Gentle Modern School of Dog Training(GMSDT) News - April 2020
Newsletter purpose: provide excellent information about dogs and dog-careandshare info about ways you and your dogs can continue to work with us
The sad news is we have suspendedPlay+Trainand we have put off the launch of our monthlyAgilityclass and our new programsHandling DistractionsandBuilding Confidencedue to COVID-19.
But, here’s thepositive news:
We are still offering one-to-one lessons (one instructor and one handler and dog) in the outdoors, pending further advice.
Rodna and I are working on video-based hints and demos to share with you at no-cost. (Stay Tuned for upcoming info on this.)
Murphy the Border Collie, Ripley the Whippet, and Emmy the Spoodle took home hula hoops for home-based DIY Agility practice from our Agility+Rally-O workshop.
Be your own coach - Video your Training
You’ve heard us speak before of Susan Garrett. Susan is a Canadian dog trainer who runs an array of online training courses. She strongly recommends videoing your dog training. There’s lots of reasons for doing so but let’s look at the top two reasons:
Reviewing Your ‘Mechanics’
When did you deliver the reinforcement (food reward/praise)?
How did you deliver the reinforcement? (Above the dog’s head, behind the dog’s head.)
Where was your dog looking when you delivered the reinforcement? (Was your dog looking up at you and paying attention or was s/he mentally focused on that butterfly in the bush.)
Did your hand signals vary or were they consistent?
Reviewing Your Dog
What is your dog's Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture telling you? Susan calls this the dog’s T.E.M.P. Is your dog engaged, stressed, excited, bored? (For guidance on reading your dog’s body language, checkoutiSpeakDog andVictoria Stilwell’s guide)
Assess whether/how your dog’s response to different training activities varies: is energy "low" or "high", is your dog confident and sure or tentative and uncertain with particular exercises?
Videoing your training will help you adjust your next training session to set both of you up for even more success. Plus, your kids will love 'making movies'.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Dog Owners by Tiffany Lovell
Who's walking who?
Comfort with Unfamiliar People
Wondering what our dogs think about this time of COVID-19?
Massage for Enjoyment, for Calm, to Alleviate Soreness, to Warm-up before Strenuous Exercise
Do you enjoy a massage for relaxation or rejuvenation? Dogs generally enjoy massage also. (Keep an eye on your dog’s body language – refer to the guides above – when you try massage. They will tell you whether they are enjoying it or not.) Four simple dog massage techniques are described and illustrated athttps://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-massage-your-dog/2028
Our very best wishes for your continued good health