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A Dogs New Years Resolutions

I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet.

The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.

I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table

I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.

I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.

I will not eat the cats’ food, before or after they eat it.

I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the

house when I am about to throw up.

I will not throw up in the car.

I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc.

I will not lick my human’s face after eating animal poop.

Kitty box crunchies are not food.

I will not eat any more socks and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.

The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

I will not wake Mommy up by sticking my cold, wet nose up her bottom end.

I will not chew my human’s toothbrush and not tell them.

I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.

When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it’s raining outside.

We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.

I will not steal my Mom’s underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.

The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom & Dad’s laps.

My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

I will not bite the officer’s hand when he reaches in for Mom’s driver’s license and car registration.

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LARA Update – December 2010

I was looking through some photographs of Lara the other day and realized the first time I met her was in January of 2010. She was curled up in the corner of her kennel at a local animal shelter, so afraid that she would not even raise her head from beneath her paws. For several weeks I watched as nobody adopted her, actually nobody even showed the slightest interest in her as she did not present well at all.

The happy Lara

I have been fostering her since early March 201o on behalf of New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue and the journey has been very slow yet very rewarding. I decided to foster Aussies about four years ago when I adopted Bailey, my five year old Red Merle Aussie, through APRH. I wanted to help rescue dogs and it was a great way to do it.

Anyway back to Lara, for those of you who have been following my Lara Blog you know we have gone through many stages.

Stage 1 – We could not even approach Lara, she would run and hide in a bush or behind a chair or just freeze on the spot. We began to treat her for being close, 10 to 15 feet away

Stage 2- We could finally approach her inside but had to carry her in and out, her outside trips were on a twenty foot line. She was so scared of a leash if it became taut that you had to follow around behind her making sure it did not get trapped on anything. If left unsupervised for more than 5 seconds with the long line she would chew straight through it.

Stage 3 – We began shaping calm behaviors around people, we shaped her to approach people and then to touch a hand. We then used this to catch her to carry her in and out. We then used the touch cue to move her in and out so we no longer had to carry her. A six feet trip could take 5 minutes.

Stage 4 – We began clicker training her to sit and down. We had to do this from a distance as she became too scared if we got to close. We could now move her in and out and we began working on name recognition so we could get her attention if she was outside.

Stage 4- We began working on ‘let’s go’ so we could control her outside. She was now allowed off leash in the yard as we could at least get her back to us. She began playing with us and the other dogs. We shaped a nice ball drive so exercising her became easier.

Stage 5 – Lara was allowed to romp on the north 5 acres of our property with the other dogs, she was attached enough to me and the other dogs that she would follow us all back into the yard.

Stage 6 – Lara has learned that begin inside the house is not that scary, she still shudders at strange noises but has learned to sit and relax on the couch when we are watching television.

So what have we learned through all of this.

1. Dogs that have been abused or had zero socialization have a long road to travel, that needs to be taken slowly and at their own pace

2. There is nothing more satisfying than working with a dog that is almost feral, very scared and very shut down and the simplest of behaviors they offer are a huge breakthrough. I never thought I could get so much joy from having a dog tap my hand with its nose on cue.

3. With patience, kindness and a good plan, almost anything can be achieved with a dog. Check out the DogSmith FREE MTR cards that show how to train each of these skills.

So who is Lara now?

Lara is a delightful dog, with a lovely personality. Her exuberance with her new life sometimes gets her in trouble. She does not always respect the space of other animals and has been known to climb over the other dogs in excitement to reach a goal. She loves her ‘peeps’ those she trusts and they are few and far between as she is not overly keen to meet new humans.  Her antis are comically entertaining. Even at her most frightened she has never show as much as a snarl. She is amazingly athletic but I believe her personality will restrict her from ever performing, had she had a normal puppy-hood she could have been a fantastic agility dog. With that said if she continues to progress the sky may be the limit.

Lara is welcome to stay in our home for as long as it takes to find her the perfect home. A home with patient and understanding owners who will enjoy what she has to offer at the speed and pace she can offer it.  Owners that are prepared for the first few months to work slowly with her and to build a loving and trusting relationship before they expect anything from her. Owners that are prepared to give her adequate exercise and mental stimulation in a safe environment while she assimilates to her new home. Owners that can wait for the day when she feels safe enough to give back the same amount of love and trust that they have put forth first.

The Overwhelming World of Animal Rescue – Small steps, one at a time.

Are you one of those people that just loves dogs and has to hide from all the information about the overwhelming number that suffer each your and end up in rescue because you feel helpless. Well you are not.

There are so many ways to help, not everybody can adopt a shelter dog. But what you can do is endless. You can foster, help with transport, sponsor a sick animal, sponsor your local shelter, provide a bag of food … the list goes on.

“One small step at a time from many individuals soon becomes a stampede”!

As you buy gifts for your pet this holiday season think of the many dogs and cats that are in need of help.

I offer my time on behalf of my dogs and the great life they have that so many others deserve, it brings an amazing feeling of satisfaction knowing that you provided one of the many foot steps forward in helping our rescue animals


Choose a shelter or a breed rescue group if you have a particular affiliation with one breed. Give them a call and ask them about all the ways you can help. There is room for everyone, no matter how small you think your contribution is – It will be very welcome

A dog’s behavior results from three critical and key components

A dog’s behavior results from three critical and key components – Management of the dog and their environment, training the dog and the relationship that an owner and their pet dog share. It would be pointless to invest in dog obedience classes with a pet dog if the dog is then left unsupervised to pick up bad habits from its environment (such as getting into the kitchen trash). Alternatively, it is not possible to train and manage a dog’s environment correctly if the relationship between dog and owner is lacking trust and mutual respect.

When training dogs we need to ensure that they are actively involved in the learning process. When the dog is actively participating, rather than passively observing, greater learning takes place. This applies to both the dog and its owner.  Newly acquired skills need to be repeated frequently in a variety of contexts to ensure they are fully learned. This means the skills you and your dog learn will be effective in and around your home and out and about town.  When practicing new behaviors frequent repetition in various scenarios ensures the skill is truly ‘owned’ so the dog can not only generalize its behaviors in new situations but can also discriminate when appropriate.

Most importantly when training your dog remember to positively reinforce correct behaviors. Rewards for accomplishing skills successfully are an effective method to ensure learning takes place. Rewards used when you begin training, such as food and toys, can be quickly replaced by life rewards, such as attention and petting.


Contact your local DogSmith and learn more about our MTR approach or visit our website to download a FREE copy of the MTR DogSmith cards



Adopt a Mutt – Now!- In support of “National Mutt Day,” December 2, 2010

In support of “National Mutt Day,” December 2, 2010, The DogSmith National Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, and Pet Nutrition Franchise, is giving away its MTR® Dog Training cards!

Washington County, Florida, November 30, 2010 – Whether it is a mutt or a purebred, rescue groups around the country have the right dog for you.  And The DogSmith wants to help.  As part of its commitment to aid and support animal rescue groups The DogSmith Dog Training and Pet Sitting National Franchise offers its Canine Rescue Resource Program (CRRP) to humane societies and rescue groups.  The CRRP is a two-tiered approach providing support, education and assistance to animal rescue groups and offers educational seminars and discounted training services to animal adopters.

Niki Tudge, DogSmith founder, says, “We believe our resource program can help increase the adoptability of dogs and cats from a shelter environment, help reduce the number of animals that are returned back to rescue organizations and help prevent animals being surrendered in the first place.”

A key component of the DogSmith’s CRRP is a handy reference tool comprised of instructional cards describing the fundamentals of The DogSmith’s Management, Training and Relationship (MTR) philosophy triangle.  These cards provide an easy and effective way to help pet owners understand The DogSmith’s training methodology.  According to Tudge, “Our company mission and goal in creating the MTR tool kit is to provide pet dog owners with a simple, effective and handy reference to guide them on the path to improving and strengthening the bond shared with their dog. There are few greater joys in life than truly learning to communicate with your four legged family members.  It is this communication that helps your pet become family and enhancing the life you share.”

In recognition of National Mutt Day, The DogSmith is making a free online version available to the animal loving public.  The MTR tool provides step-by-step instructions for pet dog owners wishing to establish and strengthen the three components of the MTR philosophy including exercises on managing your dog’s daily life and activities, basic training skills and fun relationship building exercises to strengthen the bond you share with your dog.

Tudge says, “If you conscientiously use these cards on a daily basis you will be amazed at not only what your dog is able to do but by the improved relationship you will enjoy with your pet dog.  We created these cards in response to growing demand from our clients based on the vast experience gained and lessons learned from our work with rescue groups and fostering dogs waiting for their forever home.”

If you would like more information on National Mutt Day visit  To get your free MTR tool kit visit

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become, a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit or call 1-888-364-7648

The DogSmith® Dog Training & Dog Behavior Counseling Philosophy

The DogSmith Dog Training and Dog Behavior Counseling, behavior change methods, protocols and philosophies are founded in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of controlling and predicting behavior. * As behavior analysts we reject the use of hypothetical constructs and focus on the observable relationship of the dogs behavior to its environment. In scientific theory, particularly Psychology, a hypothetical construct is an explanatory variable which is not directly observable.

For example, the concepts of intelligence and motivation are used to explain phenomena in psychology, but neither is directly observable. A hypothetical construct differs from an intervening variable in that it has properties and implications which have not been demonstrated in empirical research * By functionally assessing the relationship between a problematic behavior and the dogs environment we can effectively and efficiently change unwanted dog behaviors while improving the relationship the owner has with their dog and their joint quality of life.

The DogSmith works with each client to develop a behavior change program that meets the clients goals. The behavior change programs are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have set timelines.

Call us today! let’s get started and positively impact you and your dog’s life. 1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

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