Home' Nonahood News : NONA 040116 Contents Well, it’s the end of winter and the Christmas pups
are now about five months old. Let the games begin!
What happened? They used to sleep a lot and cuddle!
Now, they are zooming around the house, grabbing
shoes, tearing up throw rugs and searching for every
dropped scrap of anything. Let’s not forget the pee and
pooh. ARRRG! This was supposed to be fun. And the
kids, they are nowhere to be found. Believe it or not,
this is my favorite doggie age! But, then again I like
2-year-old humans. The pups are finally old enough
to train, and they will be learning good behaviors or
bad ones. The choice is up to you.
Four- to six-month old pups are ready and eager to
learn just about anything. I would recommend begin-
ning with clicker training. There is a lot of information
on the internet, and you really can’t mess your pup’s
brain up even if you have never trained a dog before.
Once you begin this type of training, you will notice it
is very similar to correctly raising human kids. You will
call attention to the good behavior and “ignore” the poor
behavior. I want to emphasize what I mean about ignor-
ing the poor behavior. In “pure” science this works, in
everyday life, I find people struggle with it. The more
you teach, the better behaviors your pup will do and the
more opportunities you will have to reward him.
OK, let’s get started. If your pup is wearing a neck
collar, take it off and replace it with a well-fitted body
harness. The naysayers out there have just scrunched
up their noses and insist a harness will teach your
pup to pull on his leash. Well, I’m sure he’s already
pulling because he does not know how to walk on his
leash properly anyway. For those of you who have the
perfect “leash walking pup,” light a few candles, be-
cause it’s rare.
Now that your puppy is on a nice harness, pur-
chase a clicker and some seriously tasty, healthy
treats. The treats should be tiny, chewy and no larger
than a Cheerio. Condition your pup to the sound of
the clicker. You will click and feed approximately four
billion times, lol. Seriously, you have to do this ran-
domly and as frequently as possible throughout the
day until the sound of the clicker is paired with the
primary reinforcer (food). Do not use the clicker to
get the pup’s attention; it’s not a channel changer! You
are simply conditioning the sound to equal the value
of the food. Why? Have you been to SeaWorld lately?
Yep, those whistles are conditioned reinforcers.
So, let’s get back to your furry little dolphin. Let’s
assume you’ve been a good human and your “click” is
conditioned and your pup knows a yummy treat will
always follow that snapping sound. Every time your
pup does something correctly, CLICK and reward. Let’s
begin with something simple, like “sit.” Get out a treat
and hold it directly over the pup’s head. Be patient and
gravity will take hold. The nose goes up and the hind
end goes down. Voila! It’s a sit, CLICK and reward. Re-
peat no more than three times in any one session.
There are several things you can CLICK and re-
ward. Puppy goes out of doors to potty - as he finishes
“going” CLICK and re-
ward. Puppy comes back
into the house - CLICK
and reward. Puppy sits
for his dinner - CLICK and
reward. Puppy is walking
on a loose leash - CLICK
and reward, etc. I would
suggest searching online
for “dog training clicker
pup tricks is a great way
to establish a positive re-
lationship while giving
you tools to place in your
puppy’s tool box.
Click and Reward Training for Puppies
NORMA ROSS, PAWSITIVE ACTION | www.PawsitiveAction.org
Suggested reading: Family Friendly
Dog Training by McConnell and
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jonathan Kriz
It’s April!! Here are five
great picnic spots for
2. BARBER PARK
3701 Gatlin Avenue, Orlando
Barber Park is excellent for dog lovers or
active sports fans! This Orange County
Park has two dog parks available, so
your pooch can enjoy the picnic!
There are soccer fields, basketball
courts, fishing, a skate park, and
a roller hockey rink for the sports
and thrill seekers! Enjoy a full day of
activity for the whole family, includ-
ing your four-legged child!
3. RALPH V CHISHOLM REGIONAL PARK
4700 Chisholm Park Trail, St. Cloud
Chisholm Park is ideal for the water-buff!
Located just south of Boggy Creek Road,
Chisholm Park has a beach area, boat
ramps and about 2 miles of hiking and
equestrian trails. The park also hosts the
Battle of Narcoossee Mill Civil War re-enact-
ment. With a playground, volleyball field and
softball field. There is something for everyone to do!
4. B-52 MEMORIAL PARK
8100 Bear Road, Orlando
B-52 Memorial Park is great for the historian or
aviation enthusiast in the family. Located near the
Orlando International Airport, this quiet park has
benches and some tables, but the main attraction
is the B-52 airplane that rests in the center of the
park. Read the historical information, or simply
gaze at the sky as the airplanes fly by.
5. MOSS PARK
12901 Moss Park Road, Orlando
Moss Park has great picnic areas for families
and perhaps folks who want to stay longer
than one meal. Tent and RV camping is avail-
able at this park located between Lake Hart
and Lake Mary Jane and adjacent to Split Oak
Preserve. It is Orange County’s largest park
and offers plenty of hiking and trails to explore.
1. SOUTH ECON RECREATION CENTER
3850 S Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando
South Econ is great for families with young children!
There is an adjacent playground,and it is completely
shaded. The restrooms are in a short walking dis-
tance, and there is a side walk loop perfect for little
ones to take their first “nature hike.”
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12 APRIL 2016
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