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UnbalancedDogTrainer
Oct 29, 2023
Hi everyone! October 31st is this Tuesday and many cultures celebrate. So I decided to share some tips for those of you with pet dogs and cats :)   The doorbell ringing often triggers barking--so you can counter-condition that behaviour by pairing the sound with something happy for your dog such as a favourite toy or treat. Doorbell sounds can be found online :)  The same activity can include door knocking--start by knocking on a door inside your house that leads nowhere, or a walk - and giving your pup a super high value reward (such as a favourite treat, toy, or activity).  If you feel that the door repeatedly opening and closing will trigger your dog or cat to volunteer DoorDash (i.e. not getting paid OR delivering food), either keep your dog on a leash, or confined to an exercise pen or crate. For cats, please keep them inside some room with a litter box and their food/water and keep the door closed. Those of you wishing to trick or treat and have your pups join you, note that the costumes on other people may frighten your pups and cause them to react by barking or chasing. You know your pup best--if you expect your pup to react, have them remain home so that they can keep feeling safe. Otherwise, a brief walk before the excitement begins may help. Also, there may be items on the ground during your walk--ask yourself if your pup may need refreshers on "leave it" or whatever words you have chosen. I'm not sure if I have mentioned this but I don't teach leave it or stay because both of those involve a lot of intimidation. Instead, I teach ItsYerChoice - the steps are captioned in a video about how you can do the same thing with your pets. With costumes, you can start conditioning them to those items now so that your cat or dog gets used to wearing them. For example, if the costume requires you to put something over your pet's head, begin by rewarding their choice to approach the item similar to equipment like a harness. For more details, I did this with a harness. Would be happy to share the video link. This also helps with other gear like boots or jackets going forward. Other tips: after trick-or-treating, place the items in an area to keep them and your pets safe. If you have a black cat, please keep them inside on Halloween night if they go outside - people do weird things to black cats. NB: I tried to share links to my videos but apparently that made this post look like spam so I had to remove those. Please send me a message or email me info@unbalalanceddogtraining.com if you'd like those or have questions! Thanks a ton
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UnbalancedDogTrainer
Oct 23, 2023
Thank you for your support, Melanie!
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Accessible pet dog training
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UnbalancedDogTrainer
Oct 20, 2023
Thank you for your support, Nick J!
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Accessible pet dog training
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UnbalancedDogTrainer
Oct 19, 2023
Thank you for the welcome! :)
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Accessible pet dog training
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UnbalancedDogTrainer
Oct 19, 2023
Thank you for your support!
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