Freya and I rarely promote products unless we feel very strongly that they are of value to our fellow dog lovers. However, as we feel extremely passionate about reducing single use plastic, we were devastated to learn that the so-called biodegradable poo bags we’d been using, actually take many years to decompose. On one of
Tip Ten From the Expert: Accepting each otherFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog The good news is that the teenage phase ends, and if you’re lucky it won’t even be much of an issue. As your dog reaches adulthood it’s likely that you will have ironed out any minor
Tip Nine From the Expert: Consistency during those teenage yearsFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog The other thing to think about while your dog is being a nightmare is consistency. The more challenging they are the harder it is – we’re only human and our patience sometimes runs thin.
Tip Eight From the Expert: Tipping the balance in your favourFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Having waxed lyrical about how incredible dogs are at understanding and loving us, there will inevitably come a time in your young dog’s life when you’re the least of their priorities! You’ll know
Tip Seven From the Expert: Use your attention positivelyFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog There is such a strong bond between our dogs and us, which means they really value our attention. Attention comes in different forms. Physical contact is the most obvious, but your voice and eye contact
Tip Six From the Expert: Being realistic about expectations sets you up for successFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog My absolute top tip when you’re training your young dog – especially when they are going through their teenage phase – is to be realistic about your expectations. It always
Tip Five From the Expert: Getting the most out of your dogFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Here’s the thing with punishment… It works. However, that doesn’t mean we should use it; behaviour is often an expression of an emotional state. Take the dog that barks at other dogs
Tip Four From the Expert: Teaching each otherFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Classical conditioning The terminology around how animals learn can be really confusing. The two ways animals learn that we use most in both training and behaviour therapy are classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Classical conditioning is
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 Two From the Expert: SocialisationFrom the series 10 Tips on How to Form a Lifelong Bond with your Dog Dogs are altricial, which means that they’re born ‘under-baked’ and still have some developing to do (unlike horses, for example, who because they’re a prey species need to be ready to go pretty much straight away). Part of