Claus, Fitness Trainer, Joel Bella discussed on Let's Talk Pets
Worry they have to the dogs have to stay indoors. And they have golden retrievers, they've got doodles. I mean, what what are you can't put? I mean, there are booties that you can put on your dog and the people do walk their dogs booties which is very important because it is so so cold dangerously cold like that you have to protect those pools. Okay. But what can you do in places like this to enrich your dog ready for a crazy idea yet? Okay. Okay. I once cradle ideas, too crazy. Indoor park core. Okay. Is all about indoor partner. 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 secretive 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 or 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 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 the 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. 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 paws on my so far? I don't want them to learn how to get up on my sofa. What are you saying Allie? I I've seen that. We can we can make arrangements. But I allow my dog on the bed and on the couch. 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 told I thought that with dogs are on the bed or on the sofa. They suddenly become top dog. No that's looking for the company. This 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 want to use a rug or carpet or a map 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. If Bella I don't fitness may, not be her strong, suits. 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 was it uses swing does Linke. I think she looks like a dandy demain on she says, she does she she's or she could be popped Basset hound. I don't know. She is the most bizarre dog, 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 got gotten incredibly low neck, a very odd face an incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her, and you know, she dances like lipid Saana a. Pick up their front hooves whenever I come off front front legs. I 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 the dance. From one who one to another to an honor? I'm thinking more Shetland pony Lipton. Okay. Shetland pony. Okay. Klaus then my dog the standard. That's just Claus is standard poodle. Who is if if there could be the three musketeers writing could be the fourth 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. Thank you. And he's got an accident hasn't. He has. He's. Okay. So what is it time so excited to be training today? Oh now you've done a Vic. I'll be like he's the Lipizzaner in the stable that puts Braves his hair, and he wants them done a certain way and all the other Lipizzaners look at him. Like, yeah. Yeah. 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 an in a future polka I to talk about this. You also apart from giving him a lot of choice. You also training him to kind of all 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. Pocus was I think that's kind of wet training is going teaching is going see as training. And we do a lot of concept training. But let me tell you about this f- clauses. 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, my and 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 used 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 in Richard 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 leverage 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 yet. And I can hide it pretty much anywhere in a room and over time, I've kind of taught him what's inbound. And what's not in balance? 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 sake, 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 toy motivated dog. You could try getting a contract, for example, and putting some of your dog's 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 chair like who something, and then I will go back to my dog and say seek seek and if the dog kind of even doesn't get that I have to go and get that toy I might go with the dog to go. Oh, 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're going to 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 and 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 tool 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. Are they 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. 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 thirty minutes. So if you doubt that this can be as enriching for as a Walker a run for your dog and promise you this is really difficult for them. And I want to add another thing if you have a dog that is used to having children around maybe they love together and the dog really loves being around children, and is okay with children running around the house. One thing that's really fun to do especially if you get Snowden and the kids are there. Take one of the kids toys tell the kid to go in the other room closes. I. Is you hide the kid's toy somewhere in the room? And then you hide the dog's toy somewhere in the room, you release them both and see who wins who is going to go find their toy. I and it's really really fun especially with young kids because they want to try and beat the dog. And again, we're hiding them in separate places. So we don't have a conflict Elliott so doing with the dog that is extremely friendly. That is not a resource God or a toll..