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







Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fearful Dogs





Trainer Tip:  Fearful Dogs.
How to help give your dog confidence.

Dealing with a fearful dog can be a very difficult problem.  Dogs can and do overcome their fears with help.  First off, if you do not have the patience and time, a fearful dog may not be the right choice for you and your family.  Overcoming fear is very difficult and will generally take several months, but it is possible.

No Touch, No Talk, No Eye Contact.
This is important.  A dog that is fearful will be very intimidated and scared of someone who reaches out to touch them, makes direct eye contact, or even talks to them.  The first step in helping a fearful dog is to have any new people coming in to follow this rule.  It is also helpful to be aware of your body position.  Sometime even facing your body towards a fearful dog can be too much for them.  Instead try to side-face the dog or sit with your back to the dog to help make them feel more comfortable.

Take it slow, but move with purpose.
Overcoming fear will take time, so take it slow.  Make your movements around a fearful dog slow and calm, but move with purpose.  Being hesitant around a fearful dog will make them more uneasy.  Be calm but confident.

Use high value rewards.
A very fearful dog may not take food yet, but don't give up.  Use high value rewards such as stinky soft treats or real meat like turkey, chicken, or lunch meat.  It the dog is comfortable with one particular person, use that person to help them get more comfortable around things they are afraid of.

No baby talk.
When children are afraid we tend to use "baby talk" around them.  Saying things like, "Its ok...you're ok."  This is NOT something you should do with a dog.  Baby talking a fearful dog will actually tell them to stay in their fearful state.  Instead remain calm and silent until the dog does something that is facing their fear, such as moving towards or taking food near the object or person they are frightened of.  When this happens praise the dog with a calm "Good girl" or "Good boy."

Food & water.
If a dog is fearful of a particular family member, have that person be the one to always feed and water the dog (and walk them if possible).  I even encourage that person to mix a little something in their food, like a small amount of lunch meat.  Use your bare hand to mix the food so that the person's scent is also in the food.  This will help the dog start to overcome their fear of that person.



Other helpful blog articles:
Proper Leadership
Walking a scared or timid dog
4th of July Safety Tips
Trainer Tips:  Getting your dog used to touch
Trainer Tips:  Lavender Oil


Other articles that might help:
9 calming aids for fearful dogs








Monday, February 12, 2018

Down






Sit, Down, & Up:

We use the Food Lure technique to first teach these commands.  Some of these things may have already been learned, that’s great.  You can use the dog’s current knowledge of each cue and progress further to adding hand signals.  Each command should have its own word and hand signal.

Teaching a dog to "Lay Down."
For both the "Sit" and "Down" commands, we use a food lure.  For Down, start the dog in a Sit position and reward for this.  Then slowly move your baited hand (hand with a food reward already in it) from the dog's nose to the ground, pause for a second, then pull forward and out.  Make sure you move very slowly keeping the dog's nose "attached" to the food reward.  The reason we pause for a second when you hit the ground is that about 50% of dogs will actually slide backwards to lay down instead of moving forward.  Be sure to move from the dog's nose downward but staying close to the dog's chest.  Pause here and wait to see if your dog slides backwards.  If not, slowly pull the food along the ground forward.  Wait until your dog's body touches the ground then immediately say, "Down...Good!" and give the reward.  Repeat this until your dog is doing well and seems to have a good handle on the Down command, then you may start adding the word before the action.


Other helpful Blog articles:
Anti Jump Training
Helpful Ways to Exercise your Puppy
Training Stay




Monday, February 5, 2018

Come w/ Distractions



One of the things I recommend practicing with your dog as often as possible is Come when Called.  Building up a reliable recall with your dog is one of the most important things you can teach.  Doing so will help keep your dog safe and keep your mind at ease.

As with any command or cue to teach your dog, start the command at its simplest.  See the links below to get the videos and details on how to start teaching a Come when called.  Once your dog has the basics down and is reliable 90% of the time in your home or back yard, it's time to start practicing it out in the world with minimal or no distractions. Once your dog is doing well at this and responding 90% or more of the time, start adding small distractions.  Remember to set your dog up for success.  If the distraction you have tried adding is a little too much for your dog to ignore, try something they can more easily move away from.  As the dog gets better with small distractions, start making the distractions more difficult.  Remember to always move forward at your dog's pace.  If the dog is making a lot of mistakes or unable to ignore the distraction you have tried, take the training back a step and make it easier until the dog can succeed.


Other helpful Blog articles:

Come when Called Step One
Come when Called Step Two
Come when Called Off Leash