FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2018 2018-01-19T03:10:39+00:00 Admin ~/ Dog Training, Visitor Mounting/Humping! ~/?x=entry:entry180114-140001 2018-01-14T14:00:01+00:00 2018-01-14T14:00:01+00:00

Put a stop to dog visitor humping!
Firstly, it’s important to remember that dogs do not share our view on anti-social behaviour ;-)
A dog ‘humps’/mounts a person usually because they are in a heightened or charged state that can include being stressed or excited*.
Humping is performed to relieve this stress. [Read More…]

Dog Training, Some Training Tips ~/?x=entry:entry180108-045404 2018-01-08T04:54:04+00:00 2018-01-08T04:54:04+00:00

A couple of tips for you..
-To your dog, the word “No” is far less effective than the guttural growling sound of “Bah!” or “Ahh!” usually, when a negative behaviour has JUST occurred.

- On a different note, a good time to have a short training session, I find, is after a walk. Not a marathon mind you ;-) Your dog’s pent-up energy has been released and their mind is more calm and focused,
Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Training, Visitors, Jumping Up ~/?x=entry:entry180103-133530 2018-01-03T13:35:30+00:00 2018-01-03T13:35:30+00:00

Tis the season for visitors and visiting!
So let’s recap how to stop jumping up -
Firstly though, always give your dog the opportunity to ‘do good’ and ask for a ‘Sit’, they may surprise you ;-)
It goes without saying then, that jumping up should never be encouraged.
If you’re dealing with a mild jumper, talk to your guest about how to greet your dog. [Read More…]

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…]