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.
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If you want the answer watch this video and fill out this survey.

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Want more videos on how to teach your own dog yoga class, what to charge, and how to get your dog training business on the map with this very powerful class?

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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.

Talk soon,

Jt Clough

PS If you have tons of dog training clients already this will bring you BIG profits because they won’t go away never to be seen until they get a new dog. They’ll stay with you and KEEP paying you.

PSS If you have too few clients this class will put you on the map in your area.

Come check it out HERE.

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Why Your Maui Dog Should Not Drink From Mud Puddles

It’s Maui. It’s hot. Keep your dog hydrated. All things we already know.

Dog Mud Puddle Drinking Warning

It also rains. It’s tropical. There are mud puddles.

Dog Mud Puddle

It’s Called Leptospirosis

There are only 100-200 cases of leptospirosis reported in the United States every year. But here’s the deal, 50% of those cases come from Hawaii!

Because of the tropical climate the disease is much more prevalent, giving good reason why Maui dog people should know how to recognize the symptoms and when to get medical attention.

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection transmitted by contact with water or soil that has be contaminated through infected animal urine. More cases occur with heavy rainfall and tropical environments. It is often found in areas with waterfalls and freshwater ponds where bacteria can live for long periods of time.

What are signs of Leptospirosis in Maui Dogs?

The symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to many other viral and bacterial infections. Mis-diagnosis can easily occur.

Be aware of the signs and pay attention to water sources your dog may have drank out of.

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Sweating paw pads or chills
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If the disease is left untreated, more serious symptoms can develop, including:

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How to Prevent Leptospirosis in Maui Dogs

dog vaccinationArrow Soft RightThe most effective way to prevent leptospirosis is to restrict a dog’s access to muddy marshy areas, ponds, irrigated pastures, raw sewage and standing pools of stagnant water. 

It’s often hot in Maui and we are conditioned to make sure our dogs get water. When they head for a mud puddle after one the heavy rains, it seems almost wrong to not let your dog drink.

But really, its a bad idea.

There is a vaccine for leptospirosis in dogs. Talk to your vet about those and know you should do your own discovery about how often it is necessary.

Dog leptospirosis vaccine

If you are on an outing, make sure to carry your own water for your dog.

And yes, I DO give my dogs bottled water!

P.S. How about you? What is your dog’s main water source?


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Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not A Dog

Dog Beach ChairThis video will make you laugh without a doubt. It indeed points out dog behavior we tend to tolerate on a daily basis.

It is amazing how ridiculous it seems when a human is doing it, yet we can ignore it when the dog behaves this way.

Being in the dog training world for quite some time there are things in this video I find acceptable, even quite tolerable and some that really can be trained for… in the case that you really are a dog.

If you are a person, well, it’s out of my realm to get you some help… you’ll need to find that on your own!

Dog Remedies 1Barking at the Front Door

This is one I can actually classify as tolerable.  It is true that your home is much less likely to be broken into because you own a dog.  Barking at the door can be a great alarm system.  If the barking goes on and on, that’s another story but a short outburst as a live alarm system is a good thing.

Dog Remedies 2Jumping on Guests

This one should be on your list for training.  Really not cool for anyone to deal with no matter what size the dog.  With a few tips and dog training basics your dog can learn to sit when greeting a guest at your door.

Dog Remedies 3Licking Yourself

I’ve heard on a number of occasion that most men wish they could do this trick!  My personal opinion on this one… personal preference. You can train your dog to stop licking on command, but don’t expect that this behavior won’t happen when your dog gets the chance.  One of the joys of being a dog is you can do this one in public and get away with it.

Dog RemediesBegging at the Table

No.  Not good.  Train your dog not to beg.  As a lab owner this one is really important at my house.  Some dogs love food more than others.  Feeding from the table is a really bad idea and will encourage this habit.  Guests hate this.  Not cool.  Send your dog to hang out on a bed or some designated spot while you eat.

Dog RemediesHumping

Ya gotta admit, this one was funny, but if it’s your leg getting humped, not so funny all.  Dogs are dogs to a certain degree, but tolerating this behavior shouldn’t be part of your relationship with your dog. *Hint: dogs aren’t good at multi-tasking. Interrupt the hump with something as simple as “sit” to stop this embarrassing behavior!

Dog Remedies 6Peeing on a Newspaper

Potty training is in the top few reasons why people call Maui Dog Remedies for professional help.  Many times it is simply due to your puppy or dog being confused about where to go. Starting your dog out on newspapers or potty pads is a big no in this trainer’s opinion.  Dogs learn and think in pictures.  Newspapers in the house to a dog that was shown this technique early on is hard habit to break.  Teach your dog to go outside.

Dog Remedies 7Rear End Sniffing

Another one for personal preference.  A dog can get away with this one and yea, it’s sort of a dog thing.  You decide what is OK and what isn’t here.  As long as your dog isn’t accosting people with an over zealous nose nudge… you know where I’m talking about, a little sniffing isn’t going to hurt anyone.

Dog Remedies 8Sleeping on the Bed

Yet another you decide.  The age old myth that says your dog will become dominant due to sleeping on the bed is just that really… a myth.  We have our dogs these days for many personal reasons and sometimes the cuddle factor is high on the list. That being said, if you have a dog with behavioral issues, this could be a problem.  You know if this is the case and if so seeking professional training is highly recommended.

Dog Remedies 9Taking a Dump On The Sidewalk

Another one for your discrepancy.  The only rule that MUST be followed on this one…. have a bag and pick it up. Personally, I like to train my dogs where to go.  At home there is an area in the side yard.  When we are out and about I like to show them where I want them to go.  Even better, let your dog do the duty before going out and about to cut down on the unexpected places the urge might happen. Potty training is a biggie for harmony in the household.  Go about this one right and everyone is much happier…. including your dog.

Dog Remedies 10Running Out An Open Door

This one goes on the not cool category.  Not only is it a big safety hazard for your dog, but it is one of those things that can really hamper how your daily routine goes at your home.  I know people who have to barely crack the door and slither out themselves so the dog doesn’t push through and take off. A good solid recall (come when called) and boundary training is highly recommended here.

Jt Clough Running DogsJt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people. Her work at Maui Dog Remedies is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is often described as a dog whisperer for our best friends. Her latest publications are Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.

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A Simple Way To Stop Your Dog From Peeing In The House That Works

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to get your adult dog to quit peeing in the house? *true for puppies too!

Dog Pee Enzyme Cleanup TextI know you are busy. And it seems like your dog should have clearly gotten the message by now, but there’s habit and there’s enzymes….

That’s why this re-training the peeing in the house issue seems to get away from you.

Small orange ckmkEven though it’s driving your nuts.

Small orange ckmkEven though its embarrassing to have other people come to your house.

Small orange ckmkEven though you’re sick and tired of listening to the a family member go off about it.

Small orange ckmkEven though it causes you to be mad at the dog you love so much.

Here’s the thing… DON’T MAKE IT TOO HARD.

and… know there is a mistake that 99% of people make I’m going to tell you about even though you do make a solid attempt at the steps you’ve been told over and over to re-training your dog not to pee in the house.

YOU CAN get your dog to stop peeing in the house and it’s really not that hard.

Arrow Soft RightThere is indeed a secret to it.

The trouble is most people don’t follow a formula that works because they think it’s gonna be hard and they have this idea in their head that its not nice to their dog. Or that it’s not going to work before you start. Or you’ve tried everything already and it hasn’t worked.

I’m here to tell you that I’ve been training dogs professionally for over 14 years and these simple steps to retraining your dog not to pee in the house work and you can do them easily. And your dog won’t be mad at you!

 I’m also here to tell you that you MUST pay attention to the one thing most people don’t do and it has to do with clean up. But we’ll talk about that in a minute.

Here’s What To Do To Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

1 circle greenTake your dog out to your chosen pee spot OFTEN on a leash.

Dogs think and learn in pictures. Show your dog where to go repetitively. Take your dog out:

  • First thing in the morning
  • Last thing before you go to bed
  • Every time you come home
  • Every time you leave

2 cirlce greenDuring potty re-training – do not leave your dog out and about in the house unattended.

Ok, so this is the one people freak on. Yes, crate your dog or put them in an x-pen when you are gone or not paying attention to them.  *Note: this is for a short period of time if you just follow this formula.

It’s just like a baby crib and let’s face it, you wouldn’t leave a baby or small child to roam around without getting into something they shouldn’t if you weren’t watching would you?

Your dog will get it after repetition of doing it right, but the set up for success in the beginning is important, and then you will be able to let them roam around on their own without peeing in the house.

3 circle greenMake a big flippin deal with treats, petting praise or both when your dog goes in the right place.

No further explanation needed here. We all look for recognition. Your dog totally digs it. Encourage the behavior when they do the right thing.

The mistake 99% of people make in all of the effort of these 3 simple but effective potty training tips to ruin it all.

Arrow Soft RightCleaning up the mistakes incorrectly.

Seriously. You can do the above steps to a tee and still have your dog peeing in the house if you don’t clean up past mistake correctly.

It is a big secret and it is also frustrating because I swear dog trainers create job security by not including this most important factor in re-training your dog not to pee in the house.

Just so you know, I’m not a product person. Really. I think most of the things that we get out of life with ourselves and with our dogs, comes down to what we DO, not something we buy.

However, several years ago when I was training search dogs for scent, I learned this secret and it made me look like an absolute rock star whenever someone called me to help them with potty training of any kind.

Dog pee leaves an enzyme that then names that spot as “the dog bathroom”

Ever deal with your dog stopping at every bush, tree or post to sniff? And often times your dog pees there too, even if it’s only a couple of drops?

It’s the urine enzyme. And it calls LOUDLY to dogs. PEE HERE!

Until you remove that enzyme from your house, good luck with stopping your dog from peeing there again.

Arrow Soft RightSo, here’s what you should do to remove that enzyme and get your dog to stop peeing in the house.

Stop adding cleaners or liquid that cover up the smell and get Urine Out which in fact removes the enzyme, the stain, and the silent announcement to your dog that says, “The dog bathroom is here!”


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The Biggest Lie in the Dog Food Industry

Dog Food LiesPop Quiz:

Do you know what US Dog Foods contain some really bad sh*t, like could be detrimental to your dog’s health kinda sh*t?

I bet you think if it’s made in the US it’s got to be okay right?

After that big huge chicken jerky treat deal that actually killed a bunch of dogs, and yes, they still have that crap on some store shelves for purchase, and they still haven’t solved the riddle of what the hell was in them.

Oh yeah, some say its antibiotics. Yikes. That scary. But really we still don’t know.

Anyway, the media has done a super good job of convincing us that it’s only dog food and treats produced in China that’s got toxic wrapped around it. But that’s not the truth. 

The truth is there is plenty of dog food in the US that’s got some really bad sh*t in it. 

dog food aflatoxinA recent study found two popular US made dog foods contain aflatoxin B1 and melamine.

There are plenty of others that shouldn’t be fed to ax murders sitting in prison even, but I don’t have space to go into all of them in this article. If you want to keep up on the latest, get my free Pumpkin Frosty Paws Recipe and you’ll be updated in the future on the latest dog food recalls and healthy real food your can feed your dog.

There are some great wholesome ingredients you should be adding to your dog’s food to keep them healthier longer, I’ll go into those later, but here is why aflatoxin and  melamine are so bad for your dog.

What Is Aflatoxin B1 Anyway?

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring contaminant produced by mold. Aflatoxin B1 is a known human carcinogen and is known to cause liver cancer in animals. Even low levels of aflatoxin B1 over time put dogs at serious health risk.

Do You Know What’s in Melamine?

Holy crap. This is disgusting. And they add this to dog food. Really? Melamine is a nitrogen based compound that is often combined with formaldehyde and used in industrial plastics. It is used in utensils and formica to name a few items.

And so how does melamine end up in your dog’s food?

Simple answer: it is used in wheat flour because it is nitrogen based and make the product appear to have more protein. So there ya go. Nice huh?

dog food sh*t article calloutUmmmm, I’d probably STOP feeding my dog either one of those two if you are right now. Just sayin!

Green ArrowLearn 5 Ingredients That You Should Be Feeding Your Dog For Optimal Health

Feeding your dog an organically cooked or raw meal twice a day is a lot to ask, we don’t even do that for ourselves. However, you can add these things in as often as possible to keep your dog alive longer and increase health benefits all along the way.

No 1Coconut oil. Huge. The benefits of coconut oil are crazy. For dogs in is anti bacterial, anti parasitic, it reduces yeast which is the cause of itching, scratching and licking for the most part, and it reduces inflammation.

Feed your dog coconut oil! For sure.

Dog Remedies 2Pumpkin. Pumpkin has some awesome benefits different than coconut oil. Pumpkin has been used to help with an upset stomach or diarrhea. Pumpkin contains vitamin A which helps in the process of regeneration, slowing the aging process.

Dog Remedies 3Pumpkin seeds. Huge benefit to dogs. Pumpkin seeds can eliminate parasites, even tape worm! It’s best fed ground up in a food processor or nutri-bullet. Feed your dog pumpkin seeds often.

Dog RemediesColloidal Silver. A wide spectrum natural anti biotic. It is affective against 650 bacterial and viral organisms. It can be used internally and externally. Always have colloidal silver around for cuts, and it to the diet immediately if you notice your dog looking a little low.

Dog RemediesApple Cider Vinegar. Another ingredient that can be given internally or externally. Use it cut 50% with distilled water for ear infections. It improves digestion and acts as a natural anti biotic.

Here’s What You Should Do To Feel Better About Your Dog’s Health

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Small orange ckmkAs with any good habit, add one good thing this week.

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Small orange ckmkYou’ll find yourself doing it waaaaaay more for your dog, and interestingly enough for yourself!

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Training Maui Dogs

Training Maui Dogs and the Human Brain

No behavior can be changed with the same thinking that created it. It’s true of humans, it’s true of our dogs, whether you live on Maui or anywhere in the rest of the world.

Humans have 60-70,000 thoughts per day, and research tells us that at least 90% of those thoughts are the same exact thoughts as we had yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that.

To change a behavior or a habit; to get something different than you have right now takes conscious effort. It is no different when it comes to creating a new behavior in a dog.

Dogs’ brains, in many ways, look and function just like human brains.

The number of thoughts dogs’ have may not be the same, but given this fact not only do dogs understand emotion, they are functioning in repetitive habit, just like we are.

Changing Unwanted Dog Behavior

Changing unwanted behavior whether it is in your dog or in yourself means you need to stop lying to yourself!

Stop thinking that the things you don’t want, say wild barking, jumping on you and everybody else, or the dog who does not play well with others, is miraculously going to go away some day soon without doing something different. And to DO something different, you must start THINKING something different.

It’s a classic example of how we don’t get what we want in ourselves. We just keep on doing the same old thing. We come up with all the excuses in the world. Lack of time, lack of energy, or we simply don’t believe it’s possible.

The truth is we are lying to ourselves about our dogs’ capabilities and ours as well. It seems easier to just complain about it.

Do Something Different and You’ll Get Something Different

Trust me on this one. Do something different. Make the commitment to believe you can get your dog to be the well behaved dream dog. Make the commitment to get more of what you want out of life.

In other words… PUT ALL YOUR EFFORT INTO LOOKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT, instead of focusing on the things that are driving you crazy, or the things you don’t have right now.

If your dog jumps on you and everyone else all the time, show him how to sit. And then keep doing that. Look for the opportunities to have your dog sit.

You know all those times it has been a habit to jump (or fill in the blank with an unwanted action), take the 5 seconds and help your dog into a sit before the jump happens. If you miss that moment, do it afterward. Just do it. Do something different. And guess what, it’s the same exact 5 seconds you would have spent irritated and snapping at your dog to knock it off.

Remember, no behavior can change with the same thinking as created it in the first place!

Sometimes asking for a little help doesn’t hurt either! Contact me here.

Maui Dog Training RetreatsJt Clough of Maui Dog Remedies is a professional dog trainer, pet industry business coach, health fanatic, and author.  She is a 9 time Ironman finisher, with decades of training dogs and their people to better lifestyles, from behavior modification to fitness and health through natural remedies, mental stimulation and lifestyle choices.  She is an emotional healer through dogs.  Described as a seeker, Jt has an uncanny ability to teach adaptation to change and to take inspired action.

Celebrating Dog Birthdays

Celebrating Dog Birthdays

Dog BirthdayIt’s Aloha Friday and we are celebrating Emmy’s birthday!  She’s my Labrador Retriever that everyone loves and I happen to be a huge fan of her as well.  She’s 6 years old today. Being the dog trainer that I am, I know many dogs and know that celebrating dog birthdays is not uncommon!

So, please do tell, what kind of celebration do you do for your dog’s birthday?

Dog “Dancing” To Eminem “Shake That”

Happy Birthday to my EmmySue.  It’s Aloha Friday and we’re shakin our booties to the music because today we’re having so much fun!

Dog Birthday Maui Style

We are going to the beach, gonna do a little swim, because Emmy LOVES the water.  And she LOVES her tennis ball too, so she’ll get to carry it all the way down the beach and back.  And then for dinner, time for Real Food for Dogs!  Nothing but the best for this Lab!

Steak drizzled with coconut oil, cut up of in tiny pieces for better digestion since she is a Lab and would herk it down in one bite given the chance.  She’ll also get an egg and dark leafy greens (yeah probably not her favorite but a little mixed up with the meat goes down nicely) and a blob of cottage cheese.

Now that’s some Super Food for Dogs!  And for Emmy it’s not out of the ordinary since she gets to eat that way all the time.  Its just she doesn’t always get steak.  Usually it’s some other thing like ground pork, beef or chicken.  We don’t go for the high grade full on steak every day, well until Emmy figures out a way to make her cuteness pay for it daily!

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