Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix dog training’

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.

Albert Einstein could have been a Dog Obedience Trainer ! by Marilee Cole

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein

I wonder if Albert Einstein had a dog ?   This certainly pertains with training your dog.

Everyday scenario:   You (hypothetical) take your dog out for a walk.  Sunshine is walking along nicely, enjoying the company of his BFF and the beautiful day.  You stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to “sit”.  Sunshine is watching the cars go by and doesn’t “sit”.  You ask , again…. Sunshine still doesn’t “sit”, you then ask a third time… still no response.  By this time you are irritated because you know that Sunshine knows how to “sit”, he does it all the time at home, so you jerk on the leash, raise your voice and say “Sunshine, I said, sit.”  Sunshine looks at you and sits.

Same scenario:  but with a different ending.  You take Sunshine for a walk , stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to sit and he sits !  You praise him … what a great boy !!!  pet him, get your mail and walk home.

What made the difference?  First scenario:  Sunshine has learned, he doesn’t have to sit until the 4th request and the tug on the leash.  Why?  Because when training Sunshine you didn’t communicate that when you ask for a command, you want the command on the first request.  Sunshine also may have been so enthralled by all the great looking cars going by that your request became background noise and a physical prompt (hand on his bottom) would have reminded him he was with you. Training with physical prompts is another form of communication.  The inflection of your voice definitely got his attention but Sunshine was probably thinking, ” Wow !  What made my BFF so angry, I had better sit.”  So, Sunshine, sat out of intimidation not out of desire to please you.

Training  with physical prompts will help the dog understand what you want and will help build the social bond with your dog.  Training with consistency will help the dog understand and respond the first time you  ask.  Remember, when your dog becomes rock solid at home, up the challenge and train in a new location… and even in the new location you are still training.  When do dogs learn ?  ALL the time, not just when we are ” training”  them.

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 !

T-Touch Seminar

T-Touch Seminar w/ Certified Trainer:  Rita Nixon

This phenomenal technique has helped countless animals around the world.

Tellington TTouch, is a unique approach to animal training and care developed by internationally known trainer, teacher, and author, Linda Tellington-Jones. Based on understanding and respect for our animal friends, this gentle method promotes well-being and adaptive behavior through an integrated approach that helps to reduce stress and build confidence. The foundation of the Tellington Method is a specific form of light touch known as TTouch®, which induces a state of relaxation and increased body awareness in animals and people alike. The combination of the TTouch body work with unique movement exercises improves focus and attention, allowing optimal learning to take place.  By using a variety of other tools that also assist the animal to experience a sense of confidence in previously frightening or challenging situations, even the most difficult problems are often eliminated with just a few sessions.  The Tellington Method also provides people with a wonderful means of deepening the bond they share with their animal companions.

This Seminar will cover:

  • Groundwork
  • Massage/Touch
  • Bodywork
  • Wraps
  • Communication

Certified T-Touch Trainer:  Rita Nixon

 

Phoenix Dog Training – 3 Critical Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe While Training in Phoenix, Arizona

Dog training in Phoenix allows you and your pet to experience a variety of training environments.  You can hit the mountain reserve for scent work, go into the desert for retrieval or agility work, or even work on basic heel, stay, and come commands right outside your own front door.

While being outside and working on these training aspects can be very enjoyable for both you and your canine, there are some aspects to training your dog in Phoenix that can be quite dangerous.

3 things you should be aware of when doing any type of Phoenix dog training are provided below. Phoenix dog training

  • Heat – this for many folks you would think would be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, if this were the case, there would be no reports of dog related death due to heat stroke.

Yet, in Phoenix there are several reported instances where dogs have died resulting from heat related injuries.  (And those are just the ones that have been reported.)

When temperatures start climbing, it’s important to take into account your dog’s health and ability to handle the heat.  Depending on the length of the training and intensity, in the majority of cases it is advisable to avoid training outside when the temperature read 100 degrees or above.  Caution should even be taken when the temperature starts getting into the 90s.

Also remember to have plenty of water on hand as well.  Your pet will require more than you.

Just think, if it’s hot for you, it is twice as hot for your dog.

  • Burning the pads of your dog’s paws – In association with the heat, Phoenix dog training also requires you to give consideration to the surface on which your dog will be standing on while training.

 

One of the most misunderstood aspects of outdoor dog training in Phoenix is the effect of surface heat on a dog’s paws.  And while air temperatures may only feel warm…the cement, asphalt, and even dirt are absorbing that heat and the temperature on the ground is much hotter than what you feel in the air.

Remember the saying it’s so hot outside I could fry an egg on the sidewalk?  Well, the same heat that cooks that egg is what burns the pads on your beloved pet’s paws.

One good rule of thumb to follow is, “If it’s too hot for you to stand barefoot on a surface outside, it’s too hot for your dog as well.”

  • Snakes – Although not as common a threat as the two items listed above, snakes can still be a danger to any dog training you take part in.  This holds especially true during the hotter months of the year.  That’s because the snakes come out for a little sun on occasion, but usually lurk in the coolness of the shade during the day.

Your unsuspecting pet can come upon a rattler unknowingly and out of the blue comes a venomous strike.  If the snake hits his mark, that could severely maim your pet or even cause death.

Plan your training now, contact Cheeky Dog Obedience Training at (480)488-1871.

 

Training a Dog to Come-How a Good Recall Can Save Your Canine’s Life

Recalls are SO Important by Marilee Cole, Cheeky Dog Obedience Training

Is the bunny, the ball, the kid on the bike or even worse the busy street ahead more interesting than you ? Training a dog to come (or recall) may be the most important behavior you teach your dog.  NEVER punish your dog for coming to you.  You want to be the most important thing in the world to your dog, so coming when called should always be positive.  Use an upbeat tone when you call your dog and make your dog the most awesome dog there ever was when he does come to you !!

Let’s think about this… you are running around having a great time and you are being called to come in.  You know the fun will end.  Would you want to go? Hmmm, probably not… entice your dog with a squeaky toy, or a bouncing ball or try running and have your dog chase you – make it a game.

Basic dog obedience is very important and training a dog to come could save your dog’s life.  When you train your dog to come, teach him in a way so that he learns that coming to you is the most important and enjoyable thing to do.

Phoenix Dog Training with Cheeky Dog Obedience  has classes in obedience and special classes in recall…. how to teach your dog to come when called.  Call  (480)488-1871 and ask about the classes that Marilee offers,so,  you can learn about training a dog to come.

Phoenix Dog Training and all the Advantages to an Indoor Training Facility

Phoenix dog trainingWelcome to a great concept in Phoenix dog training that is not new but not common in the Southwest. Indoor dog training… that means when it is 110 degrees outside or 32 degrees outside or raining outside or windy outside… well you get the idea. Cheeky Dog Obedience offers classes at AZ DogSports an indoor dog training facility.Come train your dog in obedience, agility, puppy classes in obedience and socialization,  games, canine conditioning programs for overweight and senior dogs.

We offer small group classes to our students in over 5,000 sq ft of air conditioned/heated,  padded floor space.  We have a large variety of classes,agility equipment,  water for your dogs, there are  indoor bathrooms (the small pleasures in life ), there is a small retail store that sells training equipment,collars and leads, treats and toys.

With Cheeky Dog Obedience Training, Phoenix dog training has never been so much fun!

Call us at (480)488-1871 with any questions you may have .  We would enjoy meeting you.

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