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
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 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:
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