A question most people ask when they’ve had their cockapoo puppy for a while is ‘At what age do they calm down?’ And I was no exception. When you dream of a calm cockapoo One of the fun aspects of owning a cockapoo – or any high energy dog for that matter – is that
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 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