Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lipoa Point Hike: Video of the Day


Video of the Day:
Hiking Lipoa Point & visiting Nekita's memorial.

Our dog Nekita passed away unexpectedly last year.  It was extremely difficult for all of us.  It has now been just over a year.  To honor her this year, I bought a rose on the anniversary of her death that we kept in the house, then dried.  When the time was right, the family and I took the rose to Lipoa Point where we spread her ashes.  This was one of Nekita's favorite places to hike and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

This hike is through the old Pineapple fields.  It is just past Honolua Bay.  There is a dirt road referred to as the Surfers Road.  If you take that road all the way to the end, there is the start of a trail that goes along the ocean through the old pineapple fields.  It is amazingly beautiful and a great place to hike and then watch an amazing sunset.


Related Blog Articles:
Goodbye Nekita
Remembering Nekita

Video Adventures:  
Pineapple Hill
Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach
Launiupoko Hike, south side
Hiking the L in Lahaina


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Devo!


Video of the Day:
Happy Birthday Devo.

Today is Devo's third birthday.  It's hard to believe how fast my little baby boy has grown up.  He has been the best blessing to our family.  He's a little princess and enjoys lots of love and cuddle time, but also knows what is expected of him.  Can you train your dog to be a good dog and still get a cuddle bug?  Yes!  Yes you can.
Below are some of my favorite pictures of Devo over the years.  I love you baby boy!

Devo at 3 months with his big brother Caravaggio.

Devo & his sister Nekita who passed away :(

Devo's first trip to the beach.



Devo's 2 favorite things:  napping & play time.


Devo Yoda :)

Devo & Maile.

Devo & Ogi.

Devo working.

Devo working by helping another dog.

Devo, Nekita, & Caravaggio at one of our favorite spots, Kapalua Bay point.











Saturday, April 15, 2017

Reactive dog training 2


Video of the Day:
Reactive dog training.
Featuring:  Ripley.

Ripley is very reactive to things, meaning she has a reaction that we would consider negative or unwanted.  Reactive dogs do things like growl, lunge and bark.  Dogs can be reactive to people, other dogs, or even objects.  Ripley is reactive to most things, but especially to dogs.  In today's video, we take Ripley around the Banyan tree in Lahaina, then down to the Harbor.  She does very well.  You will see her barking and lunging and growling at a dog at the Harbor.  Lucky for us, the harbor dog is very calm and well mannered and her owner was happy to help.  All they had to do to help us was exactly what they were already doing, their normal day.  The dog was tied so she could only go so far and was very nice and friendly.  She was a great help today.  Thank you Liko.

As you will see in the video, to help train a reactive dog to change their behavior and react in a positive calm way, there are a few things you must do.  First, mark any unwanted or negative behavior with an "Uh-uh" or "uh-oh."  Then immediately move away from the thing that has made the dog react.  Move far enough away until the dog calms down, then move back towards the thing that made them react.  If they react again, mark it with your "uh-oh" and move away.  Do this until you can get closer to the thing without the dog reacting.  Praise the dog whenever they don't react or react in a positive way.


Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tips:  Reactive dog training




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reactive dog training: Trainer Tips



Trainer Tip Video:
What to do with a reactive dog.

A dog that barks, lunges, or has a negative reaction to other dogs, people, or objects is what we would call a reactive dog.  So how do you help train a reactive dog to act in a manner that you like?  Find out in the video...
The distance from a dog to the other dog, human, or object that they react to is what we call the threshold.  For this training, we are working on decreasing the distance of that threshold.  Basically, any time your dog reacts in a negative way or way you do not like, you are going to mark that behavior with a No Reward Marker...saying "Uh-oh" or "eh-eh," and move the dog away from what they are reacting to.  Once the dog calms down a bit, move back towards whatever has made them react.  Again, once the dog barks or lunges, mark the unwanted behavior and move the dog away.  Continue this exercise until you are able to get close to the other dog, person, or object without the dog reacting in a negative way.  Take your time doing this exercise and remember to stay calm and have lots of patience with your dog.  This training will take time, but does work.


Related Blog Articles:
Socialization Video with Lucy & Yoshi
Socialization Video with Ripley
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Proper Dog Socialization
Walking a scared or timid dog
Redirection / No Reward Marker


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Socialization with Lucy & Yoshi: Video of the Day


Video of the Day:
Socialization for Lucy & Yoshi.

Both Lucy & Yoshi are reactive around dogs they do not know.  They will bark and lunge.  Today we are working on basic social behaviors.  If you have a dog that is reactive and barks and/or lunges at other dogs, people, or objects, this video can help.  Whenever your dog reacts negatively to something, mark the unwanted behavior with an "Uh-uh" or "Uh-oh" and move the dog away in the opposite direction.  Once the dog calms down a bit, go back towards whatever made them react.  If the dog reacts negatively again, repeat the "Uh-Uh" and move away.  The distance a dog can be to an object without reacting is what we call the threshold.  What we do with this kind of training is work on decreasing that threshold.

Related blog articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Proper Socialization
Socialization with Ripley
Socialization with Olivia




Friday, April 7, 2017

Puppy Party: SGDs socialization



Video of the Day:
Puppy Party at Lucy's house.

Join SGDs Caravaggio & Devo, and their friends Lucy, Nalu, & Moana.
They are having a lot of fun today.



Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Proper Dog Socialization



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Riley plays with tree park: Video of the Day



Video of the Day:
Riley plays with tree bark.

Join SGDs friend Riley at Flemmings Beach Park in Kapalua.  He has found a fantastic piece of a tree to rip apart and have fun with.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Puppy loves tennis ball: Video of the Day


Video of the Day:
Devo loves his tennis ball.

We are out at Flemmings Beach Park in Kapalua.  This is one of our favorite parks to hang out in and meet up with friends.  The dogs love it as well.  As you can see, Devo loves his little tennis ball.




Friday, March 31, 2017

Trainer Tip Video: Monthly dog meds



Today's Trainer Tip:
Your reminder for monthly dog meds.

Each and every month you should be giving your dog medication for flea and tick prevention and for heart worm prevention.  Currently we are using Interceptor Plus for our dog's heart worm and other internal parasite prevention.  This should be given every month.  Devo gets a pill for his flea and tick prevention called Bravecto.  For some dogs this kind of pill can be difficult on their stomach so it is recommended to take with food.  This pill provides protection for 3 months.  Caravaggio does not do well with this pill because it upsets his stomach, so he gets the topical flea and tick prevention instead.  The topical we are currently using is called Activyl.  It is easy to apply.  You simply pop the package open and apply the liquid in between the dog's shoulder blades behind the neck.  Once this is applied, be sure to avoid touching that area on the dog until the liquid is dry.  It is also important to not bath or take the dog swimming for at least 2 days before and after applying this medicine.
These are examples of the meds available for your dog.  Your vet may recommend a different type depending on your dog's needs.  Please talk to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.


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Trainer Tips:  Dog Care Essentials
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Trainer Tips:  Why Spay/ Neuter you pet
Trainer Tips:  Picking a pet food




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video of the Day: Socialization with Ripley


Video of the Day:
Socialization with Ripley

Featuring Caravaggio, Devo, Riley, & Moana.


Ripley is about 8 months old and has poor social skills.  Her family came to Such Good Dogs for help.  Today is the second time we have done some socialization with Ripley.  But today we brought a few extra friends along to help.  Ripley lunges and barks at people and other dogs.  We are teaching her how to react to new things in a better way.  It is important to mark when your dog is behaving in a positive way.  This will communicate to your dog that you like this behavior, and encourage them to act the same way in future situations.

Proper Socialization:  Is teaching a dog to not react to stimuli by desensitizing him to every day things. 

This means the more experiences your dog has in a good, positive way, they less they will react to things that are unfamiliar with them.  All of these experiences should be introduced at a pace the dog is comfortable with.  Do not force a scared dog, let him take his time and become comfortable with the situation at his own pace.  A dog (and especially a puppy) should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization.
Another way of thinking about proper socialization is to literally desensitize your dog to regular sounds and occurrences.  Things like cars, skate boards, and bikes.  Also people who are different:  short, tall, wearing a hat or glasses, etc.
Improperly socialized dogs tend to be over-reactive or shy.  They withdraw from people and sometimes flinch or freeze.  Many improperly socialized dogs suffer from anxiety.  Poor socialization can also lead to aggression. 


Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Proper Socialization




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Video Adventure: Pineapple Hill/ Napili Park


Today's Dog Adventure:
Pineapple Hill Linear Trail near Napili Park and the gulches around Hui Road F.

Featuring:  SGDs Caravaggio & Devo, and our friend Riley.

I live on Hui Road F in Napili.  A friend and neighbor showed me a secret trail that goes through Napili Park, the gulches on each side of Hui Road F, and the Pineapple Hill Linear Trail.  This hike is not easy to get to but is absolutely beautiful and lots of fun for the dogs.







Friday, March 24, 2017

Video of the Day: Socialization with Olivia Day 3: Puppy Party



Today's Video:
Socialization with Olivia Day 3:  Puppy Party.

Olivia has been working with Such Good Dogs and getting some much needed socialization around other dogs.  She is doing very well.  Although she is still a little unsure around new dogs, she is much more calm and does not react nearly as strongly as she first did.  I am very happy with her progress.

Today we have a full pack including my dogs Caravaggio & Devo, and our friends Nalu, Moana, and Phinney.


Socialization
This term tends to be thrown in your face a lot if you're a dog owner.  Everyone from breeders, rescue personnel, and veterinarians will tell you to socialize your dog.  This is very true, proper socialization is vitally important to raising a well balanced, well mannered dog.  The problem is that many people are confused by the term. 

Proper Socialization:  Is teaching a dog to not react to stimuli by desensitizing him to every day things. 

This means the more experiences your dog has in a good, positive way, they less they will react to things that are unfamiliar with them.  All of these experiences should be introduced at a pace the dog is comfortable with.  Do not force a scared dog, let him take his time and become comfortable with the situation at his own pace.  A dog (and especially a puppy) should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization.
Another way of thinking about proper socialization is to literally desensitize your dog to regular sounds and occurrences.  Things like cars, skate boards, and bikes.  Also people who are different:  short, tall, wearing a hat or glasses, etc.
Improperly socialized dogs tend to be over-reactive or shy.  They withdraw from people and sometimes flinch or freeze.  Many improperly socialized dogs suffer from anxiety.  Poor socialization can also lead to aggression. 



Related Blog Articles:
Video of the Day:  Socialization with Olivia (first day).
Video of the Day:  Socialization with Olivia Day Two.
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization.
Proper Socialization.
Socialization.
Adding a second dog to your pack.
Introducing your dog to the cat.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trainer Tip Video: How to teach your dog to swim


Today's Trainer Tip:
How to teach your dog to swim in the pool.

Featuring Phinney, a Cocker Spaniel who is almost 9 years old.  Phinney has hip dysplasia and luxating patellas.  Basically he has bad hips and bad knees.  If you have a dog who has bad hips, bad knees, arthritis, or joint pain, swimming is an excellent exercise!  It is also a good low impact exercise for anyone or any dog in general.

To get a dog comfortable in water, the first step is to be sure than YOU are calm during the training.  Anytime you introduce your dog to something new, they are going to be a little unsure about it.  If you stay calm, this will help your dog stay calm during training.

First I recommend gently placing your dog into the water in an area where they can easily touch without having to swim.  After doing this a few times, (if your dog is small enough to lift) place your dog into the water where they are unable to touch and get them swimming.  At first it is natural for them to freak out a little and splash about.  Stay calm.  Wait until the dog calms down and has a good swimming rhythm going.  Once that happens, allow them to calmly and slowly swim to the step where they are able to get out of the pool.  Praise lavishly!

Next attach a leash and a dog life vest (if necessary).  If you have a larger dog that you are unable to life, start here...
At this point, you will gently lead your dog into the water.  This is the hard part for them.  Most pools have steps with a drop off and not a gradual entrance into the water (like a lake or ocean might have).  Remain calm and gently pull on the leash until the dog moves forward.  Once the dog moves forward, immediately remove the leash tension.  Going over that lost drop off may take a few minutes.  Take your time.  Once the dog moves into the pool and begins swimming, praise lavishly!  Allow the dog to swim around the pool while you guide them with the leash.  Once the dog has a good rhythm going, allow the dog to swim to the edge where they may exit the pool.  Again praise lavishly.  If while swimming in the pool the dog begins to panic, do NOT panic or become nervous with the dog.  Stay calm.  If you need to (and the dog is small enough), lift the dog out of the water and allow them to calm down.  Once they are calm, put them back into the water and get them swimming again.  Hold along both sides of the dog and allow them to swim in place and get a good rhythm going again.  Then allow the dog to exit the pool and praise for a job well done.

Repeat this until the dog becomes more comfortable in the water.


Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tip:  How to get a scared or timid dog moving.
Trainer Tip:  Lavender Oil
Teach your dog to swim in the ocean, Step One.
Teach your dog to swim in the ocean, Step Two.
Notes on teaching your dog to Fetch.
Trainer Tip Video:  Having your dog Off Leash.





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trainer Tip Video: Walking a scared or timid dog



Today's Trainer Tip Video:
How to walk a scared or timid dog.  Featuring Sherman, the bulldog.

When it comes to a dog that is scared, timid, or unsure, the most important thing you need is patience.  You must be patient and allow the dog to take extra time in exploring a new place or moving out into the world.  Be sure to encourage the dog with any movement forward or movement towards whatever they may be scared of.  Only use "baby talk" when the dog is doing what you like.  Remember that any time you reward a dog (which baby talk is a reward), you are letting the dog know you like the behavior they are doing.  This is why you should NEVER "baby talk" a dog that is scared.  By saying "its ok, its ok" you are actually unintentionally encoring the dog to continue the scared behavior.  Obviously this is not what you want.
For more information on this, 
please review What's rewarding to Dogs

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3 Things on your body that are Rewarding to Dogs:
1.  Voice
2.  Eye Contact
3.  Touch
Anytime you engage your dog in one of these things, you are rewarding them and encouraging whatever behavior they are currently doing.  This is important to keep in mind so you do not unintentionally reward bad or unwanted behaviors.  
Example:  when a dog jumps up on you to greet you, the proper thing to do is cross your arms and turn your back while saying nothing.  
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When using the leash in training a scared or timid dog, be very careful how you do so.  Never just pull on the leash and drag the dog while not releasing the tension on the leash.  What you want to teach any dog about walking on a leash is that a loose leash is good and pulling or tension on the leash is bad.  So when walking a scared dog, you want to pull the leash just enough until the dog starts moving forward on their own.  As soon as that happens, be sure to release the tension on the leash.  By doing this, we are communicating with the dog that we like that he is moving forward.  However if you continue to pull on the leash and there is always tension, the dog will never learn how to move forward on his own.


Related Blog Links:
Trainer Tips Video:  How to Walk your dog on a leash
Common Training Terms
Training Terms Help

Trainer Tips--Pulling towards an object on Leash

Breed of the Month:  Bulldog
Proper Leadership
Other Helpful Commands
Reward Marker or telling your dog "Good"





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Video of the Day: Dog tries to bury food.




Video of the Day:  Dog tries to bury food.

Caravaggio has decided that he wants to bury his food in the rug.  Not sure why but I find it amusing to watch.  I linked some articles below if you have a dog that does this regularly.  I think in this instance, Caravaggio was trying to hide his food from his brother Devo, who scarfed his own food down quickly then was hovering around Caravaggio and his food bowl.  Hope you enjoy our video.  Don't forget to like and share!


Related Links:
The Dog Pretends to Bury Food Before Eating
The Food Covering Canine







Monday, March 20, 2017

Video of the Day: Puppy Playtime with Mini Australian Shepherds


Video of the Day:
Puppy Playtime with two Miniature Australian Shepherds.

Meet Maile and Mana.
Mana (brown front leg) is actually about 4 weeks younger than Maile (while front legs).  But that didn't keep him from quickly outgrowing her.  These two are neighbors and enjoy lots of good socialization with each other.  Puppy playtime is important for every young dog.


Related Blog Links:
Breed of the Month--Miniature Australian Shepherd
Breed of the Month--Australian Shepherd






Friday, March 17, 2017

Video of the Day: Socialization with Olivia-Day 2



Today's Video of the Day:
Socialization with Olivia, Day 2.

Olivia is a small Yorkie mix that tends to bark and lunge at other dogs.  Her owner came to Such Good Dogs to help socialize her.  After the initial appointment, we set up a some socialization.  I always start by using my own dogs.  I use them often in training and socialization.  They have been trained how to react, or not react, when other dogs present bad behaviors to them.  They are excellent for some beginning socialization.  Once I see how the client's dog reacts to my dogs, I know whether or not they are ready to socialize with other dogs.

Since Olivia did so well in her first Socialization, this time I brought another friend of ours, Nalu, to join the pack.  Nalu is a small Miniature Pincher & Chihuahua mix and loves to play and run with other dogs.  He tried several times to get Olivia to play.  Although she is still a little unsure about it, she did run after him a few times.  I am pleased to see that Olivia is progressing very well.


Socialization
This term tends to be thrown in your face a lot if you're a dog owner.  Everyone from breeders, rescue personnel, and veterinarians will tell you to socialize your dog.  This is very true, proper socialization is vitally important to raising a well balanced, well mannered dog.  The problem is that many people are confused by the term. 

Proper Socialization:  Is teaching a dog to not react to stimuli by desensitizing him to every day things. 

This means the more experiences your dog has in a good, positive way, they less they will react to things that are unfamiliar with them.  All of these experiences should be introduced at a pace the dog is comfortable with.  Do not force a scared dog, let him take his time and become comfortable with the situation at his own pace.  A dog (and especially a puppy) should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization.
Another way of thinking about proper socialization is to literally desensitize your dog to regular sounds and occurrences.  Things like cars, skate boards, and bikes.  Also people who are different:  short, tall, wearing a hat or glasses, etc.
Improperly socialized dogs tend to be over-reactive or shy.  They withdraw from people and sometimes flinch or freeze.  Many improperly socialized dogs suffer from anxiety.  Poor socialization can also lead to aggression. 


Related Blog Articles:
Video of the Day:  Socialization with Olivia (Day 1)
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization





Sunday, March 12, 2017

Video Adventure: Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach




Video of the Day:
Adventure at Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach.

This beach is located in Wailea in South Maui.  There are bathrooms and a shower, which is always nice.  It is also very near several food trucks in the area, but bringing snacks is recommended.  The waves are very calm and not too large.  It is an excellent beach for families and children.


Some pictures from the day:










Saturday, March 11, 2017

Video of the Day: Socialization with Olivia


Video of the Day:  
Socialization with Olivia.


Olivia is a small Yorkie mix that tends to bark and lunge at other dogs.  Her owner came to Such Good Dogs to help socialize her.  After the initial appointment, we set up a some socialization.  I always start by using my own dogs.  I use them often in training and socialization.  They have been trained how to react, or not react, when other dogs present bad behaviors to them.  They are excellent for some beginning socialization.  Once I see how the client's dog reacts to my dogs, I know whether or not they are ready to socialize with other dogs.
Olivia reacted strongly at first, barking and lunging, as she has done for some time.  But was able to calm down quickly around my dogs and under my supervision.  Olivia ended the lesson in a very calm and happy manner.  She did very well.


Socialization
This term tends to be thrown in your face a lot if you're a dog owner.  Everyone from breeders, rescue personnel, and veterinarians will tell you to socialize your dog.  This is very true, proper socialization is vitally important to raising a well balanced, well mannered dog.  The problem is that many people are confused by the term. 


Proper Socialization:  Is teaching a dog to not react to stimuli by desensitizing him to every day things. 


This means the more experiences your dog has in a good, positive way, they less they will react to things that are unfamiliar with them.  All of these experiences should be introduced at a pace the dog is comfortable with.  Do not force a scared dog, let him take his time and become comfortable with the situation at his own pace.  A dog (and especially a puppy) should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization.
Another way of thinking about proper socialization is to literally desensitize your dog to regular sounds and occurrences.  Things like cars, skate boards, and bikes.  Also people who are different:  short, tall, wearing a hat or glasses, etc.
Improperly socialized dogs tend to be over-reactive or shy.  They withdraw from people and sometimes flinch or freeze.  Many improperly socialized dogs suffer from anxiety.  Poor socialization can also lead to aggression. 



Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Wilma Cat
Pack Walk
Trainer Tips:  Dog Friends
Island Dogs
Dog Parks
Caravaggio Loves Cats
Trainer Tips:  Island Dogs & Socialization
Adding a second dog to your pack
Introducing your dog to the cat




Friday, March 10, 2017

Video Adventure: Launiupoko hike, south side.


Video of the Day:
Hiking the trail in Launiupoko, south side.

This trail starts a little ways past the round-about on mountain side of Kai Hele Ku Street. The trail goes both north and south.  On this hike, we went south.
If you wish to try this hike, be sure to go on an overcast day.  The hike is very hot and has no shade along the way.  Be sure to wear sunblock (even if it is cloudy or overcast) and bring PLENTY of water!  It is a beautiful path with stunning views.


Related Blog Articles:
Video of the Day:  Hiking the Lahaina L
Trainer Tip Video:  How to Walk a Dog on a Leash
Trainer Tip Video:  Having your dog Off Leash


Pictures from the Hike...











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Trainer Tip Video: Walk no matter the weather




Today's Trainer Tip:
Get out and walk your dog, no matter the weather.

It is very important for your dog to get good daily exercise.  This does not change just because the weather may not be favorable.  So grab your rain coat or snow suit and get out there and walk!


Related Blog articles:
Video:  How to walk on a leash.
Indoor dog games
National walk your dog day
The Shade Walk

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Video of the Day: Min Pin attacks Great Dane



Just a little fun flash back of our Miniature Pinscher mix, Devo, attacking his brother, Caravaggio the Great Dane mix.  Just having some fun.


Related Blog Articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
Proper Dog Socialization
Dog Friends
Dog Parks



Friday, March 3, 2017

Video of the Day: Puppy discovers toy bin.


Today's Video of the Day:  Devo discovers the toy bin.

Having a regular bin or area where you keep all your dog toys is a good idea.  Whenever your dog is ready for some playtime, they know just where to go to get a toy to have some fun with.  This is a video from 2015 when Devo was just a puppy discovering our place and his new surroundings.  This is the first time he really figured it out.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Trainer Tip Video: Getting your dog used to Touch




Today's Trainer Tip:
Getting your dog used being touched/ Dog Exam.

It is very important to be able to touch your dog on any part of their body.  If your dog becomes injured you and/or your vet will need to be able to exam your dog and also potentially apply medicine to an area.  This also includes getting your dog used to being groomed or brushed.


Related Blog articles:
Trainer Tips:  Dog Exam
Trainer Tips:  Dog Care Essentials
Trainer Tips:  Lavender Oil
Trainer Tips:  Shedding
Trainer Tips:  Puppy Nipping
Trainer Tips:  Avoiding Injury