Iowa, Claus, Bella Bella discussed on Let's Talk Pets
What Bella because for those of you who didn't know my beautiful dog Sadie she passed away last February. And but I adopted the senior dog and her name is Bella Bella, she is a Shitsu mix, and we've had her for I think a couple of months now, and she doesn't care about 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 around give exercise I've 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 holds his up. She looks like a little old lady and looks at main turns around and says for the love of goodness. Can we pool? 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. But not want to be in a he did not be and most of the time, we she was snuggled in my jacket. But I mean, you know, come on the she's a she's a Chihuahua and to wa was incredibly emotional dogs. Right. And you can absolutely see their feelings unjust. They wear their heart on their poll. Right. They are just they are emotional ducks. But she does she is a bit dramatic. I think they're awesome dogs like people that can be a bit more dramatic. 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 L, she says, this is news revelation. This is news today. Just go on my site. And you'll see a picture of jasmine. She is a Chihuahua mix. We think she's been mixed by with America because she looks. She's gonna mayor cafe she does she's has the snare cat. She's just a really interesting very bizarre dog. But I do think she's just 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 he's 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 inside the home? What can you do to enrich their lives? I have some ideas. I know you do because you're great at this. And this is can I dedicate this to my cousins who are in Iowa. Let's listen to this city Iowa. Okay. I'm complaining too much contact. I bet it's like minus minus minus it's incr- Anka ni Iowa, 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 stay indoors. And they have golden retrievers, they've got doodles. I mean what what a 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 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 created days 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? 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 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 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 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 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. 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 downs and transitions, but that's the crazy. Okay. So what about people who say well 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 Allie? I I've seen that. We can we can make arrangements. But I allow my dog on the bed and on the couch, and 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 I thought the way dogs are on the bed or on the sofa. They suddenly become top topdog. 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 want to 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 mis mis Bella if Bella I don't fitness may, not be her strong, suits. She's not the most agile of because how body so long. Looks like one of these in toy stories. You said was it users does slinky the dachshund is. So 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 a dope with has very sweet because all the proportions are completely out of proportion. And that's better he's gotten incredibly low neck, very odd face an incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her. And you know, she says like a lipid Saana. You know, and they pick up their front hooves whenever I come up front front legs. I should say whenever I come. I have been out and I come back and she's so excited to see me. She dances. It's called the Benhamou dance. But is like from one one to another to an-. Yeah. I'm thinking more Shetland pony. Shetland pony benefit Zona. Okay. Then what Klaus then my dog, the standard Claus is standard poodle? Who is if if that could be, you know, the the three musketeers, right? Could be the fourth musketeer would be. He would be he's very daddy. 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. Oh, he and he's got an accident hasn't yet. He's okay. So what is it? So excited to be training today. Oh, now, you Tanovic 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 yeah. That's perfect. That's 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 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 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 podcast was 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- clauses. First Christmas the 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 on ought to 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 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 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 in bounds? But I can put it pretty much anywhere in that room. And all 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'll dog really likes. If you talk is not a toy motivated dog, you could try getting control, 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 dog 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 will go back to my dog and say seek go seek, and if the dog kind of even doesn't get that I have to go and get that toy I might go with 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'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, you know, dogs. They're gonna be tired. 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 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 they 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..