Joel Bella, Fitness Trainer, Iowa discussed on Let's Talk Pets
What Bella because today's of you. He didn't know my beautiful dog Sadie she posted away last February, and but I stopped to the senior dog and her name is Bella, boo. 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 Bella booze out. Jasmine does not want to know she will go out and do 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 her out 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 coach. But it put the pink Khotan, and she goes walking. And then she haunches she holds his 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 pod not to put down. Yeah. She did not want to be an SE did not. And most of the time we she was snuggled in my jacket. But I mean, you know, come on. She's a she's a Chihuahua and Chihuahua was incredibly emotional dogs. Right. And you can absolutely see their feelings and just a weather hot on their pool. Right. They are just they are emotional ducks. But she does she sees a bit dramatic. I think they're awesome dogs. Like people can be a bit more dramatic. 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 wa L, she is this is news revelations. This is news. Today's 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 a mayor cap because she looked she's gonna mayor cafe she does she's has the smear cat. She's really interesting very bizarre dog. But I do think she's she's a little dramatic is. Yeah, she is a bit traumatic 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 win rich 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 'cause 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. Sioux City Iowa. Okay. I'm complaining too much contact. I bet it's like minus minus minus it's so Anka ni Iwa, and then we have Rochester. Minnesota bless their hearts, and then my others are going up to 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 you can't put? I mean, there are booties that you can put on your dog. And the m 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 cradle ideas, too crazy. Indoor park. 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're 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 pause 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 aquaman 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. If you ask your dog to sit and and then. Get them to 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 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 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, and he's not going to become the boss. He's not going to do all these things. He he's gonna go to the show. I I told I thought the with dogs are on the bed or on the sofa. They suddenly become tucked duck. No s looking for the. Comfy a spot there? And why why 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 for 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 a Bella, I don't fitness may not be her strong, suits. She's not the most agile of still because how body so long. She looks like one of these in toys stories, you said was it use does Linke the dachshund is. So I think she looks like a dandy Dumas 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 uh two five year old child to draw a duck. They would Joel Bella. And then the teacher would go. Oh, that's very sweet doesn't it? Like a dope has very sweet because all the proportions are completely out of proportion. And that's Bella. She's got an incredibly long neck a very old face an incredibly long back tiny stubby legs. And I love her. I love her. And you does she says I can lipid it Saana site. They pick up their front hooves whenever I come 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 she dances. It's called the belly dance. But because like from one who one poor to another to an-. Yeah. I'm thinking more Shetland pony lipids on Shetland pony benefit Zona. Okay. Then what Klaus then my dog the senior? Oh, that's just Claus is a poodle who is if if that could be, you know, 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. Oh, thank you. So he and he's got an accident hasn't yet. Oh, okay. So what is it? Ooh. Excited to be training today. Oh now, you Tanovic. I'll be like he's the Lipizzaner in the stable that puts Braves in his hair, and he wants them to way and all the other Lipizzaners look at him like, yeah. That's file. Yeah. Yeah. That's that's perfect. That's a perfect. So the nation 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 him. Do a lot of training with him. But you also in a in 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 a he wants things, but also tell you whether he wants to do something or he doesn't we are going to talk about that in a future. Pocock 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 on how 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 in Richard in this place because we're 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 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 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 full 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..