Boy’s Pick of the Week: Portable Pet Home

Some dogs really need an enclosed environment to feel safe and comfortable. I have one of those dogs. Her name is Belle. I don’t talk a lot about Belle. Belle is more of the dog that’s happy hiding under my bed and she only comes out to go potty, to eat, and for the occasional back scratch but that’s really it. She likes to “just be.” In addition to “just being,” she loves to feel enclosed. There are many dogs like that, so to my excitement while out shopping at Walgreens I came across a portable pet home. I thought this was a brilliant idea for those us with dogs that enjoy to be hidden, but also for any other dog just enjoys a place of his/her own.

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It’s very convenient to travel with as the entire house can be flattened. 

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It easily pops up into a home.

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As on most occasions, Belle would not appear for this photo shoot. Boy, however, felt the need to get involved in spite of the fact that this particular home was not sized for his stature. 🙂 Silly, Boy!! 

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Have you tried a portable pet home? Does your dog like enclosed spaces as well?

 

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Dog Life Lesson: In the Moment

I think that there are two core things that dogs were sent to teach us humans: heart centeredness – a simple four letter word- LOVE and to teach us to stay in the moment. I am not sure if it’s just our  day and age or if it’s something mankind has struggled with for ages, but we are either in the future worrying about it, waiting for it, or hoping for it or we are in the past upset over it, living in pain from it, or obsessing about it. If we are in either we are not fully present in the moment.

Truth is, this moment is all that we have. In this moment you have everything you need and dogs teach us that.

One of the exercises that I do on a weekly basis with my students is leash walking. It’s human nature while we are out on a walk we are either on our phone, thinking about the bill that’s due, the un-ending list of to-dos, or maybe thinking about an argument shared with a spouse an hour before the walk.

While working on polite leash walking exercises with your dog, you are continually forced to stay in the moment, asking yourself “Is my dog pulling?” I am guilty, like all humans of getting lost in the moment myself! I have gotten lost in thought and realized 5 minutes later that my dog had been pulling!

Learn from your dog, and maybe even practice with leash walking by staying in the moment because the truth is all you have is this second right now. Or how about trying to stop what you are doing and sit with this moment for just one minute? Maybe spend it petting your dog, but while you are petting him/her don’t look at your phone and don’t think of anything but your dog. How it feels to pet him? How he is breathing and your own breath?

Living in the moment will change your life and it is for sure something that we can all work on. What has been your experiences with living in the moment? Has your dog taught you anything about this? Please share in comments below.

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Holiday Survival Kit: For Your Dog

I am excited to announce my newest book, “Holiday Survival Kit: For Your Dog”!

The holidays are nearly upon us. Is your dog ready? I know you probably want to push out all the thoughts of the travel, future visits from in-laws, and all the baking ahead of you, but it’s the perfect time to start preparing your dog.

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Think about how stressful the holidays can be for you. Why would it be any different for your dog??

FROM MY BOOK YOU WILL LEARN:
How to help your dog great people politely
How to prevent bolting (both from car and home)
How to help your dog maintain his Zen
How to successful set up the home environment

My book is available in paper back and also with Kindle.

Because I want to set all my students up for success, I put together a holiday survival kit that includes not only my book, but also easy to follow how-to training videos!

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Holiday Zen Dog Training Packet includes:

Ebook written by Michelle Huntting PACKED full of exercises, how-to’s and a better understanding of your dog!

Video lessons that covers:

Greeting people politely
How to communicate dog
Calming skills
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Setting your dog up for success with guests
How to Prevent bolting
and Impulse Control exerises

Get your HOLIDAY ZEN SURVIVAL KIT! Click here

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Simple Doga (yoga with your dog)

Boy and I started teaching Doga together this past summer. Although a yogi for many years, I hadn’t taken the time to do yoga with my dog until recently. We sure do enjoy it. I was very surprised that Boy and I (we’ve been together for nearly 12 weeks), could grow an even deeper bond, but we have! Doga has all the benefits of yoga for you and your dog like promoting relaxation, flexibility, lower blood pressure, and so much more.

Michelle’s Dogi Rules:

  • Always keep in touch with your dog in every position whether that’s your hand, your side (when lying on the floor, for example), or even a foot. The bond is being shared and trust is being build.
  • Pay attention to your body. Because you practicing yoga with your dog you will more than likely not have perfect form so listen to your body (for bad pain).
  • Have fun!

Why not try it? Here are a few simple poses for you and your dog to enjoy.

Downward Facing Dog

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Chair Pose 

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Mountain Pose

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Forward Fold

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Focused, Even Outdoors

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Thank goodness we are finally getting a break from the Texas summer heat! At last we can take our dogs out for an evening stroll.  Maybe since you’ve been out more you’ve noticed that your dog is not as quite focused as you would like him to be. Here are a few tips for you:

Eye Contact, Eye Contact, Eye Contact
Eye contact is key to everything outdoors. Teaching your dog to check in with you will make all the difference in off leash and on leash training. Does he check in with you? If you would like to see that more often you must reinforce anytime he looks at you. This is indoors as well as outdoors.  I do want to note that I do not expect him to look you in your eyes, but just in your vicinity. 

Reinforcement outdoors can vary from praise, to a game of tug, to a VERY yummy piece of beef, to a game of tag, or being released to go sniff a blade of grass. They key is to recognize what your dog wants in that moment, get the behavior you want (which in this case is eye contact), and then give him what he wants.

Short sessions with high amounts of reinforcement is the name of the game. What does that mean? I mean go into a training session having counted out three sets of 5 treats. Your dog looks toward you (does not have to be a romantic gaze, just a quick glance) you say “good!” and deliver all five treats. Instead of just giving the entire handful all at once, deliver each treat one at a time. As soon as he swallows a treat, deliver the next and so forth. With each treat delivery you will praise him about something, “Oh you are so handsome!” “What a good dog” “Good job!”

Indoors make a production any time he looks at you. You get up from the couch and he turns and looks at you, “GOOD, BOY!” You can more than welcome to give random treats for this as well. Do this indoors for 1-2 weeks and I think that you will begin to see a difference in your training outdoors.

Let me know how it goes! What’s your dog’s favorite reinforcement outdoors?

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DIY Dog: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats

A yummy fall treat that you can whip up in 15 minutes!

This Recipe Calls for:

2 Eggs
2/3 Cup Canned Pumpkin
2 1/2 cups flour
3 Teaspoons peanut butter

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and move the dough onto a floured surface. Either roll out and use a cookie cutter or create flat rounds by hand. Move the cookies to a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. If you want the treats to be a little more crunchy you can leave in a bit longer.

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