While they might be some of the most gorgeous creatures to ever walk the earth, be under no illusions – having a new puppy is not easy. Especially because we are our own worst enemies and will bombaries our pups with confusing information which can lead to terrorising behaviours. Here are some of the common complaints:
- Toiletting wherever, whenever
- Nipping (with needle sharp teeth)
- Jumping (more…)
In this article I’m going to discuss some of the behaviours that are ‘normal’ to see from a puppy. I will explain why the pup is doing this behaviour and whether it is something that you can expect them to ‘grow out of’ or whether you will need to take action to remedy it. These are the behaviours I will tackle.
- Jumping up
- Sleeping a lot
- Refusing to (more…)
When taking on a new dog for the first time (or any time, for that matter) you are faced with the Puppy Vs Rescue dog connundrum. What I’ve noticed over the years is that there is a commonplace idea that if you get a puppy, you will have an easier time training it from the start, as it hasn’t already got into bad habits, and isn’t bringing with it any issues. Therefore many people make the decision (more…)
The puppy training that I offer in Leigh on Sea is a little bit different from the norm, but there’s a very good reason for that. Standard puppy training classes teach some really simple thinks like sit and stay, they make a puppy a bit familiar with being around other dogs and they try to encourage walking to heel.
This is limited though, and it doesn’t teach you anything about what your puppy (more…)
When picking up your bundle of furry joy for the first time it can be hard to envisage how important getting some good fundamental puppy training in place can be! When they are small enough that you can hold them in your hand, and all they seem to want to do is sleep, sniff, cuddle or eat…
However numerous years training dog owners has taught me that people do one of 2 things when they get a (more…)
There are a lot of things we want to teach them when they are coming into our homes for the first time, but toilet training a puppy is one of the first things we’ll think of. It’s important to remember that every puppy has a different personality, so what worked straight away for a friend and their pup, may not work as quickly for you. The key is being consistent, and calm and patient, with whichever (more…)
If you are looking for puppy classes in Southend, I’m afraid I don’t offer them. There is a reason that I don’t though, so please read on. I have been to puppy classes in Southend in the past and I spent the majority of the time cringing, because the situation was simply too stressful and overwhelming for the puppies attending. The classes I went to were extremely small, which is better, but from (more…)
It’s important to train a puppy to stop play biting. Their teeth are like needles and can easily break the skin at a young age, but when they get older it’s vital that they know that they can’t go around biting and mouthing people, and I’m afraid it’s your responsibility as a dog owner to train them not to do it, because they won’t necessarily grow out of it without your guidance.
Let’s empathise (more…)
Watch out for puppy scams if you are looking for pups on the internet, and please please do not be tempted to buy them if you have not seen the puppies in the flesh, in their home. It’s a sad fact that there are opportunist criminals who will hide behind the internet and take advantage of unsuspecting dog lovers, so be aware…
Any breeder with a sense of common decency will want to meet and interview (more…)
The standard response when taking on a new pup is to go to a generic puppy training class. These do have their benefit, but they also have their limits… Because the puppy training I offer is slightly different to the perceived ‘normal approach’, I’ve been delightedly lately to have owners seeking out my help with their brand new puppies of 8 weeks or so! These owners have acknowledged the importance (more…)