Thursday, August 25, 2016

Puppy Socialization

Socialization is something that is often preached about when you have a dog. In fact, it is something I cover with all of my clients regardless of why I am there. This is because of how important it really is.

Socialization is about building associations with things that the pup will come across in everyday life. The goal is to set them up so that they have positive or good associations with these things. The concept of how this is done is actually pretty simple; it's just about doing it and making sure that nothing bad happens in the process. The overall idea is to make sure your pup receives things it enjoys while encountering everyday stuff. (e.g. people, places, trucks, etc.)

The first thing that you need to do is find something that your pup loves. It is easiest to use small food rewards for this. (e.g. cheese, hot dogs, real meat, etc.) The second thing you need to do is find some environments that have different things in there for your dog to come across. When searching for the right environment for this, it's important to start off with places that aren't too overwhelming. (You'll want to avoid county fairs etc.) (Check out the video below to see more about choosing the right environments.)  Read the entire article
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Fall Puppy Classes

Early Fall Saturday Puppy Class Begins 9/10/16

This force free, science based puppy training class (6 weekly classes) is for puppies ages 9 to 20 weeks who are dog and people friendly and who have had two sets of vaccines. We cover the basics to make your dog a family friendly puppy: socialization, sit, stay, puppy biting, walking nicely on the leash, house training, etc. Puppies spend time off leash to socialize with each other and humans.  They learn appropriate play and greetings. The class begins on Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 am and is held weekly for 6 weeks. Children over the age of 8 who are accompanied by a parent are welcome to attend (one parent per child please). Contact Robin for details. Sign up via our website, email to:  Robin@MyBestBuddyDogtraining.com or call us at 678-292-8960 to reserve your spot. Cost (includes training syllabus). $125.00

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Beginner Thursday Puppy Class Begins September 1, 2016

This four week puppy class is held at Animal Medical Clinic's boarding location in Peachtree City.  This class is open to all AMC clients at the Peachtree City and Fairburn locations.  Others can join as space allows. This force free, science based puppy training class (4 weekly classes - begins the first Thursday of each month) is for puppies ages 9 to 20 weeks who are dog and people friendly and who have had two sets of vaccines. We cover the basics to make your dog a family friendly puppy: socialization, sit, stay, puppy biting, walking nicely on the leash, house training, etc. Puppies spend time off leash to socialize with each other and humans.  They learn appropriate play and greetings. The class begins on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm and is held weekly for 4 weeks. Children over the age of 8 who are accompanied by a parent are welcome to attend (one parent per child please). Contact Robin for details. Sign up via our website, email to:  Robin@MyBestBuddyDogtraining.com or call us at 678-292-8960 to reserve your spot. Cost (includes training syllabus). $100.00

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Puppy Classes Coming in August




This four week beginner puppy class is held at Animal Medical Clinic's boarding location in Peachtree City. This class is open to all AMC clients at the Peachtree City and Fairburn locations. Others can join as space allows.

This force free, science based puppy training class (4 weekly classes - begins the first Thursday of each month) is for puppies ages 9 to 20 weeks who are dog and people friendly and who have had two sets of vaccines. We cover the basics to make your dog a family friendly puppy: socialization, sit, stay, puppy biting, walking nicely on the leash, house training, etc. Puppies spend time off leash to socialize with each other and humans. They learn appropriate play and greetings.

The class begins on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm and is held weekly for 4 weeks.

Children over the age of 8 who are accompanied by a parent are welcome to attend (one parent per child please). Contact Robin for details.

Sign up via our website, email to: Robin@MyBestBuddyDogtraining.com or call us at 678-292-8960 to reserve your spot. Cost (includes training syllabus). $100.00






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Thursday, July 7, 2016

20 Reasons to Teach Your Dog to Sit

1.  Sit at the door when guests enter  - teaches no jumping!
2.  Sit to have leash and harness put on before going out - no jumping or silly wild puppy!
3.  Sit when front door opens until released to move forward - safety first!
 4.  Sit in the kitchen - avoids counter surfing!
5.  Sit while food bowl is being put down - prevents rushing the bowl!
 6.  Sit before entering and exiting the car - again, safety first!
7.  Sit and look at you while on walks - instead of barking at other dogs/people!
8.  Sit to clip nails on front paws - much easier!
9.  Sit before you toss Rover's favorite toy - impulse control!
10. Sit before taking down the gate or before coming out of the crate - impulse control!
11. Sit calmly to have front feet dried off after coming in from a rainy day.
12. Sit patiently while you pet - polite dog!
13. Sit/stay while others pass by when you’re on a hike.
14. Sit/stay to keep Rover from getting over-stimulate.
15. Sit to give a “high 5”  - a trick!
16. Sit to do the “sit up and beg” trick.
17. Sit/stay on a walk when you stop to pick-up after your dog - poo patrol!
18. Sit on a mat or rug when people enter exit the home - prevents door rushing.
19. Sit after you call your dog to come to you - prevents jumping up.
20. Sit for treats - say please, Rover!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Safety

With summer here, dog owners are anxious to get their dogs and themselves off the couch!  As tempting as it may be to take Fido with you everywhere this summer, remember that the sweltering heat can take its toll. Here are a few things to remember:

#1: Dogs can easily suffer from heat stroke

Dogs can quickly come down with a bad case of heat stroke. Our canine counterparts have very limited ability to cool off by sweating. Dogs have sweat glands on their foot pads. Their main mechanism for cooling down is panting and it is very insufficient at lowering body temperature on a very hot day.

#2: Keep your dog hydrated

Whether your dog is playing in the back yard or you’re out and about at the local the park, make sure you have a supply of water on hand. At home, make sure the water bowl is in the shade.  Keep the pet water cool by using half ice/half cold water. If you’re out and about with your pet, carry an extra bottle of water with you and a bowl for your dog.

#3: Walk your dog during cooler hours

In the hot summer, consider walking your dog either very early morning at first light or late evening when the sun is least harsh. Watch for hot pavement.  Press the back of your hand to the pavement to see how hot it is.  Dog pads can burn quite easily. Walk your dog on grass or dirt to avoid burning paws on the hot pavement.  Walk in the shade if you can.

#4: Protect your dog from ticks and fleas

As summer nears, it’s important to provide your pet with proper treatment for the prevention of  ticks and fleas. There are many recipes for natural repellents on the internet you can spritz on you and your dog before going out on walks.

#5: Avoid crowded events

While it might seem like a good idea to bring your dog along to summer events, your dog is almost always better off at home. The heat, crowds and general excitement can be physically and emotionally taxing for your dog -  causing anxiety and stress.

#6: Do your homework before shaving your dog

In the summer, many dog owners believe it’s best to shave their dogs coat very short.  If your dog is a swimmer, gets easily matted, tends to shed a lot, you might want to consider a summer cut. Reasons not to shave your dog include that their coat provides protection from the sun and insect bites. Some dogs feel vulnerable without their coats. Always check with your vet before shaving your dog in the summer.

#7: Dogs need protection from the sun

Overexposure to UV rays can give your dog a sunburn, peeling skin, painful inflammation and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Because dogs have fur, people may assume they are not in danger of getting sunburn.  While fur provides a level of sun protection, the nose, ear tips, skin around the lips and other areas lacking pigmentation are susceptible to sun burn. There are specially formulated sunscreens available for dogs. Check with your vet to find the best solution for your dog.

#8: Not all dogs are born swimmers

Despite popular belief, not all dogs were born to swim! Theoretically speaking, all dogs can swim, however, some breeds such as Bulldogs, Basset hounds and Pugs have more difficulty. When encouraging your dog to swim it’s important to know his/her physical ability, stamina, body shape,  and breathing ability. Fit your dog with a personal flotation device (life jacket) if you are not sure about his/her swimming ability. Life jackets made for dogs keep their head above water.

#9: Exercise good water safety for your dog

First, make sure your dog knows how to swim. Many water dangers are less about the dog and more about the place they are swimming.  Be aware of your surroundings, making sure your dog is wearing a flotation device and discourge drinking the water in the area s/he is swimming.  Some dogs get seasick too so be prepared.  Make sure your dog has proper identification and is microchipped.

#10: Never leave your dog in the car

NEVER leave your dog in your vehicle no matter how brief the amount of time. Cars heat up quickly even when it’s relatively mild outside, even with the windows open. On a summer day temperatures inside a vehicle can climb in minutes and can spike more than 40 degrees in less than an hour.


By:  Robin Sockness, My Best Buddy Dog Training

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Healthy Dog and Cat Snacks

From: www.petmd.com



Here is a brief list of healthy treats that have been found to go over well with a lot of pets..

  • Apples - without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon - without seeds
  • Cantaloupe
  • Frozen bananas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots - raw or cooked
  • Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight
  • Squash, zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Popcorn - unsalted and unbuttered
  • Catnip or cat grass



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Training Clinic-Advanced Puppy Class

Summer Advanced Puppy Clinic Begins 6/6/16 - This force free, science based puppy advanced training clinic (4 weekly classes) is for any dog 1 year and under that has some basic training (leash walking, sit/stay, recall) who is dog and people friendly and who has been fully vaccinated. We cover improving the basics you taught your puppy. Our classes are small, a maximum of 6 dogs per class.

Your dog will learn a reliable recall in week 1! We will work on advanced leash walking skills, really reliable sit/down/stay and focused attention. You will have weekly assignments that will be fun games to play with your dog. Dogs will also spend time off leash to socialize with each other and humans. Much of the class will be taught outside with distractions!

The class begins on Monday, June 6 at  6:45 pm and is held weekly for 4 weeks. A summer benefit is that the class will repeat in July and August!  If you miss a class, you can make it up!  This class is taught at our Tyrone location. Children over the age of 8 who are accompanied by a parent are welcome to attend (one parent per child please). Contact Robin for details. Sign up via our website, email to:  Robin@MyBestBuddyDogtraining.com or call us at 678-292-8960 to reserve your spot. Cost (includes training materials). $100.00

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