FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2017 2017-12-18T22:17:25+00:00 Admin ~/ Dog Training, Introducing Another Dog, Pack Rank ~/?x=entry:entry171218-073554 2017-12-18T07:35:54+00:00 2017-12-18T07:35:54+00:00

Just because you got one dog first does not mean that dog is inherently higher ranking…
There is the potential to create a real disharmony in your home if you have this attitude from the outset because, as I have mentioned before, natural pack rank starts to be displayed from about week three of age and this rank is the dogs innate rank for life. Pups are adopted out to new and varied packs and thus new and varied ‘owners’ but natural pack rank will still be present and always plays a factor in training (for the first and all homes the dog lives in over it’s life).
Careful observation needs to be undertaken and dogs size each other out in this process, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Training, Dog Behaviour, Christmas Time! ~/?x=entry:entry171213-135820 2017-12-13T13:58:20+00:00 2017-12-13T13:58:20+00:00

Christmas Time -
This time of year can be quite a stressful one for your beloved dogs as well as yourselves. There can be extra people in the house with guests visiting (and possibly the shrill coming from ‘little people’), lots of exciting wrapping paper mountains, flashing lights and just in general a lot more ‘buzz’ around. We humans refer to it as ‘the Christmas Rush’. [Read More…]

Dog Training and your dog/pups innate natural rank ~/?x=entry:entry171204-122036 2017-12-04T12:20:36+00:00 2017-12-04T12:20:36+00:00

This is the time of year when people do consider giving puppies as gifts -
An interesting point to note however, is that natural pack rank starts to be displayed from about week three of age and this rank is the dogs innate rank for life. Pups are adopted out to new and varied packs and thus new and varied ‘owners’ but natural pack rank will still be present and always plays a factor in training (for the first and all homes the dog lives in over it’s life).
Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Training, What Rewards YOUR dog? ~/?x=entry:entry171120-180216 2017-11-20T18:02:16+00:00 2017-11-20T18:02:16+00:00

What is really your dogs rewarding factor?
It’s important to get to know your dog and utilize and understand that there are different and sometimes overlapping motivating factors that are viewed as rewards by individual dogs.
Not all Labs are food motivated (yes I have met some) I know, shock horror. [Read More…]

Dog Training, 'Quick Fixes', 'Electric Shock' Collars ~/?x=entry:entry171113-053616 2017-11-13T05:36:16+00:00 2017-11-13T05:36:16+00:00

Wanting a quick fix? At this time of year, leading up to Christmas break, I am hearing a lot of talk around so called ‘Quick fixes’.
Electric Shock Collars in particular are being mentioned. [Read More…]