Hayley recently had surgery to remove a lump. Veterinarians advise keeping dogs calm after surgeries, allowing rest in order to fully recover from the process. Because Hayley had crate training since she was an adolescent, she enjoys resting in her crate and could handle the extra post-surgery time in there without fear. The crate already represented a safe place for her, and she also had training for her to comfortably rest in it for longer periods of time. Without pre-training this behavior, she would have had a much harder time relaxing and recovering from her surgery. Thus, this is a perfect example of how you can utilize positive reinforcement training to improve your dog’s life, to decrease fearful situations, and to make daily life situations easier for you.
Here is Hayley after recovering from her surgery, choosing to go in the crate and sleep on her own. She was not given a signal to enter the crate, and the door is open for her to leave anytime.
Raymer Family Dog Training has excellent news! As a dog training professional, I have always wanted to help as many dogs and their people as possible: to get better behavior results through training, and improve each dog’s well-being, while helping pet owners learn how to make life easier with their dogs. To accomplish this, we have a brand new program launching soon.
Canine Academy, a membership program, will include videos, written content, and the ability to ask questions when needed. Some of the great benefits are a more affordable program, the ability to register on a monthly basis to use as long as needed, and increased amount of new content over time. The original content includes the equivalent to Puppy 1, Puppy 2, Dog Obedience/Manners 1, Dog Obedience/Manners 2, and Tricks classes. We are working on adding Reactive Dog Behavior and Training 1 and 2 class materials in the future.
This should make our classes more accessible to adopters from animal shelters and rescues as well, which has always been a passion of mine.
Subscriptions to Canine Academy open on September 1, 2020.