Why Should I Learn Agility With My Dog?

 

 

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Guest of the Week: Amy Creaven with Trust Your Dog Training

Amy is a Certified Karen Pryor Training Partner in Fort Collins, Colorado. She services northern Colorado and provides in-home consultations for behavior problems. She also teaches agility classes on her property, which you see in the video, and during the summers she teaches rattlesnake training using positive reinforcement methods. In our talk today Amy discusses the advantages of learning agility with your dog, beyond just that fact that your dog will run around and have fun! There is actually so much more to agility and almost any dog will love something about it, even it they are not the fastest one around the course.

 

Trust Your Dog Training

Trust Your Dog Training is located in north Fort Collins, Colorado. Agility classes are taught outdoors but Amy also provides provides private consultations.

If you want to learn more about Trust Your Dog training, visit them online or contact Amy to learn more:


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What is Fear Free and How Can it Improve My Trip to the Veterinarian?

 

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Guest of the Week: Dr Julie Gamble with Gamble Pet Care

This week we met with Dr Julie Gamble from Gamble Pet Clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado. She discussed with us how Fear Free practices work and how to make your dog or cat more comfortable when going to see the veterinarian. Unfortunately a lot of pets do not visit the veterinarian as often as they should due to the level of stress and anxiety involved. In addition, once you arrive at the veterinarian your exam and care may not be as thorough as it could be if your pet is not willing to be handled easily. Fear Free is a new movement that you may not have heard of yet but is taking the animal community by storm! The general idea is to make visits to places like the veterinarian as stress free as possible for your cat or dog. This may mean taking steps in advance to coordinate with your veterinarian, breaking vet visits up into multiple trips, getting your pets used to the car and more. Dr Gamble talks about a lot of these ideas that you can use at home, or even better, discuss with your veterinarian and see if you can apply them to your visits.

*** Special note: Gamble Pet Clinic just received practice certification for Fear Free, making them the first Fear Free Certified Veterinary Practice in Larimer County, Colorado! Congrats!

 

Gamble Pet Clinic

Gamble Pet Clinic is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, and specializes in preventative veterinary care for dogs and cats. As a disclaimer, Dr Gamble has been my veterinarian (this is Liana writing) for my entire adult life and watching her clinic develop and grow over the years has been an amazing privilege. Not to mention that my pets have also all loved her and her staff!

If you want to learn more about Gamble Pet Clinic, visit them online or contact them to learn more:

Fear Free Happy Homes

Fear Free Happy Homes is the program developed by the Fear Free organization for pet owners. They have both a complimentary membership and a paid membership, but the free side is a great place to start to learn more. They provide tips and resources to enrich your pet’s life, as well as information specifically on improving visits to the veterinarian. To learn about about them and join their program, visit their website Fear Free Happy Homes.

 

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Eika with Purrrfect Paws Cat & Dog Grooming

What Should I Use to Brush My Dog or Cat?

 

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Guest of the Week: Eika with Purrrfect Paws Cat & Dog Grooming

Eika is a Certified Master Groomer and the work she does when grooming a dog or cat is amazing. Unfortunately, she seems a lot of pets with mats and there is no reason for your dog or cat to get them (she shows us some terrible ones that you can see in the video). When you look at brushes it can be daunting to try to decide which brush perfect for your dog since there are so many different types. Here Eika walks us through the different brush types so you can help which one should be used to brush your dog or cat. She also shows us methods for brushing different dogs so you can see the easiest way to keep your dog or cat mat free!

 

Purrrfect Paws Cat & Dog Grooming

Purrrfect Paws is located in Windsor, Colorado.

Purrrfect Paws is owned and run by Eika Haas, a Certified master Groomer and Certified Veterinary Technician. This gives her a wide variety of dog and cat experience and makes her uniquely qualified to work with your pet! She is the only groomer so when you make an appointment you know who you will be working with and that your cat or dog will receive the best care!

If you want to learn more about Purrrfect Paws, visit her online and contact Eika to learn more:

 

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How Can I Help My Older Dog Be More Comfortable?

 

 

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Guest of the Week: Dr Alisha with Tails Animal Chiropractic Care

Dr Alisha was kind enough to tell us about how chiropractic care for dogs and how it works. We discussed a variety of options for helping to manage pain for elderly dogs so they can be more comfortable. There are many options that no one even realizes exist. Watch the video for all the details!

 

Tails Animal Chiropractic Care

Tails Animal Chiropractic Care is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, but Dr Alisha travels to a few locations in Northern Colorado. Chiropractic care, as well as  lasers, acupuncture and other “alternative” therapies are becoming more common for pets. Here we mainly talk about dogs, but these treatments can be used for most household pets. If you are not in Northern Colorado then consider looking for someone local to you that provides these treatments. We no longer have to depend just upon painkillers to keep our animals comfortable as they age.

If you want to learn more about Tails Animal Chiropractic Care, visit her online and contact Dr Alisha to learn more:

 

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How Should I Socialize My Puppy?

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Guest of the Week: Cathie Lee with K9 Wisdom

Cathie was kind enough to discuss ways to socialize your puppy.

Tip: Puppies need a lot of socialization to grow up to be well-rounded dogs.

Cathie specializes in shy dogs that have behavior problems, so she is especially concerned about puppies being socialized properly to ensure they grow up as well adjusted as possible. Cathie talks  about different situations that help to socialize puppies as well as how puppies see the world around them. Watch the video for all the details!

 

K9 Wisdom

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How Do I Prepare for My Pet Passing?

 

 

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Guest of the Week: Claire at Pet Honor Society

Claire was kind enough to join me and discuss the many decisions to can make before your pet passes away.

Tip: Knowledge is power! Learn about the process and your options before your pet passes away.

Claire is uniquely well suited to answering questions about the process. She completed a Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course in 2017 and started Pet Honor society shortly thereafter. She encourages people to learn as much as possible about your options long before your pet passes away. It is hard to make large decisions in the face of grief, so Claire tells us about some of the choices you can make in advance, like type of cremation, urns and memorial services. She also discusses how to gauge quality of life so you know when it is time.

When you have an aging or ill pet, start preparing.

 

Pet Honor Society

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How to Make Your Own Pill Poppers At Home!

 

Pill poppers are a fantastic tool that make it much easier for you to pill your dog or cat without a huge hassle. Put the pill inside and feed it like a treat. Other foods things like cheese will fall apart in your hands, but these treats form around the pill and make it hard to separate, so your pet will not just eat around it. However, commercial pill poppers are made with tons of preservatives and only come in a couple flavors, plus they are a little costly. Instead learn how to make your own pill poppers at home!

Advantages of Making Pill Poppers

  • All healthy ingredients that you control
  • Adjust the flavor based on the preferences of your pets
  • Work around any allergies
  • Inexpensive to make a large batch
  • No preservatives

In this video Sue Carroll with Bones du Jour teaches us all how to make pill poppers and even demonstrates how easy it is!

At the end stay for a demonstration on how to make scary Halloween monster dog cookies!

 

The Host

This class was part of a Pet Talks Series of presentations hosted by Claire with Pet Honor Society. If you love this be sure to take a look at future classes being held by Claire. You can find her upcoming events on Facebook. I will also be there filming, so come down and visit with me or subscribe to our email newsletter to make sure you see future videos!

How Do I Keep My Dog’s Teeth Clean?

 

 

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Guest of the Week: Dr. Robinson and Mellissa at Family and Friends Veterinary Care!

Dr. Robinson and Mellissa were kind enough to join us and show us how to brush your dog’s teeth! They also discussed the health concerns with poor dental care and extra tools to help keep her teeth clean.

Tip: Brushing your dog’s teeth can save a ton of money and keep her healthy!

Brushing your dog’s teeth can seem like a hassle, but once they get used to it, brushing can be a fast and easy process.

Tip from Liana: I keep my dog’s toothbrush in the bathroom where I can see it. When I am done brushing my teeth in the morning I brush my dog’s teeth right away, so I do not forget later. He often comes and waits for me to brush his teeth because he gets a treat afterwards! This took some time for him to get used to, but once you are in a routine it becomes much easier.

 

Family and Friends Veterinary Care

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What Training Does Your Dog Need to Take Family Photos?

 

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Guest of the Week: Monique with Silver Paw Studio!

Monique was kind enough to join us and discuss what training your dog needs in order to get great photos with a professional pet photographer. Many people express concerns that their pets are not well trained or even well behaved, so they hesitate to get good quality family photos taken.

Tip: Dogs do not need any special training to take amazing photos!

Monique talks about the methods she uses to get amazing pictures of dogs and cats no matter how much training they have. Monique even goes to photograph adoptable pets at Animal House Rescue & Grooming and the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, and those pets do not have any training and are in a stressful environment.

Watch the video to learn how she takes the photos and consider scheduling an appointment to get some family photos taken yourself. I take endless photos of my pets but my most treasured pictures are those taken with all of us together.

 

Silver Paw Studio

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Is My Dog Acting Spiteful?

 

 

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Guest of the Week: Amber with Summit Dog Training

Amber was kind enough to join us to talk about dogs and how their behavior can often be perceived as spiteful.

Tip: Dogs are not acting spiteful – they are responding to enforcers in their environment.

Amber breaks down the difference in thinking and how humans perceive dog behavior. Spite is a human emotion and often we believe a dog is acting out of the same feeling. If we view dogs as virtuous beings (think Lassie) then they also must have negative human emotions like meanness and spite. In this case, we view our dogs as humans (which they are not). The more scientific way to view dog behavior is to recognize that there are positive and negative reinforcers and punishers in their environment that lead them to act the way they do.

Real world example: A dog peeing in the house

Your dog is peeing in the house instead of outside. Instead of believing your dog is acting out of spite, you realize she has had a multitude of reinforcers that have caused her to pee in the house. Look at the environment. When house training your dog may have learned that peeing in front of a person is scary, so she goes behind the couch instead, which feels safe. Plus peeing is a positive reinforcement itself, since it feels good to relieve herself.

Watch the video to see Amber explain this beautifully!

 

Summit Dog Training

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