Posts Tagged ‘puppy training’

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Trailing Arbutus, Hepatica, Goldthread, Violets, Marsh Marigolds.

Winter Wrens, Sandhill Cranes, Ovenbirds, White-throated Sparrows.

Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs.

Seeing these plants blooming or hearing these animals singing are all sure signs Spring has finally made its way to the Northwoods.

Not far behind will be the many wildlife babies sharing our space. Already Northwoods Wildlife Center  (NWC) has baby black bears, squirrels, bunnies and crows among its first babies admitted for care.

In years past, dog attacks were responsible for 3.37%-10.92% of patients admitted to NWC. The average of the last decade is 6.22%. That’s roughly 49 patients per year admitted because someone didn’t have control of their dog.

Sometimes the dog kills the mom and leaves behind orphans. Sometimes the dog manages to chase down and actually attack a fawn. Sometimes the dog is just being a dog and sniffs out a nest of cottontail rabbits in the lawn.

How can we as responsible dog owners also be responsible environmental stewards?

The most obvious answer it to train your dog. No chasing after wildlife. At the very least your dog should have an impeccable recall and a steady leave it or off command.

Dogs are dogs and driven by instinct, so keep an eye your dog and what she’s doing. They are similar to kids in the fact they can get into trouble quickly.

What happens if, despite all your good intentions and watchfulness, your dog disturbs some wild babies?

First, leash or confine your dog so no further damage can be done.

Then call your local wildlife rehabilitation center. Many times they can instruct you on how to return animals to their proper moms. If that’s not possible, they can advise you what’s best for the animal.

NEVER feed an orphan unless instructed to do so by a professional. Wildlife need very special diets and milks. Using something you may have around the house can cause gastric crisis very frequently ending in the animal’s death.

We all can share our space with a little training and planning.

Baby Flying Squirrel

Baby Flying Squirrel

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Huh? What is all this alphabet soup?

International Association of Canine Professionals Certified Dog Trainer

Why is the title Certified Dog Trainer important?

Did you know currently anyone wanting to call themselves a dog trainer can do so? Someone who may have had some success training their own family pet decides it’s fun and will start charging the neighbors to train their dogs. That’s all well and good IF the person really is able to read a dog correctly and communicate to the owners.

One of the reasons I became a dog trainer was because another person in the area started calling themselves a dog trainer. Some of my grooming clients started questioning me about some of the advice they’d gotten from this person. This person had trained their own dogs, gone to a few seminars and viola…a dog trainer was born. After handling thousands of dogs in almost 25 years of grooming and working in a vet clinic, I didn’t just hang out a shingle and call myself a dog trainer. I went to school.

I hold certifications from a couple different dog training schools. Probably more important to me, though, is my Certified Dog Trainer certificate from IACP – my IACP CDT designation.

What do the initials IACP CDT mean?

The CDT exam is intended to test an applicant’s basic level of skills to provide the general public with a standard of expectation for what constitutes a “basic level” of expertise. The passing of the CDT exam also provides recognition and approval from peer professionals within an internationally established organization. The CDT is a RESULTS based certification with the trainer being held to the code of ethics of the IACP. It’s important to a person hiring a dog trainer to know the trainer is being held to a high standard and has proven their ability to train you and your dog. The initials IACP CDT mean your trainer has done this.


I’m working on my advanced certification already!

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People ask me daily when they should start training the puppy they just got. IMMEDIATELY!

Puppies are little sponges soaking up information 24/7 whether or not you’re not actively training.  Why not make some of the things they are soaking up things you WANT them to soak up?

Reward behavior they offer naturally. When they’re tired and start to sit, say “sit, good dog”.  Or you can easily lure a pup into a sit with a food treat, also. If you catch your pup running to you, say “come”.

Mind you, this does not mean your dog knows what the commands SIT or COME mean at this point. Doing these things is laying a foundation for the upcoming weeks. All good relationships start with a good foundation.

Start building a good foundation from the day your pup comes home and your relationship will grow into something amazing!

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