Monday, May 14, 2018

Zuke's Product Review



Today we are reviewing the product:  Zuke's Training Treats.  For this review we tried two different flavors, Wild Rabbit & Chicken.  When it comes to choosing a flavor for your dog treats, it is really ultimately best to pick whatever flavor your dog enjoys most.  I recommend buying a few different flavors.  Try one flavor for awhile, then try the other.  If your dog tends to like a particular flavor better, they will generally be more excited about that treat.
Zuke's are one of my all time favorite treats for training.  The "mini" size is perfect.  If you do have a small dog or small dog puppy, I would even recommend breaking this treat in half so we do not upset the small dog's tummy.  Full grown medium sized dogs and larger can use the treat as is.

Overall Such Good Dogs would give Zuke's treats 5 STARS.  They are fantastic.  They are healthy, made in the United States, and they are the perfect size for training.  I highly recommend trying Zuke's treats for your dogs.








Other helpful Blog articles:
Trainer Tip:  Picking a good dog food
Trainer Tip:  Human food for your dog?


Fun ways to use training treats:
Trick Training:  Hoop Jump
Trick Training:  Paw & Wave
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel



Saturday, May 5, 2018

How to get a scared dog into the pool




In this video we show you how to get a scared dog into the pool.  When doing this, make sure you have a lot of patience.  Remain calm, but confident.  We are going to pull on the leash just enough to get the dog moving toward the pool.  The steps are like the edge of a cliff to the dog, so we need to show them that it is safe.  Take your time and lure the dog into the pool by pulling on the leash.  If you have a shallow end, as we do in this pool, stay in the shallow end for a bit to get the dog used to the idea of just being in water.  Be sure to not allow the dog to bolt out of the pool.  Exit the pool in a calm manner.  Enter and exit the pool several times to get the dog comfortable with it.  Once the dog is doing this well, move onto actually swimming.  You will again need to use the leash to gently pull your dog into the pool and get them swimming.  Once the dog is in the deep water, one helpful thing you can do is hold the dog along the sides and allow them to get a good swimming rhythm going before releasing them onto the steps.  Keep repeating this training until your dog becomes more and more comfortable.  Eventually the dog will no longer fear the steps or the edge of the pool.  Some dogs are more naturally inclined to want to swim and some are not.  If you have a breed of dog that has a pushed in face or has a more solid body mass (such as a Bulldog), adding a lifejacket can be very helpful.  If your dog is into a toy, you can use that to help coax them into the pool as well.  Remember to be patient and have fun.  Once your dog starts to get more comfortable and calm down, you can add treats to help make it a positive experience.


Other helpful blog articles:

Teaching your dog to Swim in the Pool
Ocean Swimming:  Step One
Ocean Swimming:  Step Two
How to get a scared or timid dog moving on leash



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Puppy Nipping



Puppy Nipping:  What to do and how to stop it.

In this video we go over puppy nipping.  The star for our video today is Lily, a 3-month-old Havanese.  For puppy nipping and biting, any time the puppy puts their mouth on you, pause and make a loud "Ouch" sound, even if the puppy's teeth do not make contact.  Usually this will work best.  If this does not work and the puppy continues to bite after you, make a loud clap with your hands and use your No Reward Marker, "Eh Eh" or "Uh oh." Saying this marks the biting behavior and something you do not approve of.  Often times the puppy is just playing and we must remember that they are babies and they are still learning about the world.  Remember to have patience.  If your puppy is really biting try and redirect their mouth onto a toy or bone or chew.  Often times the more exercise you can give your puppy in a healthy appropriate way, the less energy they will have to take out on you by nipping.  Puppies will also sometimes bark and growl when nipping.  This is usually just play.  If you do feel that your puppy has become aggressive, seek a qualified trainer in your area.


Other helpful blog articles:

Helpful ways to exercise your puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Proper Socialization
Canine Body Posture
Learning Theory
Stages of Learning
Leadership
Dog Training Programs

Temperament
Dog Behavior Drives
Canine Development Periods
General Canine Vaccinations
Common Canine Parasites
History of Dog Training






Sunday, April 22, 2018

Village Trails--Adventure Dog Hike




Join us for a beautiful hike at the Village Walking Trails in Kapalua.  This hike is somewhat intense in areas and does go up hill, so it may not be for everyone.  But if you like a good adventure hike and can handle a bit of intensity at times, this is a great one to try.  There are several different possible trails to take with maps along the way to help keep you on track.  I recommend going up to the pond at the top.  It is beautiful and contains many fish and ducks.  We hiked up with our dogs then sat and had lunch at the edge of the pond.  


Other SGDs Adventure Hikes:
Launiupoko Trail Hike
Polipoli Hike
Lipoa Point Hike
Pineapple Hill/ Napili Park
Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach
Launiupoko Trail (South)
The Lahaina L



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hoop Jump: Trick Training






In this video we will show you how to teach your dog to jump through a hoop.
To start, first get your dog comfortable around the hoop by giving them some delicious food.  Once the dog is comfortable, place the hoop on the ground and get the dog to walk through.  When the dog is doing well at this, start raising the hoop a little bit off the ground, then higher and higher as they do better.


Other helpful blog articles:

Trick Training:  Paw & Wave
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find








Saturday, April 7, 2018

Paw & Wave: Trick Training






In this video we will show you how to teach your dog to give you their Paw, or Shake, and also how to teach your dog to Wave.
For each of these, you are going to start by tickling the back of your dog's paw.  When the dog moves their paw, even a little bit, mark with a Good and reward.  Once your dog starts getting the idea, add a word to it, such as Paw or Shake.  When the dog lifts their paw, place your hand under their paw and mark with your GOOD and reward with a treat. I recommend teaching the Paw or Shake first.  Once the dog has a good idea of Paw or Shake works, use the same method to move into teach them how to wave.


Other helpful Blog articles:
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dog accessories






Today's video goes over some basic dog accessories you can get for your dog including, leashes, collars, harnesses, head collars, dog backpacks, swimwear, muzzles, and a treat pouch.



Related Blog Articles:

Come when Called:  Off Leash
Puppy Supply Check List
Choosing an Anti-Bark Collar
Trainer Tips:  Dog Care Essentials
Trainer Tips:  Puppy Potty Pads
Shock Collars
Trainer Tips:  Alternatives to Shock Collars
Chewing Deterrents
Dog Crates & Kennels
Retractable Leash
Slip Collar
Prong & Pinch Collar
Head Collars




Friday, March 23, 2018

Spin: Trick Training



Teach your dog some cool tricks to show off to your friends and neighbors.  Today's trick is Spin.  To teach this we will be using a food lure.  Place some good smelling food in front of the dog's nose and slowly move it so that the dog follows it and spins in a circle.  Once the dog is again facing you, initiate a sit.  When the dog sits, give your "Good" and reward.  Continue practicing until you are able to move your hand further and further away.  Eventually you should be able to the hand signal while standing upright and your dog will respond.  This is one fun and easy trick you can teach your dog.  I also like teaching them to spin both directions.  I call one way "Spin" and the other "Back Spin."  Some dogs may only want to spin one way at first, that's ok.  Get them used to spinning that one way until they really get the idea of it, then try again to spin them the opposite way.  If your dog is not getting it, try slowing down and moving the food very, very slowly to get them to follow it.


Related Blog articles:

Dog Training:  Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Homemade Dog Treats--Pumpkin & Peanut Butter



Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Treat One:

1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons peanut butter


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.  In a small bowl, stir together the flour and oats.
3.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter until combined.  
Stir wet ingredients into dry.
4.  Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut with cookie cutter.
5.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
6.  Let completely cool before giving to dog.  Store in airtight container in freezer.


Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Treat Two:

1 cup oats
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut better

Note:  We quadrupled the recipe in order to use a full can of pumpkin puree.

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.  Add the oats to a food processor and grind until they reach a fine powder.  Add in the pumpkin and peanut better and blend until a sticky dough is formed.
3.  Roll out on a floured surface.  Cut with cookie cutter.
4.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.
5.  Let completely cool before giving to dog.  Store in airtight container in freezer.

Important Note:  Be sure your peanut better does NOT contain Xylitol as this is toxic to dogs.


Other Helpful Blogs:
Home made Dog Treats:  Applesauce & Carrot
Home made Dog Treats:  Chicken & Yogurt
Summer Dog Snack
Trainer Tip:  Human Food for your dog
Trainer Tip:  Picking a good dog food
Trainer Tip:  Save money on dog food
Trainer Tip:  Begging 


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Puppy Ping Pong



Puppy Ping Pong, a game to practice and build up your training of Come when Called.  This video features Charlie, a 5-month-old King Charles Cavalier.

When teaching your dog "Come when Called" it is helpful to play a game that we call Puppy Ping Pong.  For this game you need at least two people and one dog.  The main part of this game is to practice the Come command.  Always reward when your dog comes to you, then practice one or two other commands, such as sit, down, look, or any tricks you may be teaching your dog.  Then the next person will call the dog.  Start off about 10 feet away from each other.  As the dog improves, start moving further away and then around obstacles like a wall or tree so that you are out of sight and the dog has to find you.  It is important that if it is not your turn to call and interact with the dog, that you ignore the dog.  It will much harder for the dog to run to the other person if you are looking at them, smiling, or otherwise engaging the dog.  Communicate with your partner during this game so they know when it is their turn to call the dog.

Come when Called:
The Rules:
1.  Always have a leash (or fenced-in area).
2.  When you say come, you have to see it happen.
3.  NEVER punish a dog for coming to you.

The Steps:
  1. Say the dog’s name, and Come.  ONE TIME ONLY.
  2. Have a party.
  3. Lure the dog back to you.

When first teaching a dog Come when called, we start with step 1 & 3.  Standing directly in front of the dog (No distance), put the treat in the dog’s nose, say the dog’s name and Come (one time), then quickly back up a few steps.  When the dog follows, stop, say “Good!” and give the treat.  (See video:  Come when Called Part One).


Other helpful articles:
Come when Called:  Part One
Come when Called:  Part Two
Come when Called:  Off Leash
Come with Distractions