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Meet Rain. Also known as Rainford Aussieman.  In November of 2018, I was training a friend's mini Aussie puppy. I secret...
02/25/2020

Meet Rain. Also known as Rainford Aussieman. In November of 2018, I was training a friend's mini Aussie puppy. I secretly confided in her that while I love puppies, I never wanted to own one again. Working with other people's puppies (O.P.P.🤣for those of you from my generation) is awesome but I had more than paid my dues with my Boston when she was a puppy 13 years ago. Anyway, 4 hours after our session, a neighbor texted saying they needed help catching a stray dog. I was able to leash up this poor, wet dog who we later figured out was abandoned in the rain (hence why my daughter named him "Rain"). He wasn't micro chipped, no tags or collar. I realized upon examination that he had all of his baby teeth. The universe had handed me a puppy🤣🤣🤣 a MINI AUSSIE PUPPY. ironic how the universe works, isn't it?!

I don't ever think it's ok to abandon a dog no matter the circumstances. However, I can see why someone couldn't handle him; he was a nervous by nature little guy. You look in his direction... back up and growl. You reach for him... back up and growl. Look at him? Yup. Back up. Growl. I decided that we would keep him because the majority of people would want to love him out of his fear and wouldn't respect that he needs space to feel safe. When he is ignored, he then feels safe to approach. Repeat this over time and he's your BFF. He'll allow you to reach for him when he tells you he's ready, but if you reach beforehand, you've violated his trust and it'll take that much longer to regain it.

The reason I'm posting is because over the past week, two big things have happened. 1. Rain moved TOWARDS the slip leash and into the loop when I went to put it over his head. While he trusts me implicitly, that was something he had a hard time with.
2. He has stopped growling when my husband enters a room. My husband has the most calm, soft energy of anyone I know so it has been a running joke that Rain reacts every single time for the last year. Dogs normally LOVE my husband and are naturally attracted to his energy, but not Rain. Until this past week. He's still uneasy with strangers especially those who try to be his friend.

My point is, be patient with your dog. They're all different. They're not robots; they're beings. We saw so much improvement over a short period of time but a few things took much longer. Will he always be a quirky dude? Most likely that's what his genetics dictate, but we need to honor that and respect what he is and one day out of the blue we will get tiny victories that are actually giant wins. He may have been someone's throw away but he's become a fun addition to our family.

P.S. my daughter has an Instagram page for him if you care to follow
That.aussie.rain

Practicing calm in the presence of the Fed Ex guy
02/24/2020

Practicing calm in the presence of the Fed Ex guy

02/24/2020

Tonight my daughter gave Rain, our Aussie a bath. Check out the IG photos! Follow her adventures with Rain on their Instagram account that.aussie.rain

A group photo after our pack walk in this gorgeous weather!! A few outtake photos are  included, because they're funny. ...
02/22/2020

A group photo after our pack walk in this gorgeous weather!! A few outtake photos are included, because they're funny. This group was pretty easy to get focused on the camera but before I got their attention, I snapped a few photos.

02/22/2020

Harper and Scout meeting for the first time!

Little Roadie doesn't need no training... he can walk himself😂
02/21/2020

Little Roadie doesn't need no training... he can walk himself😂

Check out this beautiful Boerboel girl, Siena! She arrived yesterday for a 3 week board and train. We will be working on...
02/19/2020

Check out this beautiful Boerboel girl, Siena! She arrived yesterday for a 3 week board and train. We will be working on some manners!! Stayed tuned for updates!!

Vermont Dog Trainer
02/18/2020

Vermont Dog Trainer

While trying to change your dogs unwanted behavior, your patience has to outweigh their determination of keeping things the same.

Create new patterns, get new results

02/16/2020
Happy love day from these 4 furballs!!!
02/14/2020

Happy love day from these 4 furballs!!!

A big welcome to our newest Furever K9 member, Roadie!! I had so much fun working with this little smarty pants today. H...
02/05/2020

A big welcome to our newest Furever K9 member, Roadie!! I had so much fun working with this little smarty pants today. His mom sent me this photo and said he slept all afternoon after our session! I'm not surprised because this little dude rocked it! He caught on super fast to everything; leash manners, stay, come, "out" and going to his bed (although he didn't quite make it to his bed here in this photo😂). Looking forward to our next session!

01/19/2020

Today was a windy walk. Bear the malamute caught scent of something fun and then a bird flew by. He decided it was time to run. I thought...Why not? Here is some video of his slower run (he was too fast earlier for me to video and run without slipping in the mud). I'm not a runner by any means but thanks to Bear, I'm good for the rest of 2020. I had a yorkie in tow and he kept up and had a blast. Then the other dogs decided they'd run too. Lots of laughs from the humans and lots of happy tired dogs. It's good to live in the moment. Thanks for reminding us, Bear!

They're cute even at 6 a.m.
01/19/2020

They're cute even at 6 a.m.

We took a wintery walk today!
01/18/2020

We took a wintery walk today!

01/13/2020
Contented Canines

Words of wisdom from my friend Tom!

Decided to spend my morning "ritual" with the dogs without using any words: "No Talking". I recommend this to my clients regularly. Each time I do this I am reminded how little my dogs need my words to understand what I am asking and even more importantly how much more aware I am of their communication to me! Not talking but still communicating requires that I get my dogs attention, then communicate and then wait to see if my message was understood... you would think it slows things down but in fact after a bit, since both the dogs and I have to be more observant and in touch, things go smoother and faster! Not talking also forces me to be deliberate, to prioritize and to be selective about what I need to communicate allowing the dogs to make more choices without my continuous "guidance" (Tab suggested "interference"!). My silence seemed to make all of us happier--try it!

Vermont Dog Trainer
01/11/2020

Vermont Dog Trainer

Child: "I see a man outside"
Parent: "Don't worry about it"
Child: "But he's walking around out there"
Parent: "I told you not to worry about it"
Child: "But he's still out there"
Parent: "Get back here and sit down"
Child: "But he's still outside"
Parent: "I told you to come back here and sit down"
Child: "But---"
Parent: "Go to your room"
Child: "But aren't you worried that there's a man outside?"
Parent: "I told you to go to your room"
Child: "But there's a man outside"
Parent: "You should have listened to me".

So what am I getting at here? Imagine the child is a dog, and every time the child says "but" it was the dog barking. I believe that part of us having a dog is to tell us when there is something going on outside of our home. And there's a good chance that the dog feels that it's their job to tell you if someone is around. If you re-read the conversation above you will see that the parent didn't even acknowledge that the child (dog) saw someone. And instead of acknowledging the child, the parent chose to punish the child for telling them what was going on outside.

The next time your dog barks at something, go check it out. Even if it's nothing, at least your dog isn't being punished for something that you wanted them to do in the first place.

There is too much "punishing" of our dogs happening in my opinion. It seems that corrections, yanks on the leash, or yelling are the way to go. Take your time with your dog, listen, communicate, and observe your dog. I think it will be better to have them hanging around the family than spending time in their room (crate) all day!

This is so important! Imagine if everyone felt they had the right to come up to you, pet you and get in your face all th...
01/09/2020

This is so important! Imagine if everyone felt they had the right to come up to you, pet you and get in your face all the time. Wouldn't you finally have enough? . Respect the dog and his space!!!

A good reminder for dog lovers;
When you see a dog and you admire its existence (because who can't?!) please be considerate about that dog's emotional state. A lot of dogs don't want to get petted by strangers. Hank here is a lovely dog but is going through a fear period. All his life people have "forced" themselves on him because he is gorgeous. Everyone want to pet him and talk to him. This has caused frustration in him and now he has gotten a negative association and perception of strangers. We are working on it and I am confident that we can change this. But it would help him and dogs like him if we took a step back and actually started to respect dogs a litte more by letting dogs be.
I live and breathe dogs, but I love to admire them from a distance and appreciate the sight of a good relationship between the dog and the handler.

#dogtraining #pdxdog #pdxdogtraining #stbernard #reactivedog #freeyourmutt #portlanddogtraining #portland #oregon #ilovedogs #respectdogs

Lakeland Canine Academy
01/07/2020

Lakeland Canine Academy

Our thoughts go out to those affected by the horrific fires in Australia.
01/06/2020

Our thoughts go out to those affected by the horrific fires in Australia.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CRATE TRAINING
One of our fellow Vizsla owners who live on the the South Coast of NSW is now on thier 4th night at the evacuation centre in Bega.

This photo was taken at around 1pm yesterday.

A tip for those who are not into using a dog crate, you may never know when you are put into a situation where you need to keep your dog secure and safe.
She is very proud of her 8 dogs who range in age from 3 to 12 1/2. They are spending a very long time in crates and are very settled.

To all vizsla and dog owners between Mallacoota and Nowra, please stay safe. And to others affected by fires stay safe.

'posted with permission of the owner'

Peace out,  Mister Cliffie!! We enjoyed your two week visit with us!! Until next time, my little buddy.
01/04/2020

Peace out, Mister Cliffie!! We enjoyed your two week visit with us!! Until next time, my little buddy.

60 degrees in December = a field trip to Banshee Reeks park! What a beautiful day with a bunch of fun dogs!
12/28/2019

60 degrees in December = a field trip to Banshee Reeks park! What a beautiful day with a bunch of fun dogs!

12/27/2019

Part 2: Brecken with Thor and Scout!

12/27/2019

Brecken is the white dog. He has acted "aggressively" towards other dogs, especially males. He's been with me for a little over a week. After a few days he was able to play with my mini Aussie. But I wasn't comfortable letting him play with the other boarding dogs. He was around them on leash though. After many days of guidance I could see his play and social skills were changed as well as acceptable to the pack. So today he was off leash. It went great! I'll also upload a video of adding a second dog to the mix.

Cliffie has the Christmas spirit going on! Merry Christmas!
12/25/2019

Cliffie has the Christmas spirit going on! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our Furever K9 family!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from our Furever K9 family!

Loudoun County, VA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets
12/19/2019

Loudoun County, VA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets

Please spread the word! Pixie was LOST on December 18, 2019 in Sterling, VA 20164 near Rolling ridge Elementary

Description: Has longer hair with red Christmas sweater on

For more info or to contact Pixie's owner, click here: https://www.pawboost.com/p/5940912

Lost or found a pet? Report it to PawBoost here: https://pbrs.io/l/rpl

Yes!!!
12/17/2019

Yes!!!

DogFit Dallas- Dog Behavior
12/11/2019

DogFit Dallas- Dog Behavior

"You get what you pet." Affection tells a dog, "Good job!" Do you pet your dog right away when you come home and he's jumping all over you? Then you're rewarding the jumping. Do you pet your dog when he's scared of fireworks? Then you're nurturing fear and are telling your dog that it's good to be scared. Do you pet your dog when he's lunging at another dog because you're trying to calm him down? Then you're communicating that he's doing a great job lunging and barking. Today, pay attention to WHEN you give affection and focus on bringing your dog to a calm state first, THEN shower them with the love and affection they deserve!

I have the cutest clients.  Their names are Lola and Cody. I'm sure they have a ton of nicknames because faces that cute...
12/07/2019

I have the cutest clients. Their names are Lola and Cody. I'm sure they have a ton of nicknames because faces that cute usually do🤣🤣🥰🥰

The Furever K9 family recently lost a good one.  I met Arbor when I had the honor to train his brother,  Cliffie.  Many ...
12/07/2019

The Furever K9 family recently lost a good one. I met Arbor when I had the honor to train his brother, Cliffie. Many times Arbor came with Cliffie for boarding when their family traveled. Arbor didn't give a darn about anything; not in a bad way but in a way that said He was as cool as they come. Arbor knew what he wanted out of life. He just had that way about him and I admired that. I'm sure if he was a human teenager, he wouldn't be one who gave into peer pressure. I'm thankful that I was able to spend time with him as recently as last week. He will be missed by so many. Rest in peace, you beautiful soul. You will certainly never be forgotten.

Look who I saw today!!!! Yay!!!!!
12/05/2019

Look who I saw today!!!! Yay!!!!!

This is Ollie! He's coming for day school this week and next.  He's a young pup who has the kindest disposition and the ...
12/04/2019

This is Ollie! He's coming for day school this week and next. He's a young pup who has the kindest disposition and the sweetest face. He's learning how to walk on a leash, go to place, socialization with other dogs and some other manners. He's super smart, so teaching him has been a lot of fun. Yesterday we went to Tractor Supply to build confidence. At first he was extremely apprehensive, but after awhile he stopped putting on the brakes and walked nicely with us through the store!

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith
12/02/2019

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith

💕❤️🙏🏼🐾 ALL 3 HOME SAFE 🙏🏼🙏🏼

🚨‼️🚨‼️ UPDATE: the little one in the middle is home, two larger ones still missing, THREE LOST DOGS as of this morning 8:00 AM 12/2. Lost in Leesburg-Waterford area - they live directly across from LCAS on rt 9. SHARE!! ‼️‼️‼️🚨🙏🏼

Buckshot The Wonder Dog
11/28/2019

Buckshot The Wonder Dog

#Truth

International Association of Canine Professionals
11/25/2019

International Association of Canine Professionals

Here is a bit of Monday Morning Inspiration from one of our IACP Members Hall of Fame Inductees, Marc Goldberg IACP-CDT, started training his first dog, Gus, when he was 11 years old.

By the time he was 13 he had won AKC High In Trials, the first with a score of 199.5 points out of 200, and became the youngest voting member of the Philadelphia Dog Training Club.

Among his IACP accomplishments: Joined IACP the year after it's formation, is member #1099, and attended its second ever conference, plus nearly all since. Marc notes, "Every milestone of my life somehow includes a dog in it."

The IACP Membership Hall of Fame has been established to recognize and honor those within our membership whose dedication to the organization made a lasting legacy that all will benefit from.

It is awarded to a member whose dedication, commitment and work accomplishments left a durable influence of value and integrity to the IACP, and, or were a solid influence on the path of the IACP as a significant organization.

Candidates are chosen by nominations submitted from the general membership, which are given to the Membership Hall of Fame (MHOF) Committee, who review the nominations and make the final judgment as to whom receives the award.

Read more about Marc and other Inductees at
https://www.canineprofessionals.com/members-hall-of-fame

Interesting read
11/23/2019

Interesting read

Substance versus Substitutions:

While the jar on the left is 35% less full than the jar on the right, it has the exact same weight of product in it.

This is the difference between high quality, meat-rich diets, and cheap, least-cost formulated foods.

You see, at Muenster, we have fixed recipes and a deep ethical conviction that dogs need to eat diets high in protein & fat, yet low in carbohydrates. We don't compromise this for profit, because more importantly to us, the health of the dog comes first.

When you look at the jar on the right, you see different colors, different shapes and anything else that can be done to distract you from the fact that you just bought a bag of marketing garbage.

What is "least-cost"? Well, it's when you can manufacture about 50 varieties of a recipe and still be in line with the ingredient listings on the back of the bag. This is why a lot of these companies do a few things:

1.) They use a ton of different ingredients in the food. This gives them a lot of flexibility. Ingredients are listed in order by weight, and if they're the same weight, they can be listed in any order. Many of the larger companies are able to arrange their ingredients in a way that allows them to adjust levels of things like corn gluten, rice bran, and wheat midds in order to keep their price low.

2.) They have a committed price to national chains for 12-18 months in many cases. They aren't concerned with ingredient prices changing because they'll just substitute something cheaper.

3.) I've heard so many times that some of these larger companies are better because they have 20-50 nutritionists....Well, there's a great reason for that too. If you don't have a fixed, tried and true recipe, you need that many nutritionists to keep your food cheap. They simply exist to constantly modify the recipes in order to create a cheaper version of the food that still hits the ingredient listing, yet also provides them the margin they need.

Funny story to go along with this experiment....As a joke, I ate some of our Chicken and Pork recipe on the left and said, whoa....not bad.....

Then, I tried the food on the right, and holy crap....it tasted like cheese cracker, I was impressed, it was delightful, until my ears started itching like crazy within seconds. You see, I have a gluten allergy, and I completely took for granted that I knew our foods were 100% safe for me to eat, and didn't pause to consider the food from this National Brand may have wheat in it.....well, it did, and today, I feel terrible because of it.

Also, dog food shouldn't taste like a cheese cracker, it should taste like meat!

RECAP: the food on the left (Muenster) was made with the dog in mind, the food on the right was made with the shareholder in mind.

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Thanks so much Lauren. Cora and I enjoyed today - you whipped her into shape quickly.