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Thinking about fostering, but worried about having to give up the dogs when they get adopted? Well, sometimes you still get to see them even after they go to their forever homes! This is Shana (formally know as Miss July in the SDRO calendar ) on a visit to her former foster mom with her forever mom Melissa. Just look at what a happy girl she is!
There’s no such thing as too many people to love a senior. And because Shana’s foster mom was able to part with her so she could take in the next dog, many more seniors have been saved.
Please consider fostering for SDRO if you live in the Eugene or Corvallis areas or if you know someone that may be interested in fostering, please forward this email ! Here’s the application: http://www.sdroregon.com/foster-application.htm
Thanks from all of us!
Training tips with Sheila Clicks: make your dog think you’re saying ‘yes’ when you’re really saying ‘no’!
Some of you may know SDRO’s wonderful volunteer dog trainer, Sheila Smith – or, as many know her due to her promotion of the benefits of clicker training: Sheila Clicks. For those of you how haven’t had the benefit of meeting and working with Sheila, we’re going to start a new feature on our blog called “Training Tips with Sheila Clicks” with advice on how to use positive reinforcement to train your pooch. We hope you enjoy!
Today’s installment is about positive ways to make your dog think you’re saying yes when you’re really saying no.
- Train an alternate behavior that’s incompatible with the behavior you don’t like. Remember, before you’ve trained, prevent the bad behavior. Examples:
Behavior Prevention Incompatible behavior Chewing your stuff Put stuff away Click and treat for chewing toys Begging NEVER feed from table, scraps in dish OK Dog on bed at meals Location guarding Prevent access Teach Up/Off Barking Difficult to prevent Have dog lie down Jumping up Stand on leash Sit for greeting Dislikes visitors Dog confined (for example, train dog to go to crate when the doorbell rings) Say hello – dog targets hand
- Put the behavior on cue if it’s OK sometimes. Rarely give the cue. This even works with people! For example, when I worked in a 95º lab, we all complained all the time until we came up with a game where we scheduled complaining. We complained every hour on the hour: “I’m sweating buckets, my socks are wet, my T-shirt’s sticking, etc.” and that contained the complaining to only the designated times. A few years later I took a road trip with a nine year old boy. To stave off the usual whining during the whole trip, we played the Complain Game. By the third day we were complaining there was nothing to complain about, giggling all the while.
Examples in dogs:
Behavior On switch Off switch Barking Speak! Hush! Jumping up Hugs! Off! Pulling on leash Go sniff! Heel! Excitement Rev up! Zen! or Calm!
Astro, one of the dogs we showed off at our special Valentine’s Day Petco adoption event, has been adopted!! His name is now Quincy and he looks to be settling into his new home quite nicely, with toys galore and a new haircut to boot! Here’s what his new mom said:
“What a wonderful dog, pal, friend, and soul-mate! He and I are quite the pair… we’re both seniors, AND we both have hearing, vision, and arthritis issues… a match made in heaven, with the earthly help of SDRO!! “Thanks” just doesn’t begin to cover it!”
Thank YOU – to Quincy’s new forever mom and to all of your for helping us help seniors!
She passed her behavior assessment with flying colors: she is sweet and gentle with people, and gets along fine with other dogs and cats. Shasta is being fostered on a farm and is fine with all the farm animals. She knows her commands and loves to please. She also loves car rides and walks.
To adopt Shasta, visit SDRO’s website and fill out an adoption application: http://www.sdroregon.com/adoption-information.htm