Time to Say Goodbye

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Hello my dear friends and dog lovers, the end has come for me to say Goodbye and retire my blog. I have been writing weekly since 2013 and now it’s time to change; I want to learn and do something new.

Why did I start a blog in the first place? Because I wanted to share my thoughts and ideas about dogs with you.

What has happened because of my blog? I learned how to create and share news and information through writing, taking photos and making videos. I hope you learned something too?! And lastly, I loved, loved, loved the photo opportunities that featured Daisy so that she could express my blog topic.

So what is next? I am not sure! But I will use the time now available to explore and  practice something that I can then bring back to share with you. I’ll keep you posted when I return.

For now……Here is a tribute to the Dogs and Puppies that got Out of the DogHouse in 2016.  Can’t see the video? click here  http://blog.geaugadogtrainer.com/

Always with much love and respect…… Thanks for coming!

My Best,

Dru

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Santa’s Elf

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Just like Santa’s speeding reindeers, the year has flown by fast! It’s time to wrap up dog training and focus on Family and Christmas here at Out of the DogHouse.

The dog training room will turn into our workshop as Santa’s Elf Daisy and I will be busy making presents, baking cookies and getting ready for family gatherings. Like a kid, I can’t wait because ALL my children and grand-girls will be home for Christmas from near and far; Ohio, NYC and Xi’an China!!

To you, my wonderful dog owners and friends, I want to thank you all for being here! I write this blog to share all sorts of things about dogs so that you may think differently because I want you to have the best relationship possible with your dog or dogs.  And most importantly, I want your dog to live a Healthy, Long Life as a Well Trained dog!!

So spend the time you desire with your family and your fuzzy, best friend. And however you celebrate, I wish you much love and happiness! oxo

 

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Again, Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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JAMMED With HOPE

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I am on FIRE! Heart Pumping, Engine Revving, Chomping at the bit to Train Dogs!! Why? Because I just attended the Bart Bellon NePoPo weekend seminar. Bart Bellon is a World, Renown, Sport Dog Trainer. And this weekend seminar has put a Fire in my Belly and Lit up my Eyes to work with more Motivation to help my dog owners and their dogs!

I train family pet dogs so why would I go to see, listen and learn how to train sport dogs? Because there is not a single creature on the planet that doesn’t have some kind of Desire to get what they Want!  The essence of Bart Bellon’s message is “You should purposely Struggle, Work Hard and do Everything possible to get what you want and you will do so especially if you know there is Hope!” I want to see moments of Fire in both my dog owners’ and their dog’s Eyes!! And let them feel the Triumphant result… chest pounding…like a Gorilla, of “Heart n Soul”; Which was quoted many times by Bart Bellon.

Yes, there are certain degrees of desire and we may need a kick in pants to overcome obstacles to achieve our goals. But that is the whole point! We will have low or no motivation because of many circumstances. So as a dog trainer, I need to find ways to teach and show that success will be found over and over again because of Hope.

Bart Bellon jammed our Proverbial Backpack with numerous tools that can help build Heart n Soul and fill us and our dogs with desire that he calls “Gasoline”. You can’t get anywhere on an Empty tank so fill ‘er up and let’s get going!

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I found this article that can give you a glimpse about Bart Bellon:

http://dogggi.blogspot.com/2014/10/bart-bellon-world-top-dog-trainer.html?m=1

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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Brainy and Brawny

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When I was in high school ( yup in the late ’70s) we use to tease the guys who played sports for being Dumb Jocks; Silly High School Girls that we were! This mostly meant the guys were Popular for their athletic ability; Big and Strong but not so Smart.

Fast forward to the present, kids nowadays, both girls and guys who play sports, can receive a Letter for being an Academic Athlete; Brainy and Brawny!

One school of thought about dogs is this ” A Tired dog is a Happy dog!” That may be true but at the end of the day that only included miles of walking or a day at doggie daycare, your dog may be exhausted and in great condition but may not listen or behave well when they haven’t been worn out by exercise.

Wouldn’t it be great if your dog was an Academic Athlete too!

You can build your dog’s brain and body by teaching Doggie Push ups! This is a combination of doing Sits and Downs. What’s great about this is the benefits of Learning how and Knowing the difference between the two positions; Sit-Down-Sit-Down. And if you want you can even throw in a few Stands!

If you can’t see the video click herehttp://blog.geaugadogtrainer.com/

Want to really tire out your dog? Exercise both her Brain and Body by doing Doggie Push Ups! It’s a lot of fun to work with your dog this way. And at the end of the day, you will be a Happy Pet Owner of a “Tired, Happy, Smart Dog!”

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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Why Stomach pH is Important

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Some of us (meaning Me!!) will be putting our stomachs in overdrive on Thursday as we enjoy the Biggest Gastro-Day of the Year. Turkey will be the Star of the meal but it may be overshadowed by all the yummy side dishes also on the table. It’s that combination of protein to carb ratio that is part of our uncomfortable feeling at the end of the meal or why you will be loosening your belt to feel better! This is due to a small but important aspect of Stomach pH level.

Proper digestion begins with a low pH meaning high or strong Acid amounts. If there are low or weak amounts of acid that means a high pH level. A high pH means the gastric juice is more base/alkaline than acidic; Making food more difficult to digest. Whew!! That’s a lot of science for today! But this is particularly relevant to dogs because from researching, I found this article by Dr. Bruce Syme.

Here is an excerpt:

“In dogs and cats that eat these diets with high carbohydrate, high plant protein and lower meat protein, we find that the acidity level of the stomach begins to decrease (gastric acidity relates to meat protein), and the stomach becomes progressively more alkaline (PH 4 and above). In this less acidic environment, several key issues arise;

1.    With the altered  PH, gastric digestion and emptying slows down
2.    With the altered PH, food bacteria and contaminants are not destroyed as effectively
3.    With the altered PH, raw bones and bone material is not softened and broken down effectively (digestive enzymes lose function) and this can result in obstruction.”

You can find the complete article here http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/digesting-bones-gastric-acidity-salmonella/

Did you know that the stomach will regulate “When” to empty because of pH?! Bodies are amazing! When the proper pH level is reached then the lower sphincter ( called the Pyloric Sphincter) will open to let the Chyme (digested food) into the Small Intestine. Onward and Out  it goes! If the pH is not reached then digestion comes to a Halt. The Chyme may back up and go out the Top or it gets forced into the small intestine less digested then problems arise with less absorption and moving out quickly as a watery mess! Yikes!!

So why??? you may be wondering am I blabbing, I mean blogging about pH? Because pH could be why your dog is brimming with health or NOT! If your dog is eating dry, processed, dog food more than likely their stomach pH is too High. This, as stated before, will decrease the efficiency of digestion and cause numerous health problems for your dog.

I am bringing this to your attention because I would be most Thankful for you to have a Healthy, Happy, Long living. Well Trained Dog!

Happy Thanksgiving! Now Let’s Eat!

 

Here are additional links for you to view as you rest and digest after your Thanksgiving Feast.

http://primaldocs.com/members-blog/the-truth-about-stomach-acid/

http://www.doggies.com/articles/134-your-dog-s-digestive-system.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/21/AR2008112102938.html

 

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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The Car Analogy

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Here is a Short and Sweet Analogy.

The Gas Pedal + Brake + Steering Wheel are parts of a car that are essential to moving, stopping and going where you should.  Each have their own importance in their specific use. But if one part is missing you won’t be able to drive.

Walking a dog is like driving a car. The dog is the gas pedal; the collar is the brake and the leash is the steering wheel.

Both driving a car and walking a dog takes a certain handling for each part of the equipment. To be successful in either driving or walking you need to understand about How to balance the right amount of handling each part. When you use too much of one part over another, you will be out of control and can end up speeding, crashing or not arriving where you should!

You know got it right when the ride is smooth.

 

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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The Power Pose

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I have this idea I wanted to share today about how to help shy or fearful dogs. There is a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy that describes how you can help yourself feel less weak and powerless by changing your posture.

When you see these images; Superman, Wonder Woman, Lion King on Pride Rock. No Doubt “Hero” comes to mind but why? Not just because What they Stand for but because of How they are Standing.

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You can recognize their strength because of their posture: Head up, chest forward and feet wide apart. You can see they are Confident and Brave. Wouldn’t that be amazing for your Shy dog to feel that Confident. We all want our dogs to feel secure and happy. Perhaps by having them Stand Strong we can do that for them?!

Most people do not use the word Stand except for maybe when wiping their dog’s muddy paws. But on the norm, Stand isn’t really used except in the Dog Show Ring where it is called a Stack. I do teach every owner in my One Smart Cookie Puppy School all three positions; Sit, Down and Stand. I will now have a better reason to explain Stand as the Power Pose.

Of course, dogs can naturally Stand, as well as, Sit or lay Down. Dog training is teaching a dog the word associated with the position. Apparently though, posture can attribute to hormones that can make you feel Strong or Weak. I know you have seen a dog that looks small, crouched low with a tail tucked between the legs. I feel now, that the Stand could empower a dog. Do a little test on yourself; Stand for two minutes like one of these Super heroes then make yourself tiny, hunched over, with your arms wrapped and your feet closely touching each other. I know you can feel the difference. I think dogs can too!

I do want to point out one difference. In the Animal Kingdom, animals will make themselves larger by having their hair on their back- their Hackles- raised to appear bigger. In dogs, often that posture is described as Aggressive; I think of that as Excitement. I believe there is a huge difference when a dog Stands Strong but Calm. We appreciate that type of Stand and deem it as admirable and desirable. Like a good leader! Perfect Timing! I had a dog owner post this photo today!

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Again, I believe, We, as in All living creatures, benefit with having Security and Happiness. If this could be achieved by a simple change in posture then we should all Stand Strong and Together.

Here is the link to see Amy Cuddy’s Ted talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

 

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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Move Different To Think Different

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Dogs can get stuck in the mentality of Living Life Afraid! Living in Fear is NO Fun!

When dogs are timid for whatever reason; people, sounds or sights, their behavior becomes a fearful habit and that makes life difficult. But if you show your dog ways to do things differently through Movement then the dog’s thinking will begin to change. They will think different because new feelings will be associated with what was once scary but no longer is scary but happy.

Here is a video clip of dogs who now Move Different to Think Different.

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Yes of course, initially, it may be a struggle to even get your dog moving but once they conquer the battle of their resisting mind and will, most dogs really enjoy the act of moving over and around objects. Fancy equipment isn’t necessary; ordinary household objects are all you need! Using  a leash and food is helpful to reduce stress and then the Joy of Moving will take over as the reward!

 

Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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Nice Monsters

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In just a few days, children will be joyfully celebrating Halloween! Who wouldn’t love an event where it is socially acceptable to binge on your favorite sweets?!! In fact, my oldest daughter was born on Halloween and when she was a little girl, she thought everyone was celebrating her Birthday by handing out candy!

My blog today isn’t about the monsters in the night that come to front doors shouting Trick or Treat but about the scary monsters in our homes that can frighten dogs daily. How awful for dogs to be terrified by ordinary objects in our homes? Yes, sometimes dogs act as if it is a game when the vacuum cleaner or broom comes out of the closet; that is a different behavior and can be annoying too. But when dogs run and hide, we shouldn’t think that is OK because in some cases the dog could choose to protect himself more assertively by growling or even biting.

Here is a video clip to show you how to help your dog see scary monsters as Nice Monsters!

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The absolute BEST time to begin this training is with your 8 week old puppy! But no worries if you have an older puppy or dog; Just begin training now.

Here Luna, a little english lab, is conquering her fears and finds the broom to be a Nice Monster!

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Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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The Bread Crumb Trail

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Fairy Tales were written to teach a lesson. In the story of Hansel and Gretel, one take away is their resourcefulness of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way home.

Just like being in the forest, new environments can be scary for puppies or any dog that is under socialized. By using food, we can help puppies be less worried and reduce Stress. Eating the Trail helps puppies become preoccupied and not pay attention to what might be a scary situation.

There numerous situations in which you should use the Bread Crumb Trail to help your puppy overcome their fear or reluctance in doing something.

Here are a few:

  1. Walking on a leash
  2. Going through doorways
  3. Going in or out of the crate
  4. Getting into the car

Rather than dragging your puppy, you can motivate them with happy talk (Puppy, Puppy, Puppy!!!) and a Bread Crumb Trail of treats to do what you need them to do.

Here is a video of Puppies Following The Bread Crumb Trail to overcome their fears of doing something new and difficult.

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Thanks for being here!

My Best,

Dru

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