Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekly Pinteresting Picks

Irish Wolfhounds via Dawn Townsend

This week's "Pinteresting Picks" shows a variety of pins you'll find on CP's boards.   Just click on the links below to check out each pin.  Feel free to re-pin or share with others.  Just click on the red "Pin it" button right on the pin.  

Col. Potter now has over 2,900 followers on Pinterest!  If you aren't one of them, please check us out at: http://pinterest.com/cpcrn/boards/  and follow us on Pinterest!  CP has over 60 boards covering a variety of subjects from the useful, such as behavior and training, health and nutrition, and cool pet products, to just plain fun, like great pictures of all kinds of dogs - especially Cairns!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Creating a Meaningful Partnership with Your Dog

Teddy fka CP Sir Albert Found an Excellent Dance Partner!


"…Excellence is not always judged by external measures.  Hold tight to the excellence within your heart, for when it exists, free of ego and outside pressures, the joy of the dance itself shines through."    Suzanne Clothier

Dances With Dogs

The Dance of a Willing Partnership Between
Handler [or Owner] and Dog is a Joy

Linda Tellington-Jones uses a beautiful analogy to describe her approach to working with animals: she sees the interaction between human and animal as a dance.  For me, a good working relationship with any animal is like a wonderful dance - smooth, joyful and the result of two partners who clearly understand each other.

Of the two choices presented below, consider which "dancing partner" you would prefer.

Partner A has high hopes for you as a dancing partner.  As the music begins, you are not sure of what is expected, but you're willing to try.  You make a few mistakes, and begin to hesitate.  Your partner growls and roughly grabs your arm, telling you in an increasingly louder voice what you are supposed to do.  Your arm hurts, and you are beginning to be afraid.  You make more mistakes, and your partner becomes angry and frustrated.  You are desperately hoping for the music to stop.  When the dance finally ends, he stalks off, muttering about your stupidity.  You are upset, and not sure you want to dance again.

Partner B has high hopes for you as a dancing partner.  As the music begins, you are not sure of what's expected but you're willing to try.  You make a few mistakes, and begin to hesitate.  Ignoring the music, your partner slows down, and with a smile, explains the basic steps again.  He takes it very slow, until you've got it right.  He cheers your success, and shows you the next few steps.  Each time you succeed, your confidence soars.  By the time the music stops, you're eager to learn more, and look forward to your next dancing lessons.  Your partner is very pleased with your progress, and comments on what a bright student you are.

None of us would willingly choose Partner A.  But what makes Partner B so wonderful?  He knows the value of a willing partner, and is able to help you become a willing partner through the use of some basic techniques:

  • Recognizing your hesitation as confusion, not stupidity, stubbornness or defiance;

  • Being flexible as a trainer.  Although his initial goal might have been a flawless dance in perfect rhythm to the music, he sees that you are not yet up to that, so he changes his goal in order to help you learn;

  • "Chunking down" the steps for you so that it is easy for you to learn and succeed at each step;

  • Encouraging you by making it pleasant for you to work and learn.

These techniques are the hallmarks of any skilled trainer or teacher.  A willing dance partner is neither dominant nor submissive, but relaxed, confident, and able to follow a clear lead.  Within the dog-human relationship, the human usually takes the lead.  After all, he's the one who knows which dance is being danced, i.e., that the focus is on the tango and not the cha-cha. (Notable exceptions are tracking and Search & Rescue work, where a clear understanding of subtle signals and body language helps the human follow the dog's lead.)

The thrill of a great performance, whether by a horse and rider, a dog and handler, or two dance partners, is the unison of two into a smooth and effective team.  The dictionary defines teamwork as "work done by a number of associates, all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole."  This is achieved by clarity in communication, response to the subtlest of signals and a willing partnership.

There is no joy in dancing with a reluctant partner, or dancing at the command of an imperious partner.  While compromise is a necessary part of partnership, handlers should be very clear about the level of enjoyment expressed by their dog.  If you are looking for the utmost in willingness in any activity, your dog must enjoy the activity as much as you do.  Almost any dog can be trained to perform the basic mechanics of any exercise.  Joyful participation in an exercise comes from the dog's spirit, pride in his work, delight in showing what he knows.  And your enjoyment and excitement about an activity can be contagious.  If your dog does not naturally find an activity enjoyable, you must be willing to find a way to make it so, or accept the level of performance offered by a reluctant performer.

I find it incomprehensible when handlers complain about their dogs' performance (or lack thereof) while readily admitting that the dog hates the particular activity.  Invariably, the sentence ends with, "But I really want this title.  All I need is for the dog to do it three times successfully, and then I'll be happy."  Focused on a goal that is meaningless to the dog, the handler fails to understand that sometimes the greatest act of love is to let go of personal goals for the sake of the relationship.

Equally incomprehensible is the handler who willingly acknowledges that they lose their patience, or get easily frustrated, or choke under the pressure of competition, or tense up and stop breathing in the ring BUT are unwilling to do anything about it!  Critical to any partnership is the ability and willingness to work on yourself, outside of the demands of any activity or partnership.  This is particularly true in the dog/human partnership.

Whatever your individual issues may be, if they are negatively affecting on your canine partner, you owe it to yourself, your dog and the partnership to work to resolve or at least minimize the effects.  Try hypnosis, counseling, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, biofeedback or whatever suits you to learn how to control and improve yourself, but be realistic about your responsibility to the partnership.  Dogs are generous, forgiving spirits, but they can't always give more to make up for shortcomings on your side.

Whether it's ice skating, ballroom dancing, doubles tennis, barrel racing, kayaking or dog sports, choosing a dance partner requires some basic information.  In my mind, the dog/human partnership is very similar to a human/human partnership with one very important exception: the dog cannot make an informed decision to participate and thus is always a draftee, not a volunteer. This puts greater responsibility on the handler to be fair.

Awareness of your skills and limitations as well as your partner's

What do you do best?  What do you enjoy?  What do you find less enjoyable?  What emotional/physical/intellectuals assets and liabilities do you bring to the partnership?  Do you choke under pressure or thrive on competition?

Accurate assessment of the kind of partner you need

Are you compulsive about training and need a partner who knows when to say "enough"?  Are you reluctant to train frequently, and need a partner who urges you on to practicing as you should?  Do you want to reach the pinnacles of achievement, or will you be happy with an adequate performance?

Honest assessment of your goals as a team

What will be required to achieve those goals?  Do both you and your partner have the necessary skills?  Are both of you equally committed to the hard work necessary?  What happens if you fall short of those goals?  How will that impact the partnership?  What happens if the partnership does not work?  How will you alter your goals?  How will that impact the relationship?

The pursuit of excellence is a wonderful idea.  At its best, any partnership seeks to find the indefinable spot where each partner has given their best, and together, the highest abilities of the partnership are brought to bear on a given goal.  It may not be Olympic level performance.  It may even seem laughable to those looking on.  But excellence is not always judged by external measures.  Hold tight to the excellence within your heart, for when it exists, free of ego and outside pressures, the joy of the dance itself shines through.


"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, May 28, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!


Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and 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 Meatloaf for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lost CP Cairn in Cleveland, Ohio!

Corrigan fka CP O'Dougall


14 pound Cairn Terrier, named Corrigan, neutered 8 year old male, Wheaten with Silvery highlights.  He was wearing his collar with his Ohio dog license, a rabies tag, and a third tag with his name and phone number on it.  Also Col. Potter tag # 2525.

He dug his way out of his fully fenced yard near the intersection of Lorain Avenue and W. 47th St in Cleveland, Ohio 44102 on May 15th 2014.  There is a reward for any information leading to his return home.

Any and all help is appreciated!


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Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture 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 Memorial Day Weekend!
 
Sammi and Wendy

Maya and Lilly


Kasey is 6 years old!

Foster Katelyn

Rye and Roxanne

Foster Gonzo

Foster Annalize

Foster Tarquin

Cairn Coco and friend

Winnie

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday's Funnies!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

No Problem! 10 Training Tips that Work!

“Control the dog and you control the situation.”  CP Roxanne shows how important it is to have a good lead and harness for training.
"Understanding why your dog does what he does, and how to handle the situation correctly can help resolve problems quickly."    Suzanne Clothier

10 Tips for Problem Behavior

10 Basic Rules that will Help You Teach Your Dog More Desirable Behavior

At one time or another, every owner has to deal with problem behavior.  Understanding why your dog does what he does, and how to handle the situation correctly can help resolve problems quickly.

Here are some basic guidelines that apply to nearly all problem situations:

Control the dog and you control the situation.  By putting on a training collar and lead, you can control the dog.  For many dogs, their training equipment means business, not playtime, and this can help in a problem situation.  A dog who is on lead cannot run away or chase people or other animals, and his owner has a chance to help him understand what he should do by guiding him with the leash and collar.

Be positive.  Instead of saying "NO", try giving your dog something positive that he can do for you, such as "Sit", or "Heel".  This positive approach means you can praise generously for his good actions, instead of simply yelling at him. For example, a dog who jumps up can be told to sit, and helped if necessary, then praised for sitting.

Allow a dog to be a dog. Often, what owners consider problem behavior is simply normal dog behavior that they find unpleasant or annoying. For example, digging is a natural canine activity but distressing to a garden proud owner. Instead of scolding for what comes naturally, it might be kinder to set up an area in which you have buried small treats to make it more attractive than the rest of the yard, and praising your dog for digging in "his" garden.  Whenever natural behaviors conflict with what you might like, be creative and see if you can find an outlet for those interests and activities that is suitable for you both.

Be consistent.  It is unfair to the dog to change your rules depending on what you're wearing, who's visiting, or the kind of day you've had.  If your dog is allowed on the furniture, he will be confused when you yell at him because Aunt Bess is visiting and she doesn't think dogs should sit in chairs!  If he's allowed to jump up when you're wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, don't be surprised if he can't tell the difference between that and your best evening gown.  Whatever your rules are, keep them consistent.

Have your dog earn what he wants.  While everyone needs a few freebies now and then, your dog will not think you are a wonderful owner if you play with him, walk him, feed him, and pet him whenever he demands it.  In fact, this often creates problems since from the dog's point of view an owner who can be "trained" this well is not one who deserves much respect.  Teach your dog to say "please" by sitting, laying down, or following some other command before he gets what he wants.

Be clear.  Owners often confuse dogs by changing the words or commands, repeating them over and over again, without showing the dog what is meant, and worst of all, assuming that the dog understands.  When in doubt, gently show your dog physically exactly what you mean, giving the command at the same time so that he can associate the two.  Use clear, matter of fact commands when addressing your dog, and be sure that your praising tone is excited, enthusiastic and upbeat.  Remember that while we use words to communicate, dogs are masters of reading body language.  If your body language tells the dog one thing, but your voice tells the dog something else, chances are he will believe your body language.  This is why people who bend towards their dog and shake a finger at them while scolding "No, no, no" often receive a playful bark - their body posture is much more like a dog inviting play than a dog who is annoyed or angry.

Exercise, exercise, exercise!  The most common cause of problem behavior is boredom and a lack of sufficient exercise.  While you work or go out, your dog has little or nothing to do, and his need to exercise will not go away.  A familiar yard or house is boring, and few dogs exercise on their own without interaction with their owners.  Take the time to play with your dog, jog with him, walk in the woods, swim or take long brisk walks each day.  A tired dog is always a well behaved dog!

Provide mental stimulation.  Dr. Roger Abrante's suggestions regarding using 1/3 of your dog's diet for treats to be earned during training, 1/3 to be given as usual in a food bowl, and 1/3 to be "hunted" (try a Buster Cube, an ingenious toy which the dog must persistently work with to receive a few kibble at a time. Even a border collie will be amused by this for hours! Buster Cubes are available from your local pet store or [online].)  This "home alone" 1/3-1/3-1/3 program helps your dog expend some energy and provides much needed stimulation.

Understand your dog's genetic heritage. Whether you own a Doberman or a Beagle, a Samoyed or a Westie, it is important to understand what your dog was bred to do.  Owners often forget that the behavior that prompts a dog to run or stay close, hunt or guard, chase and kill or herd, work with people or work independently are all the result of generations of carefully selected traits.  Research your breed's history, and talk to people who understand your breed's characteristics.  You may find that Rover's tendencies, while annoying or amusing, are precisely what makes him what he is.  You can then decide how best to work with your dog's instincts and where you need to concentrate training efforts.

Train your dog.  Every dog should have basic manners, but dogs are not born knowing how to behave.  Take the time to train your dog on a consistent basis using kind, positive methods.  Find a class near you whose methods and philosophies you like.  If faced with a behavior problem you can't solve, ask people you trust for a recommendation of an experienced trainer and get professional help fast.  The sooner you begin working on a problem the sooner you will have it solved.


"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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Buster Food Cube







Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wacky Wednesday!


Wednesday is the day to be WACKY! Each week we will showcase a terrierific cairn picture with an appropriate caption. If you have a terrierific cairn and 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  Tasha  for being our Wacky Wednesday model this week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS!  Each week we will showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR picture 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.)

Bea and Neha

Gabby

Edith Anne and TW

Ellie

Ty

WiiGii











Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekly Pinterest Picks

Tour de Terriers via tillyandtam.com

This week's "Pinteresting Picks" is full of terrier fun!  Just click on the links below to check out each pin.  Feel free to re-pin or share with others.  Just click on the red "Pin it" button right on the pin.  

Col. Potter now has over 2,900 followers on Pinterest!  If you aren't one of them, please check us out at: http://pinterest.com/cpcrn/boards/  and follow us on Pinterest!  CP has over 60 boards covering a variety of subjects from the useful, such as behavior and training, health and nutrition, and cool pet products, to just plain fun, like great pictures of all kinds of dogs - especially Cairns!

Happy Pinning!
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Foundation Work for Positive Training Results

Billie and Keegan fka CP Bradford practice “Sit!” for their meal

"Teaching your dog self control is the foundation for all other learning...  Self control must be taught, just as you teach him to sit or speak or come when called."    Suzanne Clothier

Guidelines for Teaching Self Control

Does your dog pull on lead when someone approaches?  When he sees another dog? If joggers run by?  If children are playing?  If a cat or squirrel dash through the yard?  Is he hard to control at the vet's or groomer's?  When people come into your house?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, chances are your dog needs to learn self control.  Just as children must learn to control their impulses before they can mature into responsible adults, dogs must learn self control before they can become well mannered canine citizens.  Self control must be taught, just as you teach him to sit or speak or come when called.

Every owner can teach his dog self control by following these guidelines:

Train, don't restrain. Taking a firm grip on the leash and collar teaches the dog nothing except that you can restrain him.  Instead, give a simple command, such as “Sit”, reminding with the lead if needed, then loosen the lead so there is no tension at all.  If the dog breaks position, quietly and slowly reposition him, and loosen the lead again.

Ask for compliance, not submission.  View working with your dog as you would working with any friend.  Avoid creating a struggle by asking the dog for more than he can do at the time.  For example, if your dog is really excited, he may be unable or unwilling to lay down, but agreeable to sitting quietly with a few reminders from you.  Compromise and be reasonable - most struggles between dog and owner are created when the owner attempts to dominate the dog, instead of finding a solution acceptable to both owner and dog.

Remember the dog does not know what his options are.  A dog who is lacking self control simply does not know that it is possible to sit quietly in the face of distractions.  It is the owner's responsibility to show the dog that he has options other than lunging, pulling or leaping around.

Move slowly and talk quietly.  A dog who is highly excited needs calm, slow handling.  A common mistake owners make is to move quickly, grabbing at the leash and collar, raising their voice and speaking in short, sharp tones.  From the dog's point of view, the owner appears as excited as they are, and short sharp tones often sound like barking.  Instead of calming the dog, this reinforces his excitement.  By moving slowly and talking quietly, the owner sends a clear message to the dog that he is not excited and is in control of the situation.

Remind and ask, don't demand.  A dog who is already excited is likely to resist a harsh correction or respond by becoming more excited.  "Ask" by using the lightest possible touch on the leash and collar, and remind the dog what he's doing each time he forgets and shifts position.

Work on teaching self control in all situations.  Begin by working in distraction free areas, and ask your dog to sit on a loose leash for five minutes.  Gradually move on to more exciting situations, and practice often.  Work at home, at friends' homes, in parks, shopping centers, at dog shows, training classes and the veterinarian's.  As your dog's self control and respect for you increases, you can add laying down quietly for up to 30 minutes to his skills.

For more information, we recommend the Flying Dog Press booklet - Understanding & Teaching Self Control.


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














Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Consulting the Crystal Ball…


Foster Spotlight for Joanne and Paul!

I love to sit in Foster Mom’s garden…
…and smell how beautiful it is!
Well…  Hello there!  It’s me, Joanne, and I am so happy that Spring has finally Sprung here in Virginia Beach!  The garden is looking really perky – and it smells good too!  Paul thinks I smell good too, but that’s a story for another day…

Paul just had to check and make sure Foster Mom didn’t wash away my personal scent when she gave me a bath!

Paul and I have spent a lot of years together, working in “the business”.  I think my job was harder, quite frankly, having so many puppies, year after year, that they always took away too soon, but Paul had to do his job longer, and he didn’t get quite as much care as I did (not that mine was so great, mind you), so it sort of evens out.   Sort of…

I wonder if my Forever Home is over that way?...

Anyway, Paul and I made a break for it back in Kansas, and we stopped by and asked Professor Marvel to look into his crystal ball and see if he could find us a Home, but all he saw was some yellow brick road and flying monkeys, so we went instead to seek help at Col. Potter.  The nice people there didn’t have a crystal ball, but they had nice soft beds and good food, and I can’t tell you how nice it was after all those years of work!  To just lie in my soft bed and do nothing was delightful!  I know Paul felt the same way too!  Of course, he also had some terrible problems with his teeth, but he didn’t tell anyone, being a true Cairn, so he just suffered in silence, grateful for his nice soft bed.

Thanks for the nice soft bed!

Well, one day, some other nice Col. Potter Volunteers came by and helped us pack up our bags and move South to Virginia Beach!  This was quite an interesting change for us, not being Kansas anymore, and we decided to let down our guard a little bit and allow this new Foster Mom help us a little.  You see, Paul had very bad infections and terrible teeth, and I had no way to see, at least the way others do it.  Both of us had been neglected, in spite of all the hard work we did, and, like I said, we’re Cairns so we just dealt with it.

This is a great place for a Sun bath!

Well, we sure learned about trust!  Suddenly, we were off seeing doctors and getting poked and prodded and examined carefully, and things started looking up right away.  Foster Mom started to put some nice drops into my eyes every day, and my eyes started to feel better, and then I found I could see again, even if it was just a tiny bit!  Foster Mom was so happy when she realized this because she thinks I am a very sweet girl, and I know she loves me a lot.

Paul's mouth feel sooooo much better now!

Paul, well, he had to have a big surgery to fix his poor mouth, and take medicine to get rid of the horrible infection that had been driving him crazy.  It was a very difficult time for him, but Foster Mom took such good care of him, so he recovered completely and got back to his old adorable self – only better!  Now he doesn’t have to sit in a cage, waiting to be put to work.  Those days are over!  Now Paul can run in the yard with our Foster Brother, guarding the fence and hunting for all those critters that need to be dispatched!  This is work that he really loves!

Paul takes his yard patrol duties very seriously!

Paul and I feel better than we have in a long, long time, so I hope you don’t pay too much attention to our ages.  We are both healthy now, and full of spirit, with lots of Love to give our own special person!  And that’s another thing:  Paul and I are great friends, sort of like having a comfortable pair of Ruby Slippers, but we are both perfectly OK going barefoot!  I mean, if you just wanted a beautiful, mature, young woman, give me a call!  I would love to have my very own person who only has eyes for me!

Paul is very independent, but he really Loves our Foster Mom and he is always excited to see her!

Paul feels the same:  If you want the sweetest, most happy young man to monitor your yard for invaders and greet you with great excitement when you come home, Paul is your guy!  He has great work ethics, so you’ll never have to worry about your yard again – and he really is the sweetest, most charming fellow!

You don’t need to consult that old crystal ball.  Just look into our eyes and I think you’ll see, one of us is a perfect match for your Home, and you will never regret giving us a place to Forever call our own!

Sincerely,
CP Foster Joanne (and Paul)
in Virginia Beach






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