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A Tired HAPPY dog is a good dog! Is Your Dog Happy?

We’ve all heard the old adage “A tired dog is a good dog.” This adage has led us to placing all our focus on TIRE OUT THE DOG! We’ve got a plethora of new industries to help us TIRE OUT THE DOG. Dog Daycare, Dog Walkers, Dog Jogging, Dog Biking, Dog Park Adventures, Dog Agility, and Lure Coursing among the many dog services. iFetch, Dog Puzzle Toys, Chuck-it and oodles more dog products to assist in tiring out our dog.While I’m a HUGE fan of all these new innovative industries to help solve our dog problems, I’m also concerned much of what matters to us dog parents has been lost. Friendly & sociable dogs able to go with us anywhere.

Let’s unpack this a bit.

Are you always better behaved, sociable and friendly when you’re tired? How about kids?

When I think about this for myself the first thing that comes to mind is H.A.L.T.

H – HUNGRY

A – ANGRY

L – LONELY

T – TIRED

When crabbiness rears it’s ugly head, especially in my interactions with others, I turn to HALT. Am I hungry? Am I angry? Am I lonely? Am I tired? Any one of these will rob me of happiness, which in turn can lead to a very crabby Jody. All of these affect our dog’s happiness as well. In this article we’ll focus on the “T”.

Tired: at first thought this seems simple enough to rectify, go to sleep. As a grown woman that’s required to ADULT every day, sleep is often a luxury. A luxury I cannot indulge in whenever the desire arises. Dang it!

So now you’re thinking, my dog certainly doesn’t have to adult. She can curl up and take a snooze whenever she wants. But can she?

When my recently adopted rescue puppy Vanna gets over-tired she fights sleep, much like a human toddler. You can see she’s very sleepy as her eyes get heavy and her head bobs fighting off entering sleepy land. We often joke, she’s just like a toddler, she’s afraid she’ll miss out on something. When Vanna fights that much needed sleep, she gets less tolerant of others around her. Just like a human child, she gets crabby and that affects her social interactions. Tired Vanna doesn’t always equate to good Vanna.

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When Jeannie and I ran our doggy daycare we knew a mid-day nap was essential for the dogs in our care. Most of the dogs were at doggy daycare to play all day, some up to 10 hours in one day. Imagine being on the basketball court for 10 HOURS straight! Would you be able to go curl up and take a nap on the court as others are still running around playing? Imagine mid nap the basketball bonking you on the head or another player landing on you in full run. Would you be able to relax, let alone actually snooze? We knew it was in the dog’s best interest to be given a cozy safe place to snooze or crabby dogs would inevitably appear for the second half of the day in play. We also knew sending home an over-tired crabby dog was not what our clients truly wanted. Our dog families wanted happy, good and well-behaved dogs returning home at the end of the day. This is why I also concluded doggy daycare for up to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week is not in the best interest of you or your dog. Fortunately more and more doggy daycares have gotten on board with this, limiting the number of days a week a dog can attend.

As you can see a tired dog doesn’t always equate to a good or well-behaved dog. Over-tired shows up as crabby and wreaks havoc on the one thing that matters most in our family dogs…sociability. We want our dogs to ALWAYS be friendly in all interactions with others, humans and other dogs. Tired doesn’t always lend itself to Happy, Friendly and Sociable.

Okay, A HAPPY dog is a GOOD dog!

So what’s the RECIPE for a Happy Dog?

A Life of Balance…Mind, Body and Soul. Sound familiar? Dogs are much like us, minus complex language skills and the stories derived from language.

Your dog needs the essentials: Food, Water, Shelter, Exercise and Enrichment. But the essentials are not enough for us to fully achieve happy nor is it enough for our dogs.

If you want good, well behaved & friendly…you want a Happy Dog.

Mind (Emotional Wellness): Sad, lonely, angry & frustrated along with many more emotions are felt by your dog. I personally have been guilty of not recognizing one or more of these emotions in my dogs.

I mentioned earlier one of the biggest differences between human and dog is human’s complex language skills. It’s the human super power! Though we’ve become a bit too dependent on our spoken language super power. We often miss a loved one is upset until they’re well on their way into a meltdown. There were early signs they were upset, but if they didn’t use that human super power to articulate it through words, we’re blindsided by a sometimes over-the-top emotional display. We look at them miffed asking, “Why didn’t you SAY something?”

In our modern world of multi-tasking to get it all done, we’re less present with those around us. Those we love. We often don’t SEE them and how they’re coping in a particular situation. This goes for our dogs too. Your dog will never be able to tell you through words when she’s upset, hurt or not coping well. You can however SEE how your dog is coping in most any situation if you know a bit about dog body language. When you’re present with your loved one (human or dog) seeing with your eyes when they’re not coping well, you can help them through whatever they’re experiencing. You can be there for them before a total meltdown ensues.

Don’t let your dog reach meltdown. Your dog needs you to be there for her, just as you would for any other family member or friend. If your dog does reach the point of an emotional outburst, don’t make it worse by yelling at her. Don’t use the leash to correct her. Don’t get into a power struggle with her. She’s not emotionally coping well. Be there for her. Take her out of the situation that is now clearly upsetting her. If this is a situation she will encounter again, you’ll want to teach her the coping skills she needs for it. She will most likely be able to get there…but she’ll need a kind and thoughtful approach.

Body (Physical Wellness): No doubt, exercise and enrichment helps keep our bodies well and is a necessary part of everyday life. Most dogs’ physical health is better tended to than previously. Take your dog to your veterinarian for yearly health checks, vaccinations as needed and whenever your dog appears to not feel well. Poor health and/or pain erode happiness. Take great care of your dog’s physical health through adequate daily exercise, enrichment & healthcare.

Soul (Connection): Connection is what feeds the soul for both humans and dogs! Do you UNDERSTAND your dog? Do you know how to COMMUNICATE with your dog in a way your dog can clearly comprehend?

Feeling misunderstood and breakdown in communication is soul crushing. Both humans and dogs crave CONNECTION, it feeds our souls. True connection between two individuals (human or dog) is achieved through understanding one another and clear communication of each other’s wants and needs.

Your dog is always trying to communicate with you. When she’s happy & when she’s upset. When she wants or needs something. Learning to speak dog is not difficult at all, but it is different from how we communicate as humans. Dog Body Language for understanding your dog’s emotional state and simple words or short phrases used consistently can enhance the dog and human connection. Leading to the most sweet, simple and pure relationship of your life. And best of all, happy human and dog!

Adequate Exercise For Dogs Is Vital, But Not At The Exclusion Of Everything Else.

I’ve watched and participated in the growth of dog daycare and dog parks over the past decade. There are few other activities your dog can participate in that will expend the ya-ya’s more than playing with other dogs. It’s the activity my personal dogs love most. But exhausting your dog through exercise and dog play doesn’t fulfill your dog’s needs in full. Sometimes too much of a good thing can backfire when we neglect other important areas in achieving a happy and fulfilled life. This applies to your dog too.

Keep your focus on a HAPPY dog, achieved through Mind (Emotional Wellness), Body (Physical Wellness) and Soul (Connection). Your dog will reward you in return by being A GOOD DOG.

Until next time, Have Fun & Enjoy Your Dog!

Jody Karow – CTC

Dog Life Coach & Founder of Go Anywhere Dog™

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About the Author Jody Karow

I've been on a mission to decode how the dogs we love see the world and what really gets them motivated so that we can transform the way we train them. Now I want to teach this to you! Join me in revolutionizing dog training. A fresh new approach for the 21st Century urban or suburban lifestyle.I’ve enjoyed my work as training and behavior consultant for Safe Hands Rescue and resident dog expert for PetChatz. I founded a state of the art dog daycare, serving over 2,000 dogs and their guardians. I now continue to consult with dog daycares nationwide on how to enrich environments for the dogs in their care while using effective rewards and motivators to improve behavior. I’m also a very proud graduate and a certified trainer through the Academy for Dog Trainers, the world’s best dog behavior and training program taught by Jean Donaldson.I've wholeheartedly dedicated my life to helping people and dogs live amazing lives together. Passion, Education & Experience. Join me, I'd love to teach you what I've learned.

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  • Twin Cities MN Certified Puppy & Dog Trainers | Go Anywhere Dog™

    Team Go Anywhere Dog™ Twin Cities dog trainers are ready to become a part of your journey to having the relationship of your dreams with your new puppy or dog. We each bring something special to the ‘dish’ that will make your relationship with us a great partnership. From our science based dog training methods to customer support, we are at ‘the ready’ to supply you with the tools you need to enjoy your puppy or dog… even more!

    We saw a need for raising the bar in how we train social family dogs! Passion pulled us out of our corporate careers to a career in puppies and dogs. Our corporate backgrounds put us on a path of seeking out modern best practices for teaching and training dogs that were seen as part of the family. We hit the books hard and pursued a formal education in animal learning theory, applied behavior analysis and how dogs learn.  Now we take our client counseling savvy and in depth knowledge of dogs to help families enjoy a modern lifestyle with the dog they love.

  • A journey of a thousand questions

    Our journey took us over thousands of miles and acres of print. We read books and articles. We went to conferences and seminars. We toured dog parks and visited dog fairs, talking to owners. We heard hundreds of individual stories from bewildered dog lovers who wanted to do the right thing by their dogs, but who also, understandably, wanted their dogs to do the right thing! They just couldn’t find what worked.

    We ran a pet resort in Eagan, MN, working with more than 2,000 customers in family dog training and dog daycare, canine and human. We saw dog behavior up close and in great scale. We watched what motivated them. But just as importantly, we learned about the frustrations loving owners feel about dog training. They needed training that worked in everyday life, not just in a class or training session. They wanted practical solutions, not certificates.

    A journey to discover real answers

    We studied hard with one of the world’s leading experts in positive reinforcement dog training, dog behaviorist Jean Donaldson at the Academy for Dog Trainers. We learned what the science of animal behavior has to teach us about great techniques that work. Not myths or folklore, but fact. The confusion had cleared.Though we’ve found our answers, our journey hasn’t ended. It’s become an everyday mission to make kind, positive dog training clear, straightforward and practical.

    A mission to share our knowledge for Social Family Dog Training

    We know that offering great family dog training is not just about knowledge or technique – though we believe in the importance of both. It’s about how effectively you get both of those across to the people who live with and love those dogs. We’ve found our DogSense, now we want to unleash it; to make it second nature for every loving owner who longs to have a simple, joyful, brilliant relationship with their dog. Will you join us?

    You can rely on Go Anywhere Dog™ Puppy & Dog Training

    It’s always:

    -Tailored to fit your lifestyle

    -Effective

    -Straight forward reward based training

    -Based on sound knowledge of how dogs learn

    -Results-driven

  • We’re Dog Training Professionals on a Mission

    -To help every dog lover have the kind of relationship with their dog they’ve always dreamed about.

    -To grow rock solid understanding of how dogs learn and what motivates them.

    -To pass on the most successful and kindest puppy & dog training techniques.

    -Most of all, to do our bit to create a world of sociable, happy, confident dogs that are welcome in all the best places.

    Go Anywhere Dog™ is:

    A CODEBREAKER:  Having a great relationship with your dog is all about understanding their behavior and how your dog learns. We unlock the code for you.

    AN INNOVATOR:  We’re continually reading and researching new, safe, kind ways to accelerate dog training. When we get them, we pass them on.

    ON YOUR TEAM:  We know that you love your dog, but we know that doesn’t make the frustration any less intense. We don’t judge. We’re on your side. Always.

    A CHEERLEADER:  Turning tricky, frustrating relationships into lifelong friendships is more than a job for us. There’s nothing better than seeing you succeed. It’s what we love most of all. Whether you’ve joined a Go Anywhere Dog™ in home dog training program, attending our Twin Cities Puppy Classes & Socials or working your way through our online dog training videos, when it all goes right, listen out – you’ll hear our cheer!

    Go Anywhere Dog™ loves:

    KNOWLEDGE:  Facts, evidence, the real deal about how dogs learn, not the myths.

    CURIOSITY:  We’re always on the lookout for smarter, simpler, better ways to help dogs and their humans get along – when we find great, new proven techniques we build them into our program.

    SHARING:  We love to share. Our dog training methods are straightforward and ‘sticky’ and made to share. We tell you why they work as well as what to do. That makes it so much easier to see how they’ll work in your everyday.

    THE HERE, THE NOW AND THE BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW:  Our work is all about where you are now and where you want to go. We don’t do guilt trips. And in case you’re in any doubt, we don’t use force – ever.

    SUCCESS:  We love the process of dog training . But what we love even more is when you no longer need us. Because that’s both happy ending and a whole new beginning.

    Can we make it our mission to help you and your puppy or dog?

    Delivering on the dream takes a little effort. But getting there, we promise, is fun, enlightening and downright life enhancing. We’ve been there on that journey with thousands of dog families. We’d love for you to be one of them.

  • Ron Iverson & Dan Kenward

    Marketing / Support / Videography

    Ron and Dan know how to get us to look at what we do and how we do it in a completely new way, using stories, animation and a big, big helping of humor.

    Their decades of experience in state-of-the art public access programming means they just love to make learning new skills and techniques beautifully simple and compulsively fun. Their creative talent in video production , combined with Jody’s knowledge and expertise in how dogs learn, is the key to unleashing the ‘dogsense’ that lies within every dog lover.

    Ron draws on his background in the corporate telecommunications and hospitality industries where he produced training and internal marketing materials to help employees learn new stuff and get in the mind of their customers, as well as designing incentive programs to encourage them to stick with fresh ways of working.

    Dan has more than 27 years of video production and broadcasting experience behind him. With a BA in Business and Public Administration, he gives the Go Anywhere Dog™ team a solid commercial foundation and his 18 years in the field of nursing give him a strong sense of what helps us adopt new habits and adapt to new regimes.

    Ron and Dan are longtime close friends of Jody and Jeannie since the Go Anywhere Dog™ world was just a glimmer of a dream.

  • Jody Karow, CTC

    Twin Cities Certified Puppy & Dog Trainer & Dog Life Coach

    I’m on a mission to decode how the dogs we love see the world, how they learn and what really gets them motivated so we can transform the way we train them. I won’t rest until we have a world of happy, sociable, confident dogs whose people enjoy every moment of the time they spend with them.

    My journey to Go Anywhere Dog™ started with looking for answers for my own dog, Buddha and brought me into conversation with thousands of bemused, confused and frustrated dog parents who wanted to do right by their dogs, but equally wanted their dogs to do the right things and had failed to find consistent workable answers.

    Now, along with Team Go Anywhere Dog™, we’re bringing together more than 10 years experience in the pet industry with a strong background in the technology development industry to launch a whole new approach to dog training.  Since 2007 I have been counseling and training both dogs and people, guiding them in achieving better lives together.

    My business background in technology convinced me of the force of simple, smart communication to transform the way we do things. My experience with dogs and their guardians, dog professionals and rescues convinced me of the need to look at training with fresh eyes – the dog’s. The Go Anywhere Dog™ approach is based on how our dogs view the world, what influences their behavior and how to motivate them so training becomes a pleasure, not a power struggle.

    I’ve enjoyed my work as dog training and behavior consultant for Safe Hands Rescue in Minneapolis, MN and resident dog expert for PetChatz headquartered in Burnsville, MN. I founded a state of the art dog daycare, serving over 2,000 dogs and their guardians and continue to consult with dog daycares nationwide on how to enrich environments for the dogs in their care and use effective rewards and motivators to improve behavior. I’m also a very proud graduate & certified by Academy for Dog Trainers, one of the world’s best dog behavior and training programs taught by Dog Behaviorist & Author Jean Donaldson.  Go Anywhere Dog™ offers local Puppy Training Programs in the Twin Cities MN & virtual Dog Life Coach Programs worldwide.

    Born and raised in Minnesota. A resident of the beautiful rolling hills in Eagan, MN for the past 15 years. You’ll find me frequenting our local dog parks and dog events, enjoying activities at our many Minneapolis lakes, shopping fantastic local stores at 50th & France in Edina & enjoying deck time with family and friends. I love life in the Twin Cities and am a proud Minnesota girl.