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Review day today…..

By May 27, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Review Day

Today, we’re reviewing all we learned together so far for the task of bringing me to a safe, happy place.

Running

Scout- Liberty and I run our race of the year!

Scout and Liberty running me into my safe and happy place in the above photo. In a few days we continue our Safe Place task training. As well as restart our running after a few weeks of no running. The runs will be short but good. Within a few minutes of running the endorphins should kick in and bring me to my safe & happy place. Today however we will work on Scout simply going to his safe spot like so:

Going to his safe spot

Scout goes to the Doga Mat and lies down nicely.

Once again, making sure the basics are well known help in learning and or performing more difficult tasks. Having the rest of our pack around is great because it allows us to have more distractions and learn how to handle those distractions. Not that Liberty and Freedom are bad distractions- they are joys to have around but still can distract us from trainings.

Other things we’ll be working on today

Also today, we’ll be planning our training for September and attempting to contact possible sponsors. I will attempt to write letters to them to tell them about my goals, who I am, and how they can be involved, as well as what they will obtain from being involved.

Plans and all

Starting June 1- we will start our running up again. We will start with short runs totaling 1 to 2 miles at first, working back up to longer distances. Being warmer weather, we will be prepared  with the proper foot and paw protection, we will carry water/ H2O with us, even on short runs. Of course always on leash running. We will be asking a friend or two to join us every so often, but with the crazy schedules of others we will not hold others to it. Running in the early morning hours- between 6am and say 9am will be a goal of ours. We will run on weekdays only for awhile. Until we head into July training we will add one weekend day into our training. We had found out that our dog jog 5k race has been cancelled due to construction on the course and not getting the appropriate permits therefore, unless I can work with the people who put on the race to make it a go. I am willing to do what it takes to make the race a go! You can visit www.strongislandrunningclub.com  to keep up with this and offer your help.  We will also start watching what we eat and our portion sizes right away.

So our pre- training is just as important if not more important than our actual training in July!  Stretching also is mandatory and will be completed before or after each run , preferably after when the body is warmed up which again will reduce the risk of injury! If you stretch cold muscles you can tear muscles, tissues, ligaments, etc. So be careful to stretch correctly, in upcoming blogs we will discuss this further as well, and in more depth, so keep checking in with us.

Sign off until tomorrow!

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

 

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still continuing the training

By May 26, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Still continuing on with the training

We will be still continuing to go to a safe place/ spot with Scout today. Since it is supposed to rain today and hopefully throughout the weekend here on Long Island. We will be training indoors and reviewing going to the safe spot to get it down pat. Back to the basics, Sunday will be our rest day so that we can go further in our training next week.

Plans for training for our running

Running

Scout- Liberty and I run our race of the year!

Today we will talk about our plans for our 10k training for September. Our training will start on Friday July 7th, 2017 and continue for 8 weeks. We will run according to this schedule more or less…..

We will also be using our Nikeplus app to record distance, speed, and all. I may opt to invest in a good heart rate monitor at some point as well.

As you can see our rest days are on Sunday here……and even as we change things around as we will start our training on a Friday, we will try our best to keep our rest day on the weekend!

 

Nikeplus training schedule, still continuing our training plan

Our training schedule as of July 7th thanks to Nikeplus!

Throughout our training we will discuss the elements of our training and dig deeper into the training process.

Added training

Along with our running schedule we will be adding in some DOGA sessions before and or after each run of the day. With the help of this wonderful Doga instructor, Amy Stevens and 

 

this one too, Suzi Teitelman……

Doga will help with stretching out our muscles between runs so that we can reduce the risk of injuries.

As far as other training goes, I will be adding in some abdominal work as well.

Working out is one thing, but fuel is another

Eating right is another thing we’ll be considering. For me eating CLEAN, and staying VEGAN is my plan. Eliminating the few processed vegan foods from the way I eat will be the toughest part of things for me! As far as my dogs, reading the labels of any dog foods and treats I get them is key. And using carrots and fresh whole foods for their treats will boost their protein intake.  Dogs do need more protein than people but high quality proteins. We will talk more about proteins, carbohydrates, fats, micronutrients, and all as we continue with our daily updates. But we will be watching what we use as fuel much more closely in the training along the way.

Our beachbody coach Ellen Bernstein Rand will help us get started in the beginning of June with some clean eating. You too can join her challenge this coming week on Facebook. Just click here: Clean Eating Challenge….. it’s free and it will help you learn how to make the transition easier to eating clean!

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

 

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And the Training continues

By May 25, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

And the training continues

Once again, we will be training as we were the last few days. Where Scout trains to bring me to a safe, happy place. While we bring you more information on our upcoming event in September that we hope to do.

Why I chose September for the event

You may be asking yourself, or silently asking why did she choose September. I assure you there are reasons for the choice. Including the onset of fall running which is my favorite time of year to run in. Hearing the crunch of leaves under my feet and my dogs paws is something that puts me in a happy place. Also the temperatures go back to normal and aren’t as hot. Also the month of September is National Service Dog Month!

How I came up with the whole idea

To be honest one of the reasons I came up with the whole idea of the event was basically following in a fellow runners footsteps. Sorta speak that is! Her name is Eva Casale. She has a yearly event where she runs 7 marathons in 7 days raising money for veterans. And brings awareness to the local and veterans so that no veteran is forgotten. As a veteran myself, I love this and support her whole heartedly! And was thinking how I can do my own event, so my event will be different yet similar to hers. I will be running for veterans but also dogs (a passion of mine) and since I am training my own service dog(s). One at a time at that, my first official service dog is being trained as we speak, LITERALLY, as he lies by my side quietly!

Scout the Service Dog in training

Service Dog to be “Scout”, in a safe quiet spot to lessen anxieties of Pam.

Ok, this is Scout, he is my first dog going through the service dog training with me, although here he’s not by my side and just posing for the camera!!

Until tomorrow, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day. Don’t forget to lace up and head out for a walk or run to enjoy the weather before it gets to hot this summer!

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Our training continues

By May 24, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Our training continues and our upcoming fundraiser

training

As our training continues……

So today training continues as we did yesterday…..BUT we’ll be talking about our fundraiser today. In September we’re planning on a month long fundraiser. We want to raise money for several organizations- we’re setting up the details now, and contacting these organizations, contacting possible sponsors, and local shelters and all now to get this to be a really big fundraiser. Another goal of our month long event will be to promote getting out there with your dog, and safely. As we are susceptible to being overweight, getting diabetes, heart disease, etc so are our dogs. And as my friends at LI-Dog pointed out “Dogs were born to RUN!” so that ‘s what we’ll be doing in September.

Plans for September

In September we want to run a 10k each day from and back to a selected shelter on Long Island, or from American Vet Dogs, or Wars for Paws locations. Or from a dog park of the day. The courses could be out and back or loop courses but they will start and finish at the chosen location. With approval of shelter officials I will take one or more dogs out to run part of the course with me. The goal of this is to promote the dogs at local shelters as PAWFECT workout partners. Our training will begin the middle of July. We will blog about our journey.

Organizations, Sponsors, Shelters- oh my!

I will not list all the organizations and or possible sponsors I wish to do the event with but I will start talking about them today as I try to contact/ communicate and organize with them in the next few weeks.

The organizations I want to work with to bring attention to their organizations and raise money for are Paws for Wars (based in Nesconset NY), K-9’s for Warriors, American Vet Dogs, and American Humane .  I chose these places because their causes fall right in line with my causes. They both want to help veterans and shelter dogs.  As well as local shelters such as Smithtown Animal Shelter, Huntington  Animal Shelter, Kent Animal Shelter, North Shore Animal League, Riverhead Animal Shelter among several other local shelters on Long Island. My goal is to bring awareness to the public that these dogs (and cats- who also make great workout partners) are available and waiting for their furever homes and ready to help you get into great shape. While helping themselves get into great physical condition and fight off disease and all.

In the meantime

In the meantime, besides making some healthy changes in my lifestyle. Those being portion control, and reducing the amount of packaged foods I eat and changing up my workout routine here and there so as not to get bored. And to keep my dogs happy with getting their physical exercise of course. I will be looking for sponsors to help me get my message out to the masses to promote the idea of getting into shape with our furry friends, eating clean, adopting from your local shelter and helping organizations that help veterans be paired up with service dogs so they can live the life they deserve to live after all they went through to do so. Such possible sponsors I will be contacting are Brooks, Nikeplus, Wooftrax, Petco, PetSmart, Whole Foods, PetSuppliesPlus. The training continues and we will make sure that all possible sponsors and organizations are aware that training will continue in so many ways.

Training for our event

Some other coaches I will try to work with to help me meet our goals are Kyle Kittleson, Lelah Sullivan, Suzi Teitelman, Amy Stevens, and Ellen Bernstein Rand.

About one of those coaches

My goal is to run and workout and change my eating habits to eat more clean with the help of Beachbody coach, Ellen Bernstein Rand, who has a challenge for anyone who needs a little help and accountability in doing so. She will be providing support and great recipes. As a vegan for other than health reasons and a health coach myself. I will be taking some recipes and veganizing  them and sharing them with her and her group. I highly recommend joining her group as she is committed to living a healthy life.

The training continues for Scout during this time in service dog training as well as physical activity.Working with local media and running clubs to spread the message is key to be able to meet my goals.

Until tomorrow

Ok, so that was a bit about what I’ll be working on diligently the next few days. Until my next update have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

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Service Dog Training- Bring me to a safe spot

By May 23, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog
running

Our happy safe place……is when we’re running!!

Work on bringing me to a safe happy spot

As we know Rome was not built in a day. Nor was the best trained dog. Training takes time and patience. So today we will be working with Scout to get him to bring me to a safe happy spot, out of the stressful ways. So we will work on this today. We are not quite done adding to this training so don’t go anywhere. We will be adding to this in a day or two, but I want to get the basics down first.

Steps for the days training

The steps for todays training will go as follows:

I will simulate a stress response I typically have and tell Scout “Safe Spot, quick!” Now, a little guiding by me and or luring to get him to get me out of the stressful area may be needed at first but after sometime, Scout will get this is what needs to be done and it will be automatic. Dogs are creatures of habit.

Step one: put a leash on Scout, and have a pocketful of treats and my clicker around my neck.

 Two: Be standing or sitting somewhere with Scout by my side.

Three: simulate stressful situation with my responses to them, “I can at the very least simulate the responses.”

 Four: Tell Scout “Safe Spot, quickly” today, we may have to guide Scout to get him to get me away from the stressful area…..kind of walking it out- even short walks can produce those happy hormones i.e. endorphins. For some people it takes only 10 minutes some it takes longer to produce them from 30 minutes on. Removing me from a stressful situation is key!

 Five: Keep walking or running for a minimum of 10 minutes with Scout.

 Six:  Sit and let Scout lean into me and apply Deep Pressure Therapy.

This week it will be raining so walking me to a place to exercise can be part of the task. Walking or running  is ideal for me. BUT in time of need other forms of exercise can be used- like a great session of Doga, or a good ab workout, a PIYO workout, etc. I would like to point out that sometimes the place is a state of mind. Hence doing some exercise to get endorphins going in the body bringing on happiness.

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

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Another week of Service Dog Task training…..

By May 22, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Training Continued for Safe Space work

After a nice rest day yesterday, Scout is ready- willing- and able to continue training. This week starting today we will be working on getting me to a safe spot with the help of Scout. All of our training will be done on leash, with plenty of treats and our clicker. And both Scout and myself of course.

Today we will be working in one room together and on leash.

Why work on leash?

Ok, where to start, first when out and about- Scout and I will be tethered together by a leash. I actually prefer a hands free leash I picked up at my local running store. But any leash (preferably 6 ft or shorter will do). Now using a leash will ensure Scout and my safety. As well as the safety of others (including other animals, the environment, and other people around us). Not all people like dogs and even service dogs need to be under strict control, and respect their surrounding. Not to mention that if Scout and I go for a walk while on leash, I can respect the environment, other dogs and people’s shoes by knowing where I need to pull out a bag and pickup after my him. Yes, as we go out and about we will be leashed together and training as closely to those situations before we go out together will be helpful now as well as then. SAFETY for ALL!! Basically what I want Scout to be doing for me is to get me to walk away from a stressful situation so he can provide some Deep Pressure Therapy to me and I can  lower my blood pressure by simply petting and kissing him all over. It’s as simple as that!

Steps for the days training

The steps for todays training will go as follows:

I will simulate a stress response I typically have and tell Scout “Safe Spot, quick!” Now, a little guiding by me and or luring to get him to get me out of the stressful area may be needed at first but after sometime, Scout will get this is what needs to be done and it will be automatic. Dogs are creatures of habit.

Step one: put a leash on Scout, and have a pocketful of treats and my clicker around my neck.

Step two: Be standing or sitting somewhere with Scout by my side.

Step three: simulate stressful situation with my responses to them, “I can at the very least simulate the responses.”

Step Four: Tell Scout “Safe Spot, quickly” today, we may have to guide Scout to get him to get me away from the stressful area…..kind of walking it out- even short walks can produce those happy hormones i.e. endorphins. For some people it takes only 10 minutes some it takes longer to produce them from 30 minutes on. Removing me from a stressful situation is key!

Step Five: Keep walking or running for a minimum of 10 minutes with Scout.

Step Six:  Sit and let Scout lean into me and apply Deep Pressure Therapy.

This week it will be raining so walking me to a place to exercise can be part of the task. Walking or running  is ideal for me. BUT in time of need other forms of exercise can be used- like a great session of Doga, or a good ab workout, a PIYO workout, etc…..

Going to a Safe spot

Watching me, on our way to a safe/ happy spot!

Our training today

As we continue training today here are some photos from the day:

Scouts taking Pam to a safe happy place

Scouts taking Pam to a safe happy place

Scouts taking Pam to a safe happy place

Scouts taking Pam to a safe happy place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scouts and Pam at a safe happy place

Scouts and Pam at a safe happy place with Liberty and Freedom helping out..

Scouts and Pam at a safe happy place

Scouts and Pam at a safe happy Liberty and Freedom helping out..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until tomorrow when we continue on with more training have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

 

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Rest Days

By May 21, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Rest Days

There are those days that call for some rest….after a long week of working on a new task, or at least halfway through training for the new task. Scout needed some rest time so he got into bed with his girl and went to sleep for awhile.

SLEEP TIME

Scout sleeping with his main girl on the bed!

What we will be doing on this rest day

The main thing we will be working on is stuff we need to be doing on the computer. That is preparing our scopes for the week. We will be introducing ourselves to Periscope, or reintroducing ourselves.  As well as our Tuesday and Thursday live Youtube show. And thinking out our Foxy Friday posts for our Facebook and Instagram accounts. As well as getting our stuff in order for our September fundraiser and upcoming training for it. And writing our novel- a never-ending task or so it seems. And putting up our free ebook or books on this blog/ site for readers to check out and use with their four legged friends.

 

So stay tuned for all the goodies to come and soon you can get a free ebook from us that can help your relationship with your dog. YES WE SAID FREE!

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

 

 

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Review Day……

By May 20, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Reviewing what we covered

Today, this Saturday, we will be reviewing what we’ve been working on for our “Safe Spot” task…….

I know this task will be a great thing for me as I go out in public. To have Scout hear Safe Spot from me and to guide me to a safe place to console me and bring me out of my anxiety will be so beneficial. But wait, we’re only half through our training for this task. Next week, we’ll work on the rest of the training……ya ready? I know I am.

Basics

Alright so we’ve covered the basics and all training starts with knowing the basics. Then you add on step by step and before you know with a bit of patience you will have trained that behavior or task.

Grounding

Practicing grounding outside with added distractions, could this be an end result to going to a safe spot?!?!?!?

End Results

In the picture above, Scout is in a safe spot on the bench- surrounded by Justice and a quiet, peaceful environment together. As Pam gets some Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT) from Scout. Scout gets treats and Pams gets some needed therapy from her best friend!!

 

 

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Service Dog Training- Moving locations…….

By May 19, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

Moving/ Adding locations for a safe place….

 

So today, we’ll be moving or adding locations. And going  into different rooms and having Scout go to a “safe place” in each room. This is all working up to the big picture- patience is a virtue I know but even I get ants in my pants awaiting the final results. LOL!

So, we’ll go to other rooms in the house and have Scout basically start from a given location, then we’ll tell him (and lure him if needed) to “go to a safe place” or basically say “safe place” showing him a certain spot we want him to go to. And as he makes his way towards the location, we can reward and treat him- praise him- etc for each little step he takes toward the spot. Or if he shows he is ready to go there right away we will reward him for going to the spot right away (again it depends on the dog’s participation and all, yes the dog guides the training.

Scout the Service Dog in training

Service Dog to be “Scout”, in a safe quiet spot to lessen anxieties of Pam.

Steps for today:

First the steps are basically the same for the last few days but in different areas. This way Scout realizes that there can be more than one safe spot in the world today- as well as his human counterpart realizing the same thing.

So we’ll start out say at the doorway or walkway and I will scan the room looking for the “spot”.

Next I will tell Pam “Safe Spot” or “Go to the safe spot” while pointing to the the desired spot. As soon as he makes his way towards the spot say good Scout- good boy, etc.

Once he gets to the spot have Scout sit and stay in the spot and praise, reward with a treat, and don’t forget to click  with the clicker (as a click is a sign a treat is on it’s way). Click as soon as his rear hits the ground to sit. Timing is critical with clicker training.

Now we’ll try this in other rooms and even head outside to find some safe spots outside as well.

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

 

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Service Dog Training- A Safe Place!

By May 18, 2017 The Dog Runner's Blog

A Safe Place for a Service Dog to bring you….

 

The last few days we’ve been starting to train for our big task, for Scout to bring me to a safe place to avoid any undue anxieties.

 

Today we continue that training with the next step…..throughout the day, I will be getting Scout to go to a “safe place”-  I have chosen to call it “SAFE PLACE” by the way. So training ourselves is probably the toughest- for one to use one word for the task and not a bunch of words at different times. Yikes!

Going to his safe spot

Scout goes to the Doga Mat and lies down nicely.

We were working on the first two steps the last two days, today we will work on staying in the safe spot a longer amount of time- i.e. longevity training.

As time progresses the amount of time will become longer and longer so be patient with this process as I need to train myself to be.

Until tomorrow when we move on to more steps in our training. Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

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