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Spring 2019 | Issue 1 March / April 2019 - Issue 1

Cats and Litter Boxes

I’m Listening

How do I get my dog to listen? What training methods are best for my dog?

Follow these tips to teach your dog that jumping is not rewarding: 1) Turn your back and walk away for 5 seconds. Come back and ask your dog to sit, then reward him with love and attention. Be quick, if your dog tries to jump again, turn and walk away. 2) Notice and capture all four paws onABCDT the ground by saying “Good” give a 319-215-3336 treat or a By Roxy Anderson Finishing School forand Dogs tummy rub or a game of fetch or a car ride around the block.

Jumping Tips

Listening Tips

Mission Statement To promote local animal rescues. To educate pet parents and their families on pet behavior, pet health and pet adoptions. Your pet pictures and pet stories will also be published in our next issue. Deadline is April 15th. cedarvpets@gmail.com This newsletter will be distributed around the Cedar Valley and on line at ISSUU.


ollow these tips to teach your dog that jumping is not rewarding: 1. Turn your back and walk away for 5 seconds. Come back and if your dog is not jumping praise him by saying “GOOD” and give him a treat and attention. Be quick, if your dog tries to jump again, turn and walk away. 2. Ask your dog to sit and then mark the behavior with the word “GOOD” and give him a treat. A sitting dog is not a jumping dog. 3. Capture your dog not jumping. Notice when your dog is being good, mark the good behavior with the word “GOOD” and give him a treat. Eventually your dog will figure it out and your dog will think, “all I have to do is stand or sit here and I’ll get love and attention and treats; I’ll never jump. This will keep your dog listening The Name Response Game 1a. Condition your dog to the word “Good” The word GOOD “marks” the correct behavior your dog has done. This is a form of communication. A treat must ALWAYS follow the word “GOOD” for quicker learning. The first week, just go around saying the word “GOOD” and give your dog a treat. 1b. The “Uh Oh” Behavior Marker This “marks” incorrect or inappropriate behavior. This tells the dog that no treat will come. (uh-oh spaghetti o’s) 2. Teaching your dog to respond to his/her name (listening skills) a. Have super yummy treats in your pockets, the size of a pea. b. Say your dog’s name. (say it only one time, if you repeat your dog’s name he/she will NOT learn to listen. If he/she doesn’t turn his/her head to look at you; make kissy noises with your mouth or pat your leg or jump up and down) c. As soon as your dog’s head turns toward you; say “GOOD” and give your dog a yummy treat. Never stop rewarding your dog when he gives you his attention. Your dog will soon learn that looking at you is very rewarding. You can also use toys as your treats.

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Next issue: May-June Do dogs go to heaven? Submit photos of your pets for the next issue. Must be emailed by April 15th. Ask us health or training questions, we’ll answer them in the next issue. Rescues, adopt don’t shop. cedarvpets@gmail.com

What Training Methods are Best for my Dog? There are several types of dog training Methods. Most of them work. The issue to consider is whether you want to use negative or positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement methods can cause your dog to react rather than think. Therapy dogs and service dogs perform better using positive reinforcement.

Negative Reinforcement Methods uses collar corrections; choke chains, prong collars, bark spray collars, e-collars or shock collars; verbal corrections, leash corrections and other adverse applications such as ear pinching, shake cans and spray bottles. These types of corrections can stop a behavior temporary, but usually not permanently. Other physical force techniques are raising your knee up when your dog jumps-this could cause chess bruising. Stepping on your dog’s toes when they jump could break them. Negative Reinforcement also creates feelings of frustration and depression in dogs.

Balanced Reinforcement Methods uses both negative reinforcement and positive reinforcement.

Positive Reinforcement Methods uses training treats, toys and praise.

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Finishing School for Dogs uses Positive training only. We don’t even use the word NO for corrections. Instead we use “uh oh” indicating to the dog, “that’s not the behavior we want, try something else”. Usually dogs that are trained with positive methods will think about how to win your approval and get a treat. *Finishing School for Dogs will show you how to set your dog up for success the first time. *If dogs are always hearing NO, they will never learn what you want. If the dog is hearing good boy followed by a treat, your dog will quickly figure out what you want. If you use positive techniques and create a trusting relationship with your dog, why would You choose physical force?

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When choosing a trainer, always ask what methods they use. It’s your choice what methods you use. Remember, you are your dog’s advocate, they can’t speak. Force Free Training.

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My cat just started peeing outside the litter box; help! Cat owner: My cat, Bob, is going pee outside the litter box. He has never done this before. What can I do? Pet trainer: Do you any other animals or pets? Cat owner: Yes, I have 3 cats. Pet Trainer: Have you added new members since you have had Bob? Cat owner: Yes, I just adopted a kitten. Pet trainer: How many litter boxes do you have? Cat owner: 1 litter box. Pet trainer’s tips: Each cat should have their own litter box. Litter boxes should be cleaned once a day. Also, Bob needs to be tested for urinary track infection to rule out any medical issues.

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