PRAISE YOUR DOG BY VERBAL
SIGNAL before giving your edible paycheck! For many dogs, their most important currency or minimum wage is a high value food reward. We must tell them they did it right, before we write that paycheck. You do not want to inadvertently teach your dogs to only work for the treat bag. You want to imprint your dog to the verbal signal (praise) that they did it right.
TRAIN BEFORE OR BETWEEN MEALS. Yum Yum — eat ‘em up! Work with the hunger clock — not against it.
END EACH HOMEWORK (TRAINING) SESSION POSITIVELY. We always end our on-leash homework sessions with track-its, a motivational running back, recall, or the Blow-and-Go game. All very stimulating, predatory, and upbeat.
Our elegant and pixie-ish solid black Staffordshire terrier Sadie is one of our “New Leash On Life” favorites! She is affectionate, and an eager and willing worker, and could go to a home with many different definitions and dynamics and still fit in well. Her handler Kyle tells me that “she’s not a morning person.” I love it — a laid back snuggle bunny, without the extra energy to burn off that makes so many terriers famous. Thanks to handler Travis for preparing Baloo so well for his new home in the Adirondacks. Thanks to Rob and Ron who step up and in as needed. Kudos to the Columbia County Jail Dog training team!
Feel free to call us with any questions at 518-828-6044, or visit our website at www.cghs.org.
Stop down and see us at 125 Humane Society Road, off Route 66 (about a mile south of the intersection with Route 9H) in Hudson. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Wednesday and Sunday. The food bank is open to any from the public in need of pet food or for those wishing to donate food anytime during business hours.
All of our cats and kittens are “Furrever Free” with all expenses paid. Spay/neuter clinics for cats are $65 male or female, including a rabies vaccination and a 5-in-1 feline distemper combination vaccination. Nail clipping services are available every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the shelter, no appointment necessary, for a donation of $5 for cats and $10 for dogs.
Charlene Marchand is the Chairperson of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors. She may be contacted by email at email@example.com.