Mouthy Newfoundland Puppy

Newfie puppy is a naughty adorable ball of fluffDashi is sixteen weeks old and already getting big – a large ball of sometimes naughty fluff! Adorable.

She was on her best behaviour when I was there – like so many dogs seem to be – so I didn’t see her at her worst. In most ways she is wonderful. She is already quite good on lead, she seldom jumps up, she is calm around food and already she is completely house-trained.

The problem is that she uses her mouth too freely! She grabs, nips and bites. She grabs trousers, she grabs arms and she bites hands. She chases and bites shoes, and when the little girl is sitting at the tables she goes for her feet which starts a commotion with screaming and scolding which winds her up even more.

‘Discipline’ is lost on Dashi and only makes her worse. I did notice a growl when she nipped the lady as she moved the little girl’s chair out from the table, and I fear this is the direction it will be leading if confrontational ‘dominating’ methods are used – or anger. They have had several Newfies before, but not one as wilful as Dashi.

There needs to be a lot more encouragement and teaching Dashi the desired behaviour as opposed to just chastising for the bad stuff. They are now going to do all they can to reward the positive. With the biting and shoe chasing a replacement behaviour needs to be taught and they are working on an alternative using clicker training which (now day 2) already seems to be getting her attention. The environment itself and daily routine needs tweaking in order to remove as much opportunity for the undesirable behaviours as possible and to keep her busily occupied.

It is hard to remember she is only sixteen weeks old and not to expect too much of her, like not taking the child’s toys or chewing things that are left about, chasing the cat or getting excited when a child is running about. These things have to be taught patiently and kindly over time, using reward and encouragement.

I can help you, too, with these problems or any other that you may be having with your dog.

Right Start With Cocker Spaniel Puppy

Sleeping Cocker puppyHere is Archie, a thirteen-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy. He was lying oh so still and peacefully!

Archie also lives with Duncan, a chocolate coloured Cocker Spaniel aged twenty months who had been badly treated in his previous home. When his horribly matted fur was cut back, it revealed scars of cigarette burns on his thin body. He has a beautiful mellow nature despite this, and his new owners have given him confidence in humans.

Archie however could well be a different matter. He was the most bossy and confident puppy in the pack. He growls when he is asked to move or when he doesn’t want to be touched, which is unusual for a puppy, particularly because his owners are gentle and fair. Where Duncan will come straight away if called, Archie stays put and just looks at them! He is challenging them already.

We have looked at non-confrontational ways to get Archie to cooperate willingly, and ways to start him off the right way walking on a loose lead. It is so much easier to start off right with a puppy with a willful and strong personality, than to sort out a seven month old adolescent later on. The journey can be fun – if you have patience and a sense of humour! I go to many pups of seven to eight months old who have already gone off the rails.

If you live in my area I can help you to start your puppy off right so he or she is able to fulfill his or her potential.