About 6 years ago when my friend and I found him laying in the middle of the road I thought he was a coyote from how mangy and feral he looked, he also wasn’t the nicest dog since he snapped at us if we even tried to get close to him, after taking a closer look and getting a second opinion from the police officer who rolled up we figured out it was a dog who had probably ran away. After a couple weeks of asking around, knocking on doors, and not even giving him a name nobody had claimed him, so I did. This page is going to be about Apollo and the journey he is on and me doing my best to make it the best for him!
1131 hours ago
hello can we go nap now?
1311 hours ago
Kisses or bites? 🥰
1811 hours ago
To our very own huge version of Stuart Little and mini-baka, happy one year, Dash! Lab lab! 😘😘😘
Just about 100% of the dogs that come through our doors suffer from a lack of impulse control. Each dog reacts on auto-pilot to every smell, sound, or sight. Whatever they want, they do, with zero regard to their handler. ⠀
One of our primary goals with every board and train case is to cultivate self-awareness, and get a dog to think before he actually acts. It doesn’t just start and end with basic obedience. It’s slowly formed through Permission Based Training - where every decision is only allowed because a dog looks to us before making one on their own. Not only does this create respect, but it also builds a ton of self control.
A lot of the manic, tuned-out, hyper-arousal eventually fades when your dog starts to look to you for permission. There are a handful of exercises that can be practiced to start creating impulse control: ⠀
Thresholds - no rushing ahead of you.
Crate - no barging in or out.
Waiting for Food
Structured Heel - Should wait for your permission/release to pee or sniff.
All Commands where a dog must wait to be Released - Down, Place, or Sit.
Couch or bed time with you - Should be by your invite only.
We are building stronger impulse control every day with Slate as we run him through experiences that would have normally led him to flee. Putting him in a command, the Down, forces him to focus on that alone, rather than the chaos than may be going on around him - oh those crazy Cavs! ⠀
Happy Tails! 🐶🐾