Vicki is a qualified professional dog trainer, graduating from the internationally acclaimed Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) in 2014. As a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) Vicki is committed to training using 'clicker training' force free principles and techniques.
On the bed - allowed or not allowed. It is a debate that will certainly spark the pros and cons. Interested in who is "on the bed" side!
K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people including dogs who are unable to enjoy other dog activities due to age, physical limitations, lack of obedience, fear or reactivity issues. If your dog has a nose, you've got a K9 Nose Work dog! It provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.
Bringing a new puppy into your home is life having a toddler running around. It can be mayhem. There are literally hundreds of things that can hurt your new puppy. Here are a few tips to proof your house:-
• Confine your puppy to a small part of the house. Puppy does not get to run around the entire house. Use child gates to confine puppy for a small part or room or purchase a “play pen”, commonly called “x-pens”. Puppy should be confined in these areas. Make it a positive experience for puppy with food chew toys – careful about your choice of toys here and some soft cuddly toys.
• Just like a toddler, remove all electrical cords, items on low tables, household plants (some are toxic to dogs), etc. basically anything that could cause damage to your puppy. These are some basic simple precautions that could save grief and expensive trips to the vet later on.
• Train puppy to love her crate. This will have advantages later on for trips in the car, to the Vet etc. You can start by tossing some food treats into an open crate to encourage her to go in there. Alternatively you can place her food bowl/food chew toys in the crate to encourage her to eat there.
• Let puppy sleep in the crate at night – all safe and secure and eliminations will also be kept to a minimum.
All the best with parenting!
The first few days are critical. Everyone wants to hold the puppy, feed the puppy, play with the puppy – emotions are high! Pre-established rules are very easily broken. It was agreed puppy will sleep in her crate but as soon as she is home she is just sooooo cute that everyone melts and insists that puppy sleep in the bed with you. No one notices that puppy is jumping up. Puppy wins and gets to sleep in the bed. The next morning we find puppy has eliminated all over the bed, so the next night puppy is banned to her crate and cries all night. Puppy does not know what she did wrong. No-one in the household gets any sleep either. It is easy to see how quickly all undesirable behaviours were reinforced and now all of a sudden puppy is not the nice, cute puppy that couldn’t be left behind at the pet shop.
It’s the day after Christmas. All the family relatives have gone, everything has been tidied up and you have had the remainder of the turkey for lunch. It was a last minute decision to buy that cute little puppy at the pet shop – you couldn’t just leave it behind! You now have at least a 15 year commitment in raising a puppy and caring for a dog. This is not something you should take lightly.
The most important thing that you will do is to build a relationship with your puppy through positive reinforcement. One way to do this is to use the Clicker Training method and start by training your puppy to respond to his name. This is the beginning of a great relationship with your puppy. …….but what can go pear shaped very quickly ….