Joel Bella, Fitness Trainer, Iowa discussed on Let's Talk Pets
Bella because for those of you who didn't know my beautiful dog Sadie she post away. Let's february. And but I had the senior dog and her name is Bella, boo. Bala? She is a Shitsu mix and we've had her for I think a couple of months now, and she doesn't care about just doesn't cut. She doesn't mind if it's hot outside if it's cold outside. She's an outside dog. She's Bella booze out. Jasmine does not want to know she will go out and do have putty out there, and then she will come straight back in. And if I do try even take her out because I want to take out and give exercise I put on a little pink coat. And it's not because the pink coat that she wants to come back inside because she's the same if I don't put the pink code, but I put the pink Khotan, and she goes walking. And then she won't choose. She holds his up. She looks like a little old lady and looks interns around says for the love of goodness. Can we please go home? Your husband just showed me a video of her in the snow, and she couldn't decide which pod not to put down. Yeah. But not want to be in. He did not tie. And most of the time we she was snuggled in my jacket. But I mean, you know, come on the she's I know she's a Chihuahua and two while was incredibly emotional Dokes. Right. And you can absolutely see that feelings on just they weather her on that pool. Right. They are just they are emotional ducks. But she does she as a bit dramatic. I think they're all some dogs like people that can be a bit more traumatic. I'm sorry. I just thought I thought she was a mere cat this whole time. She is America. She not wa wa wa she serious is news revelation newspaper, those of you just go on my site, and you'll see a picture of jasmine, she is a Chihuahua mix. And we think she's been mixed by with America because she looked she's gonna America face. She does she's has the smear cat. She's just a really interesting very bizarre dog. But I do think she's she's a little traumatic, and yeah, she is a bit dramatic and when she's outside, and she doesn't like something. She will really show you. Okay. Maybe she's like a mother she will really show you. So I have to find ways to enrich life indoors, which brings us to if you are in a part of the country, and it is freezing cold, and you can only take your dogs out for a little bit. What do you do inside the home of what can you do to enrich the lives? I have some ideas. I know you do because you're a great at this. And this is where can I dedicate this to my cousins who are in Iowa. Let's listen to this and Sioux City Iowa. Okay. I'm complaining too much contact. I bet it's like minus minus it's so Anka NII Iwa, and then we have Rochester. Minnesota bless their hearts. And then my others are going up to I believe it's Mitchell, South Dakota. So we're talking I mean feet of snow just snow forever. And they still get out sometimes. But usually in December January they have to the dogs have to say doors, and they have golden retrievers, they've got doodles. I mean what what do you can put? I mean, there are booties that you can put on your dog and the people do walk the dogs booties which is very important because when it is so so cold dangerously cold like that you have to protect those polls. Okay. But what can you do in places? Like this to enrich your dog ready for crazy idea yet? Okay. Okay. I once cradle ideas too crazy, no indoor park hor. Okay. Is all about indoor part? Okay. So as a certified canine fitness trainer. Yes. That's a real thing. I love to do some fitness. And it doesn't have to be crazy doesn't have to be so regimented. But what I'm talking about? Here is if you do allow your dog on the furniture. So again, we're not we're not turning into romper room is my dad would say, but we can use we can take some treats, and we can lure your dog into different positions. And I know it sounds a little lame. But it can be cool can your dog just put to pas up on the couch. What about the back paws up on the couch? Can we go on the couch off the couch on the bed off the bed? Can they sit down stand or spin on these different surfaces? Do you have an Ottoman turning your living room into a little bit of a dog park in an organized way? So we're not just saying we get the zoom. He's all over the place. But if you want to go downstairs to the basement, and do this you have one specific room. This is something we can do to implement a little bit of fitness. You can ask your dog to do these things repetitively. So if you ask your dog to sit and. And then get them to a stand or toss a treat. So they get back from this it ten times in a row that is tiring and your dog has to work and engages their brain, it engages their muscles. And you'll be surprised how difficult that is. I see so many puppies in group classes by the end of a group class, they won't sit anymore and people think oh my gosh. We've just been working on this behavior for so long. Why won't you sit? It's because the puppies tired. Yeah. His little muscles are tired. So if you have a big dog, if you've got a really athletic dog, you can do multiple sets and reps of these sits and downs and transitions, but that's the crazy. Okay. So what about people who say, well, my dog suppose on my so far? I don't want them to learn how to get up on my sofa. What are you saying? I I've seen that we could we can make arrangements. But I allow my dog on the bed and on the couch. You know, he's not gonna come the boss. He's not going to do all these things. He he's going to go to the show. I I thought that when dogs are on the bed or on the sofa. They suddenly become top dog. No that's looking for. The comfy a spot there? And why I say it is a fitness trainer is because we're looking for an uneven surface because it makes it more difficult. Can we do this on the flat floor? Of course, we can we probably want to use a rug or carpet or a of some kind because we don't want the dog to slip on the hardwood. If we're asking him for these different positions. But it's something that we can do on the bed or if you don't want your dog up on the better on the couch. You can use some cushions or just a towel or something else to do these different positions. Say fitness, isn't your thing. Or maybe you have miss Bella. If Bella I don't fitness may, not be her strong suit. She's not the most agile of she's still because her body so long. She looks like one of these in toys stories, you said it was a us. Does Linke the dachshund is. So I think she looks like a dandy demain on she. She does she she's or she could be put Basset hound. I don't know. She is the most bizarre. And we always say that if you us to five year old child to draw a dog, they would Joel Bella. And then the teacher would go. Oh, that's very sweet doesn't it like a dope with has very sweet because all the proportions are completely out of proportion. And that's better she's gotten incredibly low neck, a very old face and incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her. And if she don't says like lipid Somma a site and they pick up front hooves whenever I come affront front legs should say whenever I come. I have I've been out and I come back and she's so excited to see me. She dances. It's called the Benhamou dunce, but from one who one to another to. Yeah. I'm thinking more show than pony lip. It's okay. Shetland pony Zona. Okay. Then what Klaus then my dog the senior poll. That's just Claus. Is Dan did poodle who is if if there could be, you know, the three musketeers writing could beat the full musketeer would be he would be. He's very dandy, and he's he's such a bizarre dog and such a justed adorable. He's like he could be the most interesting boyfriend. Oh, thank you. And he's got an accent hasn't yet. He's okay. So what is it? Much harm so excited to be training today. Oh vic. I'll be like he's the Lipizzaner in the stable that puts Braves in his hair, and he wants them done a certain way and all the other Lipizzaners look at him like, yeah. That's yeah. That's perfect. That's a perfect the nation because he is quite bizarre. But he's just the most seizes smug dog. And I love the relationship. You have with him is very organic relationship. Yes. You do a lot of work with training with him. But you also an a future pocus. I wanna talk about this. You also apart from giving him a lot of choice. You also training him to kind of skew or let you know when he wants things, but also tell you whether he wants to do something or he doesn't, and we are going to talk about that in a future Pokemon was I think that's kind of wet training is going teaching is going see us trading. And we do a lot of concept training. But let me tell you about this classes first Christmas so clauses. First christmas. We drove him. Thank you, mother dot. I love you so much drove him to Iowa from Georgia because I didn't want to be apart from him on Christmas. Oh, my we go into the house. And there's there are what was it sixteen people golden retriever and things not to do Christmas do, but we use management. We had baby gets up and Claus really lived downstairs. Luckily, it was a nice big beautiful home Claus lived downstairs. But how did I enrich him in this place because we were up on a bluff, we got snowed in. So what did we do? Well, one thing that clauses. Really good at is hide and seek love it. You could bring super simple. So let's talk about classes version. It's advanced smart dog. I'm a standard poodle version that is where I can take a ball his favorite squishy ball. Yeah. And I can hide it pretty much anywhere in a room and over time, I've kind of taught him what's inbounds. And what's not inbound? But I can put it pretty much anywhere in that room. And I'll tell him to go to go to his bed in a different room. I'll ask them to wait. I hide the ball. And I come back and release them and say okay seek and he gets to go find that ball. He will search Victoria for ten minutes. He will search so Victoria. How do we teach dogs to do this? Maybe they can't do the advanced version quite yet. Yeah. We'll find something that you dog really likes. If you talk is not a twin motivated, you could try getting control, for example, and putting some of your favorite food in and how I stopped this game is that I will place the toy in an area where the dough could really see it. So I'll make a big fuss of placing it may be behind the the challenge with something. And then I am Bogo back to my dog and say seek go seek, and if the dog kind of even doesn't get the I have to go and get that toy I might go with the job to go. Get the toy right and get really excited about the toy..