Is your dog overweight because your last trainer told you to feed her hotdogs? You fed her as strangers approached, as dogs walked by, and every time you saw a squirrel. You fed her every time she sat, every time she lay down, and every time she barked out the window. Sometimes when you fed her, you thought, “Am I reinforcing her for barking out the window, though?”
Your gut instinct was right. Your dog learned that when she barks out the window, the next thing she should do is run to you and get a nice piece of hotdog. What an awesome game!
Your veterinarian says that if your dog doesn’t lose weight, she’ll need knee surgery. She’s also at risk of getting diabetes.
How are you going to get your dog to listen to you without the hotdogs?
One of my newer clients called me for help with her rescue dog. She’d been training with food, but quickly realized that when her dog is outside and fixated on another dog (or person) she could “wave a steak in front of his face and he wouldn’t notice.”
Here are some training tips to help you reach your goal of a friendly family dog who is nice to strangers, doesn’t pull on the leash, and is a healthy weight too:
WHAT DOES YOUR DOG LOVE? — Your dog loves YOU! She will likely work for your praise. You should use your voice to praise your dog. Be aware that dogs who are very high drive and excited already don’t need your “Good sit!” to have as much enthusiasm as if your child just got into the university of their choice. All dogs are snowflakes. Figure out whether a calmer tone helps your dog know she’s done a good job, or if you need a little more enthusiasm (because your dog is a little bit shy and requires more encouragement.)
TOUCH — Along with your voice, some dogs are very happy to work for being petted. We’ve all seen a police dog getting thumped on the rump for a job well done. That doesn’t mean YOUR pet dog enjoys that much enthusiasm and force. Some dogs like that and some dogs don’t. Your dog may be a little shy and likes a gentle chest rub. Bottom line, know YOUR dog.
TOYS — Your dog loves tug o’ war. Use this to your advantage. Your tug toy is now your dog’s reward. Ask them to heel, lay down, or sit and reward them with a bit of tug. Before using this method, teach your dog a reliable “drop it” command.
PRO TIP: Dogs love to work for food and will often work for their food ration. Instead of using unhealthy, fattening hotdogs use their daily ration of Norman’s Naturals for training rewards.
We hope you have lots of fun learning about what motivates YOUR dog. Drop a comment below and let us know what your dog loves to work for.
~Alyssa Foulkes, MSc, Dog Behaviourist
Alyssa loves helping dog lovers build better relationships with their dogs. Beyond Dog Training offers in-home, in-car, and online training in Guelph, ON and the surrounding area.
Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors Inc. is a leading Canadian manufacturer of high-quality premixes and supplements. Located at Wellesley, ON we service a client base throughout Canada, the United States and internationally.
Position responsibilities are varied and include working closely with our President and General Manager, regulatory bodies, supporting other team members and client interaction.
Maintain the FeedAssure (HACCP) program
Maintain Ractopamine Free program
Maintain Organic Program
Prepare and monitor all required submissions related to product registrations (CFIA, PMRA, VHP)
Maintain all necessary documents and data to ensure regulatory compliance (Feeds Act and Feeds Regulations, Fertilizers Act and Regulations, Canadian Organic Standards, CFIA, Health Canada, USDA, FDA, etc.)
Qualities we’re looking for:
Embraces or intrigued by the Bio-Ag philosophy and expectations
Self-starter (takes initiative and can work independently)
Contributes to team effort
Attention to detail and highly organized
Be driven to learn
Ability to interact in a positive, friendly manner with co-workers, customers, and sales representatives
Not afraid to ask questions
It’s beneficial if you have the following skills or experience:
Post-secondary education in Ag Science-related field
Be familiar with Office 365
HACCP and Food Safety Program Certificate
FSPCA PCQI FDA Training
Experience in a regulatory or policy position
Experience with HACCP programs
This is a Full-time position; approximately 35-40 hours per week. Schedule flexibility is available.
Interested candidates are asked to forward their resumes by November 2, 2020 to email@example.com. Use the subject line “not afraid to ask questions” Attention: Parry.
Welcome to our fall 2020 newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors. Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more. We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available. If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list! For all other inquiries please click here:
Welcome to our latest summer newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors. Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more. We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available. If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list! For all other inquiries please click here:
Bio-Ag is open and producing premixes and supplements. However, we are asking clients to avoid coming to the office. It is crucial that we minimize staff to exposure so we can keep providing those important products you need. If you must pick up at the office, please conduct the transaction by phone/email/fax. Staff will leave the product on our pickup dock. If you need assistance at loading, please request that when placing the order.
Phone: 1800.363.5278 or 519.656.2460
Mike Schumacher is a 3rd generation farmer, with 2015 marking the centennial for Auswill Farms.
Originally purchased by his grandfather is 1915, Mike and his wife Brenda bought the farm in 1995. Their son AJ helps out, and of course, grandson Liam likes to pitch in too.
The Schumacher's choose to use all IP seeds and compliments that choice with Bio-Ag products such as
Bio-Lac/Seaweed/Sugar, Ocean Harvest Dried Seaweed Meal, Perma-Guard (DE), Bio-Ag Kelp Fertilizer, Black Earth, and Bio-Ag Calf Starter. They use the Bio-Lac/Seaweed/Sugar to help with fermentation and feel the cows are healthier and are better milkers due to the high quality of their corn silage.
The Schumacher's are longtime customers of Bio-Ag and we wish them continued success and many more generations of farmers to come
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John Sweeting has been a Bio-Ag dealer since 2002 servicing the Peterborough area. One of his favourite events to attend is the Hastings County Plowing Match in Tweed. The show hosts over 200 exhibitors and Bio-Ag is proud to be one of them. We recently had a chance to chat with John about his experience at the show and why he attends.
Hi John, thank you for sitting down with me today. Why don’t you tell me how you got started with Bio-Ag?
With Bio-Ag, alright well that’s a bit of a story. I think it goes back to 2002 or 2003; there was an advertistment in the farm paper at the local Ag office about a meeting of producers getting together about organic milk. Murry Bast was the speaker who was coming down to give a presentation. I’d heard of Murray because of my field of farming organically and I always wanted to hear him speak. I was also really interested in the topic of organic milk production. So I went to the meeting and asked a few questions. And at that point in time there was some literature that came in the mail and a letter attached in the envelopes asking if I knew or would possibly be interested in taking on Bio-Ag Distribution. They sent me a binder and I had an interview, so here we are
And the rest is history
Yes and the rest is history
You attend the Hastings County Plowing Match every year; why are you drawn to this show?
I have a bit of history that goes back into Hastings County. I think it was the year of 1986 they hosted the International Plowing Match. And from that experience the gentlemen who worked on that decided amongst themselves that it would be worthwhile to start their own mini plowing match. So it just kind of grew to what it is today. It’s basically the “Outdoor Farm Show” version for East-Central Ontario. It draws people from Ottawa, Renfrew, Kingston and up north into Barrie. It’s 10+ acres of tented city so there is a lot for people to see like demonstrations of new machinery or whatever their focus is for that year.
How do you think you benefit most from attending?
I think it’s the face to face contact. The people who are interested and come into the tent you are more likely to do business with. Through that I guess it’s a more efficient time than making random cold calls. Then you have current customers, who you don’t see quite as often who might come by with a question. And just that one on one contact and networking and building relationships is what makes it worth attending.
What is your favourite part of the two day event?
My favourite part? I guess it’s a case of the whole Ag business coming together. And for people of Ag background it’s a day they look forward to and see all the different vendors who have displays. It’s hard to explain Nicole; Its like-minded people and a certain type of energy when you get a show together. Like I say it’s hard to explain.
Of all the people you talk to, what products do you find they are most interested to learn about?
There could be a variety it could be from any variety of livestock concerns or soil health. It depends on the day of the show and if there are questions. I think it’s a case that we deal with a lot of people that are critical thinkers and a lot of them probably have questions when they come to the show. Because we have consultants and distributors in our name they want to consult with us a little bit to see if we have the answers. That’s probably the best way to put it.
Now is there anything that people can expect?
There is a network of knowledge that we as a company have to draw on because of our dealer network and head office. If there’s a question I can’t answer right away I can soon find out. There will be a general variety of the products we carry displayed so people can see what we have.
Maybe they should just come to the show and visit you at your booth?
Thank you for talking to me today John and we hope you have a good show this year! If you would like to talk to John or get connected with him please head to the Hastings County Plowing Match and stop by his booth!
For more information about the show please visit their facebook page