Hot Diggity – The Talent Hounds Team was on location for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair(RAWF13) in Toronto and had a blast.
We loved seeing Victoria Stilwell with celebrity host Ann Rohmer from CP24 Animal House Calls in the ring of the new President’s Choice Animal Theatre talking about training dogs.
Victoria is a passionate trainer using only positive reinforcement methods- great philosophy! Positive reinforcement means that if you reward a behaviour you like, there’s a better chance of that behaviour being repeated. Positive reinforcement can be paired with negative punishment (not shouting, shock, force or violence but the removal or withholding of something the dog wants like food, attention, toys, or human contact for a short period of time) or using a vocal interrupter to redirect negative behaviour onto a wanted behaviour and then guide a dog into making the right choices. These methods, combined with an awareness that most dogs are not trying to be dominant and want to be loved, are what she calls ‘positive training.’ Some old school trainers argue that positive training shows weakness and a lack of leadership, but we believe that many of the most respected and successful leaders are able to effect change without the use of force like Victoria.
Below shows Victoria demoing getting a shy or anxious dogs to be less fearful. Anne and Victoria weren’t shy to get down and dirty with the dogs – Victoria’s tip was to “become more like a dog” and get on their level. She suggested digging or lying down and playing dead and the dog should become interested and investigate.
Here are some pics of our friends at The Pet Network Booth- love the new t-shirts! They are taking fantastic photos and offering a chance to win a great prize at the booth! Don’t miss out and good luck to all that entered!
The President’s Choice PC Super Dogs put on a Super Star show- Such Talented Hounds!!!
For over 35 years, the President’s Choice PC SuperDogs have captured headlines across the globe as Canada’s most beloved furry attraction. Touring constantly to major fairs and exhibitions in North America, the show consists of the family pets of over 150 experienced trainers. Their athleticism and delightful antics have captured the attention of crowds everywhere. Many of the dogs are rescues which we love. For more information on the Super Dogs and their upcoming events click HERE