Client spotlight: Desmond the Boston terrier

Congratulations to our September client spotlight, Desmond the Boston terrier puppy!

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Desmond gives his best sit-stay

Desmond is around four or five months old; he is a rescue pup and is learning all the basics through our Day Training program! So far he has learned touch, sit, free (his release cue), down, leave it, drop it and come. He knows how to sit and wait for a release to get his food and toys, and he was housetrained very quickly! Des is smart as a whip, and getting a great start on learning everything he needs to be with his human companions!

In the last couple of weeks, Desmond has been teething a lot so we have also been teaching him proper bite inhibition, and getting him acclimated to wearing his leash without biting it! He’s also starting to learn how to heel, little bits at a time, as it is a complex skill and he needs lots of breaks to chew. Being a puppy is hard work!

Day Training is a favorite of ours because we get to work with dogs one-on-one and it’s a lot of fun! It’s also great for the owners because we are able to give more pointed advice on working with their particular dog, and “speed up” training so that it’s easier, more efficient and effective, and less stressful for all involved.

We really appreciate Desmond, and his mother and roommates’ dedication to learning how to best care for him and providing all that he needs to be the best little “Boston terrierist” he can be!๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with all of you!

Happy Training!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

August 2016 clients

It’s officially the end of summer, and this was our most successful summer to date! We are really looking forward to autumn, and expect to be very busy! We really appreciate all our clients, their referrals, and the support of all those out there who know us. It’s such a joy to work with so many wonderful people and their dogs.

You can click on the below photo icons to see photos of all our August clients; if you click on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon), you can view them in a fun slideshow format. You can also LIKE and follow our Facebook page to see even more photos of client dogs, great articles, news items and blog posts as they’re posted. We’d love to have you join us there and LIKE and COMMENT on our posts!

Roxy Cain Penelope Mueller, Ziggy and Kona Morty Morty Grom Cisco Nalu Maia and Callisto Maisy Ryder, Nala and Indy Taylor Sammy Armina Lola Mochalatte and Katie Barney Charlie Olive Stout Desmond Honey Stella Cafe and Macchiato

Enjoy the remainder of your Labor Day weekend!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Client spotlight: Roxy the chow/shepherd mix

Congratulations to our August client spotlight, Roxy the chow/shepherd mix!

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Foxy Roxy chills in her yard

Roxy is in foster with a wonderful family who are likely to become foster failures.๐Ÿ™‚ We have been working with her and her mother for a few months now, and it’s been a real pleasure to see this girl come out of her shell!

Roxy was taken into rescue after living on a property with many other animals, all living outside. She wasn’t very well socialized and was really thrown for a loop when she went from being a rural, outside-only dog to a suburban dog with a nice home to come inside to! Getting her acclimated and past her anxiety of this change has been a process. We have been able to help her feel better physically through adequate supplements and TTouch work, and get her acclimated to new things and experiences through gradual desensitization and counterconditioning, and TTouch techniques like groundwork.

Her mother has learned the importance of taking it at Roxy’s pace–we have not forced her into situations, her ability to choose is important–and building trust. In time, she’s learned how to be comfortable coming upstairs from her preferred downstairs area, accept having a collar on her, go on short neighborhood walks, have fun with enrichment toys and activities, receive basic grooming like brushing, and her current goal–getting into the truck via a ramp! She’s already conquering that final task on the list, and should be able to go to GoodTimes for a Pawbender soon, woo-hoo!

Working with dogs like Roxy and their committed family is what makes this job a very fulfilling experience. Roxy is a blessed dog to have found a home with such patience and love! We also have a lot of fun working with her and her mom. We appreciate them, and they are a very worthy client spotlight!

Thank you for choosing us to help you!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Hi! I’m Armina and I’m looking for a new home!

13606888_1112495715489542_5340183807137808219_nHi there! Iโ€™m Armina! Iโ€™m a young, goofy, and adorable rottie mix and I am looking for my forever home! My current parents rescued me from living in a backyard and I really love being with them. These Colorado summers are sure hot! Together weโ€™ve learned all sorts of fun things; did you know you can get treats for tricks? My favorite things are squeaky toys, walks, car rides, belly rubs and hot dogs. In fact, about the only thing I really donโ€™t like are cats, which is a problem for the cat I currently live with. Weโ€™ve tried really hard to get along, but I need a cat-free home.

What else would you like to know about me? Iโ€™m just over a year old, weigh about 75 pounds and am spayed and up-to-date on all my shots. Iโ€™m house trained and crate trained and can hang out in the house unsupervised. Iโ€™m pretty agile; you should see me jump! So I do best with a yard that has a six-foot fence. Since Iโ€™m a young gal, I am pretty energetic, but a few games of fetch and going on walks get me ready for nap time!

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Miss Courtney can vouch for me; I’m awesome!๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m eager to learn and have learned the basics like sit, down, off, and leave it. Because I can get pretty excited on walks and am a strong girl, I would do best with someone with experience training big dogs like me. I would really benefit from continued positive reinforcement training to be the best girl I can be! I need to be in a house with no small animals or children; they are just too much! Iโ€™m good with other well-mannered dogs when properly introduced.

Contact laura@delightfuldoggies.com or 303-550-5652 for more information on adopting me!

The Look At That game

Our newest YouTube video features Jackson C., a client of ours who was reactive to other dogs, people (especially the mailman!) and large trucks while on leash. Jackson would lunge and bark, and even nip, which was a liability for his mom, and making daily walks quite unpleasant!

The Look At That game, found in one of our favorite training books, Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed, is one of our go-to techniques for reactivity. This game is effective because it creates a very positive association with the item (“trigger”) to which the dog reacts, as well as teaches them how to disengage, and refocus on their handler. The video shows the process we used in training with Jackson using this technique.

We have had lots of success working with dogs like Jackson, and would love to help you if you’re facing such issues; contact us for more information and to get started!

Happy Training!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

July 2016 clients

July was an amazingly wonderful month. We had some adorable puppies and many dedicated behavior modification clients. It’s always a pleasure to work with so many different clients with a variety of needs and levels. Thank you for helping us continue to be the best trainers we can be! Working with you helps us learn and grow, as much as you!

Check out all our awesome clients by clicking on the photo icons below; if you click on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon), you can view them in a fun slideshow format. You can also LIKE and follow our Facebook page to see even more photos of client dogs, great articles, news items and blog posts as they’re posted, so we hope you’ll interact with us there!

Cain Olive Armina Mochi Dixie Kona Morty Morty Honey Harley Cisco Nalu Mooney Callisto Maia Taylor Roxy Sammy Mia Ryder Indy and Nala Quinn Penelope Jake Maisy Lola

Thank you for your continued support!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Client spotlight: Cain the husky

Congratulations to our July client spotlight, Cain the husky!

Cain settles on his mat

Cain settles on his mat

We have been searching for a new, perfect-fit home for Cain, and he comes with two free training sessions to whoever adopts him successfully. In the meantime, his mother has been doing a great job of doing what it takes to ensure Cain is happy and learning all he needs to learn.

Originally contacted for separation anxiety issues, Cain’s behavior has improved over behavior modification sessions we’ve had with his mother in addition to providing lots of outlets for him: day training, daycare visits and more time to be a dog have all proven to cut back on the amount of vocalization he was having in his home. In addition, we used an Auto Trainer and gave him more freedom at home alone to teach him how to be quiet and non-destructive after doing morning Day Training sessions to help him have some fun and learn how to properly walk on leash, deal with distractions and control his impulses.

Cain also accompanied me to a dog-dog play workshop with the great Pia Silvani. He received SO MANY compliments from her and my colleagues on how great he was with other dogs, and what a smart and sweet guy he is. Many couldn’t understand why we weren’t getting more inquiries for his adoption–I confer! If I wasn’t at my three-dog limit, I would definitely want to bring Cain home and have lots of adventures with him. He’s one of the most enjoyable dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with!

Not everyone would put in as many resources as Cain’s mother has to ensuring his happiness. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but he and his mother have come a long way, and are doing well in the meantime as we search for his perfect permanent home.

We want to extend a huge thanks to his mother for taking our advice and doing whatever it takes to help this young boy grow into a happy adult! If you are interested in adopting Cain, please contact me for an application.

Thank you,
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Cain the husky needs a new home

Are you looking for a young, rambunctious guy who will keep you active and fit?

Do you go hiking and love the outdoors?

Do you have another dog who would love having a brother?Cain

Cain has a lot of love to give, and he needs a lot in return. If you’re looking for a loyal mate, he just may be the dog-man for you!

We are helping rehome one of our favorite clients, Cain the husky. He will be a year old in August, and he is a very fun-loving and intelligent guy. He needs a guardian who has lots of time and energy to put into him to make him the awesome dog he can be! He’d also probably do well in a home with another dog, as well as a house that has a nice yard to run in. Cain needs lots of running! He also really loves digging and needs a lot of mental outlets because if he doesn’t get enough enrichment, he can be a little creative in ways that aren’t always appreciated by humans.๐Ÿ˜‰

If I could take Cain into my home, I would. He and my dog Jasper really love each other, but I have two other dogs that wouldn’t mix well, and three is my limit! Courtney and I are offering TWO FREE TRAINING SESSIONS ($370 value) to his new home to ensure success. He may very well need more training but this will give us a good start for sure.

If you are interested in Cain, please email me at laura@delightfuldoggies.com to get an application. Once it is received, we can review it and set up meet & greets.

Thank you! And please feel free to share this post and others on our social networks!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

June 2016 clients

We saw more dogs this month than in any other month we’ve had of training so far! It’s been exhilarating. We’re also very tired!๐Ÿ˜‰ This wonderful success couldn’t happen without the support of those of us out there who believe in us: clients, friends, colleagues, fellow industry professionals…we appreciate all of you so much!

You can click on the photo icons below to view all the photo moments we have to share from June. If you click on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon), you can view them in a fun slideshow format. You can also LIKE and follow our Facebook page to see even more photos of client dogs, great articles, news items and blog posts as they’re posted, so we hope you’ll interact with us there!

Mia Gracie and Addi Ollie and Dryden Carter Harley Ginger Addie Emma Sasha Toby Oli Mala Jake Huxley Flynn Maia and Callisto Cain Roxy Kora Nala, Indy and Ryder Tabetha, Lily and Gigi Danny and Luna Taylor Woodsley Armina Dixie Kona Sammy Mochi Quinn Morty Harley

Not pictured but still very appreciated: Elsa the white Swiss shepherd!

Thank you, and happy training!
Laura

Client spotlight: Mia the Aussie mix

Congratulations to our June client spotlight, Mia the Aussie mix!

Mia

Mia chills in her yard

Mia was a love-at-first-sight puppy. Her parents, who regularly foster puppies and kittens from the Denver Dumb Friends League, saw her one day when they were coming through for other little ones, and couldn’t resist taking her home to be a permanent part of their family! Mia was one of a litter of pups, and was the runt. She got picked on a bit by her siblings so that is why she was in her own little office at the DDFL.๐Ÿ™‚

Since Mia had no other reference for playing with other pups, she was a bit rough with the other foster puppies her new parents had in their care. We got her into a wonderful Noble Beast Dog Training Playful Pup Socialization Class right away, in conjunction with the private Puppy Preschool training we were doing in the home with them. After a few weeks of going into time-outs as needed for inappropriate play, she has mastered what works and is learning how to better understand other pups’ language to her for proper play. Now she is the star of the class, playing wonderfully and appropriately with others!

Mia is also learning a lot about how to sit and lie down and wait for a release, and she loves hand targeting. Her parents can’t wait to start on leash skills this week. Mia is a lucky girl who is getting all the best to ensure she grows up to be a lovely family dog.

Thank you to Mia and her parents and big sister for giving us the pleasure to work with them and have lots of fun doing it! We are also very grateful to them for doing their part to help all the puppies and kittens they take into foster care. We love working with you and are so proud of what you do!

Happy Training!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

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