Iowa, Claus, Fitness Trainer discussed on Let's Talk Pets
Because for those of you who didn't know my a beautiful dog Sadie, she passed away February, and I adopted 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 she doesn't she doesn't mind if it's hot outside if it's cold outside. She's an outside dog. She's Bella out. Jasmine does not want to know she will go out and do have party out there, and then she will come straight back in. And if I do try even take her out because I want to take her out get 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 Khotan. But I put the pink Khotan, and she goes walking. And then she won't she's she coaches up. She looks like a little old lady. And looks main turns around and says for the love of goodness. Can we please go home? Your husband just show me a video of her in the snow, and she couldn't decide which part not to put down. Yeah. Not want to be in a did not be and most of the time. We she was snuggled in my jacket. But I mean, you know, come on. She said, I know she's a Chihuahua and chihuahuas incredibly emotional dogs. Right. And you can absolutely see that feelings on just they wear their heart on their pool. Right. They are just they are emotional ducks. But she does she as a bit dramatic. I think they're awesome 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's she not at your wa wa wa she is. This is news revelation Ness newspapers as if you just go on my site and you'll see a picture of jasmine. She is a Chihuahua mix them. We think she's been mixed by with mayor cap because she looks she's gonna mayor cafe she does she's has the smear cat. She's just a really interesting very bizarre dog. But I do think she's a little dramatic. And yeah, she is a bit dramatic and when she's outside. 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 her life indoors, which brings us to. If you are in a part of the country added is freezing cold, and you can only take your dogs out for a little bit. What do you do? Do inside the home of what can you do to enrich their lives? I have some ideas, you do 'cause you're great at this. And this is where can I dedicate this to my cousins who are in Iowa. Let's listen to this. Sue city Iowa. Okay. I'm complaining too much contact. I bet it's like minus minus minus it's so. Johny iowa. And then we have Rochester Minnesota, plus the hearts, and then my others. They're going up to I believe it's Mitchell, South Dakota. So we're talking I mean feet of snow just snow forever and stay still get out sometimes. But usually in December January they have to the dogs have to stay indoors. And they have golden retrievers, they've got doodles. I mean what what are a you can't put. I mean, there are booties that you can put on your dog and the and people do walk their 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 a crazy idea yet? Okay. Okay. I once created is too crazy. Indoor park core. Okay. Raises 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 we're not we're not turning into romper room is my dad would say, but what we can use. We can take some traits 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? 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 kind of turning your living room into a little bit of a dog park in an organized way? So we're not just saying we get Zuma's all over the place. But if you wanna 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 into a stand or toss a treat. So they get back up from the set 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 NFL 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 set? It's because the puppies tired, his little muscles are tired. So if you have a big dog, if you got a really athletic dog, you can do multiple sets and reps of these sets and downs and transitions, but that's the crazy. Okay. So what about people who say my dog's paws on my so far? I don't want them to learn how to get up on my sofa. What are you saying Ali? I I've seen that. We can we can make arrangements. But I allow my dog on the bed and on the couch. And now, he's not going to become the boss. He's not going to do all these things. He he's going to go to the show. I thought I thought the way dogs are on the bed or on the sofa. They suddenly become top dog. No that's looking for the company. Spot there. And why I say it as 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 wanna use a rug or carpet or a matter 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 missed Bella Bella. I don't fitness may not be her strong, suits. She's not the most agile of help because her body so long. Looks like one of these in toy stories, you said was it usually does Linke the taxes. I think she looks like a dandy demain on sheila's. She does she she's or she could be popped Basset hound. I don't know. She is the most bizarre dock, 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 adult with has very sweet because all the proportions are completely out of proportion. And that's Bella. She's got incredibly long neck, a very odd face and incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her. And she dont says I can the pit Somma. You know, and they pick up their front hooves whenever I come affront front legs. I should say whenever I come. I have I been out and I come back and she's so excited to see me. She dances, it's called the benefit dance. But because it's like one one point to another to an-. Yeah. I'm thinking more Shetland pony. Okay. Shetland pony donnas. Okay. Right. Then what Klaus then my dog? The senior house is a standard poodle who is if if that could be, you know, the three musketeers writing could be the fourth musketeer, he would 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? So excited to be training today. Oh now you've done a bit. I feel like he's the Lipizzaner in the stable put sprays in his hair, and he wants some certain way and all the other Lipizzaners look at him like. Yeah. That's yeah. That's yeah. That's perfect. That's a perfect explanation because he is quite bizarre. But he's just the most seizes smart dog. And I love the relationship that you have with him is very organic relationship. Yes. You do a lot of work with a lot of training with him. But you also not in a in a future. Pocus 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 tell we are going to talk about that in a future podcast because I think that's kind of wet training is going teaching is going see us training. And we do a lot of concept training. But let me tell you about this f- classes first Christmas so clauses. First christmas. We drove him. Thank you mother. And dad, I love you so much drove him to Iowa from Georgia because I didn't want to be apart from him on Christmas. Oh, and we go into the house. And there's there are what was it sixteen people golden retriever and things not to do Christmas on ought to do. But we use management. We at 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 see 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 N balanced. And what's not in bounds? 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 him 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, and 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 twenty motivated, you could try getting a toy for example, and putting some of your favorite food in and how I stop 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 cacique. And if the dog kind of even doesn't get that I have to go and get that toy might go with the dog to go. Get the toy right and get really excited about the toy. But most of the time when you tell the dog to go seek they gotta go straight for that toy and then they can eat a little bit of the food out of the toy. And then I'll get the toy back. And then I might hide it somewhere a bit harder for the dog and then gradually as we pay this game every dog learns at a different pace. So it might be a couple of hours. It might be a few days. It might be a few weeks. I'll get to the point where I can hide the toy and tell the doctor go seek now you can do this inside of you can do it outside when the weather is better. But inside you don't just have to use one toll. You can maybe use to three toys, and if you want to hide your dog's dinner in them, then do that. So instead of just wasting a really good teaching opportunity. Don't just feed your dog from the bowl, right? Put your dog's food in toys and hide it around the house. Okay. Now, you're going to go hunt and seek for your meal. So I can tell you by the time your dogs. They're going to be tied. Great enrichment. Absolutely. It's a good point that you can feed your dog through that mechanism to and what I like that you said about at the end is what you're looking for is your dog to be tired. So one good way to to see whether you're in Richmond is truly enriching is does your dog take a nap afterwards because that's what we all want. Right. That's why we walk our dog. So they get enrichment they go see things that go do things, and I can tell you after playing hide and seek with Claus for thirty minutes. He sleeps just as much as if we had walked for thirty minutes. So if you doubt that this can be as enriching for as a Walker a run for your dog..