“Come! COME!!! Come! Come! Come! Please come!”

A dog refusing to come to you can be very scary!

This is a two week class that can save your dog’s life.  Thursday at our Hernando location at 2 pm.  

The first class we teach the commands.  We provide you 3 different commands to call your dog to you. 

We also review a “leave it” command, which assist in getting your dog to move away from a distraction. 

   This class is a life saver!  

“Come! COME!!! Come! Come! Come! Please come!”

If this sounds like your dog’s current recall, you may have a “poisoned cue.” This generally happens unintentionally and occurs when the cue either has an unclear meaning or takes on a negative association for the dog, so they ignore it. The easiest way to poison a cue is to overuse it by repeating the word over and over without your dog responding.
Come join our Recall Class and improve your dog’s recall performance.

New Airline Laws on Service and Emotional Support Animals

 

 

 

ACAA is now requiring documentation of training

 

Helpful air  travel reminders

  • Service animals must be properly harnessed or leashed and remain under the direct control of you or the dog handler at all times.
  • The animal must behave properly in public and should follow directions from its owner.
  • Dog must be a minimum age of 4 months for acceptance on United.
  • The animal is required to be seated in the floor space directly in front of your seat.
  • The animal should not extend into the aisles.
  • If you’re traveling with an animal in cabin to any international destination (or some domestic locations, such as but not limited to Guam or Hawaii, where local regulations may require it), United may require you to bring an up-to-date copy of your animal’s vaccination certificate with you on your trip. We recommend that you have a copy on hand during travel.
  • You will not be able travel within 30 days of your animal’s rabies vaccination.

Rule on ESA Traveling by Air with Service Animals

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system.  

The Department received more than 15,000 comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking. The final rule announced today addresses concerns raised by individuals with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airports, other aviation transportation stakeholders, and other members of the public, regarding service animals on aircraft. 

The final rule: 

  • Defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
  • No longer considers an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
  • Requires airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals;
  • Allows airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s health, behavior and training, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal can either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
  • Allows airlines to require individuals traveling with a service animal to provide the DOT service animal form(s) up to 48 hours in advance of the date of travel if the passenger’s reservation was made prior to that time;
  • Prohibits airlines from requiring passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to physically check-in at the airport instead of using the online check-in process;  
  • Allows airlines to require a person with a disability seeking to travel with a service animal to provide the DOT service animal form(s) at the passenger’s departure gate on the date of travel;
  • Allows airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals; 
  • Allows airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
  • Allows airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, or tethered at all times in the airport and on the aircraft;
  • Continues to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
  • Continues to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely based on breed.

Final Rule Link:    https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-12/Service%20Animal%20Final%20Rule.pdf

 

January is National Dog Training Month

January is National Dog Training Month

Schedule your private or group lesson to celebrate! 

Private Lessons are by appointment call 904-352-7631.  We serve Citrus County. 

Next available Group Lessons are coming up January 28th at Bark Central in Inverness 

9:30 am AKC STAR Puppy – Bark Central 

10:30 am AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen – Bark Central 

January 28th – Hernando Location 

3 pm AKC STAR Puppy- Hernando 

4 pm AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen – Hernando 

  • All classes are one hour in length and for 6 weeks. 

    Private or Group Lessons
    904-352-7631 Serving Citrus County

Call us today if you have any further questions:  904-352-7631

 

 

How much exercise does your dog breed truly need?

Here is a quick guide. I find that most behavior problems can be solved by offering the dog more exercise. Go to AKC.org to find out what group your dog belongs to if you are not sure. A Tired Dog equals a Happy Dog Owner.

Happy Holidays From Far Fetched Tales Dog Training

Merry Christmas
A Well Trained Dog equals a Happy Dog Owner

Merry Christmas,

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AKC Virtual Manners

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Virtual Home Manners Reviews by Far Fetched Tales Dog Training

If you have trained your puppy or adult dog at home and would like to earn the AKC’s Virtual Home Manners titles to demonstrate your accomplishments, this is the place for you! Virtual Home Manners Reviews by Far Fetched Tales Dog Training

What is Virtual Home Manners?

Virtual Home Manners (VHM) is the answer when you want to train your dog at home. When you get a puppy or new adult dog, Virtual Home Manners can get you started on practical skills before you attend a training class.

The evaluation of a dog’s ability to perform ten home manners skills will be done by a video recording. Two levels of Home Manners will be offered – Virtual Home Manners Puppy (VHMP) and Virtual Home Manners Adult (VHMA). Dogs that pass the tests will be awarded these titles.

The Virtual Home Manners tests assess ten skills that well-mannered pet dogs need in the home setting.  The skills relate to the dog owner having control over the dog, being able to walk the dog (which is one of the most frequently cited activities that owners want to do with their dogs) and developing a bond with the dog during playtime.

The Virtual Home Manners tests are evaluated online by CGC Evaluators in the same manner that is currently used for Virtual Tricks. There is not an in-person VHM testing process. Virtual Home Manners is natural lead-in for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) in-person training.

How Virtual Home Manners Works

To earn the Virtual Home Manners titles, follow these easy steps:

  1. Dog owners will video their dogs performing the required skills (on the VHM checklists).
  2. A link to the video will be sent to an Approved AKC CGC Evaluator. Zoom and other live formats may also be used for evaluating Virtual Home Manners. To contact our evaluator, by email at trainerpamela@gmail.com or call our Hernando, FL office at 904-352-7631.
  3. After watching the video, if the dog passes, the Evaluator will send the combined Checklist/Video Verification Form to the dog owner. The Evaluator will also send a copy of this form to AKC.
  4. The dog owner will send to AKC:
    1) the Checklist/Video Verification, and 2) the Virtual Home Manners Title Application form along with a fee of $25.00.

Puppy Biting at Your Feet, Hands, or Clothing?

Pug puppy chewing and pulling on a blanket.

If your puppy keeps going into attack mode: growling, grabbing clothes, and biting legs.

It is normal for puppies to behave this way; your very young puppy is just trying to get you to play. The dog is obnoxious at the moment, but will grow up. For now, make sure that you initiate play with your pup several times a day. Don’t always wait for your pup to start things.  Tug and fetch are good outlets for puppy energy. When playing with your pup, always have a big toy that you can get into their mouth, so that the puppy doesn’t nip you. Ask for downs, sits, and tricks, which will redirect her and give the puppy a chance to earn a reward, either food or play with a favorite toy. These toys should be special ones that she doesn’t have access to unless she is playing with you.

Do offer your puppy:

  • Scheduled playtime and activity time to minimize boredom
  • Chew Toys: Plenty of rest and time out periods after plenty of stimulation: Having a few out at a time and swapping them out on a weekly basis to keep dogs interested.
  • Food Puzzles: Which are great for mental and physical stimulation.
  • Edible treats when teething, A more appropriate alternative whenever the nipping instinct kicks in.
  • Tug time to teach dogs the rules for “polite play,”. Make sure your dog sits before your start and the game only continues for as long as the toy is the only thing your dog chews. If he redirects to your hand, the game stops and you remove the toy until he can sit or stand to resume the game.

Don’t:

  • Overstimulate your puppy with wild play
  • Unintentionally reward him when he nips
  • Hold your dog’s muzzle shut as a correction, which teaches fear

To intervene when your dog is play biting, make sure not to come across “like a giant squeaky toy” something young kids often appear like. That means not appearing too exciting, keeping your body quiet, and presenting appropriate chew toy alternatives.

“The longer the toy, the less likely your dog is to accidentally bite your hand at the other end of it”.

The second your dog’s teeth touch your skin or clothes, be prepared to put your dog in a “time out.” “These early ground rules set your dog up for success and teach him that only polite behavior will get him what he wants”.

Ultimately, the goal of training should be to teach your dog that polite forms of play are more fun than biting behaviors.

Keep in mind, it may take weeks or months before you see signs of improvements.

Sunscreen Protection for Dogs

Protect your dog’s nose with “My Dog Nose It.” Your’s dogs nose will thank you. If you are in the outdoors a lot you also might consider having your dog wear protective eye-wear. Personally, I have used and like Petlesco Goggles for my border collie. Enjoy outdoor playing with your pets such as skiing, biking, cycling, no fear of sunshine and UV rays.

Fireworks can be scary to a dog.

Here are some tips for the 4th that deal with a sound sensitive dogs.

1. Make sure your dog is as TIRED as possible. A tired dog is a calmer dog.

2. Be prepared with medication ahead of time, a puppy doggie emergency room visit can run over $300. Call your vet today, ask them for recommendations on medications to help ease your dogs anxiety.

3. Make sure your dogs tags and microchip information is up to date. If your dog does escape (most dogs are lost during the 4th than any other holiday) .

4. Put your dog in a “safe” room with as few windows and doors as possible.

5. Keep the windows and curtains drawn during the festivities. You want your dog to be as stimulus free as possible.

6. Make your own noise to drown out the sound of the fireworks. Turn the T.V. on as loud as you can tolerate it. Set up numerous fans in the safe room so that they produce a fairly decent amount of background noise.

7. Use some type of pressure wrap. Although wraps such as the Thundershirt claim to completely eliminate anxiety. You can also make your own anxiety reducing wrap by using an ace bandage.

8. Associate fireworks noise with positive things. If every time your dog hears a firework, treats rain from the sky, your dog might not feel so scared.

9. Try to keep your dog entertained all night long with Kong, work to eat puzzles, or plenty of high value bones to chew on. The act of chewing helps a dog to relieve anxiety.

10. Purchase CBD oil for dogs. Make sure the formula is made specifically for DOGS. Then give your dog the appropriate dose based on the manufacture’s instructions.

11. BONUS TIP: Add a dog homeopathic anxiety reducing solution like Rescue Remedy to your dogs dinner. We at Far Fetched Tales Dog Training, hope these tips help you make the 4th more enjoyable for both you and your fur kids. We look forward to seeing you in our upcoming classes or sometime soon! www.dogtrainerpamela.com

AKC Trick Dog

Congratulations to Susan and Riker for receiving their Performance Trick Title. Congratulations! This was my first COVID19 video experience with AKC as an evaluator, so glad it was an easy process! Win on both sides!

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