Amanda, Rodna, David, Ruth Gentle Modern School of Dog Training
Strengthening & Stretching
Did any of you register for the free 'Keeping your dog fit, healthy and happy' Webinar promoted in the February edition of GM-News?
SASH (Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Sydney) staff Dr. Naomi Boyd, Sports Medicine Veterinarian & Physiotherapist (one of only two people in Australia with dual human and veterinary physiotherapy qualifications) and Allana Langdon, Rehabilitation Therapist demonstrated a range of stretches and strengthening exercises easily done at home.
Instruct your dog to move fromsit to stand - eight repetitions. For extra benefit, this movement can be done with the dog facing uphill.
Play bow - eight-12 repetitions
Rest your legs on a chair and lure your dogunder the leg 'bridge'- the height of your legs should be such that your dog doesn't crawl (that is, inch forward in a drop position) but instead do a slight 'squat' as they go under
With one forearm under your dog's belly for support, lure your dog to follow your hand holding a treat to their tail (sonose to tail) and back, and then the same on the other side of the dog's body - fluid movement back and forth over 90 seconds
For well-being your dog needs
Walking AND Varied Activity(like dog-dog play, chasing a ball, running on the beach)
High intensity AND gentle activity- Don't fall into the trap of throwing a ball over and over. Incorporate swimming if possible.
Movement on different terrain(concrete, mulch, grass, dirt, etc.)AND different gradients.
Stranded dog saved by sausage (a more high-tech story than you might imagine!)
After resisting all efforts to entice her off Hampshire UK mudflats as the tide rose, Jack Russell X Millie, finally moved to safety following a sausage attached to a drone. For full details see theGuardian article.
Juliana DeWillems (KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CDBC) writing in the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Newsletter Winter 2022 suggests you consider the following factors when making training plans:
"Session frequency: One study showed that dogs trained once or twice a week performed better than dogs trained daily (read about it inCompanion Animal Psychology)
Session length: A few minutes at a time go a long way (see more about session setup fromFear Free Pets)
Reinforcement timing: A high rate of reinforcement, meaning reinforcing behaviors as frequently as every 2-4 seconds, increases the chances your dog stays engaged and eager in the training session
Treat choice: Foods that are small, stinky, and squishy often make great treats (for ideas, check out tips from theKaren Pryor Academy)"
Skimming Superior Info
Pets and Their Peopleis a new online newsletter published by thePet Professional Guildand aims to deliver accessible, friendly, practical, fun topics from a wide array of professionals all committed to supporting the emotional, physical, and environmental well-being of our pets. I especially enjoyed the article in the first edition by Don Hanson, 'A Relationship Built on a Lifetime of Kindness, Mutual Trust and Joy'. There's also a very healthy dog treat recipe, so good the 'treats' can be a meal replacement!