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Introduction to the Six Legged Companion Coach

By August 21, 2017 Six Legged Companion Coach

Introduction to the Six Legged Companion Coach

Vegan Dogs and People

The Six Legged Companion Coach and two of her 4 American Dogs

What? Did you say you have never heard of a Six Legged Companion Coach? Well that could be because there is no other one than Pam.

Why and how she came up with the title:

There is a reason behind Pam coming up with her title.

First her real name is Pamela Schmidlin. She is from Long Island, NY. And here we will break down the title and explain why she choose the title name!

Let’s start with Six Legged- no she doesn’t have 6 legs, BUT as a professional dog trainer- yes, she did study and have experience working with canines in the past. So she took her two legs and her dogs four legs and added them because she opted to coach along side her dogs, as her dogs are just as much a great coach to her and others as anyone else could ever be. We can learn so much from our dogs- take Yoga for instance. In Yoga one of the most well known poses is the Downward Dog (you don’t even have to practice Yoga know of this pose). We get the move literally from the dog. It’s the first thing you can find our dogs doing in the morning- immediately followed by an Upward Dog of course. (The probably second most known pose in Yoga). And then you have the Extended Puppy Pose which is taken from well the young dogs i.e. PUPPIES! Most Yoga poses which are so healthy for humans to do are taken from well the animals. Her followers and students are called Six Legged Companion Teams!

Companion- Pam doesn’t  call her dogs her babies or anything so mundane. It actually offends her. She is not a pet parent- she considered them Best Friends, but more over companions to her.

Coach- this is fairly easy to explain. As a dog trainer, she is a coach to those who need to learn how to work and live with their dogs. And as a health coach she took the trainer and turned that into Coach. She prefers to be known as a coach than trainer. She also most recently became a Beachbody coach. Which you will hear more about in the upcoming weeks ahead.

What is she here to do:

The Six Legged Companion Coach is here to help people live a healthy and happy lifestyle with their dogs ALONGSIDE her dogs AKA the 4 American Dogs.

Where can she be found:

She can be found on Instagram @thehealthydogrunner

Twitter@ the dogrunner

So until our next post here have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

The Six Legged Companion Coach

Introduction to the Dog Runner

By August 20, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Introduction to the Dog Runner

the new America!

A Girl and Her Dog!

The Dog Runner has recently changed her title to be more specific so her title is now the All American Dog Runner Girl.

Let’s break it down:

ALL AMERICAN because Pam is as All American as one can get, she tried to follow the American path as much as possible. She graduated from primary school and went directly to college, graduate school, etc and in between had jobs to get experience. She enlisted in the US Army to serve and protect her country and the land she loves.

Dog Runner because Pam loves and has loved running with her dog for years. To this day she has a hard time running without her dog or dogs. In fact, she has had to make her own event to raise money for the charity of their choosing  to be able to run a course with her dogs. You can read more about that event on the event page and updating blogs in the next few weeks, and all. There are two races that the pack will be running in as well!!

Girl because Pam is a well, GIRL, not GAL, not just a person but gender specifically a GIRL! And she has GIRL POWER on her side!

What she wants to do:

Pam wants to bring information on her website/ blogs along with her 4 American Dogs about living a happy and healthy lifestyle together.

Until the next blog have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

Where she can be found outside this blog:

You can also follow Pam on Instagram @thehealthydogrunner

on Twitter@the dogrunner

and on Youtube @PamelaSchm2

 

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Event Update……

By August 17, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Update on the September Event

Due to training only on weekdays, the last few weeks and the fact that we have to put a hold on the first weekend due to the All American Dog Runner Girls schedule. We will run a 5k each weekday in September, starting after labor day weekend and ending on October 8th. So We will continue to train throughout the month of September and include two 5k’s as well on Sept 23 (Saturday) in Smithtown, NY and on October 8th (Sunday) in PA! Otherwise the 5k’s on Mon thru Friday will resume more as training runs for these two races. And on October 8- the All American Dog Runner Girl will attempt to run with 3 to 4 dogs in the race! Can she do it? That is of course with all the other dogs around them! YIKES!

So slight changes have been made and all but the event has not been stopped and we are still going to be raising money for Paws for War!

Paws for War....

Justice sits outside the door of Paws for War. Yes our 4 legged friends are the true definition of all those words behind her.

TO donate for a great cause you can go to this link:

https://www.crowdrise.com/running-for-service-dogs-and-their-veterans/fundraiser/thedogrunner

 

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Running with your dog

By August 1, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Running with Your Dog

Vegan Dogs and People

Fats and Vitamins can provide alot for a healthy dog and human to move and be alive!

One of my favorite topics to talk about and do in life! I started running with my dogs years ago. And to this day I cannot run without my dog. However doing so safely is important. And hopefully today I will give you somethings to think about as you head out the door.

Safely Running with Your Dog

Before you head out the door with your dog PLEASE consider these things to keep you and your dog safe.

Keep a leash on your dog. Keeping a leash on your dog, no matter how well they are trained to stay by your side will keep them safe from harm. Whether that means the one time chase of the “SQUIRREL!” that brings them to cross the road in front of potential traffic. Or running up to that deer infested with deer ticks. Or simply running up to the stranger with their dog who is simply walking with their dog the proper way- one dog off leash can antagonize the other and a fight can result. So many things can happen so why not keep you, your dog, other dogs, other animals, the environment and anything/ one else I forgot safe and sound!

Which brings me to the Environment, if your dog is off leash and needs to go, your dog can be far ahead of you and you may not see where they go and someone may not just see it as “SH…..I….T…..Happens!” No one likes to step in the loads left behind, I know it annoys me…..so please be responsible and PICK UP THE POOP!

Leashes should be a comfortable length of 4 to 6 ft, not to short, not to long. Okay if your insistent on letting your dog off leash, let them drag a long line of 20 ft as they run with you, so they are in fact on leash but you are hands free. BUT make sure they are good no GREAT at voice control. And please be sure you are in an area where others will not be bothered. Or your dog cannot run into traffic. And watch your dog 100% of the time, not 90%, not 95%, BUT 100%!

Protect your feet with the proper running shoe of course- you can go into your running store and they can custom fit you for the proper shoe for you. Also protect your dogs paws from the elements- be it the hot pavement or freezing snow or ice. You can put dog boots on your dog. This can be funny at first as your dog may walk funny- hey they’re probably no used to wearing anything on their paws! OR you can get paw wax such as Mushers Wax or some other paw protection there are more and more coming out on the market everyday. But this can be rubbed on their paws and your set to go out and run!

Supplies Needed

Here is a list of supplies you will need before you head out the door:

Leash/ Collar

Paw/ Foot protection

Water 

Treats (optional)

Knowledge of basic training

You and your dog should know some basic commands

Time of Day

What time of day are you going to be running? Running in the morning especially in the summer months will reduce the risk of overheating of you and your dog. It will keep the risk of paw damage due to hot pavement down as well.

Running at night and you and your dog will need reflective gear and or lights to lead the way. This is so that you do not trip and fall over or on your dog. Your dog will be fine as they are able to see in low light situations and can detect movement! Yes, they are your built in motion detectors. Although if you must run in the dark, I do highly suggest you bring your dog- especially any ladies out there, as you will have that added protection from attackers- few attackers will mess with someone with a dog because even the smallest of dogs can be a huge protector of their humans!

Ok, these are just some of the things to think about when you go out running with your dog. May I suggest getting my book “Get Your Leash On!” to read up on everything about Running with your dog! Here is the link: You can click on the image below to bring you there as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Leash-Healthy-Companion/dp/1500897957

Ok, until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

 

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Olfactory Sense

By July 31, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog
Olfactory senses

Olfactory senses at work

Your Dogs number one Sense-Olfactory Senses!

Ok, so we’ve discussed other senses the last few days and how they can affect our training. Now let’s talk about our number one sense. As a hound dog myself, I can tell you all the smells out there tell me so much about the world around me! It is once again our PRIMARY scent!

Think about it we sniff other dogs butts whenever we meet, even if we already know that dog. It tells us so much who the dog is, and where they’ve been- if they’ve been on our turf, etc. Are they healthy or not, you get the idea. If you humans used your olfactory senses like we do the world would be a different place!

Olfactory

Olfactory senses and physiology of the canine and human

Our sense of smell is so much more superior to that of you humans.

The Olfactory receptor cells are the main reason why dogs supersede the human sense of smell. This is first of all true because of the fact we have so many more than humans! Get this:

Humans have 5 MILLION 

Whereas dogs have between 125 and 220 MILLION receptor cells!

And we must mention the cilia (those tiny hairs protruding out into the nasal cavity. Each cell is coated in mucous, together help to trap scent particles. Humans cells each have 6-8 cilia, whereas we have 100 to 150 cilia!

And finally the olfactory cells connect to nerve endings leading to the olfactory lobe, a structure in the brain. In humans it is the size of a pea. In us, this is the size of a walnut. So this obviously means much more brainpower is devoted to scent in dogs.

Humans can smell a scent within a room and eventually the smell will go away while it really is still around. Whereas dogs can smell the smell and the scent will be around for them for hours or days. We can also separate smells into components and choose one to concentrate on.

So what does it all mean for humans, how can we use this for training purposes?

To begin humans have used dogs to locate and hunt game. Although sighthounds use their eyes, most dogs use their noses. Police use canine to track down criminals as well as victims of disaster. Search and Rescue animals use their noses to search out and rescue individuals. They have drug sniffing dogs as well. Dogs also are used to find termites and other varmints.

Fun Game to play with your dog:

The shell game:  Take a few cups or bowls and turn them upside down and place a treat under the cup or bowl and let your dog sniff it out. Reward your dog when he or she had found it. Before you hide the treat, let your dog see it and sniff it, then hide it without your dog seeing you do so, and then tell your dog to go find it!

When training your dog use sniffing as a reward for accomplishing other things. When your dog does something particularly well go and work on the track! Or take your dog for a walk and let your dog sniff- we call these sniff walks instead of just walks or runs!

DO NOT TRY TO DETER SUCH A NATURAL BEHAVIOR AS SNIFFING PLEASE!

Ok so the next time your dog goes to sniff another dog let them as long as there is no aggressive growls, barks, or lunging to attack involved of course. Because now we know that we can use this as their reward for doing something good.

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

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Hydration

By July 31, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Hydration

Being the hot and disgusting summer this year, hydration is a very important part of our daily lives right? Actually hydration should be a part of our everyday lives 365 days a year!

Water

Facts on water and our makeup of it!

Yes, our bodies are primarily made up of water- this goes for people as well as dogs.

How much water do we really need?

Water

we should all be drinking enough water daily!

We should all be drinking ample amounts of water everyday to avoid dehydration and replenish what we lose.

Facts on Water

Our pets need an ounce of water per pound of body weight! We need an ounce of water per pound of body weight as well divided by 2!

The symptoms of dehydration in your dog are:

Sunken eyes

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Dry mouth

Depression

 

Dehydration Prevention

Keep water available to you pet at all times.

Monitor your dogs water intake. On average your dog needs an ounce of water per pound of their body weight.

When you go our for a walk or a run, bring water for yourself and your pet!

If you think your dog is under or over drinking see your vet immediately.

Water for us

Brita has a great water bottle for us, I’m hoping they come up with a doggy version too. As we all know Brita is about water filtration. And filtering our water is important to avoid things we do not want in our bodies- guess what we want our dogs to avoid these as much as possible as well.

Running with your dog

As you head out to run with your dog, especially during these hot summer months bring water for both of you. We will mention this in further blogs because of the importance of it. And the safety of both of you. If you go to Chewy.com you can find water bottles to carry along with you. As well as water bowls (both disposable and permanent for the house!). Also when at home change your dogs water frequently to avoid microorganisms from landing in the water and getting into your dogs system!

Ok, now that we covered a bit on hydration and we know what to look for and how to handle this a little bit better in our daily lives, tune in tomorrow for more on being healthy with our dogs by our side. And don’t forget to subscribe at the right for automatic updates to be sent to your inbox.

Until tomorrow, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

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Canine Hearing

By July 30, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Canine Hearing

A early morning run with Freedom!

I heard you I’m waiting to go further on …..let’s go already, Pam!

Canine Hearing can also affect your training progress. It is the second most important sense, right behind the sense of smell.

Even a sleeping dog is open to sounds around them. You can often see the movement of our ears as we are asleep.

Humans and dogs share the same basic characteristics of the ear, as far as the inner ear of course.

Abilities of Canine Hearing

Measured in vibrations of cycles per second- cps/ hertz. Humans range from 20- 20,000 hertz  with an optimum range of 1000- 4000 hertz.

Dogs hear less in ultra low range and more in high frequency range.  We range between 35,000- 100,000, dogs have been known to react to 75,000 hertz. One of our special talents is our ability to screen incoming sounds. Sudden loud noises are hard to screen out however- like thunderstorms or fireworks.

We aren’t ones to judge the distance of a sound.

 

Using Canine hearing to train properly

Let’s not fall into bad habits- All people are guilty of this at some point I’m pretty sure!

Don’t YELL commands!

Don’t repeat Commands!

The dog can hear you they just have to equate the word with and action! Which we will learn properly in the next few weeks!

 

Ok, so you know that dogs can hear well, and you do not have to YELL or repeat, just teach them meaning. So let’s change our ways to accommodate them.

Ok, Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

 

 

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Phytochemicals

By July 30, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Phytochemicals are important too

Phytochemicals also know as phytonutrients are derived from plant sources. They have many functions in the body. They promote the function of the immune system, act directly against bacteria viruses, reduce inflammation. They are also associated with the treatment and prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other things that negatively affect the health or well being of an individual.

Families of Phytochemicals and where they’re found

Phytochemicals

Carrots! A simple place phytochemicals/ nutrients can be found

Flavonoids- berry, herbs, vegetables

Isoflavones or (phytoestrogens)- barley, flaxseed, soy

Organsulfur compounds- chives, garlic

Saponins- beans, grains

Capsaicin- hot peppers

Isothiocyanates- cruciferous vegetables

Monoterpenes- citrus peels

Sterols- vegetable oils

Food Processing affects on them

Phytochemicals are thought to be destroyed or removed by food processing and cooking. Therefore there are fewer phytochemicals in our foods today and it is a reason for many conditions of cardiovascular problems and cancers and such today.

Ok, so today we should try to include phytochemicals in our lifestyle, which would be easier through a vegan lifestyle- i.e. plant sources. With our knowledge of the importance and what they are and can be found we have no excuses now.

Until tomorrow when we dwelve further into vegan lifestyle for people and dog. Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

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Canine Vision

By July 29, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Canine vision

It is important to understand how we see, because we don’t see like you humans.

Sight however is not our primary sense. We use smell as our Primary sense (which we will talk about tomorrow). We experience our environment in a different way than you humans. Knowing how we use our senses will better help you understand how some training techniques will work better with us than other ways. Therefore getting better results and being a better team together! Which is something we want to achieve as well, BUT we need to understand one another first!

Understanding the way we see will explain to you why a dog seems to be ignoring the handlers direction when they may not actually be!

Eye Parts

Parts of the Eye

The Canine eye resembles the human eye but have their differences.

The Sclera surrounds and protects the eyeball, unites the cornea in the front which is tough and transparent. When viewed straight on it is nearly invisible. Behind the cornea are the iris and pupil.

The iris, ciliary body an choroid comprise of the urea layer.

The iris is a muscle under control of the autonomic nervous system. The iris responds to the level of light by opening and closing to regulate the amount of light entering the eye. The iris is what you see as the colored portion of the eye.

*Dogs usually have brown, hazel/ amber, or blue eyes.

The ciliary body performs several functions as well as suspending the iris. It contains blood vessels and muscles that alter the focus of the lens. It also attaches to the sclera to hold everything in place.

The Retina is complex and prone to susceptible to injury. The eyeball lies protected in the socket bone only open in the front. Obviously those dog with bulging eyes are more susceptible to injury.  The Retina has two layers- the outer pigmented layer and the inner nerve layer. The inner layer receives the light impulses arriving at the eye and consists of rods and cones. Cones are responsible for detecting color. Dogs do have 10% cone receptors to detect color, as opposed to that of the 100% people have. Since they have a high percentage of rods they are more light sensitive which provides them the ability to see in low light situations.

The Abilities of Canine Vision

Dogs cannot make out the difference between orange from green from red. But they can make out the difference between the grey scale and to a higher degree than humans. The amount of light a dog needs for vision is four times lower than that of a human. (An animal in the wild hunts in the low light conditions, so this comes in handy.)

Field of view

The general field of view of a dog is generally between 240 and 250 degrees compared to the 180 degrees for a human.

Dogs are able to see more of what’s going on around them, see diagram below.

Field of View

Field of View of a person and a dog.

 

Dogs also lack the accommodation ability meaning they can’t accommodate at upclose distances, we stop focusing from 50-33 centimeters away. We shift to using scent, taste, or touch for close objects. For example: a person with 20/20 vision sees at 75 ft away, whereas a dog wouldn’t be able to see until it was only about 20 feet away.

However dogs trade off visual acuity for better low- light vision and a greater sensitivity to motion. (i.e. they are our motion detectors at night!) This is due to the fact they have a greater number of rods than cones as well.

What do dogs Rely on…..

Dogs rely on body language for communication. As well as use motion to recognize those they do not know at a distance.

KEEP IN MIND: TV for a us is like watching an old time jerky flickering silent movie whereas it is just fine for people.

Ok, so we learned alot today about our canines vision and ability, which is important to know for a great training session(s), tomorrow we will learn more and go into our canines hearing and ability.

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

 

 

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Essential Fats and Vitamins

By July 29, 2017 The All American Dog Runner Girl's Blog

Fats

Vegan Dogs and People

Fats and Vitamins can provide alot for a healthy dog and human to move and be alive!

Fats also called lipids are made up of component fatty acids. They can come from animal or plant sources. Animal sources are usually saturated fats, while plant sources are usually mono or polyunsaturated.

What are fats good for?

Fats are used as an energy source. They also promote growth and healthy skin! We (dogs) have a dietary requirement for a particular type of fatty acid called linoleic acid- it is required in their diet!  Linoleic acid are high in safflower , sunflower, and corn oils. Linolenic (Omega 3) fatty acids are now considered essential. Soybeans contain both linoleic and linolenic fatty acids so they make a good ingredient in a dogs diet. Evening Primrose oil is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids as well.

Vitamins

Vitamins and Minerals are an important part of a dogs diet as well and serve many functions. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in fat whereas water soluble vitamins are not. Water soluble vitamins need to be replaced since they are excreted.

Fat soluble vitamins include:

Vitamin A Required for vision, bone growth, immune, and other functions

Vitamin D Vital for insulin synthesis, bone health, and immune function

Vitamin E A strong antioxidant, deals with free radicals

Vitamin K Important in blood coagulation

 

Water soluble vitamins include:

Thiamin (B1) Burns calories in carbs and good for the nervous system

Riboflavin (B2) Good for the nervous system

Niacin (B3) Helps with Digestion

Pyridoxine (B6) Amino acid metabolism

Pantothenic acid Metabolism of protein, fat, and carbs

Folic Acid Important for Red Blood Cell development

Biotin Metabolism of lipids, glucose, some amino acids, and energy

Colalamin (B12) Red Blood Cells and nerve cells. THIS MUST BE SUPPLEMENTED, ESPECIALLY FOR VEGANS!

Ascorbic acid (C) Antioxidant and free radical scavenger

Choline Supports Metabolism

Carnitine Preventing heart diseases

Ok, so this is a more information we all need to know what we need to feed or fuel our bodies for optimum health. Fats and vitamins are important too! Don’t forget to go over to the right and subscribe to receive updates daily right to your inbox!

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

 

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