Here at Canine Coaching, we have an unpopular opinion. We hate the term socialization. Oh boy, we can hear the gasps from here. Bear with us for a second - we do have our reasons.
Canine Coaching was lucky enough to get to go on an adventure July 18-22, 2019. Baron and I traveled to Maple Valley, Seattle to attend the Achieving Real World Obedience training seminar. The seminar was hosted by Cheryl Ross of Take the Lead Dog Training and she made sure everything ran smoothly and that everyone had a great time. The seminar was presented by Blake Rodriguez of Dream Come True K9 in New York. This was a great learning opportunity for us. We were very excited to attend as the training methods of Blake and his philosophy very closely match ours here at Canine Coaching. The underlying message of the seminar was creating choices for our dogs and teaching them how to make the correct choice.
Today's #featurefriday is Miss Sammi the Pug!
Sammi's amazing handler Diane contacted us in mid May looking to do some private sessions to work on Sammi's reactivity to people and dogs. This team has been an absolute pleasure to work with! I was blown away when I met Sammi for the first time as her obedience commands are something to be commended. Sadly, often when I meet little dogs out and about their manners are lacking due to the fact that a lot of owners allow smaller dogs to get away with things they should not such as; jumping, nipping and not listening in general. This definitely was not the case with Diane and Sammi. Having this skill set gave Diane a head start in working on Sammi's reactivity as they already had a good starting bond.
A common term used in dog training is generalization. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not know what a trainer is talking about when this word is thrown around. So what is it? According to Merriam Webster it means “to give general applicability to”. Simply speaking, it means teaching your pet that a behaviour can be done anywhere, anyway. Generalization plays a HUGE part of having a well trained dog and is something everyone should strive for with their dogs.
I want to take a moment to talk about dog training, social media, successes, failures, and your lawn. I am sure you've all heard the old adage the grass is always greener on the other side. A long time ago I had heard another rendition of this that struck a chord with me and it basically stated that the grass is greener where ever you water it. I love this idea but more than anything I’d like to ask why does anyone else's grass matter?
Samantha is the Owner and face behind Canine Coaching. She believes all dogs (both young and old) are capable of learning and are happier being well-mannered members of the family! Samantha resides in Central Alberta with her Husband on their acreage with their two German Shepherds Tori and Baron.