Apr
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

End of Louie's Training

Louie comes home this Monday! Hoorah!!!!! 

There are a few temporary tools that I encourage you to have to make Louie's transition that much easier! PLEASE HAVE THESE CHARGED AND READY TO GO FOR OUR TRANSITION SESSION! :) 

1.) Garmin E-collar & Remote 

2.) (Optional - Highly Recommended) Garmin Bark Control Collar - (You can either purchase or you can buy one from me to make sure you have one in time for when he comes home)

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-BarkLimiter-Deluxe-Training-Device/dp/B00B2GDC8S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492588984&sr=8-1&keywords=garmin+bark+collar

 

It has really been a pleasure this month working with Louie. We have accomplished some major skills that you two were struggling with when you first called me. 

Louie has been taught and at this point completely understands what the feeling of the e-collar means and ceases the negative behavior immediately.

1. Barking

I have taught him (using the Garmin Bark Control Collar) and corrective methods that the large portion of his barking was inappropriate and unacceptable. This is something that will need to reinforced at home or he will revert back to old habits. The reason why this skill is so important to be reinforced at home is because from what I saw, Louie is protective of his home and copes with the stress of someone new in his home environment by barking... loud. It is one thing to know not to bark at the academy, but another and most importantly not to bark at home or while he is out and about with you. We will cover this as well as practice this on Sunday night when he comes home.  

HOW THIS CAN BE DONE: 

  • During the day have Louie wear his Garmin Bark Control Collar and Garmin E-collar
  • The Garmin Bark Control will automatically detect and correct barking 
  • If for some rare reason the bark control does not activate use the e collar remote system as a secondary correction. 

 

2. Food Aggression

We have consistently worked on Louie's growling at other dogs when they near his food bowl. This how ever has been with larger dogs that would put him in his place if need be. This food aggression has gotten a lot better. The most important thing will be to continue to monitor him when he comes home. 

HOW CAN THIS BE DONE

  • Place the food bowl out and he must sit and wait before he is allowed to eat 
  • Once he is released keep a close eye on him and entice Tippie to come near
  • If he growls ... correct with e-collar and take food away for a few minutes ... then repeat
  • He understands this process and from what have analyzed and seen, there is little to no food aggression 

 

3. Jumping and too rough play 

Louie has been doing an amazing job keeping his four paws on the ground as well as playing respectfully with dogs of all sizes. However, Tippie is a dog that he have been able to be rough with and not get disciplined, so we will work on this Monday night. 

HOW THIS CAN BE DONE

  • If Louie decides to jump, get jealous or not give you your personal space you can utilize your e collar tool and correct the behavior with a nick. These are skills that we have worked on and he knows the foundational work we just need to reinforce it at home with you two and Tippie. 
  • If Louie is disrupting Tippie and is consistently too rough with her you can use the e-collar to correct and cease this behavior as well (we will practice this on Monday night)

Overall this month has been wonderful with Louie. He has gained some essential skills he will need for the remainder of his life being here at Knallhart. 

If you could have your collar(s) charged and ready to go so that I can walk you through all the training and processes that would be GREAT! I AM SO EXCITED TO BRING HIM HOME and I know you two are excited to have him home! '

Also, the remaining balance on your account is $558.71, please take your time to pay this! No rush no worries! Thank you for your partial payment of $500, I did receive that. 

See you Monday, Please let me know if you have any questions. before then. Please also look over the handbook again before Sunday, we will be covering information provided in that book and if you two have the basic understanding of corrective training, Sunday will be a breeze!  Also check your calendars, I would like to schedule 4-5 private at home training sessions after he comes back home to work with you two and make sure all is well! 

 Thanks you two!!! 

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Mar
20
1:30pm 1:30pm

Corrective Training Handbook Part One

One thing you two will need to have purchased by the end of Louie's training is an e-collar. The brand I typically recommend for most of my clients is Sport Dog Brand, however, since Louie is a larger breed dog, with wrinkles and folds I would recommend a Garmin Brand E-collar. I personally use Garmin Brand here at the academy and absolutely love its reliablity.  Here is a link to the e-collar I would recommend for Louie

http://amzn.to/1sfzzWt

I would of course teach you all you would need to know with the e-collar. It isn't a tool you can just slap on and begin buzzing away. I will take care of all of the hard work and foundation training here at the academy. The reason you will need your own is for his transition period of when he returns back home from the academy. It will help reinforce that the skills and rules that he learns here at the academy must also be done the same at home. The e-collar is the tool to do that.  

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Mar
20
11:30am11:30am

Welcome Back Louie!

Hi there! I am ecstatic to hear that Louie is all healed up and ready to get back at it with training!!! I will come to pick him up tomorrow night around 9pm (you will not be charged for tomorrow since it will be just an overnight) and I have him down for 31 days (not including tomorrow) which would take us April 23rd! 

First let me begin by asking, how have things been since he has been home? What types of behaviors are you noticing that you are the most unhappy about? The only reason I ask this is because every owner has different goals with their dog. Some owners want a dog that will sit, down and never bark while others want a dog that will follow commands but can be vocal as they please. On your intake form you stated that you want him to follow commands better... which commands? Down, Come, Sit, Stay? Which commands would you need to help him cohabitant better within your home with you two and the other dog? My goal is to help you reach your goals. If you could provide me with 3-5 SPECIFIC skills you would like to see Louie improve at during these 31 days here that would be awesome. If you do not care about him being vocal, if will not hound him for that, if you do not care that he is a little ahead on the leash I will not hound him much for that, but if you care about him barking at the person crossing the street and coming when called that is what I will focus my energy on towards him. It is just very important for me to know exactly what you would like to see. 

Next, all I will need tomorrow

A. HIM! Louie haha

B.  Food! I will bring his old bag of food back and if you could send with him a new bag/ partial bag that would be excellent. We can always order more down the road if we need to. 

C. Collars ---  e-collar & charger, prong collar, and flat collar (if you have one)

D. Medications (if needed) -- medicated bath wash, pills etc 

E. Favorite Toys

I also have some information about some vitamins that you two should consider giving Louie to prevent his skin from becoming infected again. I use it for my personal dogs and a large handful of my clients give them to their dogs. It is a vitamin that helps prevent dry skin, helps boost their immune system naturally, helps with bone, eye and organ development. It is has done wonders for my personal dogs.  

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