TRAINING UP TRAKKER: Is Exercise the Cure for Canine Behavior Issues?

Trakker on Adoption Day

Hello Friends!

Yes, this is a purely shameless excuse to share another picture of our adorable puppy, TRAKKER. This is him on the day we adopted him.  OK…so he’s a bit bigger now than he was two months ago.  We promise to share some more updated photos soon…but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one today!

Training Up TRAKKER:
We’re always looking for puppy training tips.  Here’s an article we found that we thought you might appreciate, suggesting the value of exercise in curbing those pesky “annoyance” behaviors.  Especially during the holiday season, when we have more on our “to do” lists, guests in our home, and dazzling decorations which may be irresistible to “puppies” of all ages, it might be helpful for us to be reminded of the powerful effects of exercise.

Enjoy!

Written by: Sean McDaniel
Seattle Family Dog Training

Have you ever heard the old adage, “A tired dog is a good dog?” Well, a few years back we decided to put that adage to the test.

As a dog trainer for over a decade, I’ve never turned down a dog-problem. Consequently, I’ve seen just about every dog-related issue under the sun. There are perpetual debates over which training method is best and how to go about solving dogsbehavioral challenges. Instead of pitting two training methodologies against one another, we thought we’d compare a group of dogs going through ‘obedience’ training and a group merely exercising regularly.cctakesteps-1

The two groups filled out preliminary assessments on their dogs’ traits and issues, and then took part in either six weeks of obedience training or six weeks of an exercise program. The unscientific parts of this experiment are the sample size and the variance in types of exercise. There were only 6 participants in each group and the exercising group each did different things. Some “exercisers” went for a run twice a day; other dogs ran next to a cycling owner, some played fetch, while some did a mix of activities. The “exercisers” were directed to do at least 30-45 minutes of exercise twice a day with one session happening in the morning. They slowly ramped up the amount and intensity of exercise over two weeks and most of the participants had some really good workouts going with their dogs for the last 3-4 weeks of the test.

All participants in the “obedience training” group had goods results with all of their issues, and their dogs’ improved in both obedience skills and what we would call “annoyance behaviors” such as: jumping up, digging, barking, chasing other animals, and general over-excitement.

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The big take away for us, from this small test, was that the exercise group, though they hadn’t improved markedly in any obedience skills, improved greatly in all the “annoyance” behaviors.social-riverstone

Generally, the “exercise group” told us that their dog was much easier to live with during their new exercise regimen. They also told us that the people in the house experienced less stress due to not worrying about their dog’s “problem” behaviors as much.

So, did this experiment help map out the canine genome or discover a cure for hip-dysplasia – well … no. It was helpful to us though to show, in some more structured way, that the adage about a “tired dog being a good dog” really is true.

What does this mean for you? Well, it’s all good news. While there will be no shortage of issues left for professional trainers to help folks with; you might be able to take your first steps in solving some behavior problems today. Go for a long hike, a bike ride, a run (if your able) or play some vigorous fetch with your dog, and see if some of your dog’s “annoying” behaviors don’t start to wane for you too. By the way, there’s also a rumor out there that spending time walking, hiking, cycling and playing fetch with your dog is good for humans as well?english-point-molly-and-new

You can contact the author with comments or questions about this article and other dog-related questions at: sean@seattlefamilydogtraining.com

Live in the Spokane area and need some help exercising your dog?  Check in with Bare Paws Running.

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Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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Birth Announcement: Our Puppy Has Arrived!

Tracker 16 Days Old

Introducing


Tracker

We are anticipating the pitter-patter of little paws once again!

Tracker is a Black-and-Silver Miniature Schnauzer. He arrived on August 5 and is now 18 days old.  He and his brother (pictured above) are in good health and are growing well.

We will be adopting him into our home and into our hearts around September 23.  He may even make an appearance in our Real Estate office as early as October!

Many of you know of the heartbreaking loss of our boy, Browser, which we endured in February.  While we will never replace beloved Browser, we are heartened at this news of Tracker’s arrival, and we feel an immense amount of joy in the anticipation of welcoming him into our lives.

Of course, we will be training him up RIGHT:  from Day One, he will be learning how to sniff out great Real Estate opportunities for our client friends.  Like Browser before him, Tracker will share every part of our lives in the office, as well as in our home.

Come  share in our joy!  We do hope you will stop by to meet our new little buddy some time very soon.   Schnauzers need lots of socialization – please help us get him acclimated.

And so, we soon shall embark  (pun…intended!) upon a new, yet familiar adventure.  Partly in anticipation, and partly in dread, we close with this poem about raising a puppy.  Enjoy!

Poem For A New Puppy Owner
Don’t smell crotches, don’t eat plants.
Don’t steal food or underpants.
Don’t eat my socks, don’t grab my hair.
Don’t rip the stuffing from that chair!
Don’t eat those peas! Don’t touch that bush!
Don’t chew my shoes. What IS that mush?
Eat your cookies. Drink your drink,
Outta the toilet! Outta the sink!
Away from the cat box, it’s for the cat!
And MUST you kiss me after that?
Yes, raising a puppy, is not for the lazy!
Though puppies are funny, they’re also quite crazy.
But don’t despair, though its toil and strife.
After three years, you’ll get back your life!
So, let’s go for “walkies”, you can “do your thing”
And perhaps I’ll get back my good diamond ring!

Author Unknown

Tracker Yawns“Tracker” Yawns

Joyfully,

 – Randy & Christy

http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/puppy-poems.html

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm
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