Boston Voyager Article

We had the pleasure of interviewing with the Boston Voyager and got to open up about our roots, inspirations and aspirations.  

http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-michaela-anne-collins-cpdt-ka-om-obedience-professional-dog-training-south-shore/

Reactive Rover Successes

I absolutely love hearing from the Reactive Rover Class and am beyond thrilled for the successes that they are having at the end of the leash because it can be so stressful for canine and handler when something scary or threatening approaches.  Our Reactive Rover class is always eye opening and it's just about the best investment you can make for really learning how to read and help your dog without becoming a trainer yourself.  Here are a few excerpts from our current class:

Tyson:

So first off, sorry I feel the need to tell you every Tyson achievement but I hope it makes you proud too! So he's reactive to birds too (obviously) and I've been really trying to work him in the morning since they're everywhere. Today we're on our usual walk- I became more confident and now do the whole neighborhood dogs barking at us and all - and every single time he saw a bird he just sat and looked at me like, "Ummm...Mom where's my salami?" There were a couple times where I couldn't figure it why he was sitting since he saw the bird well before I did. Long story short, NO reactions today!! I could not have done it without you so please don't ever stop dog training because you are amazing at it and Tyson's super lucky to have found you!

Wally:

We ran a 5K this morning!! He did great, we crossed the street when a dog was coming, he didn't even growl! I had him sit abd watch me and clicked and treated him!!

I clicked him for lots of "look at that!" He looked but didn't react at the house with crazy barking dogs, they were inside.

He completely ignored a very old dog with a hoarse bark, he didn't even recognize it as a bark, it was funny!

Light Reading

Yesterday, a client asked about books to help improve her relationship with her dog.  Sitting here, looking at two bookcases filled with fantastic reads, I can’t help but be drawn to:

The Loved Dog, The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller, with Andrea Cagan

This book came highly recommended by my first trainer and is definitely worth passing on, especially for the first time dog owner.  Her life experiences are fascinating.

 

It’s a Dog’s Life…but It’s Your Carpet, Everything you ever wanted to know about your four-legged friend by Justine A. Lee, DVM

This is an easy, fantastic read for dog enthusiasts and professionals alike.  Just when you thought you’ve heard every question, this book candidly provides answers. Examples, “Would my dog recognize his siblings?” “Are shock collars cruel?” “Do I really need puppy class?” (SPOILER ALERT – YES YOU DO!) “Can dogs donate blood?” “Why are dogs taught to heel on the left?” and “Why do dogs like to sniff butts?”

 

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

This book delves into the world of behavioral modification and provides the science behind it.  

 

As for monthly subscriptions,

The Whole Dog Journal, A monthly guide to natural dog care and training

Your Dog, The newsletter for caring dog owners

Reading is most enjoyable with a dog sleeping next to you. 

Namaste.

Michaela

 

 

Happy New Year!

Hello. Welcome. And thank you.  Seems like a suiting way to start the official Om Obedience blog – a place where stories will be shared, dogs will shine, training tips will be provided and explained, products reviewed, as well as a list of upcoming local events.  Please be warned: This page may go to the dogs.

Happy New Year from our hOMe to yours! On the last day for the 2015 resolution, “to try something different every day” and we made Peanut Butter-Honey Nut Cheerio Balls from The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook by Liz Palika*.  Our pack thoroughly enjoyed them.   

When I think of 2016 resolutions, I think of how busy and caught up in the day to day tasks of our pack and family and really want to make sure that each dog feels gets some carved out alone time.  As I think of ideas, I’ll share and have a feeling that this site will be a sort of accountability.

When someone says that they are thinking of getting a dog, I always ask, how are you going to meet their needs? Exercise, training, health, nutrition, and socialization. Here’s the rundown of day-to-day care for our pack of 4.  They usually go out to our fenced-in backyard first thing and come in to eat breakfast.  This consists of kibble Bonafide Pet Food* and re-hydrated food from The Honest Kitchen*.  Once a week nails are ground, teeth are brushed (this should probably be done more often), ears are checked and the Cavaliers are combed.  Baths are monthly and the Cavaliers get a full groom every 6 weeks.  This coming year, I’d like to gain proficiency using clippers.

Exercise, exercise, exercise.  Weather permitting, we walk every day.  In the summer, if it’s going to be too hot, we walk at 6am.  In the winter we walk mid-day.  If it’s cold, we all wear jackets.  We just don’t do rain.  Each dog has their own exercise requirement and if it is not met then they will be wound up at night when we are trying to wind down.  Our walks* average 3 miles. They are a combination of exercise, training, and enjoying the scenery. It’s enough to guarantee a 3 hour nap for Lennox (7), Chopper (6), Trouble (5) and Maker (2).  Maker requires a good game of soccer that sometimes the others will join in on, usually lasting 15 minutes.  He is still crated* when we are out and always has access to a Dura Chew Nylabone in his crate.  The older three will get something to chew on a couple of nights a week.  They have access to a toy box filled with antlers, balls, and squeak toys.  The pack will always come on errands when given the opportunity, enjoy an afternoon play session (find it, board games, hide & seek, or tug), have dinner, and then sack out on their places on the couch.  We have at least a couple of play dates a week and they love going to daycare.  The saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog. 

And vet visits, we absolutely love the staff at Randolph Animal Hospital and visit them regularly for vaccinations, Heart Guard, Vectra, and sometimes just to say “hello”.  Lennox also sees Dr. Laste at Angell Memorial Medical Center for an annual cardiology visit. 

 In reflecting on this list, their basic needs are met and I am looking forward to strengthening our bond this coming year with some one-on-one time.

Here are a few New Year’s Resolution suggestions:

Work on solving behavioral issues: jumping, barking, reactivity and anxiety.

Continue training: teach your dog reliable basics, take your basics to an intermediate level, work towards your Canine Good Citizen certification, and become a therapy dog team.

Teach fun tricks: doggy yoga poses, play dead, close the door, salute, and to carry in the groceries.

Try Agility.  It’s not just for competition!

Make some new friends – go on a pack walk, visit a new park, join a hiking club, send your dog to play groups and daycare.

Always here to help. Namaste.

Michaela

 

*Denotes a topic for another day

(book review, food review, why walk, crate training)