Where am I & Who's in Charge?
Cute face... or... conspiring canid ?
We have a small window of opportunity when our new addition joins us.
Firstly your new addition will investigate his new HQ, and then he wants to know what the rules are and who is running the show. Humans tend to leave a sometimes very looooooooonng settling-in period . However your dog is asking himself these questions from the outset... and since we are being so nice to him in an effort for him to 'love' us - his ultimate conclusion is that he is in his own kingdom where he gets to make decisions! Uhoh...
Education in manners and setting up the house rules & boundaries should start the moment your new addition arrives home. Dogs are very adaptable animals, and most people are amazed at just how young and how quickly they can learn.
Click here for a link to an 8 week old pup doing some training. She thinks she is having fun - much like a two year old human child learning to hold a pen and draw. We are setting up education for a well balanced adult by putting the building blocks in early in the form of structured play.
Making Our Best Friends Happy
Within our best friends we find comfort. We laugh at their antics, we enjoy them accompanying us for exercise, even recent studies have proved that it’s healthier living with one; they reduce our heart rate, our stress levels and generally make our lives a little better. After all that bundle of joy will give us unconditional love us like no human can!
Is the act of dog ownership entirely selfish? I have seen enough leather dog beds, diamante collars and homes littered with an assortment of coloured squeaky toys to be assured that dog owners want their dogs to be happy. One enigmatic enthusiastic owner told me her dog should be behaving better now it had a ‘proper’ matching collar and lead set.
Buying and owning things makes us happy, so naturally we assume we can make our animals happy this way too. Sadly I don't observe this to be true; dogs are much closer to nature than we are, only evolving from their wild counterparts circa 35,000 years ago.
What makes them happy can be difficult for us to comprehend, unless we start thinking Dog, instead of assuming they think like us.
Let's look at Life from the Dog's Perspective
sessions are highly recommended, and are even popular for people who
are waiting to get a puppy, we have pre-trained dogs for you to practice on,
and learn from. If you are a beginner it is a
good idea for you to learn as much as possible for your new pup's well-being.
My experiences have made me PASSIONATE about putting the hard work in proactively to PREVENT problems
My first Shiba, Kitsune & baby Cheyenne
The 'puppy license'
A Puppy License allows a youngster away with otherwise rude behaviour (see below), like we would forgive a young child. This license normally expires at about 16 weeks, meaning at this age the young dog should have a good understanding of how to behave like a good citizen (that's your job!)
Adult dogs consider it rude for other adults to stand over their back, or place uninvited paws on them
they tend to be tolerant of pups until they reach the age they should behave like a young adult (around 16 weeks, the equivalent of a 10 year old human)
Unlike most humans they are very in tune with body language because they don't rely on words, they are always watching ready to copy, imitate and be involved in what you or other dogs are doing.