May 28, 2017

The Future of Dog Training Explained

It's Robin! Usually I let Christmas do all the typing, but I feel like my blog sometimes needs more educational aspects to it, especially because I have a thing or two to say about the way we train our dogs. This is a long post, but I insist that you read it because it's important. Dogs were domesticated from wolves thousands of years ago to guard our homes, work on our farms, and be our companions. They were bred specifically to please and work alongside people. Sadly, this is something many people ignore-or take for granted-without even realizing it.

Dogs are intelligent, social creatures with complex needs and emotions. They likely come from wolves and share their heritage, but they are, by no means, wolves. So why do we train using dominance instead of positive reinforcement? Why does pinning a dog down when it growls to make it "submissive" seem okay? It shouldn't seem okay. Dogs are not wolves, they've evolved to feed off of what we teach them. Panting while being prodded in the neck isn't submission. Why not get to the root of the problem, as to why the dog is growling, and build up your dog's confidence to the trigger with the aid of your special bond instead?

Positive methods are no longer an opinion as to what is more natural and effective when it comes to teaching our dogs. It's technically the normal way, because the dominance-based way shouldn't exist in the first place and science tells us that force-free methods are definitely more natural and effective. Dogs were created to feed off our bond with them, so why are we suddenly pretending we live in a wolf pack and we have to "dominate" our furry family members?

Take this situation as an example. A dog doesn't walk well on a leash, so the owner uses a prong collar to adjust his behavior. The dog learns "whenever this collar is on it really hurts when I pull, so because I'm scared and I don't want to get hurt or make the human mad I won't pull". Suppose another dog doesn't walk nicely on a leash, so the owner rewards the dog every time he walks nicely and keeps his focus on his owner. The dog learns "whenever I pay attention my owner and listen to him I get good things so I'm gonna keep walking nicely so my owner is happy and I'm more comfortable. I also know now I'm learning more about my person and I know training is fun. I have a better bond with my person and I'll learn anything from him now that I understand training isn't a negative experience".

See the difference? One dog learns from pain, one dog learns from a trusting relationship with their person, something totally natural, more natural than prong collars, to your dog. And the dog that learns from pain, well, he isn't actually learning anything. He learns it hurts to pull when he wears a prong collar, not to actually walk nicely. Let's tell our dogs what to do instead of what not to do. The dog with the prong collar will go back to pulling and being anxious when that prong collar comes off, the owner won't have a trusting relationship with the dog, and the problem will get worse and worse, nasty prong collar or not. Those "untrainable" dogs usually are dubbed that after not reacting, or reacting negatively, after being taught with scary methods.

The situation can be anything, but let me give barking as an example. When your dog barks at the door like a maniac when he hears the knocking of a door or the ringing of a doorbell, will spraying him in the face with cold water or yelling at him work? Why not put your dog on a leash near the door, get his focus on you and reward him for looking at you, and have a friend knock on the door? When your dog stays focused on you after the knock, reward and repeat these sessions until your dog is totally glued to you and ready to obey you, doing his job of being a good boy who loves to learn whenever someone comes over.

Training isn't something to dread for both you and your pup. Training isn't something agitating or forceful. Training is a time to learn more about your dog's body language and for your dog to trust you and adore you even more. With positive methods based on the love you have for your pup, your dog will obey you and trust you more, will understand what to do instead of just what not to do, will be emotionally balanced, eager and quick to learn, and will be tentative to what you want to tell him.

Why choose outdated, ineffective methods when you can have a bond with your dog instead?

May 27, 2017

Random Musing

Any human that doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.

May 26, 2017

Zuke's PureNZ Beef + Venison Bites Review

***I was sent this product for free from the Zuke's company, but all opinions are my own. If you'd like me to review one of your products, visit my "product reviews" tab for more information.***

It's getting warmer out, and there's nothing like enjoying a beautiful day with your human out in nature. What makes those moments extra extra special? Yummy treats! When I want something savory to eat to help savor the moment, my mom likes to give me Zuke's PureNZ Bites made from New Zealand beef and venison.

They've got a totally pawsome chewy texture to them.

Not only are PureNZ Bites totally in agreement with canine taste buds, but they also contain nutrition you can feel good about. Let me explain...

The Zuke's company never skimps on quality. Their PureNZ Bites are only 4 calories each, are made with grass-fed beef and fresh herbs, and only contain natural, simple ingredients. No by-products, dyes, corn, or any other empty calories! The only ingredients in this product are New Zealand beef, venison, apples, vegetable glycerin, rosemary, salt, and mixed tocopherols. (Well isn't that a tongue twister!)

What are you waiting for? You can close your eyes and savor the goodness, too. If you want a treat you don't have to eat sparingly, is totally delicious, and your human can feel good about giving you, beg your person to pick up some Zuke's PureNZ Bites today!

May 25, 2017

Poll Reminder + Answers To Your Questions

Trust mom won't make me post about chickens for much longer. This is the blog of a handsome Dachshund, not a fluffy chick that hasn't even hatched yet! My peeps are getting their day-old chicks in the mail in 7 days, and my mom is unsure what to name hers, a female Buff Orpington. The four names she's been considering are in a poll at the top of my right sidebar.

If you haven't already, vote on which name you like best! Some of you commented your favorite name but didn't officially cast a vote, bu I'd prefer if you vote on the poll so my mom knows for sure how many votes each name gets.

You guys had some questions. Yes, the chickens will likely be free range. However, we have a large fenced-in garden we don't use so we might turn that into a chicken yard. We want the chickens to have a good life, but here in the country there are loose dogs, hawks, snakes, rats...we don't want the chickens to die off one by one in a short amount of time, but we also will make a decision that will be appropriate for their well being.

The chickens will be laying hens and the rooster will help protect them. They're pets, not meat birds! My mom might get into chicken showing because she's already into dog showing with this handsome stud, so it would be good to get the best of both worlds. She wants to attend a chicken show just as a visitor to see if it's even something she is interested in. The difference between a chicken and a rooster is that a chicken is female and a rooster is male for those who asked.

That's all for now!

May 23, 2017

Please Vote!

Usually you'd only see a post with that title during the Blogville election season, but that was 42 dog months ago.

If you read yesterday's post, you'd know the humans are getting 7 chicks that are only 2 days old on June 1st. One of them, a female Buff Orpington, will belong to my mom. My mom's Orp will look like the one on the left when it first arrives, and on the right is a photo of what it will look like when it grows up.

Now you have an idea of what my mom's new feathered friend will look like, but my mom hasn't officially chosen a name for the hen! Below are the two names she's choosing from. Before I mention something you guys can do, first read about why she likes each name.

Aster-has a masculine sound to it, is still pretty because it is a flower, is tough, definitely very unique, and is dreamy and memorable.

Saffron-it sounds unique, can be shortened to "Saffy" or "Saf", sounds feisty yet monotone. Has a slick sound to it.

Aspen-sounds adventurous, fun, feisty, and is still unique. Somewhat difficult to say but sounds exotic and attractive.

Jagger-sounds hardy, masculine, and is totally unique and memorable. It's easy to say, is trendy, strong, and rugged.

Those are the name go to the top of my blog's right sidebar to vote on a poll of what name you like best! My mom will have it up until June 1st when the chickens arrive. Although she plans on naming her chick whichever name gets the most votes, if she thinks a different name really does suit the chick than she will not hesitate to choose one of the other names instead. It's still fun learning your opinions!

Get voting!

May 22, 2017

Chicken Talk

You might know the peeps ordered chicks. Our place came with a chicken coop so the chicks have a place to stay when they are a few months old. My mom's so excited the chicks will be coming on June 1st!

Because there are 7 humans in the family, each one will get to name a chick. They're getting a Buff Orpington rooster, two Buff Orpington hens, two Barred Plymouth Rock hens, and two Easter Egger hens. My mom's chicken will be a female Buff Orpington.

Here's a picture from the internet of a Buff Orpington chick so you know what to expect.

Here's a Buff Orpington chick when they get a little older.

And here's a Buff Orpington hen all grown up!

We all know I'll always be my mom's #1, but that doesn't mean she can't enjoy her own chicken! She says that if socialized, young chickens can be a lot like dogs and can be trained. She says once they're adults, they can be trained to wear a harness and walk on a leash, something they learn to enjoy very much. She now is saying you can actually show chickens? I don't get the hype, but my mom is happy, and I know no chicken can replace me, so I'm okay with it!

Tomorrow I have something fun and interactive I need your help with, so be sure to visit back!

May 21, 2017

Smiles on Sunday

Use your smile to change the world. Don't let the world change your smile.