What tools do we use?
Muzzles are the best tool to allow us to safely socialize dogs that have a tendency to use their mouth in ways that are seen as inappropriate. We see the muzzle as an "insurance policy", and when introduced properly, the dog understands and appreciates the opportunities we are then able to provide.
When fitted properly, a dog is still able to breathe, pant, drink water, eat food from a bowl and take treats from a hand all while wearing the muzzle. We are safely able to exercise dogs strenuously in social settings, without concern of overheating.
**The only muzzle we use is the BROWN Baskerville Ultra. The straps on the *new black muzzles have not proven to be safe.
Harness, Collar, Leash
We require specific gear for all of our clients to ensure safety and ease of care. All dogs must be fitted with
Martingale-style collar- no clasps or buckles.
Martingale-style harness with front/chest clip for attaching a leash.
Standard leashes only- no more than 6 feet long unless in open space with no risk of tripping or tangling others. Bungee-style leashes can be helpful with large dogs that lunge, as it provides suspension and kinetic energy to assist.
Determining your dog's love language will help us decide on which tools to use for modifying behavior. These are the same love languages that we use to communicate with each other, and understanding this completely will benefit every relationship in your life.
The 5 love languages are
Physical Affection- Petting your dog
Words of Affirmation- Saying "Good dog"
Acts of Service- Fetch, Walks, Playing games
Quality Time- Couch time, Road trips, Wherever you are, they are.
Gifts- Treats and toys
Intuition is something we all have, but some of us have unfortunately been conditioned to ignore it. This is probably the strongest tool in your bag, and when used, your relationship with your dog will thrive. Intuition could be defined as a deep understanding, without analysis.
Your dog's primary language. It is actually ours, as well, we were simply conditioned at an early age to disregard it for the most part and put all of our trust in verbal language. Reconnecting with this primal way of communicating is a great compromise we can make to allow better success for our dogs. Verbal communication is perfectly acceptable, however, we encourage a combination of the two - especially when developing word association during training.
A dog crate is the best way to simulate a den for them. It reduces responsibility and provides a safe space for them when feeling vulnerable. A crate is also the best tool for house training a dog.
*In event of a natural disaster, rescue crews are more likely to be able to help a dog that has been crate trained.
A quality and sufficient diet is one of the key elements you can provide your dog. It will contribute to their behavior, health, and overall appearance. A quality diet is a great investment to promote a long, happy, and healthy life.