Posts tagged training
Raw Fed Enrichment for Primitive Dogs

When dogs are bored, they try to find their own fun. The dog’s undesirable behaviors can help you choose which type enrichment your dog needs. Many of the enrichment products and techniques are catered towards kibble fed dogs, so I will be giving tips for how to swap out kibble and processed foods and treats for more natural options.

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All Aboard! Station Training for Primitive Dogs

Stations are powerful because they can be used to help dogs get out of stressful situations by sending them to their station aka safe place. They can also be used to help keep a dog away from an open door, waiting to greet a guest, or simply be safe instead of being underfoot. Regardless of the exact reason, station training is well worth the effort.

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Help Wanted - Finding a Trainer or Behaviorist for your Primitive Dog

Finding good help is hard no matter what the field. Primarily this is because we are not experts in what we need assistance with, so it can be very challenging to weed out what isn’t going to help us. The unfortunate truth is that many times we don’t find out until after we have made a financial investment and possibly done damage to the thing we are looking for help with. Help for our primitive dogs is no different. 

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The Sound of Silence - Helping your Primitive Dog with Sound Sensitivity

Dogs are adaptable. They live on every continent besides Antarctica. Fun Fact: The only reason they don’t live in Antarctica is that they were all removed in 1993. Dogs can live near train tracks, construction sites, airports, and anywhere else that is filled with loud noise. So how do we have dogs that are afraid of thunder, fireworks, and even traffic. The answer is habituation. 

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Houdini No More! - Keeping Your Primitive Dog Safe and Secure

One of the greatest fears of Primitive dog owners is their dog getting loose and taking off. Because our dogs love the outdoors, it seems like they will stop at nothing to sneak out the door and be 1/2 a mile into the neighborhood in no time. Before I started training dogs, I had my fair share of white hairs earned chasing a Shiba down the sidewalk. But those fears can be a thing of the past with careful management/prevention methods and some consistent and fun training.

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Why Tricks?

One of the best things you can do is teach your Primitive Dog some tricks.  That might sound a bit crazy, right?  Well it’s not!  In reality, all behaviors are taught to your dog the same way that they would learn a trick.  The “basics” of sit, down, heel, and come, are all about letting the dog know when they did the correct thing, marking that, and then rewarding to reinforce, all in the hopes that they will repeat the behavior when you want them to.  But besides the idea that everything we teach using operant conditioning can be considered a trick, there are many benefits to those silly (but fun!) parlor tricks that so many of us love.  

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