FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2020 2020-05-25T10:47:56+00:00 Admin ~/ Dog Behaviour. Antisocial Dog Behaviour. ~/?x=entry:entry200523-063052 2020-05-23T06:30:52+00:00 2020-05-23T06:30:52+00:00

A sign that a dog is antisocial about other dogs, is that he or she is uncomfortable about being sniffed at their rear end.
Think of the refusal of the rear sniff as the equivalent of the snub of the hand shake in human interaction - it’s quite a big deal!
Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Behaviour. Dog Training. The Critical Socialization Period. ~/?x=entry:entry200516-052538 2020-05-16T05:25:38+00:00 2020-05-16T05:25:38+00:00

The Critical Socialization Period -
I have a few puppy clients coming up and with us being able to do more in the world with level two, I thought I’d talk about this very important time.
The Critical Socialization Period is the first 16 weeks of your pup’s life.
This is when the foundation associations are made with his or her world, when your dog’s ideally have nothing but positive experiences with as many different stimuli as possible with everything from animals to noises (here your dog can experience fireworks early in the form of noises on an App. [Read More…]

Dog Behaviour. Dog Training. What are your treats rewarding? ~/?x=entry:entry200509-075520 2020-05-09T07:55:20+00:00 2020-05-09T07:55:20+00:00

Use treats to encourage the alternate behaviours you want. It’s all about timing. If you are giving your dog treats while your dog is being ‘reactive’(growling, barking etc.) in an attempt to distract or ‘create a positive association’ with the people or animals your dog is reacting to, or jumping up on, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.

Instead, try to work below thresholds/distances of ‘reaction’ (the aim is for these to decrease over time) and only reward immediately AFTER your dog has behaved in a more positive way, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. Dogs biting the lead/ leash ~/?x=entry:entry200502-071845 2020-05-02T07:18:45+00:00 2020-05-02T07:18:45+00:00

Lead/Leash Biting
Firstly, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day. Biting at the lead can be a way for dog to release excess energy or stress. Your dog then has a tug toy going with them out in the world. [Read More…]

Dog Behaviour. Children and Dogs. Dog Safety. Covid 19. ~/?x=entry:entry200425-072456 2020-04-25T07:24:56+00:00 2020-04-25T07:24:56+00:00

Safety of children around dogs
With many of us being home at the moment with children, including my hubby and I with our two, here is some useful advice in regards to children and dogs interacting.
Children are more likely to be attacked by a dog they know. Supervision is key, do not be complacent, dogs are not fluffy babysitters. [Read More…]