Monday, July 30, 2012

5 Tips for Stinky, Sticky, & Nasty Things...

5 tips for the Stinky, Sticky, and Nasty things that your dog might get into:

1.  Sprayed by a Skunk - Mix 4 cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 Tablespoons of Dawn Liquid Dish Soap.  Do not wet or bath your dog...  Massage the mixture into teh dogs fur (AVOIDING THE EYES).  Let the mixture stay on the dog for at least 5 - 10 minutes and then rinse.  You might need to repeat this many times.  Also, if you have a black or dark coated dog, the hydrogen peroxide might bleach the fur a bit.  It helps to keep these ingredients on hand as you never know when your dog could get sprayed by a skunk.  

2.  Anal Sac Discharge - Sometimes when dogs are startled, frightened, or get injured, they will empty their anal sacs, which smells horrible.  To clean up and get rid of the smell, take witch hazel (an astringent that can be found at most drug stores) and put it in a small spray bottle and spray it on the affected area.  Then wipe it off with a paper towel.  Repeat one more time and then dry it up with a paper towel.  The smell will disappear.  

3.  Paint - If you just finished painting your house and you have discovered that your dogs tail has paint in it, DO NOT USE turpentine or petroleum!  

If it is water based or latex paint and it has not yet dried, give your dog a bath with warm water and a strong shampoo.  Follow up with a conditioner to ensure the coat does not dry out.  You can use Dawn Liquid dish soap if necessary.  If it is water based paint and it is already dry, massage the shampoo into the area, let it stand for about 10 - 15 minutes, then gently comb it out.  

If it is oil-based paint, gob on olive oil to the area and massage it for at least 10 minutes.  DO NOT let your dog lick it off!  For dogs with long fur, you can wrap the area with a plastic bag and leave the olive oil on for longer, say an hour or so.  Carefully comb through the area, adding more olive oil if needed until the paint is out.  Lastly, give the dog a bath and shampoo the olive oil out.

4.  Tree Sap - The easiest way to get sap out of the fur is to use aerosol hair spray.  Spray on the area that has the sap, then gently rub the area between your fingers.  Once it is broken up, comb the area with a fine-toothed comb and be gentle in case you did not get it all.  The sap will magically disappear. Then use small amount of Dawn dish soap and water to remove the hairspray.  

5.  Chewing Gum - You can use peanut butter to get chewing gum out of the dogs fur, especially if you do not want to cut it out.  If the gum is stuck in fur between the dogs toes, you can gently carefully cut it out, but I would still prefer to use peanut butter.  Simply take a liberal amount of peanut butter and massage it with your fingers in the area where the gum is until it loosens.  Once you have the gum removed wash the area with warm water and shampoo to remove the peanut butter.  Even though your dog would probably prefer to lick off the remaining peanut butter, it is best to just clean it up completely.  This way you can make sure you got all the gum out.

Allergy Rinse Recipe

If your dog has allergies or seems to be itchy.  You can try this allergy rinse.  I use this allergy rinse on my dog Bandit after baths.  Not only does it smell wonderful, it soothes his skin and helps with allergies.

Allergy Rinse Recipe:
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh lavender
2 Tablespoons chopped chamomile flowers and leaves
2 Tablespoons of chopped calendula flower petals
8 cups of water

Place all the ingredients in a stainless steal pot or glass pot.  Pour in 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let is cool for 45 minutes.  Strain the mixture and store in a clean mason jar in the refrigerator.

Use as a rinse after bathing and spray on the dogs coat if needed.

I grow my own chamomile flowers and lavender, but I am sure you can get them at your local garden nursery (even if you wanted a small plant to chop up right away).  Maybe at a farmers market or some health food stores.  You can get calendula flower petals at:

Friday, July 27, 2012

How hot does it get in a parked car? Ask Dr. Ernie Ward!

So many think that they can just leave their dog in a car for a few minutes and the dog will be fine, but it gets hot in there so very fast.  Dr. Ward was in the car on his own free will and wanted out!  You can see how sweaty he is and can tell from his voice how miserable he is.  When you leave a dog in a car, he does not have a choice and he can't just get out when he is literally roasting inside the car.

Do not leave your dog in a parked car, even if it is only for a few minutes...

Please watch this and share!

Pamela Johnson

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pam's Dog Academy Products & Reviews

My DVDs and ebook’s are LOADED with FUN exercises to help with building a CLOSE relationship with you dog.  In addition to developing a close bond you will get more focus, attention, be able to proof behaviors, and fun challenges to test your dogs knowledge.  
These products are wonderful for pet dog owners that would love a well behaved dog and great for dog trainers that would like to learn some new techniques or get more proofing ideas.  Maybe you are new to clicker training and you would love to just play, train and have a great time with your dog.  No matter what your goal, my products will help you achieve them.   My plan is to help you succeed with your dog or with your clients and their dogs.  I am always willing to answer questions and help you along your amazing journey through clicker training.  
Loose Leash Walking made EASY, 27 episodes of exercises to help your train your dog to LLW & at the same time improve the human/canine bond. 2 disc DVD set. $50
Play -N-Train Recalls - 21 episodes of fun games, exercises, and challenges to help train your dog to come when called. $25
Rock Solid Stay - 12 episodes of how to build duration, distance, and train around distractions, fun games, challenges, release words and how to work with multiple dogs.  $25
Teaching Group Clicker Classes, comes with a FREE ebook with discussion ideas, 6 weeks of lessons, and the DVD is loaded with information on what to teach in a group class in addition to instructions on how to teach the exercises.  $100
“Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle” ebook is also now available on my website.  If you have wanted to learn how to do canine freestyle, but do not know where to start.  This ebook is for you.  $25
If you are a dog trainer and want to offer your clients a new class on canine freestyle, I also sell a version of my Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle with 16 weeks of lesson plans for group classes.  $125
Teaching Beginner Trick Classes with 9 weeks of lesson plans... $5
Teaching Intermediate Trick Classes with 8 weeks of lesson plans... $10
Teaching Advanced Trick Classes with 8 weeks of lesson plans... $15
Have a great day! :)
Get your DVDs or ebook’s from my website.  
Thank you,
Pamela Johnson Direct link to my products page.
Here are what my Satisfied Customers are saying about my DVDs & Ebooks: 
  • Play-N-Train Recalls, Rock Solid Stay, and Loose Leash Walking made easy.  Fun exercises, No force, No punishment and easy to follow instructions.
  • Loose Leash Walking Made Easy by Pam’s dog Academy, If I was to rate this from 1 to 10; I would give this a 10.  Loose Leash Walking can be a daunting task to say the least. This Video DVD breaks that task down step by step and much more.  It’s is easy to follow and Pam trouble shoots each step so you won’t get over whelmed. I have been training dogs a long time and this wonderful video inspired me to do a Loose Leash Walking only class using these wonderful positive clicker training techniques. Way to go Pam. I look forward to seeing your future DVD’s too.  -  Mary Blanton
  • I can't wait for the "Stay" DVD to come out! I received "Play-n-train Recalls" for Christmas and I am really enjoying it. 
  • Love the LLW DVD's THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
  • I always struggle to teach people how to train LLW.  They seem to want the dog to just not pull right away without working on it.  This gives me a lot of foundation behaviors to work on before even starting them walking.  Very helpful!   -  Heather
  • Very easy to understand and picked up some new tricks for recalls!! 
  • The games are so much fun - we love it !! How about a trick DVD next? I'll buy it for sure!
  • Hello Pam, i just wanted to tell you what a great job you have done with the LLW videos.  Emily Larlham mentioned them on her FB page so i bought the set and wanted to let you know how well you did.  I am putting together a six week LLW clinic and these will be an invaluable teaching aid and have given me some new Ideas.  i will credit you with some of the techniques we use in our class.  Thanks again for a well done video...
  • You are truly generous with your information and my clients benefit from it frequently. Looking forward to more videos and DVDs!
  • Very easy to understand!! 
  • The games are so much fun - we love it !! 
  • Hi Pam! I got the DVDs yesterday and they all are working fine. Thank you for making these DVD that goes over everything in detail. I tried the egg on a spoon LLW challenge and it was pretty fun and my dog did really good in one go. :) Thank you once again :D
  • Kelli-ann Reilly writes, “Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle is fantastic.... very FUN motivating read.. highly recommend to anyone who is interested in freestyle ... either competition level or just for FUN.. love it ((:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Feng Shui for Dogs

Feng Shui for Dogs
  1. Do not place your dog’s bed under a window or in a corner where chi can stagnate.
  2. There should not be any water elements in the room, since the sound of water can disturb your dog’s sleep.
  3. Do not place the bed directly across from an open door or at the end of a long corridor where chi can travel too quickly.
  4. There should not be any  heavy objects above or behind the bed, such as lighting, shelves, or cabinets.
  5. Minimize mirrors, which could reflect light and movement and frighten your dog.
  6. Avoid using bedding made of synthetic fabrics that distribute negative chi.
  7. Place your dog’s bed against a solid wall away from any door that could swing open.
  8. Consider placing the dog’s bed on the opposite side of the house from the active front door or garage, to prevent his being disturbed.
A lot of this seems like common sense.  I love that the focus seems to be on NOT disturbing or frightening the dog’s.
Feng Shui, literally means “air”, “wind”, and “water” and is the Chinese art by which through the precise placement of objects, one creates balance, health, wealth, and harmony.  The principles of feng shui teach you how to live harmoniously with your environment by recognizing that everything around you is alive, connected, and changing.
Chi, means “cosmic breath”, is the invisible energy that circulates as the source of prosperity, health, and harmony.  Through the principles of feng shui, you can optimize the flow and accumulation of chi energy in your dog’s life.  When the dog is indoors he will benefit from good chi in the home.
Most dogs spend a lot of their day sleeping and this will ensure his home environment has good chi and is peaceful and relaxing.  
The dog owners devotional book

Monday, July 16, 2012

Doggie Horoscopes

Doggie Horoscopes
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Revolutionary, self-sufficient, zesty, and headstrong. No one will tell and Aquarius dog how to live. These dogs may have an attitude, but they are deeply sensitive and caring underneath. Life will never be drab. 
Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Compassionate, sensitive, intuitive, deeply emotional, a daydreamer. Pisces dogs always lend a helping paw, and they sense their owner's feelings and respond by nurturing.
Aries (March 21 - April 19) Lively, daring, adventure seeking, and independent.. These dogs know what they want and they are confident they will get it. they can be impulsive and fearless. they may need help learning how to relax, but their energy is contagious. 
Aries (March 21 - April 19) Lively, daring, adventure seeking, and independent.. These dogs know what they want and they are confident they will get it. they can be impulsive and fearless. they may need help learning how to relax, but their energy is contagious. 
Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Practical, cautious, purposeful, persistent, patient, and exceptionally sensitive. These dogs focus on what they want, and they don't mid getting dirty. They have sharp intuition and an active mind. 
Gemini (May 21 - June 21) Active, athletic, stimulated, fast paced, and thirsty for new experiences. Your Gemini dog loves meeting people and may need help slowing down. These versatile dogs love to learn and travel. 
Cancer (June 22-July 22) Emotional, generous, intuitive, adaptable, and nurturing. These dogs are receptive to people and their surroundings. They have a maternal nature, an expressive face, and love to play creative games. They are unconditionally loyal and dreamy. 
Leo (July 23-Aug23) Warm, bright, motivated, eager to make an impression. Leos are dynamic balls of energy, generous in nature, and very loyal. Your leo dog loves to travel, has a pioneering spirit, and isn't afraid to blaze the trail. He'll never leave his owner's side. 
Virgo (Aug 24-Sept 22) Analytical, investigative, cautious, studious, intelligent, and sometimes demanding. Virgo dogs are quick, logical thinkers. They will excel in training.
Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Social, outgoing, caring, youthful, even wacky.  These dogs will always be young at heart.  You’ll find them in the center ring - Libras are the life of the party.  They create harmony in their environments.  
Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Strong but silent, determined, loyal, complex, and emotional. Scorpio dogs give 100 percent to those they love. They can be manipulative, but they will never let down their owners. They will work and play tirelessly. Splash is a Scorpio, too.
Sagittarius ( Nov 22 - Dec 21) Confident, jolly, enthusiastic, lighthearted, optimistic. These dogs love adventure and freedom. Fence in your yard for a Sagittarius, who doesn't want to be tied up or restrained. You'll need to help them recognize their limits. They are easily bored.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Practical, down to earth, shy, cautious, suspicious of strangers, but committed to completing any task. These dogs are affectionate and loyal - not as adventurous as others, but very trustworthy. They are known for their courage, and keen focus.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cues vs. Commands

Cues vs. Commands 
Cue = A request from the handler for the dog to do a particular behavior.  
Command = An ultimatum for the dog to do the behavior or else there will be a consequence. In my training philosophy this is not even an option.
I personally use cues and allow the dog the choice to do the behavior or not.  If I have done proper training, built value in working with me, built value for doing a particular trick, and my dog does in fact know the behavior, then chances are he will want to do the behavior.  This is because the dog has had a strong reinforcement history for doing the requested behavior.  
I do not believe there is ever a reason to give a “command”.  I would not “command” my students, husband, friends or wild animals to do something or else, so why would I even think about doing so with my dogs?
Just my opinion...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I'm Gonna Miss This...

On the way home from visiting a friend that lives over an hour away from me, I heard a song on the radio by Trace Atkins called, “You’re gonna miss this” and it made me think about how precious every moment is when we are with our DOG’s.  This same thing goes for friends, family, etc.  However, I wanted to write this to demonstrate how much we take our canine best friends for granted.  
We might think that we want something different...  We might think that we need to train a better trick... We might wish our dog was like another dog and compare him to other dogs... But should just enjoy him for who he is...  He is wonderful... He is brilliant... After all he is your dog! Be joyful where we are at right now with him, with his training, with your relationship...  
We think things are bad and we want to make changes...  But we should look at these “bad” things as wonderful learning experiences.  There are no bad days!  Life is what you make it.  It can only be “bad” if we let it be “bad”!  These are some good times...  So take a good look around... You may not know it now, but your are gonna miss this...
We take for granted time spent with family, friends, and yes our dogs...  Cherish LIFE, Live your life to the fullest... Never regret and never wish you would have done something different.  Accept your life, make the very best of your life... 
I see people out walking their dogs with head phones on, getting irritated that their dogs want to sniff or want to stop and look at a bird, a dog, a person and I know that they are missing an opportunity to enjoy the company of their dog.  Be in the moment...  Appreciate what you have...  DON’T be in a RUSH...  Enjoy the HERE and NOW... Because you are going to miss this... You are going to want this back.  You are going to wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.  
You are out with your dog that is reacting or afraid of things and you are frustrated and irritated, think about how this could be the very last day you are able to spend with your beloved family member; your dog and ENJOY the day, ENJOY the process of training your dog, and ENJOY the lessons you are learning from your dog.  These are some good times...  So take a good look around... You may not know it now, but your are gonna miss this...
You are at the park playing with your dog, savor it.  Remember it... Because you are going to miss it... You are going to want it back.  You are going to wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.  
You are out for a jog with your dog, take a moment and let him be a dog... Let him sniff that bush... Take a moment and TELL him HOW AMAZING he is!  Sit on a bench and look at the birds or watch the people walk by...  Because you are going to miss this... You are going to want this back.  You are going to wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.  
Take a moment and watch your dog sleep, watch him twitch as he dreams of chasing squirrels or frisbee’s.. Soak in the calm, the peace, the love you have for your dog.  These are some good times...  So take a good look around... You may not know it now, but your are gonna miss this...
When your dog barks at a dog, a person, your neighbors, the mail carrier, DON’T get mad, DON’T yell!  Realize that your dog is communicating...  Teach him what is acceptable in a nice humane way, work with him on the issue, manage the behavior if you can’t train it, let him bark if it is ok, and move on... Get over it... Do not let it get to you.  We talk, birds chirp, and DOG’S BARK.  Yep, one day you will even miss this, you may not know it now, but you will... 
The other day I was out on a walk with my dogs and a woman saw me give my dogs a treat.  ONE treat after about 20 or so steps of pure amazing, with me, prancing, beautiful loose leash walking and she said, “Oh, that is why they are walking so nicely”, “they are getting treats”.  I just smiled, said Thank you, and gave them all a few more treats.  That was a compliment in my eyes!  I am proud to give my dogs treats...  I am proud to walk them... I am proud because I know how much quality time and effort I spend with my dogs.  I wish more people could feel what I feel when I am with my dogs.  I wish more people spent time giving their dogs treats for walking nicely.  I wish more people enjoyed every second they have with their dogs.  I wish people REWARDED their dogs for all the great things their dogs ARE doing.  Because... These are some good times...  So take a good look around... You may not know it now, but your are gonna miss this...
Life is short and our dogs lives are shorter... This song made me think about how much I WILL MISS MY DOGS when they are gone.  When I spend time with my dogs, I am WITH my dogs... I am in the moment...  I am so happy to be able to be there with them, in that place, doing what we are doing! Because I am going to miss them... I am going to miss the amazing times we share... I am going to want these times back.  I am going to wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.  
So, if I seem HAPPY it is because I AM!  
If I seem like I am enjoying being with my dogs, it is because I AM!  
If I seem to LOVE my dogs, it is because I DO!  
If I seem to be rewarding them more than others think I should, it is because THEY DESERVE IT.
By Pamela Johnson

P.S. Tasha & Dolce, Twix & I will cherish the time we spent with you both today!  It was a great day!  I hope we can spend many more fun times together!  :)