Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Edith Anne

Cindel and Macie

Keely fka CP Betsy W

Sir. Buster

Ally Bean

Foster Lawrence

Kenzie

Kody fka CP BoSox

Ty and Tartan

Skye La

Foster Gronk

Gabby

Foster Maggie Mae

Foster Batman

Sadie Jo

Lucas Gee

Foster Melisssa


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Doing Nothing Calmly to Help Your Dog to Feel Safe



"…At any given moment in time, we may just pause and do nothing… it’s just, ‘Can you learn how to be, calmly?’..."    Suzanne Clothier

We all work hard to train our Cairn Terriers, but sometimes the best thing we can do is Nothing - as long as we do it Calmly.  No commands.  Just calming body postures and maybe calm words of no consequence (something like "How about that Tom Brady?").  This brief video is part of a training by Suzanne Clothier Thresholds, Thresholds, and Doing Nothing.  She illustrates how passive positive training methods work very well when teaching a dog to feel safe in different situations.  The single most important thing any dog needs is to feel safe, and it is incumbent on us to understand what that means from the dog’s perspective.



"Copyright © 2013 by Suzanne Clothier. Used by permission of Suzanne Clothier. All rights reserved. For more information about Suzanne please visit SuzanneClothier.com"

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wacky Wednesday!



Wednesday is the day to be WACKY!  Each week we will showcase a terrierific Cairn picture with an appropriate caption.  If you would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com!  All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

A big shout out to Fritz for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Zeke fka CP Mystique

Foster Gronk

Khan fka CP Baldwin

Macie and Cindel

Foster Alex Trebek

Foster Pablo

Ella

Foster Marcello

Keegan Happy Sweet Sixteen!

Foster Uncle Sam

Foster Betsy W

Chester fka CP Winchester

Foster Glider

Cammi fka CP Calamity Jane

Foster Lawrence










Saturday, January 7, 2017

Matchmakers: Volunteers Who Put Their Hearts Into Mending the Hearts of Others

Written by a Col. Potter Volunteer, Originally posted January 15, 2010

Keely is a happy, happy girl in her Forever Home, and a perfect Match to fill the home with love!

"It is very impressive to see the amount of care that is taken with every dog.  There is no doubt that the process is dedicated to the best interests of the Cairns and, for the first time in their lives, they have a volunteer advocate from Col. Potter looking out for them."

How can you mend a broken heart?  Well… You can find somebody to love… Or find someone to love you - And that is where the expert, caring and experienced members of the Col. Potter Matchmakers’ group shine!

There’s no telling from where the next Cairn entering the sanctuary of Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network will come.  The puppy mill dogs are noted for the difficulty of their circumstances, and the often perilous and clandestine route they have to negotiate to freedom with the help of a Col. Potter volunteer.  However, Cairns also come from animal shelters, homes with stressed financial and emotional situations, homes where the Cairn was left outside with little socialization or health care, and homes where a loving owner may have died or become incapacitated.  Cairns have arrived after being severely injured to be put back together in Col. Potter’s care, and Cairns have been stowaways in a Rescued momma Cairn’s womb, only to pop out into safety when the coast was clear.

Those situations are a given in all types of animal Rescue, but what is done to properly place the dogs after they’ve arrived, makes all the difference when it comes to assuring that the right Cairn is matched with the right Forever home.  A Cairn’s life truly takes on great importance and is handled with tender loving care when it becomes a Col. Potter Foster.  In addition, the potential adoptive homes are thoroughly screened.  They are also treated with the utmost respect and given the fairest consideration possible, though flexibility is occasionally required of them as there can be overlapping interests in adopting the same Cairn.

As they come into CP’s care, the Rescued Cairns are welcomed online and soon take their place on the CP website.  Then, to a certain extent, they recede into the “safe houses” of the Foster families.  It’s wonderful to get updates, videos, photos and reports on any health issues the Rescues might have, but if things are going well, the Foster Cairns start adjusting to freedom in their Foster Homes without a lot of widespread attention.  However, they are all being closely watched by the Matchmakers.

The Matchmaker group is already well stocked with waiting homes that have expressed interest in adopting a rescued Cairn and who have been approved to adopt.  But even with approval, every home isn’t appropriate for every Cairn.  The applicants have many different living situations.  The presence of children must be considered, as well as pets that are already in the home.  Additionally, the distance between Foster Home and adoptive home, the amount of time that can be dedicated to the Cairn by the adoptive family, and the ages of both the Cairn and potential adopter, must be taken into consideration.

It is very impressive to see the amount of care that is taken with every dog.  There is no doubt that the process is dedicated to the best interests of the Cairns and, for the first time in their lives, they have a volunteer advocate from Col. Potter looking out for them.

The Matchmaker group is focused on every stage of the process for multiple Cairns, simultaneously.  Every day, applicants are being notified they have been approved to adopt after home visits have been completed.  However, there is still no Cairn involved.  The applicant may have a certain Cairn in mind, when they are approved, but they are often basing this interest merely on a picture and a cute write-up.  Matchmakers send questionnaires to these homes to determine what qualities they would like in a Cairn and also to ascertain more detail of the home situation and the owner’s perspectives, which will allow the choice of Foster Cairn to be refined.

Matchmakers then begin comparing notes as several homes, may be interested in a single Cairn or more than one home might be appropriate for a particular Cairn’s characteristics.  While the Foster Cairns are napping, playing, and in many cases, setting aside accumulated fears, the Matchmaking Team is laying the groundwork for their Forever adoption.  Each stage of the process has been formalized over time and the structure is adhered to very closely to make sure no steps are missed.

As the applicant’s desires are defined, including the preferred choice of Cairn, the Foster Home, who has the best current knowledge of the Cairn, is brought into the discussion.  When an applicant and Foster Cairn are coming together in all of the critical aspects needed for a Match, the approval of the Director of Placement Services is requested in order for the adoptive home and the current Foster Home to communicate directly.  This conversation is a critical step, and if both agree on the future care of the Cairn and options regarding transportation, then the Director of Placement Services will do a final evaluation and approve or disapprove the adoption.

If the adoption is approved, additional information will be sent to the adoptive family regarding the safety of their new Cairn and reinforcing the need to be aware of the nature and spirit of the Cairn Terrier.  Special emphasis is placed on being not just watchful, but closely connected to the new family member whenever there’s even a slight possibility that the Cairn could get itself into trouble.

The process of Matchmaking is a labor of love without a doubt, but it also takes plenty of skilled and dedicated labor involving data base maintenance and record keeping which makes it possible for the Matchmaking Team to be so effective, methodical, and organized, so there are many wonderful volunteers always working behind the scenes.  

Today, many tails are wagging and many homes are smiling because of the work done by the CP Matchmaking Team.  Many thanks go out to this important team within CPCRN that connects “Cairns Without Homes to Homes Without Cairns”.  

Woof!







Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday's Funnies!

Off the Leash

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hand Feeding Your Rescued Cairn to Establish Trust

Did you know that the simple act of hand feeding for the first few weeks or months can make all the difference in the world as far as establishing your leadership role and gaining the absolute Trust of your new Rescued Cairn?


Editor’s Note:  I hand feed treats throughout the day, as recommended below.  All treats come directly from my hand – Never from the floor!  I prefer to hold the dog in my lap at regular meal times however, have them sit patiently looking at the bowl in my hand, then say “OK!” when I let them start to eat.  This way I have one hand on the dog at all times and the other hand holding the treasured food bowl.  It is an excellent way to bond and establish trust.  When the meal is done and I set the bowl down, I always bring my free hand to the dog’s face and gently stroke (or groom!) for a few seconds, then continue to sit for a few moments, allowing the dog to relax fully.


By Michele Ryan – Rowdy Rover Blog


Work To Earn = Better Focus!

I wish the dog trainer I had in 1991 told me to hand feed my two pups!  Since 1991, I have been hand feeding my pups and dogs, for trust, bonding, training cues, and if they needed a “check in”.  As a trainer, I always tell my pet parents to hand feed their pups for a while, or their teen/adult dogs if need be!  Below are the reasons why it’s such a great idea!

Hand Feeding: The foundation to a good working relationship.

Hand feeding isn’t the answer to all behavioral problems, but it is a way to take a dog that has trust issues and turn them around.  So whether your dog has a specific phobia or is shy around people, hand feeding is the first step to changing those behaviors.  For people that are training to do competition dog sports, hand feeding is the way to get the dog to bond to you to the point that they never take their eyes off of you.  For people that just want an all-around great pet, hand feeding is one of the steps I recommend.  It’s for any dog, any owner that wants a special bond with their dog.

In order to make training fun and enjoyable, it must be rewarding.  If your dog doesn’t care one way or the other about treats, doesn’t like to play with toys and won’t bother to walk across the room for an ear scratch, how are you going to reward him?  If he sees no reason to work for what he gets because it’s always available, gets it on demand, or is easily stolen, changing his meals to scheduled feedings and teaching him to work to earn can help repair a rocky relationship.


Why hand feed?

If you do this for the first 6 months of a dog’s life, you will have a dog that is more bonded to you than you have ever had before.  Training will be extremely easy with those dogs.  It’s just getting people to actually do it.  Most people say they just don’t have time.  But it doesn’t take much more time than putting food in a bowl for the dog.  This is also a great way to work your training cues while hand feeding.  Remember the “Nothing in life is free” rule!  It’s easy to have a well mannered dog, you just need to put the time and commitment into him or her! 

Hand feeding teaching the dog to focus on you!  You control the food, the goodies, the treats.  And you are making them work for it, even better yet!   This makes for a non demanding dog, or a request barker later.

If your dog is pushy, bossy, or rude, hard to motivate, disinterested, or has its own agenda, (or even if it isn’t) hand feeding will improve your relationship with your dog.

Hand Feeding:

  • Teaches your dog that all good things come from your hands

  • Teaches your dog to have manners around food

  • Teaches your dog to drop everything and come when called

  • Slows down a fast eater
Hand feeding is an important element in Caruso's training routines

So how do you do this?

Find a spot on the floor, this can be where your pup or dog eats now, or better yet, for socialization, you can feed him in different areas of the house.  Put the dog food in his bowl.  Hand out the kibble here and there without asking the dog to do anything.  If the dog naturally comes to you, immediately give the dog some of it’s kibble.  If they are sitting there staring at you, give them a few pieces.

Make sure NOT to reward bad behavior.  If you give a dog kibble that is jumping up, barking, pawing at you, or misbehaving, then you reward that bad behavior, and you don’t want that. I ask that the dog is standing or sitting patiently, acting calm before I hand feed them.

Once the dog has the routine down, start asking the dog to do things for the food.  Sit, watch me, down, shake, spin, and so on.  Great time to work in your training skills you learned in class!  So in the end, they are working for every kibble they eat.  Remember the “Nothing in life is free” rule: Dogs want a leader, and they want a job.  By hand feeding like this, you accomplish both.

It doesn’t have to be just one person in the house that is feeding the dog as long as the food is pre measured so you don’t over or under feed the dog.  Kids do really well with this.  And you wouldn’t believe the bonding and understanding that kids and dogs have when they have hand fed.  This will also help with the recall.  A dog that is hand fed will almost always come to your hand if you put it out.  You just better not try to trick them too many times by not having food in it or they get wise to this trick!

Have you ever seen the dogs that never take their eyes off their owners?  Hand feeding is the way to accomplish that.

Yes, hand feeding can be a pain.  And yes, you have to be committed to doing it for months to make it work.  But once the routine is established, then it becomes much easier.

And you will have a much better dog because of it.

Now that is worth it to work the work to earn rule!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wacky Wednesday!



Wednesday is the day to be WACKY!  Each week we will showcase a terrierific Cairn picture with an appropriate caption.  If you would like us to consider YOUR picture and caption for an upcoming "Wacky Wednesday" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com!  All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.

A big shout out to Buddy and Daisy for being our Wacky Wednesday models this week!




Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns.  If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo for an upcoming "Sunday Sweets!" send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).
Happy New Year!
Bobby and Beddie Boop

Happy 15th Birthday Miss Macie!

Allie

Chester IV fka CP Yancy

Carver

Foster Aleck

Sid, Grace, Monty & Baily

Dillon Happy 6th Gotcha!

Zane Happy 10th Birthday!

Gabby, Lucas, and Tess

Tobias

Dougie

Foster Glider

Murphy and Riley

Foster O'Malley

Foster Melissa

Charlie fka CP Little Papi