Aug 26, 16:06
Hello everyone! As many of you know, I have been on a medical hiatus as I give my knee time to heal from surgery. I have started classes up again minimally this week with the help of my assistant Shaylee to be sure I don't over do it! So for those of you already signed up in my basic obedience program you can now reserve classes on Wednesday's and Saturday's for the next 2 weeks. I am hoping to be offering classes 6 days a week again the week of Sept 11th. I appreciate your patience and support during my recovery! In honor of National Dog Day, I am reposting the importance of socialization, what it is and maybe more importantly...what it is not! FYI I have a puppy class starting for pups 10 weeks to 16 weeks starting Sept 11th!!! I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!!! https://www.facebook.com/ThatDogGeek/videos/1866965343530923/ Did you know that puppies have a critical socialisation period that only lasts until they are around four months old? Watch this video to learn what socialisation is, why it is so important, and how to use it to give your puppy the best start in life. Like That Dog Geek for more videos and graphics on dog training and behaviour. Subscribe to us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThatDogGeekTraining NOTE: For those of you asking about older dogs that are already fearful, it is most certainly possible to improve their confidence! It is a much more complicated and often time consuming process than puppy socialisation (hence why socialisation is so important) but it can definitely be done. One of the topics of my upcoming videos will be helping fearful dogs. MUSIC: "Fretless" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Jul 12, 06:08
....but they both got the job done! There are 2 kinds of dogs. ~kat~
Jul 11, 17:10
These 4 amazing dogs and their handlers passed the Canine Good Citizen Test last night when they graduated from our Your Well Mannered Dog 2 class! I was really impressed with all of them! Well done teams Jeanette and Lucy, Keesha and Navi, Merritt and Molly and Lisa and Koho! 2 of these teams will be moving on into the therapy dog class in September!
Jul 01, 16:04
Here are some great ideas for keeping your dogs safe and calm through the noisy 4th of July week! Help Buster go from shaking to snoozin' during the loud booms!
Jun 21, 22:54
Here is a great video that I hope will get a lot of shares! FYI our next puppy class begins Saturday July 9th at 2 pm! Did you know that puppies have a critical socialisation period that only lasts until they are around four months old? Watch this video to learn what socialisation is, why it is so important, and how to use it to give your puppy the best start in life. Like That Dog Geek for more videos and graphics on dog training and behaviour. Subscribe to us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThatDogGeekTraining NOTE: For those of you asking about older dogs that are already fearful, it is most certainly possible to improve their confidence! It is a much more complicated and often time consuming process than puppy socialisation (hence why socialisation is so important) but it can definitely be done. One of the topics of my upcoming videos will be helping fearful dogs. MUSIC: "Fretless" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Jun 19, 19:00
aaaaaand then there's this!https://www.facebook.com/splentale/videos/566762046759201/
Jun 19, 18:35
Happy Father's Day everyone! Speaking of Happy...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_KvrlQTuw0
Jun 18, 02:16
Heads up! Fireworks happening at stoker field tonight for Rockies game. Keep your babies safe!!!
Jun 16, 02:48
Such an important job! Yea therapy dogs AND their handlers! Comfort dogs from around the country have been brought to Orlando to offer just a small moment of peace for the victims and those affected by the terror attack over the weekend. Our Bradley Blackburn has more.
Jun 16, 02:07
This is a great idea and healthy snack! Cool Treats for Hot Dogs!
Jun 14, 17:05
Thunderstorm season is here! I found an article to help us understand the fear our dogs can experience during these trying times and some ideas on how to help them cope. Working with dogs that have a fear or phobia can be complex because even though some common fears can be successfully worked with, other fears and phobias are d
Jun 14, 16:11
Our next Kiddos and K9 class is starting soon. If you've wanted your child to take a more active role in the raising and training of the family dog, now is your chance! Contact us for more details or visit our website for more information! This might just be the perfect summer activity!
May 15, 21:12
People acting like dogs at the dog park... 😂
May 07, 17:27
No words for how inspiring and hopeful this video is.Get a hanky! These dogs found life after dogfighting.
Apr 29, 00:05
We have been very busy at Angels in the Making lately! Here is a photo journal in no particular order with more details! We completed our first Kiddos and K9's which was a great success, held our first therapy dog team class in which both students enrolled passed their final exams with flying colors, and finished another puppy class to help socialize more puppies and prepare them for the world! Phew! Thanks to everyone for letting me do what I love to do for a living! You are the best and so are your dogs!!!
Apr 23, 05:20
Wahoo! I made 500 likes today! Thanks everybody!
Apr 17, 23:12
In case you didn't hear... Mesa County Health Department confirms a rabbit tested positive for Tularemia. What you need to know, here:
Apr 12, 15:54
Angels in the Making started it's first therapy dog team class! I chose 2 owners to help me get the program off the ground. These teams have been through my basic obedience and intermediate obedience programs where they received their canine good citizen certificate. They are critiquing and helping me make it the best program ever for teaching people and their dogs how to be the best at therapy dog work. It's not just up to the dog you know! There are a lot of things the owners need to know and do and prepare for on these important visits. Here are some pictures of our mock assisted living field trip at the Business Incubator Center. Thanks to everyone at the incubator who was able and willing to help us out including Sarah Marie and her mom Julie. Pictures are of the incubator staff and therapy dog team Sheryl and Ashlynne and Cheryl and Bentley. This week they take the first of 2 test for certification through K9to5 national dog registry, a Colorado based therapy dog organization. Wish them well!!
Mar 26, 16:18
Sometimes, without meaning to, we teach our dogs the wrong thing. Remember dogs simply do what works for them. If they like something they'll do it again, if they don't like something they won't participate. Here's a come when called example: If your dog is having a great time playing in the backyard, and then you call him in because you have to go to work, you are actually asking the dog to leave something fun just so he can come in and watch his favorite person leave and spend the day alone until his owner comes home. (It's kind of like asking me to stop reading about dog behavior and eat brussel sprouts instead. I hate brussel sprouts! No way am I gonna do that!) If this happens enough times the dog figures coming in the house is bad for him and makes something bad happen (you leaving and him being alone) and figures if he stays outside and plays, you won't leave and he'll keep having fun. Problem solved! It has nothing to do with dominance or being stubborn or obstinate. You taught him, without meaning to, that coming in wasn't a good thing! If this has happened to you, you an fix this by calling him to you towards the backdoor, give him a treat and tell him "Go play!" and let him stay in the yard playing. Come back outside a few minutes later and do it again. Do this again in 5 minutes and again in 10 minutes.Of course on one of these recalls he IS going to have to stay inside so you can go to work. But if most of the time, 5 out of 6 times, he gets a treat and gets to keep playing, why wouldn't he start to want to come when you call him? He will be a much more willing participant in the game and it will be less frustrating for you too! I, however, will not eat brussel sprouts...EVER! Let me know your thoughts on this! I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Easter everyone!
Mar 18, 02:05
While helping a client and his dog today, it occurred to me that often times when training a dog, we wait for the dog to get it wrong and then get mad at them or scold them for getting it wrong....but we expected them to get it wrong...this makes no sense! I believe that in order to really train them and have it matter and stick we need to take the dog just to that place where they are about to make a mistake and praise them for getting it right BEFORE they can get it wrong. Then we repeat and rinse. And then, when that is easy for the dog to do, we take the dog just to that place where they might get it wrong again (getting closer to the other dog behind the fence who's barking at you as an example) and catch them getting it right again (not reacting and barking back)! Then give them a break by moving away from the fence line which is really the functional reward because it's such a relief to not be near the nemesis any more...and then, when the dog is ready, we do it again. Less is more, 3-4 trials in a sessions is all you need not 15-30 minutes. Always end on a good note though so the dog remembers that he can do it and he can get it right! And so can you!
Mar 16, 17:47
Here is an update on Miss Allie moving along in her search and rescue Career! I am so proud of her and so happy to be part of her journey!
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