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.