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Orange boys are the best! And right now, we have some great orange guys just waiting for their forever homes. “Duramax” is a handsome nine-month old butterscotch and white boy who is very affectionate and loves attention and playing with toys. “Duke” was originally adopted from the shelter about two years ago, but lost his home and was returned when his elderly owner became ill. He is a charming big orange and white guy who is affectionate and quiet and wants nothing more than love and a forever home. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the latest video I just made of the available animals for adoption at the SPCHS dont forget to come meet these adorable furbabies who will melt your heart.

Movie Maker: Here are the current animals available at the South Pacific County Hmane Society in Long Beach Washington.
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Stray female pitty. Very sweet. Found in Long Beach. Please call 360-642-1180 with any information. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, even your dog can learn to heel. Here's how:

Lewis Nicholls Dog Training
**** IT'S NOT ABOUT STOPPING THE PULLING, IT'S ABOUT TEACHING THEM THAT IT'S A GOOD THING TO WALK NEXT TO YOU INSTEAD ****

So many people wait for their dog to pull and then try and 'correct' the behaviour when it's happening. I think that's very silly, probably a bit unpleasant for your dog, stressful for you and ultimately not very effective in the long run.

I'm all for saying certain techniques or methods are a bit shit. But I think if you do say that then you should explain why they are (see yesterday's post about ethics) and then offer an alternative. Here's my alternative to teaching dogs to walk next to you without having to 'correct' or punish them for pulling.

Start off teaching exactly what it is you want your dog to do. Break it down in to small steps.

I'm using a hand target. So prior to this I have taught Port to target my hand. As soon as his nose touches my hand I mark it and reward. Then I gradually ask for more for less. So he has to follow the target further and further. Eventually I remove the hand target but his head still remains where I want it to be.

I also have to squash the silly idea that harnesses encourage pulling. No they don't. The lack of training does. Harnesses just make it more comfortable and therefore more easy to pull. I'm using a Ruffwear harness. I attach the lead to the back, but there is a front attachment to make managing the dog easier if they do tend to pull.

I also view the leash, not as a training tool, but more of something I can manage the dog with if needs be. I don't use leash jerks so for me the leash isn't that important when training a LLW. I want the dog to want to walk next to me even if they don't have a leash on. that's why I drop that leash a lot.

Step 1 - where do you want the dog? Reward them where you want them to be.

Step 2 - slowly start taking a step forward. 1 step reward, then 2 reward, then 3 and so on. Rewards can be anything your dog likes. Notice how Port seemed more enthusiastic with the Puller Interactive Dog Training Tool as opposed to the food. Use what your dog really likes.

Step 3 - move a bit quicker, start turning in different directions. Go at your dog's pace.

Step 4 - slowly start adding some distractions. I bring Velo into the mix at the end. She's a very flirty young pup. Quite a distraction for a good looking fella like Port.

PS Sorry for the glare. I noticed it after I recorded the video but didn't have time to make it over again/couldn't be bothered.
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Young cat found in Surfside. She is at the Shelter. 360-642-1180 ... See MoreSee Less

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