Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Washi Tape Dog Treat Box

Introducing the newest must have accessory for spring – the washi tape dog training treat box!

washi tape clip on dog treat box

Husband said he was surprised I waited two whole days after we adopted Lacey to make her something. What can I say? I’m a maker.

Condo Blues Lacey the Dog
I asked Lisa to reuse this photo of me because I am sometimes a little shy when she pulls out her camera.
You can read my story here.

Dogs do not relate cause and effect like we humans do. When I catch Lacey doing something right, I need to reward her immediately while she relates to the two behaviors (the good thing and getting a reward for doing the good thing.) If I have to run to another room to grab the treat, it may be too late for her to associate the reward for the behavior she exhibited in the other room.

Lacey does not mind this type of positive reinforcement training at all.

Stuffing dog treats in our pockets isn’t a good idea because Lacey smells the treat on us. Once she smells a treat, Lacey becomes Short Attention Span Theater. That’s why Husband carries his training treats clipped to his belt in our old agility bait bag.

I need a training treat bait bag too.

I bought a box of treats for Blitzkrieg because the BPA free container clips to my belt for training. I put it away after I bought the bait bag because the bag worked better for our agility class. It will be fine for regular behavioral training though. I only wish it were a little cuter. Let’s fix that.

I scrubbed the rest of the label off the old dog treat clip box with warm water, dish soap and an old toothbrush. After the box dried, I covered it with hamburger washi tape. Cartoon French fry decorative tape isn’t my first design choice. I got it in a swap and had no idea how or if I might use it.

Since Husband and I consider fast food an occasional treat, I figured why not use foodie tape for Lacey’s not fast food and not occasional right now dog treats. Besides the price is right – free.

Lacey's treat box is covered in treat washi tape!

My washi tape dog treat container is getting a workout. We had our first evaluation and training session with our dog behaviorist Greg last Friday. Lacey is a smart girl and learns quickly!

he gave the three of us a lot of homework on door manners, excessive barking, jumping on people, and not being afraid of men going down the stairs.  This is in addition to the stuff we are already working on with Lacey: establishing positive leadership roles, toy guarding, mouthing, and not barking at the dishwasher and washer/dryer, garage door, and sweeper. Greg evaluated what and how we are conducting our sensitivity training. Then he gave us a few tweaks and the go ahead to keep on keeping on.

That’s why Husband and I contacted Greg this time around. While we appreciate the compliments Husband and I got about turning Blitzkrieg’s behavior around, but we did not do it alone. We needed a trained dog behaviorist who knows much more about dog behavior than we ever will. It helps to have a neutral third party to observe us and tell us when we are sending mixed signals to our dog.

It’s true. Dog training is as much about training the people as it is about training the dog.

Expensive but well worth it. 

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Mary said...

I'm so happy for Lacey and you guys! What a wonderful tribute to Blitzkrieg that you had such a great bond with him, you have "reupped" to help another troubled dog. My eyes are getting teary right here at work.

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Thank you Mary. Your comment makes my day!

Mary said...

My pleasure! BTW the treat box is really cute.

lots o stuff said...

I am so glad for you guys. I am Samson the Peke who used to write sometimes to Blitzkrieg with the help of San. Even though it is not another peke, I approve. Lacey is sure cute!

Fluster Buster said...

What a cute use for Washi Tape! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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