Hi friends, Happy Tip Tuesday!
This week’s Tip Tuesday features a beautiful story from Stephanie and her Malinois Nyx. Having followed their adventures on Instagram for a while, I already thought Nyx was a badass for her achievements in Dock Diving competitions. But after getting to know their story and training, I’m even more amazed and I had to share with you!
Having followed their adventures on Instagram for a while, I already thought Nyx was a badass for her achievements in Dock Diving competitions. But after getting to know their story and training, I’m even more amazed and I had to share with you!
Stephanie’s training techniques that I’m about to share are very helpful and I’m sure you’ll benefit from her knowledge.
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When Stephanie first got Nyx, she was already over a year and a half old and had already belonged to 4 owners.
She was called devil dog, untrainable, destructive and other negative names. She was terrified of everything and had hardly been inside (they kept her outside all day and then she slept in the garage). Just wasn’t the right home for her.
Her first day home she jumped at everything but especially the ice maker and the TV. The pads of her feet were mostly burnt off.
Later Stephanie found out Nyx had pyometra, a deadly infection in her uterus. Stephanie was told if she hadn’t caught it when she did, Nix wouldn’t have lasted another month.
After a lot of confidence building, Nyx’s one brave girl. Anything I ask of her, she does without hesitation and puts all her trust in me. She goes with me everywhere and has helped me so much. Stephanie
TODAY’S TIP TUESDAY:
NEVER STOP TRAINING AND TURN ANYTHING INTO A DOG TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
by Stephanie Clark
“A tip that I think other Malinois owners should follow is never stop training and turn anything into a training opportunity.
Obviously, if you get a Mal I think the majority of people will do a lot of training with them.
I’m not necessarily talking about obedience or sports training. I’m talking about things around the house, things you find when you’re out walking.
It was raining one day so I taught Nyx how to help do the laundry. Another time it was way too hot out so I taught her how to deliver items up and downstairs between my husband and I.
KEEP YOUR DOG STIMULATED BY GIVING THEM CHORES
Whenever it’s time for chores I turn them into a lesson for her. Some that I have taught Nyx to do include to take the trash out, open and close cabinets, pick up her toys, close doors, help with the dishes, retrieve and bring me drinks from the fridge, plus many others.
These are easy training opportunities that help keep my girl stimulated throughout the day even.
Whether I come home from work totally exhausted or if the Texas weather just isn’t working in our favor. Plus they’re easy to translate over to a public setting like grabbing or carrying specific items when instructed.
I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos which affects the majority of my body. I dislocate, have chronic migraines, and occasional heart and breathing issues to name a few. She’s learned how to help me in all of my shortcomings. Alert to an impeding migraine or let me know when I need to rest when my heart rate spikes.
THE DOCK DIVING TRAINING
This year we started dock diving! Aside from all the training, I can do at home and in public with Nyx, I wanted her to do a sport that I could physically keep up with. Plus water is always fun!
Her first experience was interesting, to say the least! Nyx wasn’t sure how to jump off the dock. That was back in March. Two months later, she was jumping 9 feet. Then she jumped to 13 feet. Now in June, she’s jumping 22 feet consistently and recently just got her
Now in June, she’s jumping 22 feet consistently and recently just got her Masters Title!
NYX’S DOCK DIVING MASTER TITLE
Since I’m always doing so much with her and she’s my lifeline, I want her to be as healthy as possible. The same time she started dock diving, I also started her on a raw diet.
She’s been doing fantastic on it! I couldn’t believe how much softer her coat is and how fresh her breath always is. Even when she should stink like a wet dog from swimming, she hardly smells at all!
I had been trying to track down her original breeder for a while now just out of curiosity. On Father’s Day, I actually made some leeway and discovered that her parents (as well as others in her bloodline) both worked as immigration patrol canines!”
To follow Stephanie and her adventures with Nyx on Instagram click here.
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