FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have never had a dog before and I am thinking about getting one. Can you offer any advice?
A sensible approach in these circumstances would be to attend a Dog Familiarisation Course, which will give some insight into what you are about to take on, offer advice on how to pick your dog and help you avoid the many pitfalls that may lead to disaster and heartbreak. It is a positive and informative way to prepare for your new arrival.
How old should my puppy be to start training?
Whether you realize it or not, you started the day you brought your puppy home. The first 22 weeks form the most important learning period of your dog's life. If you get things right during this time then you can look forward to a relatively easy transition into adulthood with your dog and if you wish, continue training to the highest standards.
For these reasons we advocate Formal Dog Training Classes commencing at 12 weeks or as soon thereafter once the puppy has received a complete course of vaccinations.
We have taken on a three year old rescue dog and it appears to be very aggressive towards other dogs and people who are strangers. Can you help?
Without a comprehensive assessment it is difficult to diagnose from where the problem emanates and therefore we suggest a home visit to make the assessment and formulate a program to socialise the dog and enable you to control the dog and reduce the anxiety you and your dog are obviously experiencing.
I have a nine month old Labrador dog and he is very boisterous and demands attention all the time, either by barking at me or biting my hand or trouser leg. What can I do?
You have a dog that you have simply "babied" too much and as a result have given many privileges to. Without realising it, you have promoted him up the hierarchy and he believes he is the dominant member in your pack and from his perspective this gives him the right to demand anything he chooses. In Dog terms he is behaving quite naturally for the rank he currently holds in "HIS" pack. The way forward is to reduce the dog's dominance and increase yours through a change in his accustomed lifestyle, a Dominance Reduction Program. Do not blame yourself for this as it is a common problem and can be remedied by looking at things and behaviour from the dog's perspective and introducing some simple techniques and boundaries.
I have recently mated my two year old German Shepherd and since the mating he seems to have gone through a personality change, becoming disobedient and very possessive over food and toys, sometimes aggressively so. Why?
To remedy the problem you first need to understand how the dynamics of the relationship between you and your dog has changed and why. We can only gain some understanding if we try to look at the situation from the dog's perspective. As a pack animal there are a number of instinctive natural drives which ensure the survival of the individual and the species and one of these is the drive to procreate. Now, in the world of the canine, the hierarchical pack system deems that only the strongest and high ranking members of the pack will mate. This ensures that a strong and healthy gene base forms the foundation of future generations. If therefore, we choose to put our dog to stud, it is hardly surprising that the dog sees itself as a high ranking pack member and duly behaves as such by taking control of situations, becoming food and toy possessive and becoming territorially aggressive. Once you understand these changes you can take a new approach with your dog to re-address the balance of power in your pack.
My dog is very nervous and barks continuously at any noise it hears and hides behind the furniture. Can I stop this behaviour?
Yes, by first identifying why your dog is so timid and then working on building it's confidence, desensitising it to noises and activities that cause anxiety and ensuring your dog is properly socialised and familiarised with people, dogs and everyday occurrences.
Professional Dog Training Services UK.
Professional Dog Training Services UK.
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