Food Glorious Food.

An emergency visit to another biting puppy! The young couple have had eight-week-old Springer Spaniel puppy for just four days. His flying at them and grabbing legs and clothes as they walk about has reached such a level that they are wearing their wellies in the house now! Actually this Read more…

Boisterous pup, patient older dog and Christmas

The lady has a 12-year-old black Labrador, Ginny. Her son, who doesn’t live with her, recently got himself a boisterous black Labrador puppy. Bobby is now a very large five months old.

boisterous pupThe lady has a quiet life with elderly Ginny – that is until the son drops boisterous Bobby off! This may happen a couple of times a week.

As soon as he arrives there is bedlam. (more…)

Teaching Puppy. Pre-empting Future Problems.

Teaching puppy is about a lot more than ‘sit’ and toilet training.

Teaching puppy is about showing her what to do.

That sounds obvious really, but teaching puppy seems mostly about things we don‘t want her to do!

Teaching puppy with positive methodsA puppy novice can soon feel bogged down by a new puppy – most particularly by her teeth.

Little Millie is a ten-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy.  Something had happened very early in her life and she had to have an eye removed.

She is the sweetest, softest little thing much of the time. At other times, like all puppies, she is like a small missile with sharp teeth at the front end.

New puppy owners often need introducing to some fairly, to them, revolutionary concepts.

Teaching puppy often involves ignoring unwanted behaviours. Can this be right? Shouldn’t teaching puppy be about correcting her?

Where possible unwanted behaviour should bring puppy nothing. Corrections and ‘no’ may get her confused and frustrated.

Over-aroused, the little sharp teeth come into action. (more…)

He grabs clothes. Jumps up, tugs, shakes and tears them.

Monty and his shadow

Monty is an absolutely delightful, much-loved Cockerpoo pup, six months old. His coat is unusually soft.

The problem with Monty is he grabs clothes and damages them. After several months, it’s undoubtedly a well-rehearsed, learned behaviour.

They react to the jumping up by telling him Get Down and No, and pushing him. At the same time he may grab the person’s top. The man’s t-shirt had holes in it. (I had been warned and came wearing tough clothes). (more…)