Taking a pet home with you from Guatemala is easier than you think. Read about what you need to do to get ready to travel.
Here’s some excellent insight from animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. on the potential for sensory deprivation and stress in dogswho aren’t allowed adequate sniffing opportunities: “Being smell-blind can be aversive to dogs. My recommendation is to let dogs sniff; let’s not hijack one of their vital connections to the world. Let … Continue Reading ››
To Pee or Not To Pee: Housetraining Demystified
We use food rewards to reinforce desired behaviours in your training. There are all kinds of treats available, from basic kibble to commercial treats to home made ones. High value treats are usually meat or protein based and can be cooked, cubed pieces of chicken or beef, bacon or cheese. Dog blogger
Here is a great idea for a home-made food puzzle for your dog. It is called a Snuffle mat. For your creative folks out there, here are a couple of links to DIY videos and instructions: Snuffle Mat Mayhem and DIY Snuffle Mat
Check out this interesting post by Stanley Coren if you are interested in deciphering your dog’s body language a bit better: What a Dog’s Tail Wags Really Mean: Some New Scientific Data
Dog training, like teaching any subject requires the trainer to combine a shifting blend of knowledge, science, pedagogy, intuition, art, and a touch of voodoo. All behaviour is based in reinforcement, and successfully modifying it depends on the trainer understanding the science behind modifying behaviours,being able to communicate clearly with the subject, and effectively guiding … Continue … Continue reading Dog Training-our Philosophy
We had lots of volunteer help this week. Thursday was an especially busy day on the mountain, with help from Paul, Victoria and Vale, Ben, Juani, and Isabel. With so many eager hands to help the cleaning tasks went quickly. Runs were washed … Continue Reading ››
Many of our dogs need extensive heath treatment when they first come to the shelter. See before and after photos of some of our recent rescues.
Our littlest volunteers were hard at work again on Sunday. Huge thanks to Cristina, Ben, Savannah, Walker, and Campbell (and their parents!) These wonderful children got up early, came and played with our puppies, then rode up the mountain with us and took all our big dogs on a long, sunny mountain walk. … Continue … Continue reading Sunday Volunteers
Benjamin and a bunch of his puppy friends got together this week for some good times.
Many people tell me that they want their dog to sleep outside. In Guatemala, we have a temperate enough climate in most areas that the dog will not suffer unduly from cold (or heat). However, I highly recommend that your dog sleep inside the house. No matter what your reason for wanting the dog outside … Continue reading Where Should Sleeping Dogs Lie?