Dear Gentle Modern Community,
We hope your 2 + 4 - legged family members are well.
As we all head into re-isolation, know that we are thinking of you. Contact Amanda if there are any challenges/issues with your dog that you would like to discuss. We are here to help.
Here is your July edition of GMSDT News. Amanda, Rodna, David & Ruth
The Fabulous Canine Nose
You know your dog has a fabulous sense of smell.
Let Alexandra Horowitz break down the amazing biology of a dog's olfactory system in a four minute animation on YouTube -How do dogs "see" with their noses?
Free "Dogs Are Awesome Masterclass". 8 short training sessions by Susan Garrett. Wednesday, 8 July (our time) to Friday 17 July.
Susan is a Canadian Dog Trainer who generously shares many free programs (as well as provides paid online programs). We've promoted Susan Garrett's free programs here before and this is another one! (You do have to provide your email address but we reckon the content provided by Susan Garrett justifies this :-)
Live sessions are being run on Facebook but at a very unfriendly Melbourne, Australia time! The training session replays will be available on theMasterclass webpage, where you also sign up.
Book Review -Brain Teasers for Dogs by Christina Sondermann (English language edition, 2018, Quiller)
A book made for anytime, but especially these COVID-19 times! Christina Sondermann guides the reader through the process of using standard household items to make brain-stimulating puzzles for dogs of any age and size and aptitude. Some ideas you may have come across - we featured the Muffin Tin Game in the January edition of this newsletter and in avideo on our YouTube channeland theBottle Spin on our Facebook page- but most will be new to you (lots were new to me :-) The photographs are excellent and the instructions clear. Adults and Kids and Dogs will love this book.
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You can see from this still image that Rosie, a participant in our most recent Puppy Group Program, is alarmed by the approach of these friendly but high-energy pups. An instructor was close by to give Rosie support by gently steering the approaching pups away from full-on, sustained contact, leaving Rosie free to join in when she wasn't feeling under pressure.
It's possible that we're heading into a time when the wearing of face masks becomes prevalent. Many dogs may find the sight of humans in masks alarming. As a result, it's a good idea for your dog to become accustomed to masks. Battersea Dog's and Cats' Home has somesimple, clear advice on this process
Have you checked out the Gentle Modern School of Dog Training Facebook page lately? Each week we post content on dog care and training that we prepare specially for Facebook. Here's a sample of recent posts.
Stay-at-Home Orders & the Risks to Pets
Vetting Social Media sources on Dog Training and Dog Care
Value of the Stuffed Kong
Could Separation Anxiety be Brewing?
Steve Duno, Modern Dog Magazine article ‘Are You Making These 10 Training Mistakes?’
'Stranger' Danger - territoriality post COVID-19
Building a great relationship
How far away can dogs smell and hear? An answer to a question by Curious Kids - part of The Conversation
Pending further advice, GMSDT Melbourne has suspended group programs as a result of Melbourne Metro's return to Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions but will continue one-to-one lessons outdoors with one instructor and a maximum of two handlers participating at any one time. Appropriate physical distance can be maintained without compromising the training.