Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ruffwear Dog Backpack Review




Check out our review of our favorite dog backpack, Ruffwear.

If your dog has a lot of extra energy, adding a backpack to your walk can help wear them out and can also help them focus because they have a "job."  A dog backpack is also very helpful for hiking and events because your dog can help carry water and other essentials. I absolutely love the Ruffwear dog backpack.  It fits well, sits properly on the dog, and does not inhibit the dog's movement (unlike most other types of backpacks).  



Other helpful Blog articles:
Adventure Hike:  Village Trails
Adventure Hike:  Launiupoko Trail
Adventure Hike:  Polipoli Trail
Adventure Hike:  Lipoa Point
Adventure Hike:  Pineapple Hill
Adventure Hike:  The Lahaina L





Monday, June 11, 2018

Sweet Potato Treat Product Review





Check out our video review of Wholesome Pride Pet Treats, Sweet Potato Dog Treats.


Other helpful blog articles:

Zuke's Dog Treats Product Review
Homemade Dog Treats:  Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Homemade Dog Treats:  Applesauce & Carrot
Homemade Dog Treats:  3 different kinds
Summer Dog Snack:  Watermelon
Trainer Tip:  Is human food ok for your dog
Trainer Tip:  Picking a pet food
Trainer Tip:  Saving money on dog food



Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Ahsoka





It is Ahsoka 1st birthday today.  She is still very puppy, but I have uploaded a video to show you just how much she has grown.  From 9 weeks and 9 pounds when we first adopted her, to one year and now 39 pounds.
I love this little cutie!


Other blog articles:

Socialization Fun
First introduction to puppy Ahsoka
Helpful Ways to Exercise your puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Come when called:  Step One
Come when called:  Step Two
Teach your dog to Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find
Dog Paddle Boarding:  Step One







Thursday, May 24, 2018

Socialization Fun



Some fun videos of socialization with Such Good Dogs.
Featuring SGDs:  Ahsoka, Caravaggio, and Devo.
Also featuring:  Kahleesi, Lily, Coco, Jackson, Charlie, Lola, Flap, Louis, Luna, & Motoki.


Proper Socialization is teaching a dog not to react to everyday things they will encounter by slowly desensitizing them to these things.  It is important to positively expose a puppy to as many different environments and situations as possible.  Keep in mind that exposure needs to be slowly introduced at the dog's pace, not the owners.  Letting a puppy explore new things at his/her own pace will help them become more comfortable and help avoid negative reactions.  Another way to think of socialization is to consider it desensitization.  For example when having your puppy meet new people remember to include a variety things:  such as people who are short, tall, adults, kids, someone with a hat or glasses, someone in a wheelchair or on crutches, etc.  Improper socialized dogs can be frightened by normal human greeting behaviors.

Proper socialization is the number one way for you to avoid having a dog in the future that will develop serious behavior problems such as aggression. 

Once your dog has been approved by your vet to be around other dogs, start taking your dog everywhere you possible can.  A friend's house, a barbecue, a busy street, different pet stores, or even to work (if you're allowed).  The more places you can take your puppy, the better socialized and more calm your dog will become in any future situation.

Remember to go at the puppy's pace and not your own.  A puppy should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization. 

Socialization for a puppy should start as soon as possible but the best time to socialize a dog is before five months of age.  This does not mean socialization after this age is not important.

So think about it...what are your plans for this evening or tomorrow?  Can you take your dog with?




Other helpful Blog articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
More information on dog Socialization
Island Dogs
Trainer Tips:  Dog Friends

Helpful Ways to Exercise your Puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Socialization with other species
Trainer Tips- Dog Parks


Monday, May 14, 2018

Zuke's Product Review



Today we are reviewing the product:  Zuke's Training Treats.  For this review we tried two different flavors, Wild Rabbit & Chicken.  When it comes to choosing a flavor for your dog treats, it is really ultimately best to pick whatever flavor your dog enjoys most.  I recommend buying a few different flavors.  Try one flavor for awhile, then try the other.  If your dog tends to like a particular flavor better, they will generally be more excited about that treat.
Zuke's are one of my all time favorite treats for training.  The "mini" size is perfect.  If you do have a small dog or small dog puppy, I would even recommend breaking this treat in half so we do not upset the small dog's tummy.  Full grown medium sized dogs and larger can use the treat as is.

Overall Such Good Dogs would give Zuke's treats 5 STARS.  They are fantastic.  They are healthy, made in the United States, and they are the perfect size for training.  I highly recommend trying Zuke's treats for your dogs.








Other helpful Blog articles:
Trainer Tip:  Picking a good dog food
Trainer Tip:  Human food for your dog?


Fun ways to use training treats:
Trick Training:  Hoop Jump
Trick Training:  Paw & Wave
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel



Saturday, May 5, 2018

How to get a scared dog into the pool




In this video we show you how to get a scared dog into the pool.  When doing this, make sure you have a lot of patience.  Remain calm, but confident.  We are going to pull on the leash just enough to get the dog moving toward the pool.  The steps are like the edge of a cliff to the dog, so we need to show them that it is safe.  Take your time and lure the dog into the pool by pulling on the leash.  If you have a shallow end, as we do in this pool, stay in the shallow end for a bit to get the dog used to the idea of just being in water.  Be sure to not allow the dog to bolt out of the pool.  Exit the pool in a calm manner.  Enter and exit the pool several times to get the dog comfortable with it.  Once the dog is doing this well, move onto actually swimming.  You will again need to use the leash to gently pull your dog into the pool and get them swimming.  Once the dog is in the deep water, one helpful thing you can do is hold the dog along the sides and allow them to get a good swimming rhythm going before releasing them onto the steps.  Keep repeating this training until your dog becomes more and more comfortable.  Eventually the dog will no longer fear the steps or the edge of the pool.  Some dogs are more naturally inclined to want to swim and some are not.  If you have a breed of dog that has a pushed in face or has a more solid body mass (such as a Bulldog), adding a lifejacket can be very helpful.  If your dog is into a toy, you can use that to help coax them into the pool as well.  Remember to be patient and have fun.  Once your dog starts to get more comfortable and calm down, you can add treats to help make it a positive experience.


Other helpful blog articles:

Teaching your dog to Swim in the Pool
Ocean Swimming:  Step One
Ocean Swimming:  Step Two
How to get a scared or timid dog moving on leash



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Puppy Nipping



Puppy Nipping:  What to do and how to stop it.

In this video we go over puppy nipping.  The star for our video today is Lily, a 3-month-old Havanese.  For puppy nipping and biting, any time the puppy puts their mouth on you, pause and make a loud "Ouch" sound, even if the puppy's teeth do not make contact.  Usually this will work best.  If this does not work and the puppy continues to bite after you, make a loud clap with your hands and use your No Reward Marker, "Eh Eh" or "Uh oh." Saying this marks the biting behavior and something you do not approve of.  Often times the puppy is just playing and we must remember that they are babies and they are still learning about the world.  Remember to have patience.  If your puppy is really biting try and redirect their mouth onto a toy or bone or chew.  Often times the more exercise you can give your puppy in a healthy appropriate way, the less energy they will have to take out on you by nipping.  Puppies will also sometimes bark and growl when nipping.  This is usually just play.  If you do feel that your puppy has become aggressive, seek a qualified trainer in your area.


Other helpful blog articles:

Helpful ways to exercise your puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Proper Socialization
Canine Body Posture
Learning Theory
Stages of Learning
Leadership
Dog Training Programs

Temperament
Dog Behavior Drives
Canine Development Periods
General Canine Vaccinations
Common Canine Parasites
History of Dog Training






Sunday, April 22, 2018

Village Trails--Adventure Dog Hike




Join us for a beautiful hike at the Village Walking Trails in Kapalua.  This hike is somewhat intense in areas and does go up hill, so it may not be for everyone.  But if you like a good adventure hike and can handle a bit of intensity at times, this is a great one to try.  There are several different possible trails to take with maps along the way to help keep you on track.  I recommend going up to the pond at the top.  It is beautiful and contains many fish and ducks.  We hiked up with our dogs then sat and had lunch at the edge of the pond.  


Other SGDs Adventure Hikes:
Launiupoko Trail Hike
Polipoli Hike
Lipoa Point Hike
Pineapple Hill/ Napili Park
Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach
Launiupoko Trail (South)
The Lahaina L



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hoop Jump: Trick Training






In this video we will show you how to teach your dog to jump through a hoop.
To start, first get your dog comfortable around the hoop by giving them some delicious food.  Once the dog is comfortable, place the hoop on the ground and get the dog to walk through.  When the dog is doing well at this, start raising the hoop a little bit off the ground, then higher and higher as they do better.


Other helpful blog articles:

Trick Training:  Paw & Wave
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find








Saturday, April 7, 2018

Paw & Wave: Trick Training






In this video we will show you how to teach your dog to give you their Paw, or Shake, and also how to teach your dog to Wave.
For each of these, you are going to start by tickling the back of your dog's paw.  When the dog moves their paw, even a little bit, mark with a Good and reward.  Once your dog starts getting the idea, add a word to it, such as Paw or Shake.  When the dog lifts their paw, place your hand under their paw and mark with your GOOD and reward with a treat. I recommend teaching the Paw or Shake first.  Once the dog has a good idea of Paw or Shake works, use the same method to move into teach them how to wave.


Other helpful Blog articles:
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find