Teka Unleashed - Dog Training Tips

August 5, 2019

Bonding through Oxytocin, The Love Hormone.

Oxytocin is a hormone and a neurotransmitter that is associated, (among other things) with trust and relationship-building in both humans and animals.  Every time we gaze lovingly at our pets, cuddle, stroke, talk or even play with them, their oxytocin level goes up and so does ours. It is a cellular reaction that stimulates bonding and trust.  To understanding how important human interaction is to animals, I encourage you to use the techniques I describe below to gain the trust and understanding of your pet. For example, when we approach a fearful/skittish dog, no matter how great our intentions are, […]
July 11, 2019

Snake Prevention Tips

In this post I’m going to continue my discussion about how to keep your dog safe in the great outdoors. Particularly from snakes.   Snakes are a danger to dogs in threefold: Their strong musk scent triggers a dog’s sense of smell. Their rattling sound easily lures a dog’s impeccable hearing. The way a snake moves … it triggers a dog’s prey drive. Also, researchers have discovered some rattlesnakes are not rattling anymore!  Some even have their rattles atrophied! In fact, they believe this new rattlesnake generation are more aggressive, since they’re missing a key protective element — their rattle.     TRAINING can save […]
June 22, 2019

Summertime Hiking Tips

Since it’s summer a lot of you will be spending time outside enjoying nature with your pet.  In my next few posts, I’m going to be writing about how to protect your dog from snakes.  Being outdoors is a great bonding experience … we just need to take few precautions to stay safe. BE ALERT — Always keep your dog leashed on the trail and close to you. (In narrow trails, I always keep my dog (leashed) behind me — it gives me time to spot a snake before she does.)   Please do NOT rely on Rattlesnake Vaccines!!!  Yes, […]