Stuck at home? Make the most of it!

Recently, many of us have found ourselves spending a lot more time at home thanks to a certain health crisis we won’t bother naming again here. There’s a lot of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety for many reasons. 

You know one of the best ways to conquer anxiety? Spending time with a dog. It’s more than an opinion, science proves this as well

Though the situation isn’t ideal, our dogs are the real winners, they get to have their owners home with them so much more. With all the worry and uncertainty, let’s take that small token as a gift in all of the craziness. 

 

 

Now that you’re home with your dog, what can you do? Sit on the couch and watch Netflix? There’s certainly that, but when you and your dog are ready to stretch your legs and get some healthy movement, take a walk together, or better yet, tackle some training. 

Build training time and exercise into your day while you’re at home. Teaching basic commands and practicing them is a great way to make the most of the time while deepening your bond with your dog and giving them (and you!) some valuable playtime. Go for a walk and enjoy each other and find the little things to be grateful for. 

Getting in some playtime is especially important if you’re working from home. Regular breaks will help keep you healthy and focused and help fight anxiety. Your dog will be calmer because you are too. It’s a win-win. 

 

 

Not sure how to train at home? We’ve got you covered. 

Take a look at our training guides available here. Some of the best commands are the simplest ones though, we recommend practicing the following until you and your dog can execute them perfectly together. 

  1. Sit 
  2. Down 
  3. Come 

If you happen to be working from home during this time and need your dog out of your hair, perhaps consider our board & train program. You drop off your dog and we get training started while your dog stays with us. Then, we work with you and your dog together to further training so your furry friend’s newfound skills can continue to be used and expanded with you at home. 

In addition to getting in training time with your dog, we recommend taking this health crisis as a reminder to take care of you and your dog’s health by increasing your supplements to make sure you both are getting all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy. 

 

 

Not sure where to get safe supplements for your dog? We recommend Nupro supplements, available in our shop. While you’re there browse some of our items for awesome toys for your dog, like the Indestructibone, which is always popular among dogs and owners alike. There’s also great gear available for you to wear and more. 

 

 

This might be a stressful time for everyone, but there’s always a silver lining, we’re sure your dog views this time with you home as a great thing, and we hope that can help ease some of the stress. 

We have several items in our shop to help with training, and we’re always available to answer all of your training questions at [email protected]

Stay safe and be healthy out there! 

Good Dog Training Doesn’t Just Happen

Luck. We all want to be lucky whenever possible, but we don’t recommend leaving your dog’s training to luck. When it comes to your relationship with your furry companion, there’s no replacement for good dog training, not even if you’re lucky.

We’ve all heard someone say how they were so lucky to have gotten such a good dog, how their dog listens and they didn’t even train them. Some dog parents think how in the world did that happen? And why couldn’t it have happened to them?

 

All dogs have the capacity to be good, obedient dogs. The fact that some are with little effort isn’t luck. It usually has to do with the breed, but more so, it has to do with training that took place without the owner realizing it was happening. 

There is no getting lucky, you can’t replace good dog training with hope and a prayer. When owners believe they didn’t train their dog and that they are just naturally well-behaved, usually they have been training their dog without realizing it. This leads to potentially stressful situations in the future as deliberate training with specific commands never took place so the owner actually has no idea what commands the dog follows or why. That makes it tough to replicate the command out of a specific context. 

Dogs are smart and they learn what we want them to do in certain situations. But if a dog always sits before being fed, they don’t actually know the sit command, they know to sit to be fed. Then later when the owner tells them to sit without food, the dog has no idea what they are talking about. 

 

There is no replacement for good dog training. We believe every dog and every owner deserves the benefits of great training. We use positive reinforcement for our training programs, which not only brings the benefits of obedience training, but it also makes training fun and deepens your relationship with your four-legged best friend. 

When you think about it though, we’re all pretty lucky because we have dogs in our lives to love us. Who else is going to be that excited when you walk into a room? Exactly. 

 

Treat yourself and your dog to one of our training programs to celebrate your companionship. 

Learn more about our programs here: https://www.bluelinek-9.com/programs/ 

There’s a reason why they call it puppy love.

Puppies are amazing. Cute, soft and full of silly antics, there are few people who don’t melt at the sight of a puppy, even the hardest of hearts can cave when a tiny warm tongue licks their cheek. 

However, puppies don’t stay sweet, cute, fluffy puppies for very long. Soon they are awkwardly bigger and unaware of their size and into E V E R Y T H I N G and likely chewing on whatever they can find, including your favorite pair of shoes. Housetraining can feel like a nightmare where your house smells like dog urine all the time. 

 

This rather quick transformation is often the culprit for why many dogs are rehomed. 

Don’t be a victim of puppy love, turn those early cuddle-filled days into a lifetime of beautiful companionship with the right training for you and your sweet pup.

Like any relationship, the one you have with your dog has a honeymoon period and then for it to remain fulfilling and healthy, it takes work and communication. The trouble is, dogs don’t speak human and well, we don’t exactly speak dog. That doesn’t mean we can’t understand each other though. It simply means we have to put a method of communication into place and that is done through positive, consistent training. 

 

 

The good news is puppies learn fast and love it! Training is playtime and what could be better than play for a young puppy?  Training your puppy early means less frustration for both of you and more fun. 

There are many options out there for training, ranging from stay and train programs to hands-on collaboration courses, to do-it-yourself guides. There are advantages to each, but in the end, you’ll have to take an active role in training. After all your puppy is your companion and loves you the most. 

We offer many training programs and firmly believe you never stop training. It’s better to think of training as a means of communication and play with your dog and you never want to stop doing either of those. 

Don’t let puppy love get the best of you and your new pup. Put the time and effort into a real, thriving relationship from the very beginning and invest in puppy training. 

 

 

Check out our Introductory and Puppy Programs here: https://www.bluelinek-9.com/programs/introductory-and-puppy-programs/ 

Check out our Puppy Training Made Easy guide here: https://www.bluelinek-9.com/store/