So part two on separation anxiety is not the content I’d planned. After writing the first blog, ‘Leaving your puppy home alone – how to prevent separation anxiety‘ I ended with the optimistic words: “At eight months she [Freya] still didn’t like being left home alone, but was able to cope and we had set
Tip Three From the Expert: Falling in LoveFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Of course you’ll like your puppy straight away – we’re biologically programmed to like baby things. But you’ll fall in love over time, as you get to know them and as they get to know you.
Tip One From the Expert: Puppy PersonalityFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Behaviour is a complex expression of both nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment your dog grows up in), so there’s a lot to think about before your puppy is even born. This is how I explain it:
Freya is delighted to introduce Rachel, an animal behavioural scientist, who has very kindly agreed to share her knowledge and experience with us all. For the next ten weeks we will be publishing each of her top ten tips on how to help enhance our personal relationships with our pooches and form a lifelong bond.
Before a fellow dog owner mentioned to me during a walk how unhealthy rawhide treats were, I was in total ignorance. Freya’s breeder had included a puppy-sized rawhide bone in her take home pack – and she loved it! So I naturally continued to buy them as I thought the act of chewing on a
How much does your cockapoo coat type and colour matter? UPDATED: February 2020 I well remember my conversation with the breeder when she questioned me about the type of cockapoo I was looking for. A female, that was easy. More poodle than cocker – I’m allergic to animal fur – no problem. Colour? Even easier
I found leaving Freya home alone was one of the hardest parts of her puppy socialisation training, but I knew needed to ensure I prevented any separation anxiety in the future. I’d read up on how to manage the prevention of separation related behaviours, how important it is and that it must begin from day
Out on walks while Freya was a few months old, I was surprised how many people told me they were spaying their female dogs before their first season. This didn’t feel right; surely it was important for a puppy to at least reach puberty and be fully grown before she was catapulted into what was
So Freya’s teenager years have begun. I did hope that all the effort I put in to her puppy training would mean that this would pass me by unnoticed. However, like most cockapoo owners, my puppy has a huge and highly demanding personality, so this was never going to happen. Apparently dogs begin their adolescence
Now a puppy’s season was a subject I definitely knew nothing about and so I’ve been fairly explicit in this blog for any other puppy novices out there who have no idea what to expect from their female charges. However, please don’t continue if you’re squeamish because what follows is the full, illustrated account of