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.

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SHOULD I CRATE MY DOG? 🤔Crates can be a great tool if properly introduced and if your dog is not confined for extended p...
05/24/2021

SHOULD I CRATE MY DOG? 🤔

Crates can be a great tool if properly introduced and if your dog is not confined for extended periods.

While we humans may feel that being placed in a small cage is not so appealing, many dogs like a small “den” to relax and sleep in. When used thoughtfully, they will see their crates as a safe place to sleep or go when they need some downtime.

Crates can be helpful to:

1. Help puppies build bladder control (most animals prefer not to urinate where they sleep).

2. Manage kids and dogs. Teach kids that the puppy must be left alone when in the crate.

3. Provide a safe space that they can go to when they are stressed or anxious.

4. Prepare for times when your dog may need to be crated, such as for a stay at your veterinarian's office due to illness.

5. Keep your pup safe when you cannot directly supervise.

6. Limit access to the house while your dog learns the rules.

7. Safely transport your dog by car.

Dogs should not be crated for too long, and their bathroom needs should be accounted for.

Trained with care, and used used responsibly and kindly, a crate can be an excellent tool to support your dog’s comfort and safety.

This video from Legends Dog Training is a great introduction to positive crate training: https://youtu.be/YTAKn6ZmpPc

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SHOULD I CRATE MY DOG? 🤔

Crates can be a great tool if properly introduced and if your dog is not confined for extended periods.

While we humans may feel that being placed in a small cage is not so appealing, many dogs like a small “den” to relax and sleep in. When used thoughtfully, they will see their crates as a safe place to sleep or go when they need some downtime.

Crates can be helpful to:

1. Help puppies build bladder control (most animals prefer not to urinate where they sleep).

2. Manage kids and dogs. Teach kids that the puppy must be left alone when in the crate.

3. Provide a safe space that they can go to when they are stressed or anxious.

4. Prepare for times when your dog may need to be crated, such as for a stay at your veterinarian's office due to illness.

5. Keep your pup safe when you cannot directly supervise.

6. Limit access to the house while your dog learns the rules.

7. Safely transport your dog by car.

Dogs should not be crated for too long, and their bathroom needs should be accounted for.

Trained with care, and used used responsibly and kindly, a crate can be an excellent tool to support your dog’s comfort and safety.

This video from Legends Dog Training is a great introduction to positive crate training: https://youtu.be/YTAKn6ZmpPc

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"I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person."― Bill Murray#dogintuiti...
05/21/2021

"I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person."
― Bill Murray

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"I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person."
― Bill Murray

#dogintuition
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DOG SONGS! 🎶Do you sing to your dog? Do they sing along? We’ll confess to having created theme songs for each of our dog...
05/19/2021

DOG SONGS! 🎶

Do you sing to your dog? Do they sing along? We’ll confess to having created theme songs for each of our dogs!

The American Kennel Club has compiled a list of 29 songs about dogs, by musicians ranging from the Beatles to Carrie Underwood and the Su***de Machines, with links to sound clips. Check it out and tell us, does your dog have a song? https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/love-loss-appreciation-songs-about-dogs/

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DOG SONGS! 🎶

Do you sing to your dog? Do they sing along? We’ll confess to having created theme songs for each of our dogs!

The American Kennel Club has compiled a list of 29 songs about dogs, by musicians ranging from the Beatles to Carrie Underwood and the Su***de Machines, with links to sound clips. Check it out and tell us, does your dog have a song? https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/love-loss-appreciation-songs-about-dogs/

#songsfordogs
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ARE DOGS BORN KNOWING HOW TO UNDERSTAND HUMANS?Dogs may understand humans better than we thought.  In a recent study rep...
05/18/2021

ARE DOGS BORN KNOWING HOW TO UNDERSTAND HUMANS?

Dogs may understand humans better than we thought. In a recent study reported by Karen B. London for TheBark.com, researchers explored the extent to which inexperienced puppies were able to understand human gestures. They wondered whether dogs were born biologically prepared for communication with humans or whether this was learned.

In the study young puppies were able to interpret human gestures, suggesting that there is a genetic aspect to this behavior. Like human children, domestic dogs have a sensitivity to cooperative-communicative acts.

"Our findings show that from early in development, dog puppies are highly sensitive and receptive to diverse communicative signals from humans, including gestures and speech, and that variation in these traits is under strong genetic control."

See London’s full article at https://thebark.com/content/even-puppies-get-point. For a deeper dive, the full study is available at https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.17.434752v1

Would you like to learn more about how your own dog thinks? Join us for our online Cognition Games class! Our next session begins June 4 at 2:30 p.m. (https://yourdogsfriend.org/cognition-games/)

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ARE DOGS BORN KNOWING HOW TO UNDERSTAND HUMANS?

Dogs may understand humans better than we thought. In a recent study reported by Karen B. London for TheBark.com, researchers explored the extent to which inexperienced puppies were able to understand human gestures. They wondered whether dogs were born biologically prepared for communication with humans or whether this was learned.

In the study young puppies were able to interpret human gestures, suggesting that there is a genetic aspect to this behavior. Like human children, domestic dogs have a sensitivity to cooperative-communicative acts.

"Our findings show that from early in development, dog puppies are highly sensitive and receptive to diverse communicative signals from humans, including gestures and speech, and that variation in these traits is under strong genetic control."

See London’s full article at https://thebark.com/content/even-puppies-get-point. For a deeper dive, the full study is available at https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.17.434752v1

Would you like to learn more about how your own dog thinks? Join us for our online Cognition Games class! Our next session begins June 4 at 2:30 p.m. (https://yourdogsfriend.org/cognition-games/)

# puppykindergarten
#fearfreepets #pets #animals #dog #dogs #virginiadogtrainer #petsofinstagram #dogowner #stoprabies #petlovers #petlover #pet #loveyourpet #family #timetoseethevet #timetotrain #responsiblepetownership #petoftheweek #rescuedandloved

MY DOG GUARDS HIS THINGS, AND IT'S BECOMING A PROBLEM.“Resource guarding” is quite natural and originates in our dog's i...
05/15/2021

MY DOG GUARDS HIS THINGS, AND IT'S BECOMING A PROBLEM.

“Resource guarding” is quite natural and originates in our dog's instinctive reaction to perceived threats. Although natural, this behavior is problematic in the home and needs to be addressed before it becomes a serious problem.

Preventative Vet has a good article presenting a rundown of subtle warning signs, and a guide for what to do and what not to do when resource guarding becomes a problem. It includes some counter conditioning basics—thoughtful ways to improve our dogs’ feelings when we approach as they are enjoying a treasured resource.

The article’s author, trainer Cathy Madson, states that "Sharing our lives with our dogs means that we need to make sure they understand that there are plenty of resources. There's no need to guard food, toys, or space if we teach them that our removing an item, such as their chew, results in something equal or better than what they had. Giving up something to us willingly and happily needs to be trained and rewarded for our dogs, so that resource guarding doesn't become an issue.” (https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/resource-guarding-in-dogs)

Resource guarding can quickly develop into a dangerous situation. If you are seeing early signs seek professional help from a positive, force-free, trainer sooner rather than later!

Joyful Dog helps resource guarders and their people in one-on-one training sessions, and in online group classes through Your Dog's Friend: https://yourdogsfriend.org/resource-guarding-help-for-your-dog-who-doesnt-share/.

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MY DOG GUARDS HIS THINGS, AND IT'S BECOMING A PROBLEM.

“Resource guarding” is quite natural and originates in our dog's instinctive reaction to perceived threats. Although natural, this behavior is problematic in the home and needs to be addressed before it becomes a serious problem.

Preventative Vet has a good article presenting a rundown of subtle warning signs, and a guide for what to do and what not to do when resource guarding becomes a problem. It includes some counter conditioning basics—thoughtful ways to improve our dogs’ feelings when we approach as they are enjoying a treasured resource.

The article’s author, trainer Cathy Madson, states that "Sharing our lives with our dogs means that we need to make sure they understand that there are plenty of resources. There's no need to guard food, toys, or space if we teach them that our removing an item, such as their chew, results in something equal or better than what they had. Giving up something to us willingly and happily needs to be trained and rewarded for our dogs, so that resource guarding doesn't become an issue.” (https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/resource-guarding-in-dogs)

Resource guarding can quickly develop into a dangerous situation. If you are seeing early signs seek professional help from a positive, force-free, trainer sooner rather than later!

Joyful Dog helps resource guarders and their people in one-on-one training sessions, and in online group classes through Your Dog's Friend: https://yourdogsfriend.org/resource-guarding-help-for-your-dog-who-doesnt-share/.

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WHY DOES MY DOG EAT GRASS? 🤔Many dogs do like to snack on grass, and the reasons why are still something of a mystery.Th...
05/12/2021

WHY DOES MY DOG EAT GRASS? 🤔

Many dogs do like to snack on grass, and the reasons why are still something of a mystery.

The good news is that it's probably nothing to worry about. You need to consider where your dog is grazing, though, because grass is often treated with pesticides or fertilizers, which can be toxic.

WHY SNACK ON GRASS?

ITS FUN! If eating grass is something your dog occasionally does, it's probably just for fun – because he can. Maybe it tastes fresh, or feels tickly in the mouth!

IS YOUR DOG FEELING SICK? Dogs sometimes vomit when they eat grass. Owners often assume it's the grass that makes their dogs sick, but it is also possible that an underlying stomach problem is the culprit.

PERHAPS IT’S INSTINCTIVE – our dogs’ ancestors hunted and scavenged, and as such had a diverse diet including the grass and plants that the animals they hunted had eaten.

Check out this article for more information about dogs eating grass: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/why-do-dogs-eat-grass

If your dog is persistently eating grass and vomiting, check with your vet.

If you struggle to prevent your dog’s pulling to graze while you are out walking, take a look at our Round the Clock for Timely Leash Connection flyer: https://joyfuldogllc.com/round-the-clock-for-timely-leash-connection/, or consider some one-on-one or group training: https://yourdogsfriend.org/love-the-leash-end-the-tug-of-war/.

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WHY DOES MY DOG EAT GRASS? 🤔

Many dogs do like to snack on grass, and the reasons why are still something of a mystery.

The good news is that it's probably nothing to worry about. You need to consider where your dog is grazing, though, because grass is often treated with pesticides or fertilizers, which can be toxic.

WHY SNACK ON GRASS?

ITS FUN! If eating grass is something your dog occasionally does, it's probably just for fun – because he can. Maybe it tastes fresh, or feels tickly in the mouth!

IS YOUR DOG FEELING SICK? Dogs sometimes vomit when they eat grass. Owners often assume it's the grass that makes their dogs sick, but it is also possible that an underlying stomach problem is the culprit.

PERHAPS IT’S INSTINCTIVE – our dogs’ ancestors hunted and scavenged, and as such had a diverse diet including the grass and plants that the animals they hunted had eaten.

Check out this article for more information about dogs eating grass: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/why-do-dogs-eat-grass

If your dog is persistently eating grass and vomiting, check with your vet.

If you struggle to prevent your dog’s pulling to graze while you are out walking, take a look at our Round the Clock for Timely Leash Connection flyer: https://joyfuldogllc.com/round-the-clock-for-timely-leash-connection/, or consider some one-on-one or group training: https://yourdogsfriend.org/love-the-leash-end-the-tug-of-war/.

#timetoseethevet
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DO DOGS GET JEALOUS?We know dogs feel basic emotions such as happiness, fear, anger, sadness, but can they also experien...
05/10/2021

DO DOGS GET JEALOUS?

We know dogs feel basic emotions such as happiness, fear, anger, sadness, but can they also experience jealousy?

A team of researchers from the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand suggests that dogs ARE capable of feeling jealous.

"Research has supported what many dog owners firmly believe, dogs exhibit jealous behavior when their human companions interact with the potential rival," according to psychologist Amelia Bastos.

During the study, 18 dogs were placed in a situation where they could imagine their owner interacting with either a realistic-looking fake dog or a fleece cylinder (as a control). When the fleece cylinder was used instead of the fake dog, the dogs pulled less urgently on the lead.

How do you think your dog would score in the study?

Read the full article in psychologytoday.com:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/202104/is-it-possible-dog-actually-experience-jealousy

#fearfreepets #pets #animals #dog #dogs #virginiadogtrainer #petsofinstagram #dogowner #stoprabies #petlovers #petlover #pet #loveyourpet #family #timetoseethevet #timetotrain #responsiblepetownership #petoftheweek #rescuedandloved

DO DOGS GET JEALOUS?

We know dogs feel basic emotions such as happiness, fear, anger, sadness, but can they also experience jealousy?

A team of researchers from the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand suggests that dogs ARE capable of feeling jealous.

"Research has supported what many dog owners firmly believe, dogs exhibit jealous behavior when their human companions interact with the potential rival," according to psychologist Amelia Bastos.

During the study, 18 dogs were placed in a situation where they could imagine their owner interacting with either a realistic-looking fake dog or a fleece cylinder (as a control). When the fleece cylinder was used instead of the fake dog, the dogs pulled less urgently on the lead.

How do you think your dog would score in the study?

Read the full article in psychologytoday.com:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/202104/is-it-possible-dog-actually-experience-jealousy

#fearfreepets #pets #animals #dog #dogs #virginiadogtrainer #petsofinstagram #dogowner #stoprabies #petlovers #petlover #pet #loveyourpet #family #timetoseethevet #timetotrain #responsiblepetownership #petoftheweek #rescuedandloved

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We offer group classes at the Animal Behavior Wellness Center in Fairfax, Virginia, at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort & Spa in Great Falls, Virginia, at 17008 Hamilton Station Road in Hamilton, Virginia, and at Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, Maryland. In addition we bring private training or training pairs to your home or neighborhood.

Training areas include:
Puppy kindergarten
Good manners for dogs of all ages
Training for challenging dogs
Tellington TTouch techniques to calm and connect with your dog
Connection, Cooperation, and Control™
(www.theconnectionpuzzle.net)
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We offer presentations on Tellington TTouch®, Clicker Training techniques, and special interests such as Reactivity, Canine Cognition, and Love the Leash℠, to your organization.

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