Calming your dog - Thundershirt

Thundershirt Like the squeeze chute for cattle, and the squeeze machine for people with autism (invented by Temple Grandin), everyone feels better with a hug. Gentle pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, which is why using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. Once you introduce your dog to the Thundershirt, all you have to do is put it on your dog and observe the results (no training needed). You may see significant improvement for noise and crate anxiety, travel, barking and other problems quickly and easily. This is also a wonderful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt is my first recommendation to help anxious dogs, and I have had many clients whose dog will chill out while wearing their Thundershirt. This is not the same as doggy clothes. Try the Thundershirt. The key is in…

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Mary Cacciapaglia (catch-a-pal-ya)
Dog Training in the 805 🐶
Nana Mary's Essential Living🌿
(805) 982-0485


A Pet's Prayer

If it should be that I should grow old and weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,

For this, the last battle, can not be won.

You will be sad, I understand,

Do not let this grief then stay your hand,

For this day, more than the rest,

Your love and frienship stands the test.

We had so many happy years,

What is to come can hold no fears,

You're not want me to suffer, so,

When the time comes, please let me go.

Take to where my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end,

And hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will see,

It is a kindness you do to me,

Although my tail, it's last has waived,

From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Do not grieve it should be you,

Who decides this thing to do,

We've been so close, we two, these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Smile for we walked together for a little while.

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Choosing a Trainer

All dogs have something in common: 

They can benefit from obedience training — tiny teacup terriers, mammoth Newfoundlands, energetic yellow Labs and even laid-back Bassett hounds.

To be a happy, healthy, well-adjusted and safe dog, the family pooch needs to learn to obey. But who is the best person to train your dog — you or a professional? Can you do it yourself or should you seek out help?

It is usually preferable for the owner to train his/her dog because training also encompasses the owner’s behaviors. A good trainer will coach you to train your dog.

Dog training takes time and patience, commitment, consistency and an understanding of dog behavior.

Whenever you need a little help with training or your dog has some problem behaviors you can’t tackle alone, help from a dog trainer is your best answer.

Choosing a trainer should start first and foremost with a clear idea of what goals you have with respect to training, and then finding an instructor/trainer who can help you reach those goa…

Canine Facial Expressions

How well do you know your dog? Or for that matter any dog? 

Observe your dog carefully and notice its posture at different times. 

For example, watch your dog's ears when its fawning over you; when it senses something suspicious and again when it is attacking. In each instance, the ears are positioned differently. The same goes for the teeth; when the teeth are bared and the nose is wrinkled, this means a threat; when the nose is not wrinkled but the curves of the mouth are drawn back, this is an expression of fear or uncertainty.

1. Threat  2. Uncertain threat. 3. Weak threat. 4. Faint threat - the dog is very uncertain . 5. Fear. 6. Expression of uncertainty in presence of dog of superior rank

If you want to become really good friends with your dog, it is essential that you get to know its facial expressions and body language so that you can understand it.

All the Best, Mary Cacciapaglia

Need help your training your dog? Call me. 805-982-048