Posts tagged Positive Reinforcement
Through The Love of Dogs...How Life's Purpose Revealed Itself Late In Life

VivaPaws Training & Behavior was born out of passion, love, and heartache.

Aimlessly searching for a purpose in life for most of my 49 years, the fact that love brought me to the United States late in life, was a blessing from the universe for sure. But having to give up a life I loved in my home country of Denmark, leaving behind family, friends, all my ‘things’, and not least my two beloved schnauzers was a major heartache. It is a known fact for most of us who don’t have kids, that our pets are our kids. Rufus and Balou, my two dogs in Denmark, were my kids. They brought me love, joy, comfort, and companionship while enduring a long-distance relationship for five years. And yet, I left them! Do I deserve dogs?

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National Train Your Dog Month….How to get your new puppy off to a great start and 5 reasons why punishment doesn’t work

January is the month for new beginnings. As the new year unravels its pages, there is something exciting each new year to stand at the crossroads, or the iron gate to a whole new year…. A chance to write a new chapter in your life. Whatever your new year resolutions may be, January is where it all starts and where the motivation is at the highest point. Sure, it may fade as the days go by, but the new dawn brings a promise of something better out there on the horizon…

This January is also the eighth year since APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) introduced National Train Your Dog Month with the slogan, ‘Train them, don’t blame them’.

At VivaPaws, we naturally encourage you to train your dog every day of the year, but if you just got a new puppy, there is no better time to start than right now!

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Being Proactive Through Training

Teaching your puppy/dog some basic foundation skills and good manners from the onset goes a long way toward preventing problem behavior. Many clients do try to teach their pooch to sit and lie down, which is particularly helpful as default behaviors. If your dog learns to sit or lie down as one of his first skills, and it gets reinforced many times, it becomes a behavior he will offer again and again, by default. As both of these are calm behaviors, they are great ones to teach your pup in order to encourage a reposeful demeanor. When your dog is too excited all the time, it is hard for him to focus on what you want him to do, unless of course, you are in a play situation, where being goofy and excited is acceptable and fun! Therefore teaching him to be calm after play, for example, is a great way for him to learn self-control. 

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Dogs – How They Make Our Lives Whole

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole – Roger Caras. This is one of my favorite quotes about dogs. How do you feel about your dog? Is he perhaps your best friend, your ‘kid’, a family member, almost as important as other family members, or maybe more? What makes them so special? They waltz straight into our hearts with their cute little faces, their wagging tails, their pure love. Is that the whole truth?

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Why Food Is Used As A Reward In Training

Let us jump right in and start at the beginning…. A sweet little puppy face is looking up at you begging you to play. Because you are busy right now, you tell little Charlie, “not now, mommy’s busy”, but Sweet Face won’t take no for an answer. He tries to bite at your shoe….you tell him, “NO, Charlie, not my shoe!” He does the cutest little jump and tries your shoe again, biting more, and

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The Importance of Choosing A Qualified and Certified Trainer

You might have envisioned a life with a well-mannered dog, who listens to you, comes when you call, walks calmly on leash…. a joy to live with. This perfect picture is often crushed when your dog starts to develop destructive or undesirable behaviors. You may have tried to train your pup yourself, but either don’t have the time or patience it requires, and therefore behaviors have turned into problems.

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