Thursday, July 21, 2011
Some of these folks are pet parents. Some are foster parents. Some attended, without their dogs, to observe and learn. The apprentice dog trainers will receive their certificates at next week's class meeting.
Next classes begin in September. www.mishamayfoundation.org for details.
Deuce, a 2 yr old blind male, seeks attention from the class without hesitation. He gets around beautifully. Uno, back in the car, receives attention from the foster mom for being calm around Deuce, whom he has been picking on.
Uno presents with anxious behaviors (out of appropriate context) such as lip licking, yawning, play bows, leash chewing and jumping up. When his foster mom takes just one step away, he is tracking and follows her. This sweet insecure dog needs confidence building and security, so that he doesn't need to compete with other dogs for resources in a home.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
The goal of this exercise was to have Jannis feed treats to Sid and praise him for calm behavior as all of the class members walked by. You can see him looking toward the approaching people and then to Jannis for a treat - he definitely made the connection! Sid is available for adoption through MaxFund.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sid won't come to class, so the class goes to him in the van. We give him treats to help him have more positive associations with humans. Sid has had a very rough life, but is really a darling trying to emerge. He is available for adoption through MaxFund in Denver.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
These apprentices are in their 10th week of class. They are a great group of talented and committed dog lovers.The next classes begin in September in Arvada and October in Englewood. Check out the details at www.mishamayfoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Ozzy initially reacts to the entrance of another dog. His people give him treats while calmly saying 'it's a dog'. Ozzy learns another dog=treats. Ozzy looks in the dog's direction but doesn't react again. He looks back at his people to be rewarded for calm behavior.
Ozzy remains calm outside, not reacting to the other dog or anything else. He had fun and received rewards. Really nice!
Ozzy looks around and sees other dogs at a distance far enough not to elicit reaction from him. He remains calm checking in with his people with atutomatic sits.
Ozzy needed a little help as he slipped back into the old habit of barking when a dog is near. His people are learning that their role includes helping Ozzy look at them before he reacts until he can do it 100% on his own.
Ozzy is very calm now and not reacting to the other dog's presence. He doesn't even look in that direction. He is focused on his people, offering automatic sits while receiving the good treats that other dogs bring into his life!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Ozzie, an adult Poodle, often barks at other dogs. Every time he checks in with Lorraine, she responds with 'yes' and a treat. He is learning that checking in with her is better than barking. She teaches him "Let's Go!" for getting out of potential problem situations until he learns not to bark.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Bella relaxed and became more trusting as the class proceeded. We allowed her to expand her safety zone at her own pace and within her own tolerance. In this video, she is investigating some unfamiliar objects in the center of the room, with mom who is taking care to go very slowly.
For more information about this unique class as well as the dog trainer certification program, please go to www.mishamayfoundation.org.
Bella was given a safe place in class in the corner with chairs in front. The rest of the class was in a semi-circle along the far walls. You can see her sniffing the ground which is a signal to herself and others to calm down. Though quite nervous, Bella was curious and trusted her mom, Trisha.
For a complete description of this unique class and the dog trainer certification program, go to www.mishamayfoundation.org.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Thundershirt and Rescue Remedy help Mattie relax during 4th of July weekend and the accompanying thunderstorms.