An online Help Me Help My Dog consultation Merlin is twenty weeks old – a clever Border Collie. Merlin snaps Merlin snaps, they feel aggressively, at their teenage son. He snaps at his hands; he chases and snaps at his feet. As soon as our online consultation began I could Read more…
Yesterday’s ‘Help Me Help My Dog’ online behaviour consultation was for a fifteen-week-old puppy. Luna is a Lurcher. Like so many puppies, she goes wild at times, grabbing clothing with her teeth and biting hands and ankles. This may be ‘normal’ puppy behaviour but that doesn’t mean we have to Read more…
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…
Ollie, approached a bit differently, will learn self-control. The a four-month-old Border Collie lives with a lovely, gentle young lady and her two children. He is a gorgeous puppy and she is working very hard with him. In most respects his behaviour is exceptionally good. He’s already house-trained and he Read more…
I have had a lovely day.
This morning I was with fifteen-week-old Cocker Spaniel, Teddy. This evening I was with Bella, a nine-week-old Cockerpoo.
Both puppies have lady owners. Each lady called me because she wants to get off to the right start with her puppy. (more…)
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.
The 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 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!
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…)
New Cockerpoo puppy, Merlot, is just eight weeks old. A tiny bundle of fluff, not much larger than a guinea pig.
When I arrived yesterday evening he had only been in his new home for two hours.
He had not enjoyed the car journey and was sleepy. (more…)
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…)
I walked in through the door to be met by the most adorable 13-week-old Sprocker puppy in the man’s arms. Instant puppy love! Oscar! Oscar does all the typical puppy things which we discussed how to address one at a time. He was jumping up as soon as I sat Read more…