My dog is a horrible street scavenger and eats garbage and plant matter whenever he gets a chance. How can I train him to stop? HELP!
ANSWER: If your dog is a scavenger, it would help to get him into some nose work classes or give him some “find it” activities around the house to satisfy his instinctual need to “scavenge”. As for training, I would recommend impulse control training consisting of solid loose leash walking and “leave it.”
QUESTION 2: Submitted by Bellinda
Where can I train my lab to be a therapy dog for kids in hospitals?
ANSWER: Most hospitals require at least a Canine Good Citizen Certification, which requires your dog to go through a series of behaviors successfully. Check: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/about/ for more information.
It’s time for week 6 of the program, which means we’re already half way there! I hope you’re ready for week 6 of our doggie fitness program courtesy of “Pooch to 5k”. Always remember to start off with a visit to your favorite tree, a few minutes of heeling practice, and a brisk five minute walk to ensure you and your pup are properly warmed up. Once you’ve finished that we’ll jump right into week 6. You’ll be doing this workout three days a week with one day of rest in between each session.
-Jog 8 minutes
-Walk 8 minutes
-Jog 8 minutes
-Warm down with a walk
Afterwards don’t forget to head over to instagram.com/citydog5k to share your pictures and stories with other owners
Day training occurs on Tuesdays and Thursday and consists of:
environmental enrichment and
Drop off at Rocco’s Pack is between 8:30am and 8:45am. Once everyone is droppped off, we usually do a short walk to burn off the initial energy and excitement about being at Rocco’s Pack! Then we go for our outing. Outings vary from week to week; they usually consist of a local dog park, a dog friendly scenic destination where we can do a group walk or a dog friendly swimming destination.
After the outing, we come back to Rocco’s Pack and everyone gets a chance to rest a bit and re-energize for training. Usually, during this time, dogs are given dog puzzles, games or other environmental enrichment options.
The afternoon consists of training, often times occurring one on one and in a group, depending on the dogs needs. Intermittently throughout the afternoon, dogs are rotated throughout the various activities, i.e., one on one training, group training, environmental enrichment, socialization sessions and walks.
It’s by far the most comprehensive type of training you can give your dog without having to leave him overnight.
If you’re a first time day training client, we require that you enroll your dog in 4 consecutive day training sessions to start off. This gives us an opportunity to get to know your dog and assess your dog’s social needs and limits as well as training opportunities. After the initial four sessions, you can bring your dog as often or as little as you’d like. Just let us know and we’ll reserve a spot for your pooch!