Archive for April, 2013

UGODOG Training Tip #5 – Why to train using treats—Part 1

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Using food in training is a common way reward-based trainers teach their four-legged pupils. There are several reasons why using food is such a powerful and useful tool in training. First, a dog will only learn what you are teaching it if it is motivated by something that happens afterwards, i.e. something you can provide—and most dogs want food! Behavior is governed by its consequences. If it ‘works’ (he got a treat) then the dog will try again. If it doesn’t, then he will try something else. Don’t all of us expect a paycheck at the end of the month for ‘work’ (in essence-certain behaviors) we do every day?! If a dog isn’t motivated, it isn’t going to try. And if it isn’t trying, you won’t be teaching it anything! Especially if you are trying to teach it to do something that isn’t natural for it to do or it prefers to do something else instead—like sitting when greeting a new person instead of jumping to greet that person. If your paycheck stopped coming, wouldn’t your work behaviors cease also?
Secondly, it also helps that since you possess the food you can control its delivery to your dog. You choose the point at which they have ‘earned’ a goodie. They will try that again, since they want more goodies! Once you have trained a behavior so that your dog is responding reliably (i.e. they understand what you are asking of them) you move to a more intermittent schedule of rewards-meaning you don’t have to give a treat EVERY time your dog sits, just some of the time, and eventually, sitting when you ask is a habit and you can fade out the treats altogether. For more information or to contact me, visit

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How cute! We wish we could nap all day!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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UGODOG Training Tip #4 - Walks can do wonders

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

By Jen Jeffress, behaviorist and trainer at Pawsitive Encounters

Be sure and take your dog out for at least one walk a day. Walks are instrumental in helping your dog stay fit physically as well as mentally. Allow her to sniff in some places, as dogs learn about their environment through their noses. I equate this as ‘reading the newspaper/watching the news’ for us humans. Much more exciting than looking at an empty paper or staring at a blank TV screen! If walks are a challenge since your dog pulls on the leash, purchase a front-clip harness, such as the Easy-Walk Harness, or Sense-ation Harness. A change of equipment can make a huge difference! Also, teaching your dog that pulling on leash won’t get her anywhere, but keeping the leash loose will let her move forward is a good way making your walks more pleasurable for both of you! Keep your eyes open for future tips on this topic! For more information or to contact me, visit

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

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UGODOG Training Tip #3 – Think Outside the Bowl

Monday, April 15th, 2013

By Jen Jeffress, behaviorist and trainer at Pawsitive Encounters

Chew toys

Think outside the Bowl

Instead of giving your dog his meal in a bowl, think of a way to mentally stimulate and provide him with a chewing distraction during his day. Invest in a few KONGS, hollow rubber toys and/or sterilized bones. Stuff his meal (kibble/other) in there mixed with some goodies (my personal favorites—food rolls, canned pumpkin, plain yogurt, cottage cheese, chicken, leftover ground turkey, wet dog food, etc) and give them to him when you leave the house. GIVE those restless/bored dogs something to DO! This will have the added advantages of teaching your dog what is ok to chew on, giving him something to chew on while you are away, and keeping him from getting bored and barking, whining or finding something to do, such as emptying the trash can or chewing up your favorite shoes. For more information or to contact me, visit

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Hope this gives you a little chuckle on a Friday!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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UGODOG Training Tip #2 – Polite greetings AKA: NO JUMPING!

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

By Jen Jeffress, behaviorist and trainer at Pawsitive Encounters

Help your dog to learn to stop jumping by teaching him that any jumping will get NO ATTENTION from you. Simply turn away, walk away or otherwise ignore your dog UNTIL he stops jumping. The millisecond he stops, turn back to your dog, and CALMLY pet/greet him. If he starts again, repeat until ALL FOUR PAWS STAY ON THE GROUND! The more consistent you are about not paying attention to him when he is jumping and then give him praise/pets when he isn’t, the faster he will learn. We want him to be thinking “my human won’t look at me until I am four on the floor, so I will do that to get him to look at me and give me those pets and attention I so adore!” You can help your dog to learn this concept applies to everyone he meets by having them do the same thing! For more information or to contact me, visit

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UGODOG Training Tip #1 – Teach your dog to do anything…

Monday, April 1st, 2013

By Jen Jeffress, dog behaviorist and trainer at Pawsitive Encounters

Training Tips

Avoid the Leash War

If you teach your dog what you WANT her to do, instead of always punishing her for doing what you DON’T WANT her to do, you will have more long-term success at training and a happier dog, not to mention less frustration for you! Teach ‘leave it’ instead of always pulling on the leash to keep your dog away from something he can’t have. Teach loose-leash walking instead of always putting up with a walk that consists of you being yanked around the block. Teach ‘come’ instead of chasing your dog when it is time to leave the dog park. Teach ‘wait’ instead of always worrying if your dog is going to bolt out the door of the car/house/condo. Teach ‘sit’ instead of always pushing your dog off of you or others when they are excitedly greeting you with jumps and shoves. Enroll in a positive, reward-based training class offered in your area. Visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainers at to conduct a trainer search to find a trainer near you. For more information or to contact me, visit


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