Last quarter we took a brief look at the bio-mechanical foundation which dressage schooling is built upon for both horse and rider. Now we’ll begin to discuss aiding. Regardless of discipline, the basic goal in riding is for the rider to feel balanced and comfortable in the saddle, for the horse to feel balanced and comfortable under saddle, and for the horse to do what the rider asks with as little resistance as possible. Sometimes the demands can seem pretty daunting! It is important for the rider to understand what she is asking in order to expect her horse to understand well enough to offer an acceptable response.
There is nothing that I love more as a veterinarian than seeing a happy, healthy and comfortable senior pet. But I know very well that there is a lot of care and extra support that goes into keeping senior dogs healthy -- and pet owners who are able to take the added steps in supporting their pets as they age are rewarded greatly in sharing life with a senior canine citizen who is able to enjoy a wonderful quality of life.
Today I am writing about frequently asked questions and my approach on how to train your pet. As a professional Dog Trainer, I’m often asked questions like the following: How do I make my dog listen? How do I make my dog stop barking? How do I stop my dog from pulling on the leash? Why does my dog pee in the house? Can you make my dog not jump on my guest? How to stop my puppy from biting? Can you train my dog? How can I become the Alpha? These are all great questions, and we need to look at each question a bit differently. Instead of focusing on what your dog is doing wrong, let’s look at it as how can I help my dog learn.
The word dressage often conjures up images of high level collection, fantastic lateral movements, and even airs above the ground. The truth is, dressage is a French word that simply means training. How do equestrians progress from the daily schooling of the basic paces – walk, trot, and canter – to training these advanced maneuvers? Dressage is built on a biomechanical foundation for both the horse and the rider. Understanding how both equine and human bodies work and how they work together is the first step to climbing the levels.
There is no doubt that winter is upon us and now we have to find some creative ways to keep our canine companion from getting the dreaded “cabin fever”. When typically active dogs spend even a few days cooped up inside, they start to look for ways to release their pent up energy. Unfortunately they can take out that energy on your shoes, the kitchen trash can, your sofa, etc. So what do we do when the weather doesn’t allow for a good walk or jog around the neighborhood or a game of fetch in the yard? We get creative!
We love our dogs. Majorly. Like family, right? And we want to share with them our country’s greatest celebration of gratitude, Thanksgiving, with special treats and food, just like family, right? But you must be careful! Dogs’ metabolism differs from human beings. It is hard to resist the temptation to share what we prepare for ourselves because, oh boy, seeing those tails wag in joy is the very best! But without care we are really doing their health a disservice (hmmmm… sounds a little like my diet…)!