Crazy Dog Blog

Nov
04
Nov
04
7 Things To Do Before You Choose A Dog Trainer

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Most people wouldn’t hire a personal fitness trainer or a tutor for their child without first doing some careful research. They’d interview the person, look at their credentials and contact other clients who might serve as references.


But when it comes to finding a trainer for that new puppy or aggressive older canine, many pet parents simply take Daisy or Bowser to the nearest establishment that says it offers dog training services. This is a big mistake, because dog training is an unregulated industry. “Anyone can print business cards and charge for her services, regardless of background, education or experience,” warns Stephanie Gibeault, a Certified Professional Do...


Jun
25
Sizzling Hot! Crazy Dog Bacon Flavor Train-Me! Treats - A Savory Summer Snack

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Sales of bacon are sizzling! Humans are continuing to eat more of the salt-cured pork meat than ever*, and chefs, restaurants and food companies are finding new ways satisfy their craving, adding bacon to everything from donuts to jam to vodka.



No surprise here – your dog loves bacon too. You can “share” this mouthwatering food craze with her, while being assured she’s eating healthy, by giving her Crazy Dog Bacon Flavor Train-Me! Treats. Their savory hickory-like aroma and taste make them a great snack to take along on picnics, camping trips and other summer activities.


*The global bacon market, already at historic heights, is projected to grow at a compounded annual ...

Jun
25
Get Your Pup Involved In A New Sport This Summer 2 To Try: Dock Diving and Flyball

Crazy Dog wishes to thank Steven Appelbaum, president of Animal Behavior College, a vocational college that specializes in pet related careers, for contributing to this blog post. Appelbaum is also a professional dog trainer himself with over 30 years’ experience. www.animalbehaviorcollege.com


One of the joys of summer for pet parents is getting to spend more time outdoors playing with our furry best friends. This year, why not go beyond the usual game of Frisbee in the park and get your pup (and yourself) involved in a more structured canine sport.


Competitive dog sports are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. They’re fun and challenging from both a train...


Mar
10
Mar
10
Getting Your Dog (and Yourself) Started In Agility

Crazy Dog wishes to thank Steven Appelbaum, president of Animal Behavior College, a vocational school for professional dog trainers, for contributing to this blog post.


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You’ve probably seen the incredibly athletic dogs at Agility competitions, flying over jumps, crawling through tunnels and weaving in and out of poles at breakneck speeds. Maybe you thought this looked like a fun activity to get involved in, but didn’t know if your dog (or you!) could handle the extreme physical and training challenges that Agility presents.


The good news is that the sport of Agility can be enjoyed on many different levels. Even if you never reach the Westminster trials, setting up some jumps and ...


Mar
08
Keep Your Dog Busy And Happy Indoors - When It’s Too Cold (or Wet or Hot) To Go Outside


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No matter where you live, you’ll most likely encounter days when freezing temperatures, ice and snowstorms, torrential rains, gale force winds or even extreme heat waves keep your dog stuck inside the house. Deprived of their normal walks and outdoor exercise, pups can get restless and bored, which can lead to depression and even destructive behavior. Here are some ways to keep Fido busy and happy – and not bouncing off the walls – when he must stay indoors for extended periods.


Treat Puzzles



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There are many canine toys and puzzles designed to be stuffed with treats, which can keep your dog happily occupied for long periods as she figures out how to extract the delicious m...


Dec
16
Keep Dogs From Putting On Pounds During Training

Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. But all those food rewards can add up and cause pups to gain excess weight during training. How can you keep dogs from packing on the pounds while still giving them the repetitive rewarding that successful training demands? Read on.



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The 10% Rule


Canine nutritionists recommend that dogs get no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake from treats, with the other 90% coming from a well-balanced nutritional food. A look at a 30-pound dog's daily caloric requirements shows how easy it is to go over this 10% limit when repetitive rewarding is used in training.


A popular formula for calculating a dog's total daily caloric Resting Energy Requi...


Dec
16
Choice Training - Why More Trainers Are Empowering Dogs To Make Their Own Decisions

A special thanks to trainers Fanna Easter (CPDT-KA, KPA CTP) and Pat Miller (CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA)


A new trend in professional dog training is choice training. As its name suggests, choice training empowers dogs to make their own choices during the training process. Canine students are given the freedom to control everything from whether to participate in a training exercise, to when the session should end. Many canine behaviorists favor extending this to other life activities, such as allowing the dog to choose whether to get his nails clipped or which path to take on a walk.


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Why Give Dogs Choices



Advocates of choice training say that when dogs have greater control over their environment, it reduc...


Dec
16
How Dating Apps Are Being Used To Pair Humans With Homeless Dogs

Users of Bumble got a surprise when they logged onto the popular dating/networking app recently. Along with people seeking human contacts, they saw profiles of adorable puppies and dogs looking for safe, loving homes!


These "available" furry companions were being featured on Bumble as part of the ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) national #FindYourFido campaign, which ran during October, Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Shelters in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Austin participated in the Bumble promotion, which was focused on finding homes for adoptable dogs by gaining exposure for them through social media.


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