Posts tagged clicker training
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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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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