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Physical and Mental Stimulation for your Dogs

Mental Stimulation for you DogDogs Need for Physical and Mental Stimulation by Marilee Cole

Everyone knows that dogs need physical exercise.  Keeps them in shape, healthy, in good condition and a  good weight – just like people.   Dogs also need mental stimulation – just like people.

Training your dog is a great source of both physical and mental stimulation whether it is for a dog sport or for pet obedience and household manners.  Going for a walk is also a great source of physical and mental stimulation.  When going for a walk, let your dog stop occasionally to sniff and, as John Steinbeck said in his book “Travels with Charlie”,” check out the guest register”.  Checking the guest register is like us reading a book or the newspaper.Even something simple like taking your dog with you in the car when you run an errand.   It is some fun bonding time , as well, as letting your dog get out and see the world.

Life is different than it was several years ago, when dogs were our companions that greeted us when we came home and went for walks with us and that was pretty much the extent of their world.   A friend at that time made the comment that she thought dogs must think we all worked at vet’s offices because that was the only place they ever went.  So, therefore, they must think that is where we went when they weren’t with us because that was all they knew.  Now,  dogs are so much more to us than just the household companions… they are our friends and like friends, we want to do things with them, share experiences with them and spend more and more time with them.  Change is good  🙂

So, let’s treat our friends well….. most dogs spend a fair amount of time on their own.  Think how boring life would be if you didn’t leave the house and yard for days on end with no interaction with anyone other than your family.  For some, this would be nice but not for a lifetime.

There are some fun games that you can do that will help keep your dogs mentally stimulated.  Some examples…..  find some smelly treats ( a can of sardines is good!)hide some of the treats in the yard- in bushes, under chairs,  it’s like hiding easter eggs…then let your dog outside and let them find them.  Teach them nosework games that you can play in the house !

Take a muffin tin, place a couple of treats in one or two of the bottom tins, cover all of the openings with tennis balls and let them find the treat !   Put a treat under an upside down clear plastic bowl- let them see you place the treat and then they will scoot the bowl over the floor trying to figure out how to get the treat !

There are many, many more games that you can play with your canine that will encourage the dog to think and let them have fun with you AND they get to use their brains !   Have fun with it  🙂  !!

CPR could save your dog’s life

save your dogs life

Here at Cheeky Dog Obedience, we care about your 4-legged friend and all pets.  As such, we want to help you learn the CPR technique that can save your dog when he is in danger.

Your local American Red Cross offers Pet First Aid which covers First Aid, Emergency Treatment and CPR. Here is the link to find a class
http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class

Hopefully this knowledge is something you will never need, but, if you ever do …. it could save your dog’s life.

Meet Cheeky Dog Obedience Training

QuinnSeems like a funny name for Dog Training business doesn’t it ? Well, most dogs start out not knowing or understanding what we are asking them to do and we assume that they are being stubborn or “cheeky” ! In reality, we don’t speak dog and they don’t speak people. So, we need to find a common way to communicate. Since, we provide the shelter, the food and the care, we get to decide how that communication is going to be. If we can communicate with fairness, a gentle touch, positive rewards, a kind voice and fun, we will have the foundation for a loving, relationship with our dog.

I was blessed with a Border Collie puppy a couple of years ago who has taught me more than any other dog or person in my life. I call him my Cheeky Monkey because he is so much fun and always has a smile on his face in everything he does because he was raised with love and positive rewards. He goes everywhere, does everything, will try anything and never knows he is blind. He loves life – as all dogs should.

So, Cheeky Dog Obedience is built on the simple principle that dogs are intelligent, want to please, need to understand what we are asking, need to be rewarded for the behavior we want and not be rewarded for the behavior we don’t. It is our responsibility to ensure the training is fair, positive and fun ! I have found that dogs learn much faster, if they are trained with fun ! (Kind of like kids, I am told)

I’m Marilee Cole and I  teach basic dog obedience and the classes are active and positive. The handlers must have a cheerleader attitude for their dogs and be looking forward to a true partnership. I look forward to meeting you soon !