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Tracie's Tips

Do your research. 

When looking for your new dog, do thorough research to make sure you can fulfil the needs of the breed you choose.

 

Skill up. 

Every moment of a dog’s life is a training and learning opportunity so set your dog up to succeed by being prepared yourself.

 

Set up for your puppy. 

A puppy requires boundaries, clear direction, rest, stimulation and training from the minute you bring it home. The age of the puppy will determine the stages it goes through and how you are  set up is very important.

 

Structure & Routine.

A daily routine is always recommended as this allows for owners and other family members to follow the same programme. Structure allows for clarity and understanding in all areas of your dog's life.

 

Deal with the dog in front of you.

Always reinforce good behaviour.

Physical and vocal praise are also rewards and should be used in conjunction with food. Some dogs that are less food motivated will respond to praise, toys or games above treats, so use different rewards for different behaviours. High value treats when learning a new behaviour, lower value to reinforce already learned behaviour.

 

Recall.

Only use the dog’s name in a positive way. 

If you want your dog to return to you when training recall, his name should be associated with good things and he’s more likely to come bounding back to you. 

 

Be Kind, Calm and assertive.

Always remain calm, even when frustrated and don’t give up. Trust is the most important part of your relationship with your dog and it goes both ways!

 

Exercise.

Regular Exercise on and off lead makes for a calm and happy dog.

 
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Fireworks Tips

Are you the lucky dog owner whose dog seems oblivious to fireworks?

Or does your poor pup start shaking and drooling with fear, perhaps looking for the darkest and safest corner to hide?

Do you notice a change in behaviour even before the fireworks start?

If you are the latter, it’s every dog owner’s ’worst nightmare… so here’s how to prepare your dog for the trauma of Halloween/Eid/New Year’s Eve etc.

At least those we know are coming!!

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Hot weather Tips

We all love it when the sun shines giving us perfect dog walking opportunities. Dogs will self-regulate their body temperature by panting and sweating through the pads on their paws, but in very hot weather, their body temperature rises dramatically and they are no longer able to do this. Heatstroke is a very serious issue for dogs and can be avoided by following a few simple tips.

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