Dog Training & Dog Obedience Tips: Greeting Behavior

Dog Training Tip by Jennalee

Trick-or-treating is right around the corner. Does your dog go nuts every time the doorbell rings? Do your dogs like to jump all over guests when they enter your house? There are a variety of different methods you can use to handle this situation, which can make greetings better for both the dog and the guests. When you open your door and you allow your dog to be by your side, they do not respect your space. They also think the guests are their guests and they can jump and bark at your guests. If you take some time to teach the dog they have to sit politely, away from the door, the dog will soon understand they need to respect the space and the guest at the door is “your” guest, not theirs. Using a mat as a marker for where you want your dog to sit when guests arrive is a useful tool.

To learn how to use a mat for a variety of polite behaviors, sign up for a Mat Matters workshop or a Canine Essentials class at Nature’s Feed Educational and Wellness Center.

October Community News

October 11th
KC’s Cabin Spring Grove Fireworks Gold Fundraiser
http://kcscabin.com/GOLF%20OUTING.pdf

October 11th
Horse Show at Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove, IL.
For more information www.springgrovehorseshow.com

October 31st
Trunk or Treat at Jewel in Spring Grove
http://cm.rsgchamber.com/events/details/truck-or-treat-218

 

Nature’s Feed is collecting used towels, blankets, tack, and barn supplies for the local shelters. We also collect dog and cat food for the local food pantries.

4 Pillars of Dog Heatlth & Wellness – July 22nd

Is your dog just a bit off, a little tired, or anxious? Or does your dog excessive lick or scratch? Join me as we present The Four Pillars of Dog Health and Wellness; nutrition, environment, emotional stability and healthcare and how it all pertains to your dog.

All attendees will receive a free sample of treats and dog food and FREE copy of Dog’s Naturally Magazine. Please contact the store to RSVP.

July 22nd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Charity Dog Wash & Crate Scrub – July 12th, 11am-2pm

Calling all dogs…… Join us on July 12th for a dog wash and crate scrub fundraiser to benefit the rescue my beloved Callyn was rescued by; L.E.A.R.N. (Labrador Education and Rescue Network). Here is just one of the dogs L.E.A.R.N. has in foster care. http://www.labadoption.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=7142195

We will be offering dog washes and crate scrubs. All doggies will get free samples of Earthbath grooming products and doggie treats! All contributors will be entered to win a grooming basket!

$ 12.00 Dog under 40lbs

$ 17.00 Dogs over 40lbs

$ 15.00 Per Crate

Summer is here! (closed July 4th)

Summer sure has started out with a lot of rain…and with rain comes humidity and BUGS! Be sure your pets are protected! Some of our favorites are Bug Off Garlic and Canine Calm by Earth Heart.

WE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, JULY 4TH. Have a happy and safe holiday! See you at the parade!! Be sure your pets are ready for the fireworks!

If your dog is afraid of fireworks, try the Thundershirt or Calming products such as Canine Calm by Earth Heart or Rescue Remedy by Bach. Be sure to put the Thundershirt on prior to the fireworks!

Don’t leave pets outside during fourth of July festivities. Many dogs get frightened and go missing during the fourth of July.

For more tips, please visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips

Dog Training Tip by Jennalee – Scarry Noises & Fearful Dogs

Summer brings some nasty storms. Nasty storms can mean scared dogs. As the thunder booms and lightening crackles your dog may be showing some extensive stress signs: panting, drooling, pacing, etc. If you are having trouble with nasty storms, fireworks, or gunshots you are can work to desensitize your dog to those sounds.

Start by getting yourself a CD that has thunderstorms and fireworks on it and turn it on the quietest setting. As the CD plays and your dog is calm, start feeding some yummy treats. As the dog gets comfortable with the very low noises, turn up the volume a bit at the next session. Every session start to increase the volume and continue feeding treats, until the dog is comfortable at the highest volume. By doing this you are teaching the dog that loud noises bring yummy treats, a positive experience, versus just scary noises and fear. You can also incorporate a calming spray. Use the spray on yourself prior to the CD playing so the dog associates the smell and you as calming. You can rub some of the spray on the dog prior to playing the CD.

If you would like help in building confidence in your dog taking one of our Canine Essentials Classes that focus on building the confidence in your dog and increasing the trust in your relationship.

We were voted “THE BEST PET STORE” and “THE BEST FEED & SEED STORE” in McHenry County!

GREAT NEWS……Nature’s Feed was voted “THE BEST PET STORE” and “THE BEST FEED & SEED STORE” in McHenry County!! We are so proud and can’t thank you enough for taking the time to vote for us! We are so grateful for your loyalty and appreciate your continued support! I am so blessed to be part of such an awesome community!

Nature’s Feed is truly blessed to be celebrating our 6th year in business this month! We thank you all from the bottom of our heart for your continued support! Our idea from the start was to create a store that supports the community, brings us together, and gives back to the community every way we can!! We would like to invite you and your furry kids to celebrate with us on November 22nd!

We are also excited to announce that we are under some construction! We were running out of room in the current warehouse, so we are making some changes to our new warehouse and educational center. Stay tuned for more details and the unveil of our NEW educational and wellness center!

We would like to thank everyone that attended our Halloween Photo Event. With your participation, $236.50 was raised for Helping Paws Animal Shelter. This is the last day to vote for the best photo on our Facebook page.

We’re also thankful for the support many of you provided in the Paws for a Cause Community Dog Walk. $4,758.00 was raised for the Centegra Foundation benefiting the Centegra Gavers Breast Center and their Breast Card Fund. Thank you again for the support!! You’re all awesome!