Pawsitive Reinforcement

Pawsitive Reinforcement is a dog training business. I do in home private dog training sessions as well as teach classes at Lake Mills Vet Clinic

Pawsitive Reinforcement provides force free dog training. I do in home private training sessions to help you focus on what you need to work on with your dog. I also teach classes at the Lake Mills Vet Clinic.

04/02/2017

That Dog Geek

Famous animal behaviourist Ian Dunbar says that punishing a dog for growling is like removing the ticker from a time bomb.

Dogs use growling as a way of letting you know that they are stressed or upset. If you punish a dog for growling, you run the risk that they will avoid the early warning procedure and go straight for a bite the next time that they are uncomfortable.

There is a world of difference between temporarily suppressing a behaviour, and changing the dog's underlying emotional state to produce long term behaviour change.

For example, if you were scared of snakes, and I punished you for screaming by shooting you in the leg, you'd probably force yourself to stop screaming. But have I changed the way you feel about snakes? Would you act rationally if a snake got up close and personal with you? Probably not! If anything, I may have made you feel even more afraid of snakes, as you now associate them with the pain I inflicted.

With your training, always think to yourself - is this a quick, short term solution, or will this benefit my dog and I in the long run?

If you have a dog that growls, keep an eye out for That Dog Geek's next video, the first in a series on helping fearful or reactive dogs.

01/31/2017

Rex Seattle

01/14/2017

Pet Partners Community Education

Hey there everyone. I know it has been a bit since I have posted mostly because I have been busy with puppy classes and the end of the year. I am excited to let you all know that we have created a new community page for the Pet Partners events. For those of you who are not familiar with Pet Partners, it is a collaboration between the Lake Mills Vet Clinic and the Humane Society of Jefferson County. We offer free community events throughout the year. We just put together our schedule for 2017 and it is rockin'! The first two events are posted, so come check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/Pet-Partners-Community-Education-232659000523803/

What is Pet Partners? The Humane Society of Jefferson County and the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic have been conducting free workshops together since 2012.

lakemillsvetclinic.com 09/15/2015

What is your dog saying?

lakemillsvetclinic.com A free workshop, co-sponsored by the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic and the Humane Society of Jefferson County, on Sunday, September 20, 2-3:30pm.

lakemillsvetclinic.com 08/20/2015

Let's go for a walk! (and learn some leash manners)

lakemillsvetclinic.com This workshop is co-sponsored by the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic and the Humane Society of Jefferson County.

08/09/2015

Kaleah at Rally 2

Kaleah keeps it real throughout the course
https://youtu.be/aDOBoOeesp4

08/09/2015

Felix at Rally II

Felix flies through the course
https://youtu.be/cldJM1J83I8

08/09/2015

Addison at Rally II

Addison bounces through the Rally II course
https://youtu.be/kpVxXMxVQvo

08/08/2015

Congratulations to the dogs and their people who had a blast and graduated from Rally this week. Below are pictures of them on the course and later this weekend I will post videos. In the graduation picture (from left to right) Felix, Kaleah, and Addison!

A special thanks to the Humane Society of Jefferson County for hosting the class.

07/27/2015

Congratulations to the puppies and their people who graduated from Puppy Preschool last Thursday! This group was full of furry friends great and small from a Great Dane to the the Little Man each puppy learned the basics they need to get them off on the right paw. Well done one and all! Puppies pictured below (from left to right): Otis, Carl, Jule, Dudley, Daisy, Little Man, Lambeau and Piper.

hsjc-wis.com 07/24/2015

Upcoming Events — Four on the Floor Workshop — Humane Society of Jefferson County

Join me and behaviorist Mittsy on Sunday, July 26th at the Jefferson County Dog Park for Four on the Floor!
http://hsjc-wis.com/event/four-on-the-floor-workshop/

hsjc-wis.com All Events › Four on the Floor Workshop Four on the Floor Workshop July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Free Event Navigation « David Rosenfelt Author Signing Grand Opening » Join the HSJC and behavior specialist Mittsy Voiles of the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic to learn the right way to teach your dog to…

arstechnica.com 07/24/2015

Blind users with service animals: Uber refuses to serve us [Updated]

I am sad to say that this happened today to a friend of mine. I am not personally a user of Uber but I ask anyone who is to consider a different option. Refusing service is not only illegal but it is disgraceful.

arstechnica.com Company is accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

06/20/2015

Spencer

Spencer
https://youtu.be/KrVAkDsingk

Spencer shows us how it is done

06/20/2015

Addison

Addison
https://youtu.be/hCAX6PF69J8

Addison bounces through Rally

06/20/2015

Bram and Poe

Bram and Poe
https://youtu.be/QKe2wG9Sv3k

Bram and Poe team up for Rally

06/20/2015

Felix

Felix!
https://youtu.be/f-l3M8WMmAQ

Felix runs the Rally Course Like a Pro

06/20/2015

Kaleah

Kaleah
https://youtu.be/YIsidvCFr0I

Kaleah works off her rough week during Rally!

[06/20/15]   Rally I finished this week. We videoed the pups running the course. Check out the videos (posted separately).

06/19/2015

Congratulation to the Puppies and their people who graduated from Puppy Pre-School last Thursday at the Lake Mills Vet Clinic! They had a grand time learning how to socialize, be patient even when they really wanted to play, how to sit, lay down, the basics of come and stay and how to calmly experience new things!
The pups from left to right are Melby Jo, Louie, Aubie, and Ranger!

iheartdogs.com 06/18/2015

Company Researches 2,200 Dog Food Formulas And Finds ONLY 119 To Be Satisfactory

Great article for those of you who ask about dog food.

iheartdogs.com Company Researches 2,200 Dog Food Formulas And Finds ONLY 119 To Be Satisfactory Image source: @Sh$rp_i via Flickr As recalls flourish and lawsuits against Purina and Blue Buffalo make headlines, Reviews.com decided to take matters into their own hands and find out which dog food formulas were most…

05/10/2015

Congratulations to the puppy's and their people who graduated from Puppy Preschool last Thursday night. This frolicking group of pups learned how to sit, lay down, come, greet people, park, and were exposed to all kinds of new experiences including bubbles! Four paws up for (from left to right) Bo, Gracie, Oliver, Nico, and Gnomeo, you are all off to a great start!

[05/01/15]   I have sometimes been asked if dogs grieve like people do. I cannot tell you if they grieve exactly like people do but I can tell you that from recent experience dogs absolutely do grieve. Yesterday Jake, my Grandmother's dog joined my pack after she passed. Jake is grieving and is also having to deal with now living with three other dogs and a cat. That is a lot to deal with.

If you find yourself taking in a dog that has just lost their person or furry friend whether to death or other circumstances, give them time. Here are a few things that can help:
- Let them adjust on their schedule not yours.
- Do not force them to be in the same room, but let them know you are there.
- Talk to them in a calm voice.
- Give them pets and scritches if they want them but do not force it.
- Don't be surprised if they are off their food for a few days, but feel free to tempt them :)

04/19/2015

Parking your dog - The Adults are Talking

Parking is one of my favorite techniques when working with pups of all sizes and ages. This is a great option when working with pups that like to jump up on visitors. Leash them up before the visitors come in the house and park them until things calm down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ealapRYpMQ

The Parking protocol for safety, for taking a break, for listening to the teacher, for meeting and greeting.

03/23/2015

This was a great group of pups and peeps! Best of luck as you continue forward and I look forward to seeing you all again. Pups pictured include Max, Orla, Buster, Lulu, Storm, Zeus, and Cooper!

Congratulations to the puppies and their people who graduated from puppy preschool last Thursday! They were a group full of energy and s***k and learned all kinds of great things like park, sit, stay, come, down, and had a great time socializing.

03/14/2015

A great time this afternoon at the Let's Go for a Walk community event sponsored by the Lake Mills Vet Clinic and the Human Society of Jefferson County! We had a great turn out. The pups and their people all learned great techniques for making walks enjoyable for everyone.

lakemillsvetclinic.com 03/03/2015

March events co-sponsored by Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic and the Humane Society of Jefferson County

I hope to see you all there!

lakemillsvetclinic.com Join us for "Let's go for a walk!" and "The worms crawl in..." (parasite prevention), free workshops in March.

02/23/2015

A great time was had by all at this past Saturday's Bust the Winter Blues event co-Sponsored by the Jefferson County Humane Society and the Lake Mills Vet Clinic. Our next event is Let's Go for a Walk on March 14th. Hope to see you there!

02/21/2015

Don't forget about the Bust the Winter Blues workshop tomorrow! From 1:00-4:00 at the Watertown Tractor Supply. This event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Humane Society and the Lake Mills Vet Clinic. Hope to see you there!

01/25/2015

I will be running a free community workshop called Bust the Winter Blues sponsored by the Humane Society of Jefferson County and Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic. The workshop will be on 2/21 from 1:00-4:00 at the Watertown Tractor Supply. Drop in anytime!

[01/10/15]   In this bitterly cold weather be extra careful on how long you let your pups stay outside. If you see them doing the cold foot dance be sure to get them inside and get those tootsies warmed up. Also be sure if you have been walking them on the salted sidewalks and streets to clean off their paws. Check between their paw pads for stray salt. The salt can do damage to their paws pads.

Stay warm everyone!

12/02/2014

Such an awesome group of puppies!

Last week's puppy preschool learned "When in doubt, sit", and participated in some peanut-butter-Kong therapy. Cuteness abounds!

booster.com 11/18/2014

Help us raise money for animals in need at a great No Kill shelter.

Anyone who is looking for a sweatshirt to keep you warm and also help support a no kill shelter click here!

http://www.booster.com/fawbforsafeshelter

booster.com Buy a t-shirt to support FAWB Fundraiser for Safe Shelter Inc. Please share!

10/29/2014

If you have time this Sunday come on out and enjoy! The Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic clinic will be there with the awesome Dr. Stork signing his newly released book.

Print this flyer for more 2014 Dog Fair info!

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Great class tonight at the Lake Mills Vet clinic! Here is a video of Mabel running the Rally course. She did great!

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