Thursday, December 17, 2009

Introducing Sky!

Sky is a very sweet dog but is very timid and shy in her kennel. She cowers at the back of her kennel and can become protective. The noisy, high traffic, shelter environment dose not help this situation in any way.

I try and spend a few minutes sitting at the front of Sky’s cage every day I’m at the shelter. This way she learns that I’m not going to hurt her. Sky will need a calm environment with a handler who is patient and understanding of her shy and timid nature.

With time, positive association, and patients Sky will be on her way to a living a happy life. However I believe a big part of her rehabilitation will be living in a home environment with a loving owner!

Trainer: Julia Fish

Sky is currently adoptable at the Huron Humane Society!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Introducing Quinn!

Quinn is a beautiful young boy who I have limited background information on. However I have spent a lot of time with Quinn as he has been in the shelter since before September 2009! Quinn loves people, he loves to play and needs a home that will give him lots of time to play and have fun. Quinn enjoys walks through the woods at the shelter but can get a little over excited and will pull on the leash. Quinn is a solid strong dog and knows what he can get away with, this is what we will be working on for the end of January, so be sure to check back to see his story and others!

Trainer: Ashley Hastings

Quinn is currently adoptable at the Huron Humane Society!

Introducing Chico!

Chico is a sweet older gentlemen who was brought into the Huron Humane Society by animal control. I started working with Chico in September 2009, when I met Chico he had a short attention span, but a love of walks, people, and treats. Chico gets along well with other dogs, doesn’t pull on the leash and seems to be potty trained. So why am I featuring him on a training blog?

Because Chico has one nasty habit. Chico likes to run. He has husky in him and he will run given the chance. Training Chico to stay by his companions side is more difficult than it may sound. With patience, time, and little hard work Chico will be sticking to his handlers side like glue in no time. So be sure to check back at the end of January to see how Chico’s training is coming along!

Trainer: Ashley Hastings

Chico is currently adoptable at the Huron Humane Society

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blue Ribbons Training: The Trainer

Blue Ribbons Training is a small training collaboration of people who love animals. Between us we have more than 12 years training experience. From abused and neglected dogs to puppies who are just starting their training we have experienced it all. I, Julia Fish, strive to educate the public on responsible and reasonable care and training of all dogs. Working for five months with a well known German Shepherd rescue in California, and with animal shelters for years before that, I have over ten years of training experience with shelter dogs, dogs that have been abused, problem dogs, and puppies. I have trained an expanse of breeds from Pit Bulls and Rottweiler’s to Toy Poodles and Chihuahua’s.
My training techniques vary from dog to dog, what may work with one dog may not work with another. That is why I spend time with each dog I train and get to know their personality. For example, a dog that is rough and pulls hard on a leash may not respond to just the simple vocal correction and a gentle pull on the lead while other milder dogs will. For the dog that would not respond to the first correction, a stronger correction is needed, such as a choke chain or a head collar.
This is true also with puppies, not all puppies will potty train the same. Some will pick it up immediately while others will not. No matter the dog or the situation the technique will vary, but I have yet to find a dog I could not train with Time and Patience.
Now, I have started volunteering my time, when not at college, to the Huron Humane Society where I train some of the long term residents there. This blog will mostly be about those dogs and their advancements in training, they will also be recognized when they are adopted along with their new owners.