Monday, April 30, 2018

Launiupoko Playdate

The dogs had a socialization playdate today and got to meet some kitties.

Louis, Ahsoka, Flap, Devo, Caravaggio, & Lola.


Lola & Ahsoka.

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
Dog Training Programs

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 21, 2018

Village Trails Pond

Caravaggio swimming in the pond at the top of the Village Trails in Kapalua.

Check out the Village Trails hike and other hikes here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Some fun playdates and socialization from this week.

3-way Tug-of-War with Ahsoka, Flap, & Lola.

Lola, Ahsoka, & Flap.

Ahsoka & Luna kangaroo hop.

Ahsoka & Motoki.

Flap, Lola, & Ahsoka.

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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Toad Chase

The gang chasing a toad.  Remember:  frogs and toads are toxic.  It's okay for your dog to be interested and to smell a little (as they are doing), but never let your dog bite, lick, or chew a frog or toad.  They can get very sick and may even need a trip to the vet.

Some videos of playdates this week...
Flap, Lola, & Ahsoka.

Lola, Luna, Ahsoka & Caravaggio.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Happy pups

Just a some lovely pups having a fabulous day in Launiupoko.

Such Good Dogs car.

Ahsoka & Flap.


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