It’s day 2/100 for the #100daysofdogtraining challenge we’re doing! Since school starts in only a few weeks and I’ve been away, I took Bell back to campus to resume training there. I had some work to do and Bell did a great job settling so after that we worked mainly on
- Hands-free loose leash walking, and
- Down stays in mildly distracting environments
Bell did great on campus and the fact that her training has remained strong and she is still on her A-game after two weeks away makes me proud of my dog and shows just how solidified her training and progress is. Very proud of Bell today!
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ONE WHOLE YEAR WITH YOU! Happy 1st birthday Ollie bear ♥️🐶 🥳 You have grown so much since the first day we laid eyes on you! You’ve brought so much love & joy into our home! I can’t wait for more adventures with you ♥️🐾
WILL WORK for breakfast! 💪🏼🦴
Many people try to make feeding time an exciting event for dogs, but truthfully, the food itself is exciting enough on its own. Food and mating are the two strongest instincts a dog has, so the act of eating is a huge reward in and of itself.
Thus, it actually HELPS our dogs if we shape their mealtimes around calmness, order, and respect. This brings balance (their main goal in life!) to an otherwise highly-stimulating event... giving them peace.
One way we achieve that with our pack is making our dogs “work” for their food. In the wild, food is most certainly not free. It’s not available as soon as they wake up, like we oftentimes make it for them. They must travel, walk, hunt, jump, run, and WORK for their food. Of course, they need it for survival, so the motivation is there.
If we can’t walk them before a meal (hello summer! 🥵) we run through their commands, work on new tricks, hide it for them, and so forth. This not only is instinctively fulfilling for them, but it drains their mental energy and is stimulating on a more primal level as well. Since I am the one providing and sharing the valuable resource (food) it is a powerful bonding activity too!
Even though they may have comfortable domesticated lives, Instagram accounts and subscriptions to @chewy, (🤪) they are still animals with primitive instincts. It’s one of my life’s greatest priorities to respect Kylie, Kono and Kenai as animals first, dogs second, and thennnn the cute, fluffy, adorable, sweet golden babies that I see them as. 😉 Sharing life with dogs is one of the most profound privileges this world has to offer. 💕🐶
Meet Henrie, the newest member of Charlie + Pine! Don’t let this sweet face fool you though, she’s been keeping us on our toes! If you’ve been following along in our stories, we’ve been sharing bits and pieces here and there, but we don’t want to completely fill your feed with puppy spam. We’ve created @charlieandhenrie so you can follow along on this new adventure and still get your dose of cuteness!