Using Bark at the Moon Treats for Positive Reinforcement Training

Positive reinforcement has been praised in the dog training world for its harmlessness and progressive results. In a nutshell, positive reinforcement training requires owners to reward their pups for good behavior, as opposed to punishing them for bad behavior. Dogs are animals, and adjusting to the world of humans is not so easy. Positive reinforcement is a safe way to ease your dog into the rules of your home while not damaging the trust between you two with threatening actions. The main reason why positive reinforcement works so well relies on the reality that dogs live in the moment. You should react to your dog’s good behavior right away by, for example, rewarding him with Bark at the Moon Beef Liver Jerky. Your pup will associate the good behavior with a tasty Bark at the Moon Treat, and strive to repeat this good behavior in order to get more treats. This is the basis of positive reinforcement training.

This form of training is much more than just indulging your pup in all-natural treats– that’d be too easy! There are a few other things to keep in mind. The first is the most important: consistency. You’ve can’t reward your pet with love and affection when they jump on your bed one day, and then berate them when they jump up the next day. The same rules should be consistent with all household members as well; inconsistency will only confuse your poor pup as he tries to please everyone at once. The second thing to keep in mind is simplicity. Your furry friend may be smart, but not enough to know the whole English language. Keep your commands to a one-word minimum. For example, “sit” instead of “sit down”; “drop” instead of “drop the ball”; “down” instead of “no jumping”. Avoid “stop”, as you’re not giving your dog an alternative action to the one they’re currently performing. Keeping it simple will allow for better understanding between you and your pup. The last tip for effective positive reinforcement training is persistence. Raising a fur baby can be similar to raising a child. Keep a patient attitude and continue their training until you see improvement. Just like a child, your pup may take a while to learn the rules or even surprise you by catching on quickly.

The driving force of positive reinforcement is that you are not creating a barrier of fear and anxiety between you and your pet by resorting to physically hostile behavior. Instead, you are building a bridge of trust and understanding between you two by compelling your pet to associate good behavior– and you– with treats, belly rubs, and praises. The four key elements of positive reinforcement training to remember are: consistency, simplicity, persistence, and a cupboard stocked with Bark at the Moon All-Natural Treats for rewards! Want to begin now? Here’s 10% off your next order of Bark at the Moon Treats so you can start training right away: just use code BARKIN10 at checkout.

Honoring Veterans Day 2016

 

At Bark at the Moon, Veteran’s Day holds a special place in our hearts.  All too often over-looked, Veteran’s Day should be a time to remember and thank the vets that have fought for our country and freedom. Without the men and women that risked their lives for our freedom, we wouldn’t be here today.

 

Veteran’s Day, November 11, is a day to acknowledge the men and women, both living and dead, who braved combat for their country. Around the United States, parades and celebrations are held to honor our veterans, while an annual wreath-laying ceremony occurs at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, a tribute to the fallen soldiers who could not be identified. Veteran’s Day is commonly confused with Memorial Day- a day for honoring soldiers who gave their lives in war. Veteran’s Day is a day to revere all veterans for their sacrifice and loyalty to our country.

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Not many people take the time to recognize Veteran’s Day, so make this year your year! A great way to honor our vets is to participate in the Green Light A Vet program. As a participant of this program, you’ll change a light in your home or office to a green bulb and keep the light on in remembrance and thanks to veterans everywhere. You can then post the location of your light on an online map; this allows veterans to see your support from anywhere in the U.S. Why green? Green is known as the color of renewal and hope, and the term “green light” indicates moving forward. This is a symbol to our veterans that they have our appreciation and support to continue on with their lives back here in the United States.

 

One of the ways you can directly show our vets that you care is to purchase some of our natural dog treats from Bark at the Moon! We always donate a portion of our proceeds to train service dogs for disabled veterans, our military heroes– the program trains rescue dogs to become service dogs, then matches them with a veteran for whom they’ll be a lifelong companion. Service Dogs help veterans return to their lives in an independent and dignified fashion, after the traumatic experiences they have endured.

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How ever you show your appreciation, make sure you take a moment on November 11th to be silent and remember the men and women who have done so much so that you can enjoy freedom everyday.

National Service Dog Month September 2016

This September, at the Bark at the Moon headquarters, we are celebrating National Service Dog Month! Service dogs mean a lot to us at Bark at the Moon, because they’re not only loving and caring, they’re dedicating their lives to the safety of their humans. This month, take the time to appreciate service dogs and their admirable commitment to humanity.

 

There are many different service dogs, but they all have one thing in common: their unquestionable love for their human. These dogs aren’t just guide dogs; they serve everyone from those with autism, blindness, deafness, or seizure disorders, to those suffering from PTSD, brain injuries, or mobility issues. They’re not only there for support, but to create friendship and a sense of balance in their person’s life. Many people would not have such quality of life without their service dog.

 

We fully support service dog organizations, as they not only train companions that’ll change people’s lives, but also save the lives of dogs by using rescue pups for their work. Service dogs don’t have to be German shepherds or golden retrievers- any loving dog that is willing to learn can become a helper. That dog will then go through training specializing in the field of work that is best fit for them. Dogs are wildly smart, and can perform tasks from turning off a light, to pulling a wheelchair up a slope, to even ending a seizure by simply licking the seizing person.

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A particular type of service dogs are the ones that aid veterans that are wounded or suffer from PTSD. These dogs can help veterans return to their lives in an independent and dignified fashion, after the traumatic experiences they have endured. A special organization, K9’s for Warriors, provides veterans with rescued service dogs. Their goal, which is to “give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes”, says it all. Dogs trained to help those with physical injuries can provide mobility support, open and close doors, and retrieve items; dogs that aid those with mental injury offer forever friendship, a reason to get out of the house and exercise, and reduced stress. Service dogs never once question the motive behind it all- they just know.

 

Bark at the Moon celebrates service dogs every month by donating to K9’s for Warriors. We are proud supporters of our troops and beyond proud to participate in giving both rescue dogs and wounded veterans a companion. How can you contribute? Donate to one of the many service dog organizations, or simply purchase any of Bark at the Moon’s three natural dog treats– a portion of the proceeds will be automatically donated.  In the words of K9’s for Warriors: “We rescue the dogs, they rescue their warriors.”

 

Link to K9’s for Warriors:  http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/

National Dog Day 2016

National Dog Day isn’t just a day to post a photo of your furry friend (although we love seeing all the Instagram pics!). It was originally created in 2004 to raise awareness of the need to rescue dogs. The day was conceived by Colleen Paige; August 26 is significant because it’s the date that Colleen’s family adopted their very first dog. Colleen created the day as a celebration of all dogs, mixed and purebred, and to bring light to dogs that have loved, cared for, and saved the lives of humans.

As any dog-owner knows, dogs are underappreciated and much too pure for this world. They love unconditionally, regardless of their past, and forgive more easily than any human can. However seemingly impossible it is, some dogs even go above and beyond this for the sake of their human. Every day, there are dogs putting their lives on the line working for law enforcement, sniffing out bombs, and pulling victims out of wreckage. There are also service dogs that work for veterans with PTSD, the disabled, can detect seizures, and even sense high blood sugar for diabetics. They don’t ask for anything in return, but a lot of love is the only way we can repay them for what they’ve selflessly done. A big hug-and-kiss to all the dogs out there that are heroes, whether it’s for our country, in the community, or just for a single person.

Another purpose of National Dog Day is to focus on encouraging adoption. Buying a puppy from a breeder, puppy mill, or pet store only adds to the issue of overpopulation of dogs we are facing. When someone purchases a purebred puppy, it results in a potentially adoptable shelter dog being put to death. Adopting a dog is a much more humane option, as you are giving a forever home to a pup that would otherwise be put down. Puppies from breeders will always find a home, but dogs in shelters are unwanted (usually for ridiculous reasons) and will be eventually killed if not adopted in time. Adopt, don’t shop!

Last year, celebrities like Carrie Underwood took to Instagram to post a photo of their rescued furry friend with hashtags like #Adopt and #AdoptDontShop. Many others posted candid pics of their pups in celebration of how much love and adventure their little friend brings to their world. Following our recent rescue of Demoiselle, our beautiful grey Pitbull, and our other rescue dog, Mr. Bear, we’re certainly advocating for adoption this National Dog Day!

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Demoiselle, Mr. Bear & BFF Rescue Jagger

How can you celebrate National Dog Day? It could be just as easy as giving your dog belly rubs and his favorite Bark at the Moon treat, or you could even go ahead and give a shelter dog a forever home! Green Butterfly Brands would like to assist fellow dog lovers in the area of treats by offering a 10% off coupon code on their latest treat, Bark at the Moon Wild Caught Salmon Treats.  Simply enter coupon code:  SALMNTEN to receive 10% off your entire order of Salmon Treats available on Amazon here for a limited time.  There are also many other ways to celebrate, like volunteering at your local shelter, donating food, blankets, and toys, or even just posting a photo of your four-legged best friend on Instagram. Whatever you do, remember to not only appreciate your dog today, but everyday, because loving you is their everyday job.