Woody and the lady would both be happier if he was more independent. He is a 7-month-old Working Cocker Spaniel, born into lockdown with the lady working from home. In my ‘early-days’ puppy parenting sessions, I suggest people build into their day regular very short separations to help their puppy Read more…
(An online consultation) As great as it sounds to have your puppy (and, later your dog) free to go where he or she likes, many first-time dog owners learn the hard way that it’s not such a good thing always. Houses today are often a lot more open-plan than in Read more…
Luna’s ‘Help Me Help My Dog’ online consultation. There is a lot happening all at once for the couple. Three days ago they adopted 5-month-old Romanian pup Luna. Their baby is due in a couple of weeks. The pregnant lady broke her knee To be able to leave Luna There Read more…
It’s not surprising that two-year-old Moose suffers from lack of confidence around people. Considering his background as a puppy born on the streets of Romania, he’s doing great. They didn’t have him until he was sixteen weeks old.
No socialisation will have taken place during the crucial early weeks and what encounters he did have with people were very likely scary ones and now hard-wired into his brain.
Poo and peeing indoors.
Invariably during the night, alone downstairs in the kitchen, Meg has diarrhoea. When she is left alone during the day she is likely to do the same.
The challenge here is in separating facts from assumptions.
Meg is a twelve-year-old Dachshund – the longest sausage I have seen! She and her sibling Mini came to live with the couple at eight weeks old and had never been apart. (more…)
It’s not really surprising that newly adopted young greyhound Max panics when left alone.
I’m sure he was a useless racer – good for him because it’s given him such a great reprieve!
A huge change
The two-year-old has spent all his life in kennels. Now he lives in a house with a young couple. It’s quite amazing how well they have done in just six weeks, integrating him into life living with people in a home. For the first weeks he paced and panted, showing anxiety in general as he became acclimatised. Now he has settled down beautifully….
…apart from one thing. (more…)
Why aren’t puppies, right from the start, taught to be independent – to be alone for short periods?
85% of dogs!
This seems a no-brainer considering the statistics. The TV series Dogs, Their Secret Lives on Channel 4 in 2013, discovered that a huge 85% of dogs show signs of not coping to some extent when left alone. In many cases their owners aren’t even aware of it.
Why isn’t independence given the same priority in preparing puppy for the world as socialisation and toilet training? (more…)
With new puppies, we can unwittingly make things difficult for ourselves for the best of reasons. I went to Bongo yesterday. She is the most adorable Cockerpoo. She is just how you want a puppy to be, confident, inquisitive and playful. Puppy life skills. Bongo is a good example of Read more…
Max barks when left. Even before the door has closed he begins to bark. This used not to be the case and questions unearthed some clues. They moved house a couple of months ago and this coincided with a family tragedy that caused great distress. He now barks when left Read more…
I couldn’t believe how calm and confident Sketch was when I arrived. She was interested without being pushy. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the ten-month-old Wirehaired Pointer had arrived with my clients. Previous to that she had been turned out onto the streets with her siblings Read more…