We were very lucky to adopt our puppy at the beginning of lockdown, or so we thought. Yes, little Francesca Louise – AKA Frankie-Lou – joined our family full-time on the23 March 2020, just as lockdown descended on the whole country. And here we are again, this time in October entering Tier Two Lockdown. So
This article follows on from the introduction Adopting your Second Puppy, which explained the How and the Why our fluffy addition came about. On reflection, a real positive of adopting my second puppy was that I knew in advance exactly what I wanted for the future. Life with Freya had been perfect before Frankie and
The Why and the How OK so my starting point here is 15 weeks in and all I can say is adopting your second puppy is absolutely exhausting. Just like your second child — if you’ve had one — you forget all the negatives of your first; nature’s cunning way of ensuring we keep reproducing!
Introducing Bracken the Cocker Spaniel’s Mum who very kindly agreed to write about her experience introducing a second puppy, Haggis, to her family at the end of last year. And yes, I am giving serious consideration to a second puppy sister for Freya…just thinking mind. A LITTLE NOTE FROM FREYA: Before we get started let
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
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:
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
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