Dog, man's best friend, is, without doubt, the most adorable pet. However, without basic training and commands, they can be a bit frustrating and possibly embarrassing when they lack basic social behaviour with people and other animals.
At first, dog training can seem overwhelming, but if followed through, it may just be the best gift you can give yourself and your pet. Proper obedience training is among the basic things your dog needs and results in a happy, well-behaved, well-socialized companion, not to mention it strengthens your bond.
So where do you start? Well, you may choose to hire a professional for one-on-one lessons or send them to board with a trainer. However, you can train your dog on your own, and as mentioned it will strengthen your bond.
The earlier you get started with training, the better! Train your puppy the moment you bring him or her home, even at 4 weeks they can learn simple commands. Start with simple commands can build on them gradually till the he or she has mastered the command .
Best way to start your training is in an environment with few distractions. You will need a place where you can get your dog to focus on you alone. With time, you can introduce more distractions as necessary.
Give your dog frequent breaks, keep training time as short as possible, like five to fifteen minutes, and don't push yourself and the dog. Ensure you are keeping it fun, and successful to avoid frustrations.
Regardless of the method or technique, you choose to use, reward behaviours you like. Dogs learn through the immediate consequences of their behaviour, just like humans do. The reward can be in the form of food, a good belly rub, or whatever you have studied that gets your dog excited. Note that the rewards must be immediate and consistent with achieving a desirable result.
Some basic commands that are best to start with are:
Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off, and No. Each one of these will set a boundary for your dog, and instill basic obedience and behaviours that will make you proud
If you do decide you would like to enlist a professional below are a few local professionals that I know personally.
Just Doggin it Adventure & Training - Serving Shawnigan Lake and surrounding
Moto-vated dog training - Serving Cowichan Valley and surrounding
Source K9 - Specializing in Aggressive Dog behaviours
If you have had pets you realize each one has a distinct personality, and, tragically, their time with us is short. Portraits of your cherished friend is one way to keep their memory alive. It allows you time travel, so to speak, to moments of joy and laughter you experienced with your pet.
I transitioned to pet photography when my Great Dane Floyd died in 2018. It was a heart breaking loss made even more so because I had only images of him on Instagram, and FB and other social media platforms. Don't get me wrong they serve a purpose but they are certainly not memories worthy of adoring on my walls or a keepsake on my desk. That moment was when I realized the importance of portraits as art. Pieces that immortalized my boy Floyd for years to come. My family is my pets, and I have them hanging on my walls now, particularly when I added my girl Honey to the mix. I swore I would not go without having some amazing images of her to hang in my home. In fact I have a collage on my wall, of her and her step brother Fred, and every time I look at them I feel a warm glow and a smile.
Portraits are a luxury - yes, absolutely, however you don't realize how priceless they are in your home until you lose your best fur friend. So in 2021, consider portraits be it with your family or just of your fur baby, gift a session to someone, or yourself and enjoy the keepsake for years. Trust me.
Kim is a pet and people photographer who likes to think of herself as someone who can give you the opportunity to time travel through portraits. The blogs are of sessions, tips, tricks, and behind the scene video's to get to know more about what she does and how.