Bella Bella, Iowa, Fitness Trainer discussed on Let's Talk Pets
You who didn't know my beautiful dog Sadie, she passed away last February, and 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 she doesn't she doesn't mind if it's hot outside if it's cold outside. She's an outside dog. She's belcoboost. Jasmine does not want to know she will go out and do 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 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 coat. But I put the pink Khotan, and she goes walking. And then she haunches 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 showed 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 he did not. 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 to wa was incredibly emotional dogs. Right. And you can absolutely see their feelings and just they wear their heart on their poor. 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 traumatic. We sorry. I just thought I thought she was a mere cat this whole time. She is America's she not at your wa wa while she is this is new revelations news today's 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 America because she looks. She's gonna America face. She does she's has the smear cat. She's just a really interesting very bizarre dog. But I 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, and it 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. I know you do because 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. And so your city Iowa. Okay. I'm complaining too much contact. I bet it's like minus minus minus it's increase. So any I wa and then we have Rochester. Minnesota bless their 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 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 are you can 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 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 cradle ideas, too crazy. Indoor park hor. Okay. This 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 what 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 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 Zuma'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 up from this it ten times in a row that is tiring and your dog has to work and engage 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 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 now, he's not gonna become the boss. He's not going to do all these things. He he's gonna go to the show. I 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 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 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 a 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 because her body so long. Looks like one of these into a stories. You said was it used does Linke the dachshund. 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 dog. And we always say that. If you ask 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 Bella she's gotten incredibly low neck, a very odd face an incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her and she says like a lipid Saana. They pick up their front hooves whenever I come affront 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 the Benhamou Danz from point one to another to an yeah, I'm thinking more Shetland pony. Okay. Okay. Shetland pony Zona. Okay. Klaus then my dog the standard. Oh, that's Claus is standard poodle. Who is if if that could be, you know, the three musketeers right in the fourth musketeer would be he would be. He's very dandy, and he's he's such a bizarre dog at 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? Time so excited to be training today. Oh, I feel like he's the Lipizzaner in the stable that puts Braves and his hair, and he wants them done a certain way and all the other Lipizzaners look at him like, yeah. That's okay. Yeah. That's yeah. That's perfect. That's a perfect explanation because he is quite bizarre. But he's just the most Caesar smart dog. And I love the relationship that you have with him is very organic relationship. Yes. You do a lot of work with him do training with him. But you also not in a in a future. Pocus? I want to 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 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- classes 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 we go into the house. And there's there are what was it sixteen people golden retriever and things not to do Christmas. But we used 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 causes 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 his 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 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 dog really likes. If you talk is not a toy motivated dog. You could try getting a calm toy, for example, and putting some of your dog's favorite food in and how I stopped 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 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. 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..