Now that winter has set in for most of us, it is time to pay attention to our dogs paws. If you have ever had a paw injury, they are the worst. You're trying to keep them bandaged, trying to stop the licking, trying to keep the dog off their feet as much as possible, trying to keep them dry, and most of the time, the dog ends up with a muzzle or cone on. With winter here, the hard snow, ice, or salt can cut pads. We like using Mushers Secret to place a barrier between the dogs paw and the ground. It is a 100% natural wax that is applied to a clean paw. If you do end up with a injured paw, we have learned a trick to keep it dry. Our vet has empty IV bags that they cut one end open and slip it over the wrapped paw and tape it in place. This keeps the paw dry in snow or on wet ground. We try to avoid paw injuries at all costs!
Engagement is one of the most powerful and fundamental aspects of training. We feel without engagement, you have nothing and if you have engagement, you have everything. Starting out, the dog needs to learn great things happen when they are with us. They need to learn great things happen when they are engaged with us. In return, we also need to learn that we need to be the greatest thing to our dog. This can be done with food or play and high praise. The engagement needs to be a two way street. This can be done with food, a ball, or a tug. Food is a powerful tool in training just as a ball or tug can be. With a ball, tug, or toy, the dog must be willing to play and engage with us in the play. Once we establish engagement in a control environment, we can then move into the world with distractions. We then can slowly increase the amount of distractions and build from it.
We get asked a lot about what we do with our pups in the 8 weeks they are here developing. First, starting from 3 days old, we start the Early Neurological Stimulation program (Bio Sensor program) which was developed by the U.S. Military. This stimulates the brain earlier in the pups and gets them use to being handled daily. The benefits from this program are improved cardio vascular performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to disease. Once their eyes are open and they are mobile, we begin to lay the foundation work. We work on their drives, expose them to loud noises (fireworks, thunder storms, babies crying, gunfire, traffic noises, etc), expose them to different surfaces, and expose them to lead pressure. We work our pups daily while they are here. One must remember, we only start the foundation work and it is up to our clients to continue this and build from it.
We are excited to announce new training options soon, so stayed tuned!
Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.