How To Enjoy Walking Your Dog

fitness dog walking running with dogsWorking with dogs encompasses many aspects of my professional and personal life. From training dogs, running with dogs, walking with dogs, to literally coaching people to a lifestyle they want more of, which usually includes leaving stress and worry behind and developing their passions and relationships, we can learn much from a simple daily dog walk or a quick run.

Dogs have a way of making us aware of developing those moments of pure joy and then building on more of that. At least for me, much of my mentoring and coaching centers around those concepts. And they work!

Karen Palmer Mindful Dog Training

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I bring you a guest post by Karen Palmer who is the best-selling author of “Dogs are gifts from God” and the Ground-breaking innovative energy healing dog training guide “The Secret to Puppy Love” as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor Karen helps people discover the magic within. She has combined all her spiritual gifts to be a Conscious Dog Trainer, and a Non-Profit Business Leader. She is working to bring environmental education, animal advocacy, and kindness to public schools.

It is my intention to bring other philosophies to this blog, we all have our learning styles and what speaks to us internally. Note that my dog and people training may differ from that of my guest posters! :) Please enjoy Karen’s view on walking with dogs.

Karen’s Mindful Dog Walking Tips

How to Enjoy Walking Your Dog

Walking dogsThe most important thing to do first is be in a calm state of mind. Please don’t try to accomplish this if you are in a hurry . Your companion reads your energy and your body language and even knows you are thinking about going for a walk.

Walking dogsI suggest you meditate or listen to relaxing music while your friend is in the room with you. This can be for five minutes or up to a half hour, it’s up to you. Create a bond with your pet by petting and massaging up and down the spine. This is very relaxing for both of you. You can download a free meditation you can do with your dog that will help both of you relax at PositivelyPetsAndKids.com 

Walking DogsBe mindful as you approach your dog with the leash. Walk your dog slowly over to the door and have him sit and stay as you calmly open the door. Please make sure your dog stays calm watching you open the door; this is setting the tone. Claim the space of the open door and do not let the dog walk through until you lead. Treat for good listening and slowly walk out the door with your dog by your side and a loose leash in your hand.

Walking DogsThe walk will begin with you setting the pace you can walk as slow or fast as you would like just make sure your dog is by your side or behind you. Your body language is very important. Keep your shoulders back and your spine straight. This will help your dog understand we are on the walk. If the dog tries to pull, correct by slightly pulling up on the leash and making a sound that your dog responds to. I use the word slow and walk slowly and mindfully.

Walking DogsWhen your dog is walking perfectly, you can reward him by inviting him to an area where he can sniff. 70% of your dog’s attention is on smelling. That means we only have 30% of their attention so I suggest having a treat in your pocket that smells really good. Enjoy the walk together and be in the moment. Notice the beautiful flowers, the bright blue sky, the green trees. Feel gratitude fill your heart and notice how peaceful your dog is too.

Senior woman and  her dogReturn to your house and make sure you walk through the door first. Take the collar and leash off your dog and give as much affection and praise as you would like. This is a beautiful way to walk your dog. Your dog will feel peaceful and content and you can go about your day. Dogs read our energy and the more relaxed you are on the walk you will notice your dog enjoying the walk too.

You can find more of Karen Palmer’s writing and philosophy at: http://www.itsalldivine.org   http://www.positivelypetsandkids.com  http://www.facebook.com/puppyloverevolution    http://www.livingonpurposetv.org

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Slam Dunk Ways To Get Your Dog To Listen Without Going to A Dog Training Class

Dog Training Online CoursesOk, so you love your dog. But, there’s these things that he does that drive you crazy. Or you just don’t understand why after all this time, the thousands of times you’ve told him, asked him, pleaded with him to just do this one thing and he still doesn’t get it.

Dog One On One Listening Skills

Well, there are reasons for it. Mainly that your dog thinks and learns much differently than we do and we are constantly trying to logic with him.

Here’s a big secret.

Your dog does not have the capacity to logic.

I know, I know. You mean you’ve been jabbering on all this time and your dog heard, blah, blah, blah, blah… ya wanna treeeat? Oh yeah, ears perk up, tail wags. He got that one.

Why?

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The way you live with your dog is as individual as it comes. Which is why so many dog training classes don’t exactly work… and why… I’m putting together some new dog lifestyle programs and an dog training ecourse that can be access online and I want to know exactly what you need help with. So I’ve set up a way for you to schedule a consultation with me and get whatever questions you have about your dog answered. Yep, once again. No charge.

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 Whatever dog lifestyle you want to create. Ask me. And no, I’m not here to sell you on a dog training class you don’t even have the time to go to, nor do you want to try that route again. I’m doing this to find some real solutions for dog people who:

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3 Great Tips For Leash Training

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*guest post by Austrian Pro Dog Trainer Brigid Weinzinger

Dogs pull on leashes.
Full stop.
Like it was a law of nature.

Do you feel like this sometimes?

Like there is nothing you can do about it? Not much at least. Because you have tried it all and still you got that dog of yours pulling on the leash.

Well, your are not alone! We have all been there!

As a matter of fact there are solid reasons why your dog pulls on the leash.
(I’ll go there in a minute!)

However, there is no reason to stay there.
You, too, can have your dog walking nicely on leash with you.
Without years of harsh training or putting stuff on your dog that will just hurt and harm them.

And I will tell you how. 

Before that we’ll just take a quick glance at why the dog pulls in the first place.

There are three simple reasons

Dog Remedies 1Reason:  That interesting thing over there!
Dogs follow their impulses, go for whatever is interesting, smells interesting.  And bet you: most of the time that interesting thing is well beyond the range of the leash.  Plus dogs move faster than humans do (at least as a general rule). So what do you end up with? A dog that pulls on the leash trying to get to the interesting thing.  It takes impulse control and thus training to not pull.

Dog Remedies 2Reason:  You pull on the leash!
Have you ever watched your first reaction when the dog starts pulling? Yes, your reflex is to pull or jerk back. It is simple physics: force and countervailing force.  In plain language: the dog pulls, you pull. The terrible thing, though: The same thing will happen to your dog. You pull, so they pull. Countervailing force!  It will just go on till you end up in a tug of war on the leash or you decide to break the vicious circle.  How do you expect your dog to keep the leash loose when you don’t?

Dog Remedies 3Reason: It works!
Dogs will do what works and stop doing what doesn’t. It’s what learning theory calls the “Law of Effect“. If the effect of leash pulling is success – as in, “I get to go where I want to go and faster than any other way“ – the dog will continue the successful strategy. Honestly, anything else would be madness, wouldn’t it? Now, who set the dog up for success with pulling?

Yes. You. Because you walk along and let yourself get pulled.  Sure way of actively teaching your dog to pull! So don’t complain if they do…

By now you probably have a notion of where we’ll be going….

Small orange ckmkEliminate the reasons
Small orange ckmkEstablish impulse control
Small orange ckmkEffectively train for success on a loose leash

Let me give you the best three tips I can come up with for that later.

We are talking best three tried and tested on hundreds of dogs!
They always work. Always! I mean ALWAYS!

Provided the human part in the equation stays cool and consistent :).

So, here we go!

Get the Right Leash Training Equipment for Your Dog!

Does it really matter what type of leash or collar or harness you use?

Oh Yes!

Let me tell you a short story: Many years ago with my first dog, a then very young and (always) lovely lab called Maluna I spent some days with a great dog trainer and was asked to join them for a group training. It involved walking in a group of dogs on leash trough a stretch of forest at 6am. God! That was going to soooo embarrassing: me half sleep walking at 6am with a dog who never ever was on leash in the forest (only in the city) and not used to being in a group of dogs! 

You know what saved me? The night before I had bought a harness instead of a collar and a 3 metres leash instead of the short 1.5 metres leash. It worked magic!
Dog Training Leash TrainingThe harness was so much more comfortable for her, no pressure on her sensitive throat which she tried to escape from! The 3 metres gave her enough space to walk normally, take a sniff here and catch up again. Pure magic!

Since then I have changed hundreds of dogs onto nicely fitted harnesses and long leashes – and it always does the trick! So go and get some of the magic for your doggy, too!

(and don’t they look pretty? Yes, that’s the famous Malune in the pic!)

Make Leash Pulling a Failure!

Remember? Your dog pulls because it works. Well, make sure it doesn’t!

That requires you to do one thing that sounds simple but does take some practice: The very second you feel the leash isn’t slack or loose, you stop. Immediately! Keep your elbow to your side, let your feet stop and grow roots. Your dog must not have any success with pulling. Not one centimeter of ground to be gained through pulling. The only way to ensure that pulling does not work any more!

Be prepared that your dog might try really hard and even jump into the leash. After all it’s a case of, darn it, this always used to work!!! I’ll try just a bit harder“.

Just stand still, don’t move. Don’t pull back. Keep breathing. Stay calm.
And wait. Wait for this one moment when your dog notices that pulling won’t work and when they are maybe giving you that doubtful glance (hey there, what is going on?“), call them and reward when they come. What happens? Your dog will have stopped the pulling and procured the slack in the leash – which you reward. BINGO!

Reward the Loose Leash. Reward and Reward!

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Let’s be honest: As long as the dog behaves nicely we normally don’t do anything. Only when their behavior takes a turn to the unwanted do we start to react and want to change things. The nice walking on leash goes unnoticed, the pulling gets immediate attention. It is human nature, so don’t blame yourself!

But please train yourself to do otherwise – to reward all the good things your dog is offering.  You remember that dogs will do what is successful? So make sure the right behaviours are successful!  The secret in successful leash training lies in the timely rewards.

Reward as long as the leash is loose! Use great treats! Reward frequently! If need be reward every two steps on a loose leash in the beginning. Then start asking for more steps and more and turn your frequent rewards into occasional ones. Make leash walking a fun game and you will get a dog who won’t leave your side any more…

Brigid WeinzingerBrigid Weinzinger lives and works with animals and their humans. She has made her passion her profession and offers soulful animal training and coaching to all who want to experience the same magic she finds in animals:  Deep bonding, an understanding beyond words and the joy of learning and discovering things together (including good manners with each other). She lives in Austria and posts on http://www.denktier.com.  Sign up for her blog and a free brochure “Share the Joy, Double the Fun with your Dog“ or follow her and her animal adventures and advice on http://www.facebook.com/brigiddenktier.

Running with Dogs, Oxytocin and Pair Bonding

Running with DogsHow would your life, your work, your dating life, your relationship with your husband, wife or children change if you could get a little surge of oxytocin whenever you wanted?

WHAT? Is that some sort of illegal drug and what does it have to do with my dog?

NO. It’s not an illegal drug.

It’s a hormone, one that is known to clear up anxiety, deal with stress, make you feel good; it creates bonding that rocks. It’s a thing that if you could put in pill form, people would be clearing the shelves, buying enough to not run out. Ever.

What Does Ocytocin and Running With Your Dog Have To Do With One Another?

Connection releases oxytocin. Real connection. And our dogs are one of the easiest things to start connecting with. They have no judgements, they are just simply happy to be with you.

Combine getting outdoors and a little exercise and you’re golden. Oxytocin galore.

PawsRunning just 15 minutes 3-5 times a week could make all the difference in the world on how you feel. And let me just tell you, your dog’s life will change dramatically. For the good.

How To Start Running With Your Dog

Heading out the door with your dog ready to put a 5 miler in when you haven’t been running in a very long time, or maybe you’ve never been a runner, isn’t a very good idea.

Just sayin…

And then there’s that thing about how to get your dog to run nicely on a leash when they haven’t done it before.

1 circle greenThe best way to start is to experiment with some easy running drills in a field, park or for those who actually get to live in Maui, the beach to start. It’s good for more than a few reasons.

One good reason when it comes to training your dog to run with you is you can run a short distance, then turn and go in another direction, many times. It is a great help in teaching your dog to stay by your side, rather than pull ahead.

Small orange ckmkDogs do what works for them or what you let them get away with. If you let them pull ahead, they will. If you let them drag behind, they will. It’s only a game for them, they just don’t know the rules.

Once your define the rules by requiring your dog follow you closely in expectation of a direction change, it becomes clear. This running thing means to hang by you and follow every move you make!

2 cirlce greenAnother good reason to start running with dogs using these steps is it takes the idea that it’s a huge undertaking away.

Start with running back and forth in a park, field, beach or open space. Make it 10 or 15 minutes. Done. It won’t be long and the movement, the fresh air, the quality time spent with your dog and the oxytocin release will have you wanting to up your time and distance to get more of a good thing!

Seriously.

You’ll be ready to move on to longer sustained running sessions on a trail, road or on the beach and you’ll both be stoked about it.

3 circle greenYou’ll hydrate more. Drinking 8 glasses of water is the recommended staple to stay hydrated. No one does it. Or very few people.

Also true, dogs may have water out available but most dogs don’t drink enough on their own. Add a run session in and your dog will naturally drink more. You should however, make water available all the time and encourage your dog to drink after every single run session you have together.

So… I’d like to make this really easy for you so that you can have the life you love with your dog by your side.

GO DO IT. And if you have questions put them in the comments below. I’d love to answer them. The fact that you are here now indicates to me that you are committed to have that oxytocin feeling all the time!

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The Single Most Powerful Dog Training Class You Can Have

Dog Yoga FitnessAs a Professional Dog Trainer, there’s one skill you can attain that is more powerful than any other.

Do you know what it is?

My friend Dawn Celapino does.

Small orange ckmkIt’s NOT building a new website.
Small orange ckmkIt’s not making friends with every vet in town in hopes of referrals.
Small orange ckmkIt’s not doing tricks with your dog in front of Petco.

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Dog Yoga FitnessDawn has teamed up with the best in the dog business world and is going to show you how to incorporate this one class into your own business and create repeat business from high paying dog owners.

Master this class and you’ll find the secret to getting more clients who KEEP coming back, who bring new clients with rave reviews from benefits they receive for their dogs and themselves.

It’s powerful.

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Are Tennis Balls A Good Thing For Your Dog?

You just got home from a stressful day at work. Nice. Home. Even better… you are greeted at the door with a huge wag and your dog, tennis ball dog toy in mouth! Seriously you can’t help but smile. Play time.

Dog Tennis BallAfter all we all need to live a little more in the play mode like our dogs do so often. It is what makes our dogs so dear to us. Unconditional love and the insatiable idea of play.

But Wait, Are Tennis Balls A Good Thing For Your Dog?

Dog Tennis Ball ToyMost dogs have a favorite toy and high on the list seems to be the age old tennis ball. Yet there is the concern that tennis balls aren’t safe for your dog. While nothing is absolutely fail safe, let’s take a look at the tennis ball and is it safe for your dog.

Tennis Balls and Dog Teeth

One of the big reasons tennis balls are touted as bad for your dog is tooth wear and tear. After doing a little research it turns out it might not be the ball but the dirt.

Tennis players tend to get new balls frequently due to the fact that after a short amount of play the ball’s diameter is smaller. Tennis players will tell you that the racquet strings will quickly abrade the softer surface of a tennis ball which is covered with a substance made of wool and nylon or a felt type surface.

Dirty Balls

Tennis players who play on clay courts will tell you that the strings on their racquet will get worn down quickly by the tennis ball due to the fact that clay, ultimately dirt and/or sand picked up on the surface of the ball is very abrasive.
Dog Tennis Ball Toy

Go ahead, get an affordable toy your dog loves. Like the bestest thing ever… My Lab finds them at Baldwin Beach on Maui all the time. Score. Big score. Favorite toy of all time!

Arrow Soft RightOther considerations are if your dog chews a tennis ball to pieces and ingests them big danger could make for a really bad play session in the end. As well there is latex in the “ingredients” of a tennis ball and like people, some dogs could have an allergic reaction.

So, ultimately it’s up to you to decide if you feel it’s safe enough to continue your dog’s obsession with the tennis ball or deprive your dog of the wild wagging that starts with a mere glimpse of that tennis ball.

Personally, my dog’s a Lab, she LOVES and I mean absolutely loves the tennis ball. Luckily she doesn’t chew them up, she’d carry one to he end of the earth though.

And your dog, is the tennis ball way up on the toy priority list?

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The Ugly Truth About Fireworks and Dogs

Does your dog really dig fireworks?

Dog Fireworks WarningThat’s what I thought. Hell no. Nope. No way.

Even dogs who seemingly don’t have a reaction, I’d be willing to bet would really prefer fireworks weren’t a part of this particular celebration.

What Do Dogs Really Hear When it Comes to Fireworks

Hearing callout5 Things to Consider for Your Dog 4th of July Safety

Maui Dog 1Exercise your dog big time the morning of the 4th of July. Whether you are cooking in, or going out, a huge exercise session for your dog does great things to take the edge off. *Come to think of it, probably true for you too!

2 BlueKeep your dog in a secure place whether you are home or not.

For many dogs this may mean a crate or kennel, or “a room of their own” if you plan to be away.

3 BlueNever leave your dog unattended in the yard or outdoor run. Even the most balanced dog can have a reaction. A scared dog can get out of amazing high or secure fences or small openings you aren’t aware of.

4 BlueTaking your dog to a fireworks event is not a good idea. You might think it’s fun but read the deal above about their hearing and vibrations. They may tolerate it, or they could freak out, in either case, not a good idea.

5 BlueHave identification tags on your dog. 4th of July is notorious for dogs getting out and lost. ID tags make it easy for anyone to find who to call and how you can quickly be reunited with your dog.

So, tell me… what does your dog do on the 4th of July?

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