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All Dressed Up For The Holidays

Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook fans recently shared these testimonials with photos of their dogs all dressed up for Christmas. Enjoy!

Cyrus and Flower

“I’m a big fan of the iCalmDog. Cyrus and Flower are both rescued Italian Greyhounds and it works so well for this sensitive breed!”     

Lori Brown, Hawaii

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“My Bichon, Jacabee, loves listening to Through a Dog’s Ear. The music helps him relax when traveling. I also run a dog training centre in the U.K. and play your music in my classes to help the dogs keep calm.  It enables them to learn new things in a relaxed environment.”

Alison Garforth, Somerset

Lexi and Lucy

“Our Goldens: Lexi (15) & Lucy (13 1/2). We play the Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine on a continuous loop!”

Annmarie Fisher, Louisiana

 Dino 2

 “Dino is a white Boxer from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue that we are fostering. As you can see, he is really listening to Through a Dog’s Ear.”

Kristin Altman, South Carolina

 Niko the cat in santa suit

“Niko listens to Through a Dog’s Ear with his canine housemates.”

Ashley Oslund, North Carolina

Gina Sanchez Xmas Chanukah
Top: Santa Sanchez and Reindog Gina / Bottom: Gina celebrating Chanukah

Gina and Sanchez join me in wishing you a lovely holiday, no matter what you may be celebrating at this time of year. (Don’t worry, they were very well paid for the photo shoot.)

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10 Dog Training Tips

January is National Train your Dog Month. My readers know that I’m an advocate of humane, positive, science based dog training. Every Tuesday on the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page is “Training Tip Tuesday”.  I ask fans and training experts to chime in with their training tips. Here are some from earlier this week:

  1. “When dealing with behavior issues, remember to look at daily sources of stress in your dog’s life and start with a de-stress or relaxation process before you begin tackling the problems. Much like us, ongoing stress or over-stimulation is not healthy for our dogs either!” Michelle Payson, owner of That’s My Dog Professional Dog Training in Douglas, MA.
  2. “Look for and reward behaviors that you like and want to see again. Behaviors that are rewarded are repeated.”  Canine Minds and Manners Professional Dog Training in Alberta, Canada
  3. “Remember that EVERY interaction that you have with your pet is training and that most pets will interpret ANY attention from you as a reward, even if you think of it as negative attention” Not Home Alone Pet, Livestock, and House Sitting in San Dimas, California.
  4. “Focus on what you want your pet to do, instead of what you don’t want him to do. Don’t like the barking at the front door? What do you want instead? Work towards that! It changes your focus completely.” Shared by fan Karey Harris.
  5. “Ignore or manage undesirable behaviors, and reward and/or reinforce desirable behaviors!” A comment from fan Sallee Autumn.
  6. Click here to read “50 ways to Use your Kong”, a fabulous article written by trainer Robin Sockness, owner of My Best Buddy Dog Training in Sharpsburg, GA.
  7. “When introducing new behaviors with most cats, it’s best to train before meals. When training new behaviors with high energy dogs, it’s best to do training sessions after a short period of exercise. Both of these tips will help the dog & cat to be more focused during a training session” From Amy of ConsciousCompanion.com in North Carolina.
  8. “Loose leash walking – If we let our dogs leave the house in an excited state, loose leash walking might be difficult.” Here’s a great post by trainer Lupe Matt on the subject. (And you’ll get a good laugh out of the Boxer’s reaction in the video when he’s asked if he wants to go for a walk.)
  9. “So, how long do I need to use food when training?” is an informative post by trainer Stacy Hiebert Greer of Dallas, TX.
  10. “Accept your dog as is… a social creature, a companion animal. Be realistic in your goals and fair in your expectations. Train away the things that you absolutely can not live with and never, ever underestimate a dogs potential, based on your own preconceived notions.”  Susan Gleeson, owner of Center for Heeling

Do you have any dog or cat training tips you can share? Thanks for posting them in a comment below and sharing your thoughts on these training tips. Happy training!