We also hung out by the local Co-op on the benches...practicing quiet lying down can be tough for go-getter Evie, but she did it like a champ today. She was allowed to greet some people walking by and asked to sit still without being pet with others. To those of you who had to walk by, I'm sorry. Catch us next time! To the giggly girls who stopped by and helped me give Evie a real workout on self-control, THANK YOU! :)
With only a limited number of puppies that can go through our Gold Select training program at a time, don't hesitate to let us know if you'd like to have your puppy trained before they go home with you. We'll work together to find the right puppy to match with your family and the right amount of time until the training torch is passed on to you. :)
Below are the upcoming litters - please contact us to get on the waiting list for a Summer 2018 puppy. :)
Silas x Charlie
Connor x Bonnie Sue
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Happy Barking everybody...
Nothing is more frustrating then when your pup is pulling you down the sidewalk and you're apologetically glancing at the people around you...on the flip side, nothing is cuter than a puppy walking quietly along the sidewalk on a LOOSE LEAD! Enter - sidewalk manners.
Harper and Evie were out working hard this week practicing on the streets of Waukon and Decorah. On one hand, Harper practiced on wobbly playground stairs, met kids walking on paths, and hit the more rural sidewalks of Waukon. She is beautifully sweet on the lead! This week, she'll be leaving the quiet Snitker house where's she has been with Rhonda and trading it in for the hustle and bustle of the Kelley home.
Training Tip: Always reward your pup when they yield to tension on the lead (e.g. when they reach the end of the lead, feel the tension, and yield to it). Mark it and praise!
Evie hit the happening city sidewalks of Decorah this week. She has super eye contact and when you have her attention, you have all of it. She loved the energy in the city and did a great job on the lead. She actually got TIRED this last trip.
We stopped and had kids practice approaching while she sat and waited patiently. Evie loves meeting new people and she did a fabulous job of using her manners. :)
Training Tip: Your pup should learn that an approaching human is not an invitation to greet! Instead, have them practice self-control and wait patiently regardless of whether or not they are greeted.
Today, Evie leaves to trade places with Harper. She'll be practicing life in a quiet home while Harper will get a hefty dose of activity here in the Kelley home. :)
Did you know that simply gazing into your dog's eyes can make you healthier?
Did you know that by simply stroking your dog you could live longer?
It's true! A study done in Japan found that spending time gazing into your dog's eyes and stroking them will spike your oxytocin levels by 300% and your dog's by 130%!
More oxytocin = less stress = better health and longer life.
Dr. Miho Nagasawa and a research team in Japan set out to test what they called the "oxytocin-mediated positive loop" between dogs and humans. (Science, 2015) What they found was that the parent-child bond that is formed by the release of oxytocin in humans could be mirrored by dogs and their owners! “These results suggest that humans may feel affection for their companion dogs similar to that felt toward human family members,” Dr Miho Nagasawa, from the department of animal science at Azabu University in Sagamihara, Japan confirmed. (Almo Nature)
Mind blown. Going to go stroke Evie now and work on eye contact.
Read the full study from Dr. Miho Nagasawa and his team here.
Puppies will be due later this summer! To learn more about what we have coming up, please visit Our Puppies. Harper and Evie are going through our Gold Select training program and will be working towards their AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction as well as their Canine Good Citizenship title.
DOB: January 20, 2018
We blinked and all of the sudden...our little girl is ready for class!
Harper is a sweet, sweet soul, though it's no surprise because her mother is one too. :) We're lengthening the sit-stay and down-stay now and will be working towards her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction just like pups in the Gold Select program.
Puppy Class officially starts in a few weeks, so we'll be taking her (and Evie, an Oakley/Silas daughter) on the road for some great training experiences with our favorite folks at the Good Dog Center.
TRAINING TIP: Tackle time or distance at first for your stays. Not both at the same time!
Thank goodness for warmer weather. We've been out on the almost-green grass this week training with "distractions". What a tough lesson. It's hard to focus when there are so many fun kids laughing in the sandbox nearby or cats sunbathing on the porch. :)
Harper and her siblings are hitting the end of the critical learning period soon, so we're wrapping up the baby stage and heading into the teens. One of the books I've been reading through lately is "Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog. A Classic Study". It's a real mouthful, but it's full of great information.
Part of what Drs Fuller and Scott discovered is that the Juvenile Period (teenage period) is marked, not by new patterns of learning like the Socialization Period, but instead by building on what was learned during that time. (p. 108) Their learning is fully developed at this point...but like anyone at this age, they also have "poor motor skills", "short attention spans" and "emotional excitability". (p. 109)
Yep. They got that part right! We call this the gangly stage for our pups because they're all legs and feet.
Scott and Fuller also write,
So really - a puppy's brain is playing Tetras and fitting all the pieces together. :)
The scary part is that around 12 weeks of age, the imprinting window starts closing - rapidly - so your puppy is going to respond in the future to their environment by how and where those building blocks are being placed now.
No pressure, right? (Rubbing forehead and sighing)
Snitker Goldens - Where Imprinting Matters