
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Working one-on-one and in group classes with clients and their dogs, Joyful Dog offers tools and techniques for creative communication and training using body work, movement, and marker-based ("clicker") training. Joyful Dog founder and lead trainer, Marnie Montgomery, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer–Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT), a certified Tellington TTouch® practitioner, and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and the Tellington TTouch® Practitioner Guild.

Mission: Creating a happy life with your best friend

When we think of dog training the first question usually is “How can I get Fluffy to stop doing ?”My first question, how...
06/03/2020

When we think of dog training the first question usually is “How can I get Fluffy to stop doing ?”

My first question, however, often is “Does your dog have any health issues?”

Although it might not be immediately obvious to link a behavior problem with our dogs’ health, any sudden onset of aggressive behavior could suggest we need to check the thyroid or look into a digestive issue, just as Fido’s new habit of biting the hand that pets him might indicate deteriorating vision.

Medication isn’t a magic wand, but it is a powerful tool which, when coupled with reward-based training and behavior modification, can significantly improve the quality of your dog’s life.

Sometimes our puppy clients have potty training challenges because of living in a high-rise apartment without immediate ...
06/01/2020

Sometimes our puppy clients have potty training challenges because of living in a high-rise apartment without immediate access to the outdoors.

For these situations, consider creating an indoor potty spot. If the spot is to be permanent, train it in the same way that you train your outdoor potty spot. Whether temporary or permanent, I recommend using a substrate that mimics the outdoor potty such as astroturf, or actual sod to make the transition from indoors to outdoors smoother.

We still have room in our online dog training program starting June 13th!Introducing Fido’s Second Grade! In Fido’s Seco...
05/29/2020

We still have room in our online dog training program starting June 13th!

Introducing Fido’s Second Grade! In Fido’s Second Grade you and your dog will apply polite manners to a variety of situations. Hone your skills in real-life scenarios, while training AKC Canine Good Citizen skills.

“F2G” is a real-time class in which we use the Zoom platform for discussion, live demos, and live coaching.

Our normal price for this 6 session class is $195, but in these challenging times, we are offering a special $45 discount to bring your cost down to $150. Enter discount code “JD45” when paying online, or include the code in the memo section of your check.
Please message us if you have any questions!

The Canaan Dog is a confident, alert, and vigilant breed that appears to have originated in the Middle East in lands tha...
05/27/2020

The Canaan Dog is a confident, alert, and vigilant breed that appears to have originated in the Middle East in lands that include Israel, Lebanon, and surrounding areas today. Images on ancient artifacts suggest that the Canaan Dog has been in existence for 2000 to 3000 years! They lived with nomadic shepherds, assisting with their flocks. When the Romans scattered their people in AD 70 the Canaan Dog began centuries of undomesticated life in the Negev desert until the mid-20th century when they were redomesticated, thriving as military, detection, and guide dogs for the blind! They were also good sentries, so can get very vocal when strangers are around.

These resilient dogs benefit from reward based training, and their exercise needs are high. They excel in obedience and agility sports.

Did you know that the Canaan Dog is the national dog of Israel?

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives both human and K-9. We are grate...
05/25/2020

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives both human and K-9. We are grateful for your service.”

We have had so much fun in our online dog training classes over the last several weeks that we are continuing to offer t...
05/22/2020

We have had so much fun in our online dog training classes over the last several weeks that we are continuing to offer them!

Starting June 13 we are introducing “Fido’s Second Grade”.

Sessions are Saturday, June 13-July 18, 11:00-noon with a maximum of 6 dogs.

Would you like Fido to rest comfortably at your feet while you enjoy a latte on your front porch? Perhaps you want Spot to race to your spot when you call her name!

Take Fido’s manners to the next level, or brush up good behaviors your dog learned a while ago. Hone your skills in real-life scenarios, while training AKC Canine Good Citizen skills.

“F2G” is a real-time class in which we use the Zoom platform for discussion, and live demos and coaching.

We will be building off the training held in “Fido’s First Grade” but we welcome you to join even if your pet wasn’t with us in 1st grade! (Get in touch at www.joyfuldogllc.com/contact to see if your dog is second grade ready.)

Our normal price for this 6 session class is $195, but in these challenging times, we are offering a special $45 discount to bring your cost down to $150. Enter discount code “JD45” when paying online, or include the code in the memo section of your check.

Laughing Dog Academy and Joyful Dog are delighted to announce that we are now The Science Dog by Linda P. Case Affiliate...
05/21/2020
Basics of Canine Nutrition

Laughing Dog Academy and Joyful Dog are delighted to announce that we are now The Science Dog by Linda P. Case Affiliates! You can find our Online Reactive Dog Courses listed on their site, as well as The Science Dog’s many courses on canine nutrition, which we heartily recommend. (p.s. We love The Science Dog’s books too!)

https://thesciencedog.thinkific.com/courses/basics-of-canine-nutrition?ref=844e1c

Basics of Canine Nutrition A comprehensive course providing evidence-based science about all of the essential nutrient needs of the domestic dog. Perfect for dog care professionals and trainers!

“Sometimes the best medicine is a dog who thinks their love can cure you.”
05/20/2020

“Sometimes the best medicine is a dog who thinks their love can cure you.”

There’s a saying that’s made the internet rounds for a while:“Your reactive dog isn’t giving you a hard time, he is havi...
05/18/2020

There’s a saying that’s made the internet rounds for a while:

“Your reactive dog isn’t giving you a hard time, he is having a hard time.”

It is an apt summary of what’s going on when our dogs freak out at the sight of dogs, men in hats, skateboards, or any one of a number of other “triggers”.

We can help our dogs prepare for challenges by building skills when they are not faced with their triggers.

Here are two games that can help:

1. Back-Up Recall:
To train the Back-up Recall, walk with an easy relaxed leash, just a few feet away from your dog. Call his name in a happy, “party” voice, and run backward. Few dogs can resist the allure of a human being backing up! Add some high-value treats such as hotdog, cheese, or chicken held at your dog’s nose level, and this will quickly become a favorite game.

2. Find-It:
Load 10 tiny bits of cheese, chicken, or another high-value treat in your hand, call out “Find-It” and toss a treat on the ground in easy view of your dog. Start by tossing the treat just an inch or two away from your dog, building to greater distance as she becomes fluent. Gradually increase environmental distractions when you play, so that your dog becomes able to disengage from the environment and engage with this game.

Peeing puppy?Check out our new blog, "Where's the Bathroom, Please?" (https://joyfuldogllc.com/potty/)#puppies #pottytra...
05/15/2020

Peeing puppy?

Check out our new blog, "Where's the Bathroom, Please?" (https://joyfuldogllc.com/potty/)

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Please join us on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am for a FREE weekly online puppy chat!We want to do all we can to support y...
05/13/2020

Please join us on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am for a FREE weekly online puppy chat!

We want to do all we can to support you and your puppies, especially during these challenging times, so this is free during COVID-19 social distancing.

During the chat we will help you:
Build the foundations for a happy life with your best friend using fun training games.
Get tips and tricks for addressing puppy challenges such as biting and potty training.
Learn ways to socialize your puppy even in this time of social distancing.

Puppy Chat is a real-time class in which we use the Zoom platform for discussion, live demos, and coaching you as you train your puppy!

Limited to 12 puppies!

Questions? Contact us at https://joyfuldogllc.com/contact/. Ready to register? Sign up at https://joyfuldogllc.com/student-registration-form/ and we will send access to the Zoom classroom.

Susan Sanderson, Sarah Stoycos, and Marnie Montgomery had a great time teaching this class last month. We'd love for you...
05/13/2020

Susan Sanderson, Sarah Stoycos, and Marnie Montgomery had a great time teaching this class last month. We'd love for your 8 to 12 year old to join us to learn tricks, games, and fun facts with their canine best friends.

Our next Online Fun & Games for Kids & Dogs class starts next Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm ET! To register, go to https://yourdogsfriend.org/online-classes/. Let us know if you have questions about this or any other class!
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One thing many are reminding us is that life post-COVID 19 will be different. That is especially true for Joyful Dog LLC...
05/11/2020

One thing many are reminding us is that life post-COVID 19 will be different. That is especially true for Joyful Dog LLC.

While we will always offer in-person training to the greater Northern Virginia area, we will continue hosting dog training online!

Have you been a part of any of the online training sessions that we have provided over the last 6 weeks?

One of our newest offerings is our “CCC” training sessions.

Whether you’re looking to:
Teach your dog how to solve a new food puzzle and continue his eagerness to work with you using CCC’s puzzle reward system.
Sustain your connection on a loose leash.
Discover how to use visual, auditory, and olfactory distractions productively while keeping your dog thoughtful and compliant.

The Connection, Cooperation & Control (CCC)™ training system can help you create the kind of connection and cooperation you want with your dog. Firmly founded on the principles of Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training™, CCC helps you create a mutual connection with your dog, while you also develop cheerful cooperation.

Contact us at https://joyfuldogllc.com/contact/ to join our online CCC course or another virtual training session!

We have a few spots left for our 4-week virtual dog training class that starts tomorrow morning!Fido’s First Grade will ...
05/08/2020

We have a few spots left for our 4-week virtual dog training class that starts tomorrow morning!

Fido’s First Grade will help you have fun building basic manners with your adolescent or adult dog. Develop your training skills while she learns to focus, creativity, and self-control. Behaviors covered over the four weeks include: sit, stay, walking nicely by your side, come when called, leave it, hand targeting, and a trick!

“FFG” is a real-time class in which we use the Zoom platform for discussion, live demos, and live coaching.

During these hard times, we are offering this 4-week live training for only $130
We start tomorrow so head over to https://joyfuldogllc.com/group-classes/ to secure your spot!

As the weather warms up we’ve been seeing so many wonderful dogs out and about walking their owners.We always recommend ...
05/06/2020

As the weather warms up we’ve been seeing so many wonderful dogs out and about walking their owners.

We always recommend taking your dog’s favorite treats with you on walks. You can use the treats to guide your dog when there is a need to get away from danger or a distraction.

It is a good idea to practice this technique a couple of times per walk when your dog is relaxed and having fun, before trying it when there is a real distraction or temptation. Here’s a link to our popular emergency leash technique flyer! (https://joyfuldogllc.com/jd/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/UTurns-WalkUpLeash.jpg)

Did you know this week is National Pet Week?National Pet Week celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourage re...
05/04/2020

Did you know this week is National Pet Week?

National Pet Week celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year.

Every year there is a different theme for the week. This year the theme is “Pets & Vets the Perfect Duets”. Take a moment to thank your vet this week for keeping your pet happy and healthy!

And if you haven’t enrolled in our Fido’s 1st Grade Training Session held virtually starting this Saturday, please head to > https://joyfuldogllc.com/group-classes/ to hold your spot!

This is a 4-week training session held online for $130.

Have fun building basic manners with your adolescent or adult dog. Develop your training skills while she learns to focus, creativity, and self-control.

We start this Saturday, May 9th!

We are doing our best to thrive during these challenging times and we love helping you do the same with your four-legged...
05/02/2020

We are doing our best to thrive during these challenging times and we love helping you do the same with your four-legged family members!

If you haven’t heard yet we have been working hard to bring you private training and online consultations via zoom!

We are currently offering private sessions for:

Good Manners Training
Behavior Modification
Tellington TTouch

We also offer several group programs on Saturdays, as well as special interest and good manners classes through Your Dog’s Friend. (www.yourdogsfriend.org)

For more information please visit us at https://joyfuldogllc.com/

International Guide Dog Day pays tribute to the dogs who help the visually impaired make their way through the world, an...
04/29/2020

International Guide Dog Day pays tribute to the dogs who help the visually impaired make their way through the world, and who offer love and comfort in countless ways.

Here are three of the many reasons why this day is important:
🐕 Guide dogs change lives. Properly trained guide dogs keep their owners safe and allow independence by helping them navigate everyday obstacles.

🐕 Guide dog training involves a significant investment of time and money, so it’s important to appreciate those who train these dogs, from the professionals who prepare them for their lifelong work, to the volunteer puppy raisers who get purpose-bred puppies off on the right paw.

🐕Whether guide dogs or pet dogs, we love dogs, and are grateful for our canine companions.

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“What is the Tellington TTouch Training Method?”At Joyful Dog good manners training and behavior modification are based ...
04/27/2020

“What is the Tellington TTouch Training Method?”
At Joyful Dog good manners training and behavior modification are based on clarity, compassion, and communication, and incorporate the philosophy and practice inherent in Tellington TTouch Training®.

TTouch® uses a combination of circular touches, slides, and lifts, as well as movement and body wraps, to effect positive changes in stress levels, physical and emotional balance, and the ability to learn. When working with a human-animal team, it enhances communication, focus, and connection.

One of the hallmarks of TTouch® is that it is work that we do with the dog, rather than something we do to the dog. Working with the dog’s consent creates a foundation of trust.

Let us know what else you’d like to know about the Tellington TTouch Training® technique, in the comments below!

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Get to know dogs: The Standard PoodleThe largest of the three varieties of poodles, the standard poodle is active, proud...
04/24/2020

Get to know dogs: The Standard Poodle

The largest of the three varieties of poodles, the standard poodle is active, proud and very smart!

Poodles are highly intelligent and love the one-to-one attention that training offers. They learn quickly and easily, provided you make things fun and use reward-based methods.

There is hearty dispute over the poodles’ origins, particularly whether they descended from a French or a German water dog. Did you know the poodle cut is not just for decoration (even though it may seem that way); it is a clip meant to protect joints and vital organs in cold water.

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How to Stop Your Puppy From Chewing!Bringing home a new puppy? It’s such a fun and exciting time. But it can quickly tur...
04/23/2020

How to Stop Your Puppy From Chewing!

Bringing home a new puppy? It’s such a fun and exciting time. But it can quickly turn into something that costs you a lot of money and stress.

Check out the new blog post at https://joyfuldogllc.com/puppy-chewing-what-to-do/ where I share tips on how to stop your puppy from chewing.

Does your puppy chew or possibly shred your belongings? What is something they have shredded recently?

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Hey Joyful Dog peeps, I know many of you have heard me sing the praises of Puppy Politeness Poker as a way to build a co...
04/21/2020

Hey Joyful Dog peeps, I know many of you have heard me sing the praises of Puppy Politeness Poker as a way to build a cooperative relationship with your dog. This is a chance to learn all about it from the source!

Puppy Politeness Poker webinar is Thursday, April 23rd at 2pm!

What is Puppy Politeness Poker?

It is a real life, relationship centered training strategy; force-free, equipment free, it is also treat free - you work with your dog to establish real life rewards, and work towards them while building attentive cooperation.

Easy to use in daily life it can help establish a great foundation for puppies or give adolescents a way to work on self-control. Puppy Politeness Poker works for all ages, and can help rebalance the relationship in humane, effective, force-free ways.

Register here for just $19.95:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4215874938915/WN_cNOKpVp-Rvyv2IwIEBYGAQ

CEUs are available for IAABC and PPAB.

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