Ashley Hunt (woman behind the curtain) will be at Bosley’s in Oliver on Friday afternoon April 12th 2019 between 1-3pm. It will be a great opportunity to ask questions about behaviour and learn about how positive reinforcement/clicker training works. There will be goodies for your pup and lots of info about teaching your dog with kindness and respect.
It’s always a good idea to research your dog trainer ahead of time to see who will be the right fit for your family and to see if you’re on the same page regarding how your dog is taught. Always look for someone who is up to date on scientific data and who uses positive reinforcement. Ask lots of questions regarding training methods and why they use those methods to teach animals. If you’re dedicating your time and resources into a trainer, you want to be comfortable working with them and get long term results.
Ashley's credentials and training philosophy can be found here. If you have any questions or would like to speak with Ashley directly to discuss training methods, please feel free to call her at 250 818 5171.
Traveling as a family can be so much fun, it’s wonderful to include our dogs in our vacations. Here are some tips to make the trip enjoyable for everybody:
Above all, take time to enjoy your dog on your vacation and do all you can to make sure they have an awesome time too!
A cabin beside the lake was our style
If you’ve ever owned a dog with separation anxiety, you know it’s a heartbreaking and debilitating condition that dogs suffer from. Owners of dogs with separation anxiety have an extremely difficult time leaving their dog anywhere. Some even report coming home to walls and bloody window sills excessively chewed on. Some cases are more severe than others, but most cases of true separation anxiety are very traumatic for both the dog and the owner.
How can you tell if your dog is suffering from true separation anxiety or if the cause of their behaviour is something else entirely? Symptoms of separation anxiety include house soiling, chewing on furniture, excessive vocalization, pacing and other destructive behaviours. House soiling can be caused by incomplete house training, and barking and chewing can be a cause of boredom or inadequate exercise. The difference varies with each dog, it’s always a good idea to contact a professional to talk about your dogs’ symptoms and come up with a solution.
Training plans for curing boredom or house training are a lot less complicated than executing a plan to treat separation anxiety, so it’s smart to contact a positive reinforcement trainer sooner rather than later. Fourtunately, dogs who suffer from separation anxiety in most cases can be rehabilitated. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment but it is possible! If you’re concerned that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, please contact a professional as soon as possible.