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Exercise & Dog Reactivity

Exercise & Dog Reactivity

Great article, I am a big believer in enrichment games and any other forms of activities that can help, keep your dog, calm, focused and listening to you.

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The ISCP has released new research from graduate Linda Cooper on the impact of exercise on reactive dogs (view study here). The study is fairly interesting in that it recommends reducing walks and arousal increasing activities such as fetch.

The dogs in the study were sent on a “doggie” vacation where exercise was significantly reduced. The owners of the dogs were nervous of this at first given that many of the dogs that participated were also described as hyper dogs that required great amounts of exercise.

What was found instead was that with reduced physical exercise (off leash running, long walks, playtime with other dogs, ball and disc play, etc.) and increased soothing touch and mental games the dogs improved significantly in only 6 days! The study goes on to cite work that includes giving dogs a drastic change for a month to see truly improved results in…

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in About

 

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Living with DINOS is now an ONLINE Class!

I personally know quite a few people, who would benefit from this class. So if you are living with a Dinos, maybe this class is for you.

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Holy moly, it’s been so long since my last post! Before I share the big news about the new DINOS online class, here’s the world’s fastest update/excuse, for anyone who cares:

Birdie is really old and has kidney disease now, so I spend all day cleaning up pee pads, but in between mopping, I squeezed in a few more semesters of graduate school, taught a few more compassion fatigue classes, went on a couple hundred walks with naughty dogs, and ate so much vegan ice cream (Thanks Ben. Thanks Jerry.), that I have to do yoga every morning, just so I can still touch my toes. More on that in a later post. 

But guess what else I did? I built an online class for people who live with DINOS!!

It took me 34 years to finish it (I started developing the idea during nap time in pre-school), but it’s…

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Posted by on January 28, 2017 in About

 

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Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

With Christmas just a few months away, many people will be taking a holiday break and maybe going away. Now is the time to start thinking about your pets and who is going to look after them, if they can’t go with you. Dogs can and do get stressed, so if you are planning to leave your pets in a boarding facility, now is the time, to start looking around.

If your pets have never been boarded before, day stays and day/night stays are recommended and should really, be started now. Boarding kennel stress is real! Dogs become stressed the same as you and I and putting your dog into a boarding kennels, can be very stressful for them.

Imagine taking a young child to a strange place and leaving it with people it doesn’t know. The child will more often than not, become distressed and upset. The same thing, can and does happen to dogs.

I hope the enclosed link: Titled “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” will help and inform dog owners, so everyone including your pets, will have a stress free holiday.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in About

 

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Dear “normal dog” owners…

This is a very well written post, that many dog owners can relate to, especially if you have a reactive dog,  it is about off leash dogs in on leash areas.

Pit Bulls Make The World Go 'Round

An event last night prompted this.  Not a huge, catastrophic event.  Just something small and annoying that is happening more frequently.  Inara and I were out for a walk with some friends and their dogs.  We were getting ready for our final lap around the park when a woman with two German Shepherds unhooked their leashes and started throwing a ball for them.  Hardly a crisis, the dogs seemed very well-mannered and focused on their ball.  The problem was that this was in an on-leash only park.  Inara started barking because, though she’s come so very far, two large sprinting dogs is still too much for her.  So we had to cut our walk short.  As I dragged Inara back to my car, I called across the park to remind the woman that leashes are required.  I found out later from my walking buddies that after I left, she told…

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in About

 

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Off Leash Dogs in Public Areas: no manners, common sense or are some just confused!

Off Leash Dogs in Public Areas: no manners, common sense or are some just confused!

I am not sure whether some dog owners are confused, don’t give a toss or don’t have any common sense or manners, when it comes to walking their off leash dog, in public areas.

Whether its a dog park, beach, reserve or park if these places are open to the public, by public I mean everyone, off leash dogs must be kept under control, just because the sign says OFF LEASH doesn’t give dog owners the right, to let their dog wander around and annoy other people or dogs.

Dogs off leash, must be kept under continuous control at all times as per the Dog Control Act. Common sense and manners is called for here, if you see your dog wandering off or annoying someone else, call it back and leash your dog or better yet, leash your dog beforehand. As an owner of a off leash dog you are liable for anything your dog does, as it is your responsibility to keep your dog under control.

If your dog does run off and won’t come back, don’t just stand there calling it, put one foot in front of the other and go and get your dog. Don’t just stand and watch while some other person has to deal with your dog, like I had to do yesterday.

The lady in question just stood there calling her dog, which had no intentions of going back to her, I asked her to put it on a lead, she said she would, if it came back to her. Not quite sure of the logic there, still trying to work that one out.  Then she said the signs says “Off Leash” I said yes it does but this is a public park and your dog must be kept under control.

So it seems to me, she was clearly confused, so maybe its time the councils added some more information to their “OFF LEASH” signs, such as “Dogs must be kept under continuous control at all times” By doing that, they may lessen the confusion.

Unfortunately, the above incident isn’t an isolated event, it seems to be happening more and more and It does make me wonder, if an off leash dog did cause a problem for someone else, how many dog owners would stand up and take responsibility for their dogs actions. (keeping in mind its not the dogs fault) or would they just grab their dog and disappear. Below are links to more relevant articles.

Dog off leash but not under control & When is a dog park not a dog park, when its a public park or reserve

Dogs, Wildlife &  Human Complacency

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in About

 

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Dog Bites another at a Timaru Dog Park

Dog Bites another at a Timaru Dog Park

 

Again, here is another aspect of dog safety that sadly gets overlooked by many. Growling dog bitten by bigger dog

Just because its a dog park it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have control of your dog, The Dog Control Act still applies, owners need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” be aware of what is going on around them, then they can stop something bad happening, before it starts.

Dogs do speak to us and each other, if we choose to listen and observe. Dogs communicate via body language and vocal tonation, dog owners need to understand this.

Many people today are just too complacent. If you are taking your dog to a dog park, there are Basic Dog Park Etiquette  rules that should and need to be followed because lets face it, you need to stand up and protect your dog.

I personally believe, dog parks should have designated gated areas set aside, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. By doing this, it would reduce the risk of these kind incidents happening.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in About

 

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Beyond Daily Dog Walks: Uba’s Story

notes from a dog walker

We do it every day (or at least we’re told we should be doing it every day), but do you ever stop to think about why we walk our dogs and if it’s really benefiting them?

As a professional dog walker, I can come up with tons of good reasons to take dogs for daily walks: for exercise, to go to the bathroom, to train them and teach them leash manners, to help them socialize with other dogs and people, to expose them to new things and environments, and to spend time enjoying their company.

But the truth is, for some dogs, going on walks isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And if that’s the case, there are lots of ways to meet the varying needs of dogs beyond the typical daily walk.

Last year at the BAD RAP Rescue Jam, I had the chance to meet Letti de Little, owner of former…

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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in About

 

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7 Wishes For Families With Dogs In Need Of Space

Although this very good article was written and published last year, it is still very relevant today, no matter where in the world you live.

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Ah, 2014. Here she comes! A new year always gets me thinking about what I want for myself in the coming months, but this year I thought: What do I want for all of YOU? For the most part, I’m wishing that you guys are happy, healthy, and discover a river of gold nugget speckled peanut butter running under your property.

But, if I ever do manage to trap a real life Genie, here’s a few other things I’d wish for DINOS families (and all the other dogs too):

1. A veterinarian that uses low-stress handling techniques and treats you and your dog with compassion. I wish this for all of us. Having a skilled, empathetic vet and vet tech that you trust to handle your dog is a huge. HUGE. Here are some leads on vets that might fit that bill.

Also, while we’re wishing, let’s ask for a vet practice with…

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in About

 

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Rescue Dog of the Year Nominations

   
Thanks for posting this Monique Bowers:
Hi Everyone. You know how we are doing the Fun Day In February which ZeroBites Dog Training is playing a role in? We have a Rescue Dog of the Year Award which is peoples choice and will be awarded on the day. Please head over and like the page and nominate some well deserving doggies. This award is kindly being sponsored by Hazel the Pitbull. Guidelines are on the about section on the page .

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in About

 

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When is a dog park not a dog park? When it is a public park or reserve!

When is a dog park not a dog park? When it is a public park or reserve!

Again, I find myself writing another article on another aspect of Dog Safety, that sadly seems to be getting overlooked by many people.

While there are a lot responsible dog owners out there, there are many more, who are not. While some, maybe are just confused and don’t know the difference between a designated Dog Park and/or a Public Park or Reserve, others are just too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude”.

 Dog parks are for dogs and their owners and they are called “Dog Parks”.

Public Parks, Beaches and Reserves  are exactly that, they are there for the general public (that means everyone) to enjoy.

Many, but not all public parks and reserves have areas where dog owners can walk their dogs, they may have “off leash“, “on leash” and “dogs not allowed” areas and are sign posted accordingly.

The signs are there for a reason. Unfortunately, signs only work if dog owners choose to read and take note of them.

However there maybe some confusion over the “Dogs off Leash” signs that are posted in many Public Parks and Reserves. So what do they really mean?

“Dogs Off Leash” means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under your continuous control at all times. In other words dog owners need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” and be aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them. A good recall is a must if your dog is off lead. If your dog doesn’t have a good recall then don’t have it off the lead. Use a long line instead.

Cyclists and joggers who exercise their dogs off lead also need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” and be aware of their surroundings and watch where their dog is and what it is doing.

I have left the best for last, motorists who exercise their dogs by letting them run along side their vehicle while they are driving, have no control of their dog whatsoever.

Everyone has the right to enjoy their day out, wherever they may choose to go.

"Dogs Off Leash" means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under continous control at all times.

“Dogs Off Leash” means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under continuous control at all times

“Dogs off Leash” doesn’t give dog owners the right to let their dog run amok, harassing, startling, frightening or intimidating other members of the public, whether they are other dog owners or not.

“It’s ok my dog is friendly”, is a commonly used phrase these days, by people who have little or no control of their dog, when it’s off leash.

If your dog does run off and won’t come back, don’t just stand there calling it, put one foot in front of the other and go and get your dog. Don’t just watch while some other person has to deal with your dog.

The Dog Control act clearly states:

in sections 5 Obligations of Dog Owners and section 53 Offence of failing to keep your dog under control

 (f) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate or otherwise cause distress to any person

(g) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, or cause distress to any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife

:(h) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not damage or endanger any property belonging to any other person

Section 53 Dog Control Act Offence of failing to keep dog under control

(1) Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 who, being the owner of a dog, fails to keep that dog under control.

If you are a dog owner you are legally obligated to keep your dog under control and are liable for any damage done by your dog. the incidences of dog attacks and bites are increasing worldwide and New Zealand is no exception.  I personally believe many people these days are just too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude”.

I was reminded today of an issue I forgot to cover in this article, dog owners who don’t have a collar on their dog and don’t carry a leash with them when they are out in public. These people do exist, they are stupid and irresponsible and some are just darn right arrogant because they have no way of controlling their dog. They seem to be unaware or don’t care, about the amount of trouble they may cause and if convicted, they can be fined up to $500.  (Dog Control Act: Section 54A Owner must use or carry leash in public)

Dog owners need to protect their dogs and keep them safe and have a few manners and common sense, when it comes to taking their dog out and about.

Also read “Dogs off leash but not under control”      and the links below:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/activity-finder/dog-walking/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/10595853/Family-in-distress-after-pet-savaged-in-park

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11337126

http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/2014/dog-kills-seal-pup-on-canterbury-beach/

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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in About

 

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