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…)
A business acquaintance of mine, Jacqui Fry, runs Moredge Canine Hydrotherapy Centre, and she has confirmed my suspicions that many people exercise their puppies too much. Recently Jacqui gave me the below image of the plate formation stages of the average dog, and we are looking at around 15-17 months until they are fully formed. That means that high impact exercise before that time should be kept (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…)
How to go about stopping a dog from chewing will depend on the reason it is chewing, and when it is chewing. Chewing usually occurs for 2 main reasons. One is early in life, a dog will chew while it is teething, to relieve the pain and pressure on its gums. The other main reason a dog will chew is out of stress or anxiety. Chewing provides comfort, as it releases endorphins, and gives them an outlet (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…)
Yesterday I met a beautiful rescue dog called Benson, who is very lucky to have new owners who are dedicated to giving him the best life possible, and to removing his stress and anxiety. Benson came to them with concerns about being touched, and with nervousness associated with other dogs – causing him to pant excessively and bark profusely whenever he went out for a walk. Some of this behaviour could (more…)