This morning we wrapped up a four week puppy course with an amazing family. A brother and sister pair of Doxies - Greta ( little ginger ) and Frank ( black & ginger ).
The owners of these two Dan and Paul - were aware of sibling issues that could arise, so we set about training independently to build confidence. We also did a lot of work to reduce separation anxiety.
In the first session, both pups were straining to get to each other. By the end of the course we had calm, confident pups who were able to find and listen to their owners.
Last session, Kubo came out to meet them. They were a little hesitant at first, but soon realised he was just a bigger, different looking version of themselves 🤣
This is an awesome message for when all this Corona Virus stuff finishes.
Set your dogs up to win. Get in the habit of not allowing them to shadow you. Crate training, place training. Going to the front door, keys, bag, shoes, etc.
Let's get back to work with dogs that are happy, stress free and comfortable being home while you go out.IS YOUR DOG PREPARED FOR A ROUTINE CHANGE WHEN YOU RETURN TO WORK ?
There is now a light at the end of the tunnel to resuming some form of normality to our daily lives in the coming weeks. It is important to remember if your daily routine at home has been altered by the Covid restrictions, you may have conditioned a new habitual routine for your dog.
Dogs are creatures of habit and some don’t cope well with changes to routines; especially if separation stress or property destruction has been a problem in the past.
Now is the time to act if there is any chance that your dog may have developed a high level of dependence on your continual presence at home.
Conditioning separation coping skills is an ongoing process; allowing your dog to continually “shadow” you is not going to be conducive to a well adjusted dog when you return to work. Resting on his/her own bed whilst you are watching TV, containment in a separate area while eating a chew and alone time in the backyard or another room is all important. This does not mean the dog is deprived of sufficient exercise, play, stimulation and quality family time.
Desensitising to triggers that you are leaving the house will also be of great value.
When you finally do go back to work remember exercise and stimulation is very important. A long walk or run every morning before departing for work is a necessity. Sniffing and foraging outside your property provides stimulation and tires the dog mentally. Boredom buster slow release toys may also be utilised.
If in doubt seek advice BEFORE an issue arises. Separation issues will be a lot harder to address once you have returned to work. ... See MoreSee Less