Often times, we ask too much of our dogs, especially in the face of novel stimuli. In these pictures, I ask Aela for a hand target (touch her nose to my hand). In the first photo, she simply jumped up instead. While she may be able to target my hand this high at home, we'd never practiced it in this location or with someone pointing a camera at her. In the second photo, my hand is lower to help her be successful. Does your dog struggle with certain cues in certain scenarios? Is there a way you can make it easier for them, so they can get it right?
#AelaTheAdventureDog always enjoys Lake Sammamish State Park. #Seattle area friends: what are your dog's favorite local places?
Today was the best day! I learned from the absolutely amazing @ken_ramirez_kpct, trained a #goat and met some other lovely animals (both human and nonhuman). #theranch #kpct #ranchkpct #farmanimals #positivereinforcement #behaviornerd #animalbehavior
I had such an incredible weekend at #Convergence2018 learning from some of the most amazing trainers, behavior analysts and more. Many thanks to @tagteach_international, @tagteachjoan and @theryanodotcom for putting together this awesome event. Can't wait until next year! #neverstoplearning #continuingeducation #behaviornerd
This graphic created by @fearfreepets has some very beneficial recommendations on how to help dogs have a #FearFree Fourth. In addition to following these great tips, we also love to feed our dogs their meals (and some special treats) in frozen Kongs by @kongcompany to help them decompress during stressful events like fireworks. What helps your dog relax on #IndependenceDay? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ P.S. Did you know Emily with Heal to Howl is a member of Fear Free's Speakers Bureau? Interested in learning more about Fear Free and how this amazing approach can improve the relationships we have with our #pets? Contact us!
Big news! Heal to Howl's Emily received a scholarship through the @petprofessionalguild to attend @theacademyfordogtrainers, a rigorous program with graduates who are some of the best dog trainers and behavior consultants in the world. Emily begins at the end of July! Emily will also be working towards a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior through University of Washington starting in the fall. We are looking forward to providing even higher quality education, #dogtraining and #coaching services to our clients as Emily continues to advance her own education and experience.
Happy #TongueOutTuesday from Heal to Howl! How are you and your #dog enjoying today?
Heal to Howl's owner and trainer, Emily, received her diploma in the mail today! Her Master of Science is in #anthrozoology, which is the study of human-animal relationships and interactions. Emily focused her studies on the human-dog relationship and is so excited to share this knowledge through our new relationship coaching program! #masterofscience #neverstoplearning #dogtraining #dogbehavior
We are so excited to share our new, amazing logo created by the incredibly talented @chelster306!
The @healtohowl dogs have started learning how to file their own nails on a #DIY scratchboard (made with a kitchen cutting board and adhesive sandpaper)! We love this because it gives our dogs the choice to actively participate in their own care. There are so many ways we can integrate #fearfree techniques into how we care for our companion animals, and we can't wait to continue to share them with you! Be sure to follow @fearfreepets to learn more!
Heal to Howl owner and trainer, Emily, just finished @fearfreepets' Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification! She thoroughly enjoyed the course, and she is thrilled to now call herself a #FearFree Certified Professional. Heal to Howl is looking forward to working with veterinary professionals, other animal professionals and animal guardians to ensure that the nonhuman animals we share our lives with are receiving the best, most compassionate care possible! . . . #fearfreepets #forcefree #rewardbased #dogtrainer #cattrainer #animaltrainer #dogtraining #cattraining #animaltraining #dogbehavior #catbehavior #animalbehavior
The best days are the days you stop to enjoy the view.