by Delaney Custer
Here are some tips from the Good Dog! Team on keeping your dog healthy and happy while social distancing.
It’s important to have a variety of toys for the dogs to interact with to keep their brains and bodies stimulated, healthy, and happy. Try rotating toys to keep them “new” to your pup. Enrichment toys such as treat puzzles, Liki mats, Kongs, or Kong Wobblers are an excellent way to keep dogs engaged because they target their problem solving skills.
by Delaney Custer
With shelter in place orders enacted in communities across the US, it can feel like everything is being put on hold. However, members of the Good Dog! Team are still hard at work training the next generation of autism service dogs during the COVID-19 outbreak. Desperate times don’t always call for desperate measures. It just takes a bit of creativity and a whole lot of love to help these Good Dogs! get ready to be someone’s new best friend.
A Blog by Oskar & Good Dog! Eddie's Mom
There are moments on this parenting journey with a child who is on the autism spectrum that are too telling not to share, especially with the organization that changed all our lives.
I often get asked in public spaces if Eddie likes working, because he is the king of the side eye burn and he does not like to be interrupted on the job. This means he often looks annoyed when, in reality, he’s just focused on his boy. Add in the fact that high functioning kids don’t always “look autistic” and you can imagine the conversations..
by Laura Sylvester
Ever wonder how service dogs get their names? At Good Dog! Autism Companions the child and family always get to decide their pup's forever name. This is how child and dog take one of their first steps in bonding.
Have you ever wondered why your dogs favorite treats don't always do the trick in high stress situations? Something to keep in mind throughout your training process is the level of value your treats hold.
Have you ever wondered why your dog chooses to chew on your personal belongings or furniture rather than the million toys you have for them? Or why he chooses your child's toys over his own? I have three suggestions to help change this:
UPDATE: Dogs under 4 months should not be given the Nylabone Dinosaur or any other Nylabones with little nubs
Dogs love to chew! In fact, it is healthy for them to keep their jaws exercised! The problem is finding that perfect chew for them that is both satisfying and safe for your dog to chew!
If you have a dog and go for regular walks, I'm almost positive you've run into either a stray dog or an off leash pet dog at least once! Running into unknown off leash dogs can be both scary and dangerous for your dog and yourself. And let's just face it, dogs attract other dogs. I always suggest that you be prepared every time you take your pup out for a walk, because you never know what off leash dog situation you may encounter. It could be sweet little fluffy from across the street, or it could be a pack of angry stray dogs. I've had the unfortunate chance of running into the large pack of angry stray dogs, but the actions I took quite possibly saved myself and my dog from a potentially dangerous situation. I'll tell you what happened:
by Samantha Quackenbush, Good Dog! Lead Trainer
People often ask me what my favorite dog training book is. I always respond with The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller. Pat Miller's training philosophy is very similar to my own, so I know when I recommend her book you will be learning lots of high quality information on how to train your dog utilizing positive reward based methods. This is a great book for beginners as it starts you out from when you get your dog as a pup. Though, if you have an adult dog I still recommend teaching him everything in this book, as old dogs certainly can learn new tricks!
To go along with your new training methods you will need a heavy supply of various levels of training treats, ranging from low level like Cheerios or just plain kibble to a mid level like soft treats or jerky and high level like natural hot dogs or any leftover meat you may have in your fridge. I really like the Natural Balance food rolls. They look slightly like a summer sausage and you can cut them into any size you need. This treat is great for picky eaters as I have yet to see a dog refuse it! For some dogs it can even qualify as higher value than meat!
I hope you enjoy Training Tip Tuesdays! - Sam
It's been a busy 10 days here at Good Dog! ... We added three pups to our training program (Good Dogs Happy, Olaf and Denali); we matched three dogs (Good Dogs Bucky, Midas & Kiwi); one dog went to his forever home, aka 'homecoming' (Good Dog Jupiter Jack) ; we attended a family fundraiser (Good Dog! Bucky) & we attended a 1st birthday party (Good Dog! Fred). Who needs a nap?