Session III is underway. In response to news of a brand new CANINE VIRUS/FLU that began in FL & GA 6 weeks ago, ADTC Members are in touch with contacts all over the southeastern states, doing our best to keep abreast of potential spreading. There have been no outbreaks locally and we have not heard of any outbreaks anywhere close to us. However, we are being very cautious in order to protect the dogs currenty training at our facility. We posted informational signs at our facility and messages expressing our concern about the spread of this dangerous disease. If caught early, it can be treated successfully, but dogs have been lost to this virus w/ owners thinking the intestinal upset is caused by something their pet ate. If your dog displays any unusual symptoms, please do not wait, have them checked by their Vet asap. In response to this very real threat, a group of our Members have done a preventative cleaning of our facility, using products that should kill any germs. We have cleaned the entire building, including floor, crates, chairs and any other surface that might contain any germs. We are still holding classes, but please use your own good judgement as to whether your dog should attend during this possible crisis. Please check back here on our website, where we will do our best to report any incidences of this disease. Upcoming Events (that may or may not be canceled) : Nosework Seminars 6/17/17, Session IV begins 7/31/17, & Show 'n' Go planned for August. Interested? Please visit the link for each activity and contact us with any questions.

Training Thoughts from a DVM

(Reprinted with permission)

A GOOD TEAM connects the dots!

A well-trained dog is a pleasure.  Even if all you want from your dog is companionship, it’s important for him to learn good manners.  With humane training techniques, you can have a happy dog that eagerly comes when you call, walks gracefully on a leash and doesn’t leap on visiting friends.  Training your dog won’t solve all behavior programs, but it will give you a starting point for modifying unpleasant behaviors.  When your dog jumps up on people, use the command “Sit!”  (at ADTC, we use the command “Off!”, but consistency in the command used is all that matters!)  If your dog chews your shoe, use the command “Leave it!”  Be patient and remember that dogs don’t really understand the words we use.  Instead, they learn to associate a behavior with a specific command.  Always use the same words to command your dog.  There are a dozen different ways to say, “Leave it,” but your dog will only learn to obey if you consistently use that phrase.  If you’re unsure of a local Obedience Trainer, we’ll help you find the right one!

Obedience training can be fun and easy.  Gone are the days of using force to train dogs.  Research into animal behavior shows that the best way to train animals is to use positive reinforcement.  Simply put, positive reinforcement shapes behavior through rewards.  A reward can be anything your pet enjoys:  verbal praise, hotdog slivers or a scratch behind the ears.  Animal behaviorists also train pets by rewarding “non-behaviors.”  These are any passive behaviors you like to see, such a refraining from being aggressive toward other dogs while walking on a leash, refraining from chewing, or even just sitting calmly in the living room.  If you see your dog being good, give him a little praise.  Over time your dog will earn what sort of behavior you expect.

Books and videos can help teach you how to train your dog, but nothing matches the expertise of a qualified dog training.  Taking Obedience Classes in a group setting will help socialize your dog and teach him to obey despite distractions.  Each breed has unique challenges.  For instance, a Jack Russell Terrier tends to be strong willed, while a Basset Hound is mellow and slower to learn.  A skilled Dog Trainer can guide you toward recognizing what your pet needs in order to understand you.  A Quality animal trainer will allow you to visit a class.  Choose a class that employs reward-based training methods, and one where you can that both pet owners and dogs are in a relaxed environment. 

Sincerely

The Doctor and Staff at

Pine Valley Animal Hospital, PC

PineValleyAnimalHospital.com

910 799 4500

Info by “Healthy Pet” magazine Publisher; Tiffany Schaible