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October News 2013

by Jade Giuggio on 10/13/13

October 2013 Newsletter

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With the heat behind us, I find myself getting more calls about families wanting to work on polite walking and bad manners in public. I do a lot of my sessions out on trails and in town. I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots to go with my furry friends. Here are some other great spots.

My Favorite Dog-Friendly Hiking Spots:

  1. Sleeping Giant State Park- Hamden, CT
    A nice variety of easier to harder walks. The Tower Path is a great way to get started exploring the Sleeping Giant.

  2. Bluff Point Reserve- Groton, CT
    Dogs are allowed everywhere except the beach from mid-April til Mid-September. A great place off season to let your dog romp in the water and on the beach.

  3. Devil's Hopyard State Park- East Haddam, CT
    Dogs are allowed everywhere but the campground. A great day hike to explore the views, falls and covered bridge.

  4. Chatfield Hollow State Park- Killingworth, CT
    Dogs are allowed on the trails. They are not allowed in the swimming areas. Easy access to a variety of trails.

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Real Life Training

I often hear complaints from potential clients about how their dog will only "preform" tasks such as sit when they have treat. We may have to lure a dog into a position a few times (placing a treat right above the dog's nose to get a sit) but once the dog starts to understand the behavior we want we take the lure out of the hand and use is as a reward. A reward is not a bribe. A bribe would be asking your dog to sit and they don't sit, you pull out a treat and then they sit and you treat them. A reward is asking your dog to sit with no treats in your hand, they sit, then they get a reward. Rewards can be treats, kibble, praise, petting, toys, playtime.

If you find yourself with a dog that will only do what you ask when you have a treat, try using daily activities such as feeding time, walks, etc as a time to practice good behavior. Ask Fluffy to sit before you feed her dinner, have her sit before going outside or before putting the leash on. Have them give paw before you pet her or rub her belly. Adding simple good behaviors before every day activities helps build a habit and dog who will offer these behaviors without having to pull out the treat bags.

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Using stay with the front door open while I am making dinner

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Upcoming Events

Basic Manners and Fun with Agility classes starting soon.
Oct. 26, 2013 Howl-ween Party at Shoreline Pet Lodge
Nov. 3, 2013 - Puppy Up! Walk to raise money for Cancer at Hammonasset.

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