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Lately, I have been getting lots of people writing in asking for help with their dogs early waking behaviour. One of the most difficult times when we bring home a new puppy is the early mornings, seven days a week. It can be exhausting and disruptive to the home and even neighbours. Here’s a little information on why it occurs and some strategies for help. Early morning rising is not usually the problem, it’s the…

Everyone wants a happy, healthy dog. When we decide to bring a dog into our lives we have already formed a picture of wonderful walks, fun playtimes and total loyalty, we seem to expect these things. What we skip over is the level of commitment required to attain such a relationship. There are steps that everyone needs to be aware of to increase the likelihood of having a good dog. The more you are able…

I want to get the message out there that you can socialise your puppy before they have completed their course of vaccinations, in fact, you must socialise your puppy as soon as you bring him home. Too many people are keeping their puppies completely shut off from the outside world because they are receiving incomplete information. Part of being a responsible dog owner is to educate ourselves on disease prevention and socialisation to make an informed decision. Most of us bring…

Many people choose to adopt adult dogs thinking they can bypass many of the ‘issues’ associated with puppies, and for many adult dogs this is true, but for some adult dogs basic skills like toilet training may be a lesson they still need to learn. Older dogs can sometimes take a little longer to toilet train because they have already spent months, if not years learning to toilet inappropriately. This is particularly true for dogs…

We live with dogs because they offer us companionship, closeness, unconditional love and loyalty, and these can be strengthened by sharing our space and love in the best way we know how through physical closeness and sharing of resources. However, traditionally we have been told we will spoil our dogs with such ‘indulgences’. People worry they can only have one or the other, a well-behaved dog at the detriment of a close bond, but you can…

Usually, when people bring a new dog into their lives the first thing they teach is ‘sit’, while sit is a valuable skill there is another skill that is easier to teach. Teaching your dog to check in with you could be the best thing you do for your partnership. The check in simply means ‘look my way’ and be aware that we are walking together, it means your dog has to learn impulse control…

Dogs do throw tantrums, this behaviour often begins as experimental and normal but then is rewarded in one way or another so it becomes a habit that turns disruptive. Tantrums are a reactive behaviour to a situation in which your dog becomes frustrated or anxious and dogs who throw tantrums are usually green in their training, lack impulse control and may lack confidence too. Tantrums can take the form of behaviours such as defiant barking, jumping (especially with…

When two dogs meet there is always an element of arousal until both dogs have learned a little about each other. During this time a few things can occur, both dogs engage in play, or the dogs sniff each other and the interaction is over and finally, one dog wants to interact but the other does not. In order to have the smoothest meeting all handlers should learn to communicate their dog’s needs, likes and dislikes…

Let’s address the front door bolting scenario first, if you find yourself in the position of your dog racing out of the front door there are a few things you should and should not do. DON’T Chase him Lunge to grab himChastise him when you finally do catch him Each of these may make your dog run further away from you, make the whole thing a fun game for your dog and ruin any chance of…

Lead pulling is one of the most common problems people have with their dogs. When a dog pulls excessively during a walk it can make walking unpleasant and even dangerous so walks occur less and less making things even worse, it is a horrible cycle that many people find themselves trapped in. Loose lead walking, like any behaviour, must be trained for most dogs, and with any new behaviour starting in an easy area is…

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