“…Yes, I come from a male-dominated machoism background from the military, but I am a gentle, science-based trainer. I understand operant conditioning and that the relationship you have with your dog will have an affect on that dog’s behavior.”Read More
TOP 8 HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR YOUR DOG
Any of the following gifts are sure to delight the Goodest Boy or Girl in your life!
We are just 1 week away from Christmas! Haven’t gotten your dog the perfect gift just yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
Everyday presents new opportunities to train whether you have a little puppy or an older dog! Just like us, dogs are always behaving in accordance with their environment and it’s important to “Always be training!”
ZUKE’S has many flavors to keep your pup engaged and interested.
2. Treat Pouch
Trainer Katherine’s pick is the PetAmi Treat Pouch for daily walks with your best friend!
Looking for something to keep your dog busy and engaged while you wrap gifts or bake cookies?
Why not let them enjoy a Bully Stick or Beef Trachea? (Sounds delish!)
Want to really get your money’s worth out of the Bully Stick? Use it with KONG Toys!
Trainer Heather’s pick: What don’t we LOVE about KONG brand toys? When used correctly (with food reinforcers inside) they are an excellent enrichment tool!
We suggest you use a combination of wet food, treats, kibble, fresh chicken or ground beef and veggies. Don’t forget the Peanut Butter (no fake sugars!) to seal the KONG on both ends and then freeze. Bully sticks also fit inside to create a more difficult challenge for your puppy or dog. WATCH us prep a KONG for our dogs: LINK.
Not sure what size to get? Shoot us a message and we’ll make a recommendation for you.
5. Snuffle Mat or Yummy Mat
The snuffle mat is a fun way to let your dog get their sniff on! Engaging that seeker system is so important and with the weather getting colder, sometimes walks might get a little shorter! Give your puppy or dog an alternative way to eat their breakfast or dinner with the Snuffle Mat. You can make this a DIY Project if you wish or make it simple AMAZON order - here.
6. Licki Mats for Enrichment or Bath Time
Trainer Dave’s pick is the Licki Mat.
Licki Mats are great to keep on hand! We bring ours to our veterinary visits with Fear Free Pets Certified, Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital! We MIGHT ‘borrow’ some of the EZ-Cheeze they keep in their exam rooms… but boy does it help Otis when he feels stressed. The different textures create a ‘puzzle’ of sorts for him to navigate.
The same idea can be used for bath time to help any dog feel AWESOME about bath time.
7. BARK BOX
Trainer Lesley’s pick is BARK BOX!
We can’t say enough wonderful things about Bark Box! 2 new toys each month, 2 bags of treats and a special chew! It’s the perfect delivery service for any dog to ensure that toys are novel and fun!
USE THIS REFERRAL CODE and any new subscribers will help us send a BARK BOX to shelter dogs!
8. PET TUTOR
Assistant Erika’s pick - The Pet Tutor.
Looking for a high-tech option? The Pet Tutor might be answer.
This Positive Reinforcement based tool was created to help train your dog to enjoy their crate, enjoy car rides, stop barking and more! Check it out here: PET TUTOR
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA., Oct. 26, 2018 – At Attention Dog Training®, King of Prussia’s only Force-Free Certified dog training company, today announced an upcoming appearance on “Ready, Set, Pet”, a segment on The CW’s “One Magnificent Morning” program. The series is focused on educating and informing families who are looking to adopt pets, with each episode featuring a different family’s journey through making an informed decision, navigating the adoption process, and preparing their homes for their newest member.
At Attention Dog Training® will be featured in the fourth episode of the series, helping a father and his son who recently lost their German Shepherd find a new dog for their home. The Company was brought on to provide insight into different dog breeds and help the family consider which breed would be the right fit for their lifestyle, age, and willingness to commit to training.
“As a company that welcomes dogs of all ages, breeds, and behavior, we are proud to raise awareness and support the practice of pet adoption,” said David Shade, owner and lead trainer of At Attention Dog Training®. “When adopting a dog, it is crucial to keep in mind your family’s lifestyle, as well as the value of proper training. We were thrilled to help this family navigate these important decisions and introduce them to positive-reinforcement based training methods, which help to promote long-term learning and strengthen relationships between owners and their pets.”
The episode will air this Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. EST on The CW. A preview of the episode, along with a guide to transforming a house for a new pet, will also published on GoodHousekeeping.com prior to the episode.
About At Attention Dog Training®
At Attention Dog Training® was founded in 2015 by David Shade, a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient. At Attention Dog Training provides basic obedience, puppy training, and behavior solutions for dogs of all kinds. The Company employs Force-Free, Fear-Free, and Pain-Free positive-based reinforcement methods based on proven science to promote learning and establish a healthy and happy relationship between dogs and their owners. David and his family have been active in the dog world advocating for the humane treatment of animals, as well as supporting several different rescues through foster and adoption. In 2018, the Company was voted Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs for dog training services.
Lesley Shade, Director of Marketing & Business Development
OTHER: Philadelphia Dog Trainer, King of Prussia, The Main Line, Puppy Training
READY TO SHOP?
Bringing home a new puppy or dog is sure to be a momentous occasion for you and your family - a day you'll always remember!
Before you introduce your new companion to their forever home, what should you do to prepare? GO SHOPPING!
But what are the essential items you'll need? The local pet stores and online shops can seem overwhelming to navigate with so many choices that your head can spin. Don’t fret – we’ve compiled our favorite items!
Potty Training: It's always a good idea to have an enzymatic pet cleaner on hand for each of your floor surfaces! We recommend Nature's Miracle carpet and floor cleaners.
Bones & Chews: Steer clear of rawhide bones - instead you can opt to have a femur bone on hand - often they come stuffed with cheese or peanut butter which you can replace later. Always watch your dog enjoying a bone - each dog enjoys their bone differently!
*Some dogs will attempt to swallow large pieces. Always verify that your peanut butter is free of artificial sugars like xylitol ,which is highly toxic to dogs.
Collar & Leash: Opt for a standard snap buckle collar and 6 ft. leash for your new friend!
Keep in mind, if you're bringing home a puppy that the collar may be the first of a few collars you'll need to purchase as your puppy grows. If you are unsure which size to select, we recommend you purchase a smaller size and one size up, just in case.
You'll want to ensure a good fit so your puppy/dog is safe. Need to know how to ensure your collar fits? Send us a message!
Grooming Supplies: You'll be glad you planned ahead when your new friend finds a mud puddle! With so many shampoo options, how do you select the best option?
We like to keep it simple! We recommend that you select products made in the USA, organic, limited ingredient, and not tested on animals. Check out these products by Organic Oscar.
TOYS: KONGS & more!
KONG brand toys can serve many purposes. For little puppies, KONG brand has a line of softer toys (usually in baby blue and baby pink colors) in a variety of shapes. We recommend the KONG tire toy and a standard KONG shape toy (cone) to start.
Be prepared to invest in additional standard KONG toys as your puppy grows.
Want to know how to put your KONG toys to good use and which other dog toys we recommend? Contact us!
Food: You Are What You Eat!
Your new family member may come with a bag of food recommended by the shelter, rescue, or breeder. Sometimes the quality of the food isn't at the highest level and we know that behavior can be affected by the food your pup eats! It's important to speak with your veterinarian about helping you new friend to slowly change their food, if necessary.
Contact us to find out which foods we suggest and how to evaluate the food your dog is currently eating!
Treats/Rewards: You'll want to stock up on high quality treats so you're ready to start potty training right away! Don't be stingy - using rewards is an extremely effective way to teach your puppy what you want them to do! We recommend Zuke's brand training treats.
Want to know more about potty training? Check out our blog here!
A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS! This suggested shopping list will get you and your new friend off on the right paw!
This is just a simple list of suggested items we've found to be very valuable and effective but it certainly isn't the exhaustive list.
We are your local dog experts and are happy to help answer any questions you have before, during and after you bring home your new puppy/dog!
WHO WAS THIS SHOPPING TRIP FOR?
When it comes to training dogs there is one thing that has to be leveraged before you even begin. What is this really important thing you ask? Motivation. Let me restate that, MOTIVATION! If you are not using proper motivators for the animal, then you may end up with a frustrated dog and a disappointed human…Read More