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Lose The Leash Receives 2011 Best of Gilbert Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, October 24, 2011 — Lose The Leash has been selected for the 2011 Best of Gilbert Award in the Pet Training & Obedience Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
This is probably the most frequently asked question that we get at Lose The Leash Dog Training. The fact that someone is asking is usually a qualification for our stock response: Your dog begins training the moment that you bring it home. This is honestly the best answer that we can give to anyone who owns a new dog of any age.
Puppies are like little sponges, they are constantly learning from their new environments. House training, leash training, dog manners, and obedience training will all begin right away, whether you want it to or not. The environment in your home presents new experiences to your puppy that it will learn to understand. I often wonder what “waiting to train” a puppy actually means, and if it is even possible…Feeding schedules, sleeping schedules, and potty schedules can all begin to be shaped from birth, and obedience and puppy manners often go hand-in-hand with shaping of these natural behaviors. Rules of the house can be instilled immediately, and we follow one golden rule: Don’t let your puppy do now, what you won’t want your dog to do later. Letting undesirable behaviors go on simply because a puppy is “too cute” can often create a bigger work load for you later on when you try to extinguish the behavior, once it’s “no longer cute”.
When in doubt, call a trainer. If you have questions or concerns about your puppy’s behavior, ask someone. We often give out tons of free advice, to anyone who needs it if they simply give us a call. We’ve had many people tell me that some of the simple tips given over the phone have helped them immensely when bringing their new puppy home and managing their dog down the road. For a more thorough education, we offer a FREE In-Home Demonstration/Evaluation that will allow a professional trainer the chance to get some hands-on insight into what kind of training help you’ll need. Don’t delay, give us a call today!
Rob Jewell (Owner/Head Trainer)
LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 15th-21st, 2011, and organizations around the country are promoting education and awareness campaigns to reduce the staggering number of dog bites that take place each year. Here at LOSE THE LEASH Dog Training, our professional staff has worked with thousands of owners and their dogs, as well as the general public in order to prevent dog bites through education.
Whether a dog owner has just brought home a new dog, or they are ready to begin improving the relationship with an older dog, owners have a lot to consider when figuring out just how they will accomplish training their new or old best friend. From tried and true methods, to wacky gimmicks, to systems that just don’t work, there are so many ways to train dogs that owners (and their dogs) often end up so confused that limited to no results are accomplished. The reasons for the failure in any training system can quickly be analyzed to reveal that the failure most probably occurred due to lacking one of the three critical components (for both dog and owner).
When evaluating a dog training method, one of the most important factors is motivation. Motivation most often comes from what psychologists and trainers call positive reinforcement. Simply put, it is what everyone looks forward to about dog training, often taking the form of treats, toys, or praise. Not every dog has the same motives for working, so selecting the correct motivator, or lure is critical for training. Now the limitation to simply using a lure is that it isn’t always alluring…This is where the structure comes in.
Structure comes in the form of showing the dog what to do. A lure can, in many situations, offer enough motivation and structure of what to do but eventually, a dog will probably need some guidance. An example of the need for structure is when a dog bolts for the front door while being trained with a lure to perform a command. Although the dog may have a firm understanding of what a command should mean, the overwhelming influence of the doorbell may override the lure’s ability to motivate the dog to perform. In this case, something must be used to stop the dog from bolting to the door. A leash, physical touch, standing in front of the dog, or simply asking again for a behavior (giving a command) may represent enough structure to keep the dog performing a desired task. Without the structural component, the dog may run to the door, thereby only learning to repeat the mad dash next time. The occasional ‘mad dash’ is what is ruining our consistency…
Consistency is probably the most important factor that can have a positive influence on a dog’s behavior. The consistency of ‘doing’ what is right can only be learned from ‘doing’ what is right (practice makes perfect). Expecting the dog to figure out on his/her own what to do in a confusing situation will slowly eat away at the performance of the desired behavior. The proper application of motivation and structure can help the owner keep the consistency, but it is up to the owner to stay consistent.
By using this model for a foundation of training, a dog owner, and dog, can build and maintain a happy and successful relationship. Punishment is not needed in this model, and both owner and dog will confidently understand and uphold their roles in a household. Understand that all components of this model are required to achieve the most success, and your dog will thank you for it!
Here’s some fun facts about man’s best friend
Survivors of the Titanic included two dogs: a Pekingese belonging to Henry Sleeper Harper and a Pomeranian belonging to Miss Margaret Hays.
The oldest known breed of dog is the Saluki, which is an Arabic word meaning noble one. These dogs were raised as hunting dogs by ancient Egyptians.
The oldest breed of dog native to North America is the Chihuahua.
That whole one year in a dog’s life is the equivalent of 7 in a human’s isn’t exactly true. A more accurate calculation is as follows: At one year, a dog is the equivalent of 16 human years; at two dog years they are 24 human years; at 3 dog years, 30 human years; and for every dog year after that, add 4 human years.
Every minute, dogs take ten to thirty breaths.
The only mammals with prostates are humans and dogs.
There are 42 teeth in a dog’s mouth.
Whippets can reach a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour.
The Taco Bell dog is actually a female, and her real name is Gidget.
One of the very first animals domesticated by humans was the dog.
The oldest known dog lived to be 29.
The “spring” in Springer Spaniel referred to this dog’s ability to spring or startle game.
In Flemish, Schipperke translates to “Little Captain.”
The Lhasa Apso was used by monks to guard temples.
The Doberman breed was created in the 1860′s by Louis Doberman, a German tax-collector who created the dog to protect him while he worked.
Most people think that dogs sweat by salivating, but they actually sweat through the pads of their feet.
The name Pug is believed to have derived from this dog’s resemblance to the pug monkey.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not color blind but can, in fact, see color. However, their color scheme is not as vivid as ours and can be likened to our vision at twilight.
You might expect that a Great Dane can eat a lot of food. In fact, they can eat up to 8 Â½ pounds a day!
Cats can see a lot better than dogs. In fact, dogs first distinguish objects by movement, then brightness, and finally by shape.
Among dogs officially registered with kennel clubs in the U.S., Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed followed by Rottweilers and German Shepherds.
All dogs, regardless of breed, are direct descendants of wolves and technically of the same species.
A dog’s whiskers — found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws — are technically known as vibrissae. They are touch-sensitive hairs than actually sense minute changes in airflow.
Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar dishes.
Dogs have a sense of smell that is one of the keenest in nature. Humans might smell a pot of stew cooking on the stove, but a dog can distinguish the smells of each individual ingredient, from the beef itself to the potatoes.
San Diego Dog Training – The Art of Redirection – an efficient cure for the most common doggie don’ts.
Written by Rob Jewell
Trainer at Lose the Leash Dog Training of San Diego, CA
Working as a dog trainer in San Diego, the most common question that I am asked is usually “How do I get my dog to stop ______?” Many of the biggest challenges owners face with their “Best Friend” revolve around annoying behaviors that their dogs develop. Jumping up, leash pulling, barking, nipping and not coming when called are the some of the most common problems owners face. Feel free to substitute your dog’s own annoying behavior in the list above…We’ll soon be on the way to solving these challenging issues.
My most frequent response to a general question regarding the aforementioned behaviors is another question: “What is it that you want your dog to do instead?” Before we try to stop a challenging behavior in a certain scenario, we must first ask ourselves what it is the ideal behavior that our dog can perform. All too often we see a person’s first reaction to an unwanted behavior is to react by attempting to curb, halt, or punish the dog for “misbehaving.” STOP RIGHT THERE! Before we start ‘whispering’ (or yelling) corrections with a “cht-cht”, “aaahhtt”, or “no”, we need to analyze what’s going on. Your dog is simply acting out a role in a well rehearsed behavioral model, and one that we can take control of without the need to punish.
An example of a common “problem” we treat starts as an owner and dog are approached by a guest (or stranger), many times accompanied by another dog. The owner typically prepares the dog for the upcoming interaction by tightening up on a leash, signaling to the dog that it is now time to begin the typical drill. (Feel free to insert “halter”, “harness”, “leader”, “choker”, “chain” or other correction device in place of the word leash above.) At this point the dog now understands that the owner is appropriately prepared for the antics and may begin running, jumping, barking, pulling, growling… For most owners facing this situation, the pulling increases, yelling might ensue, and the dog and owner eventually get what they have been trained to expect from the situation. At this point we have failed to “correct” the “problem”, and are disappointed that it has all happened again…Maybe next time the owner will yell “NO” a little louder! Or, let’s take control appropriately and add a little redirection, not a correction.
Redirection involves taking the dog’s attention from a distracting stimulus and getting the dog to focus on the owner, who may then ask the dog to perform the appropriate behavior. In the example above, and in many other scenarios, getting the dog’s attention, and having it “sit” works well. Now instead of the antics, we have a dog sitting. Reinforce this behavior with tons of praise and attention, you are doing great! The dog may still feel challenged, wanting to get up, regressing to the same-old-same-old. DO NOT CORRECT, KEEP REDIRECTING! Ask the dog to sit again, and again reinforce the great behavior. Don’t get upset, don’t yell, and don’t punish…Keep asking for the most desirable behavior. Of course this may seem too easy, that’s because it takes patience and practice. The amount of attention an owner can capture from the dog is usually limited by the level of distraction, so start your practice in a neutral environment and build up more distraction. Once you have it mastered, you will never have to say no again…And your dog will love you for it!
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