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…)

Adolescent Flat Coated Retriever

Barney is a wonderful 7-month-old Flat Coated Retriever. His family are first-time dog owners and like many inexperienced people getting a puppy they make assumptions regarding their puppy’s needs based on their own human perceptions of what a person might need. Comparing the dog to a young child would be Read more…

Dog Reduces Lady to Tears

Busby is a ten-month-old black Labrador, and absolutely gorgeous (most of the time!).  On occasion his behaviour has reduced his poor young lady owner to tears. Here is a typical morning: The lady lets him out into the garden and then he comes in for breakfast. All good so far. Read more…