Puppy is off to a Good Start

They picked up their nine-week-old Border Terrier puppy yesterday. As part of our puppy parenting plan we had already discussed on the phone where Monty would sleep on his first night and what they would do if he was distressed by being alone. I don’t believe in a puppy ‘crying it out’. Each puppy Read more…

Puppies’ Fear of Other Dogs

I have had a lovely visit with five-month-old Shih Tzu female litter-mates Hattie and PJ and their delightful family, starting my ‘puppy parenting’ with them. This initial visit is to make sure the basics are in place, plan the way forward and pre-empt potential future problems. Potential problems with littermates are well documented but not inevitable. These Read more…

Eating Rubbish

Little Chutney, an adorable six-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, at twelve weeks of age became very ill. What was probably kennel cough quickly developed into pneumonia and he ended up in veterinary hospital and was on various drugs for a couple of months. He nearly died. Normal puppyhood was suspended. He is Read more…

Consequence Drives Behaviour

I have just been to the most stunning puppy. A four-month-old Leonberger called Amra. What was troubling the couple was their large puppy’s painful biting and pawing, particularly directed at the lady when she comes home. The gentleman initially referred to this as ‘dominance challenge’. It’s easy to explain behaviour where the dog seems Read more…

The Puppies are Littermates

They brought their two beautiful cream-coloured German Shepherd brothers home a couple of months ago at eight weeks old, believing they would be great company for one another thus making life easier and not realising it could actually be a lot more work. They soon were given information that littermates Read more…