The dog food market is a minefield, causing confusion amongst many dog owners. I thought that sharing my knowledge of dog food may help some people get a little clarity.
Many people ask me the question 'What is the best food for my dog?'
The simple answer here is that it depends! There is no size fits all because all dogs are individuals, but there are plenty of factors to consider.
So... ‘How long does it take to train a dog?’ The answer.. there is no answer! There is no magic wand that will create a trained dog overnight!
Training efficiency boils down to consistency and repetition for developing the skills that we look for in our dogs.
Some people think that using 'old-school' training techniques will be quicker, but it really isn't the answer...
Did you know that puppies need a MINIMUM of 18 HOURS SLEEP a day??
We recommend ensuring that a puppy has between 18 and 20 hours sleep out of 24 hours. That is a LOT of sleep!
It is extremely important that your puppy is getting the required amount for a number of reasons.
Do you have a young puppy? Have they been to the dog groomer yet?
If not, get them booked in! The socialisation window for a puppy is between 4 and 16 weeks of age. During this period, you should be exposing your puppy to as many new experiences as possible - providing they are comfortable in doing so. This should include the dog groomer!
Have you been home more than you normally would be due to lockdown?
Has your dog's routine been different due to lockdown?
Have you welcomed home a new puppy since lockdown?
If at some point you will be going back in to work, NOW is the time to start gradually getting them used to their new long-term routine.
It is hugely important that we don't over-exercise young dogs while they are still growing and developing. Their growth plates at each joint are still developing and slowly closing throughout a dog's growth period.
If excess pressure is placed upon these still-forming joints due to over-exercising, you are potentially opening your puppy up to joint-related health conditions…
Heatstroke can be fatal for dogs!
Brachycephalic breeds such as french bulldogs, pugs and boxers are especially at risk when temperatures soar.
The larger the dog is, the higher the risk.
If you have a young puppy or an elderly dog, they are at higher risk too.
So, what can you do to keep your dog cool?
The Classic Kong should be one of your staple dog toys, as should a Lickimat!
Both provide fantastic mental stimulation, they promote cognitive development in the form of problem solving, and they work brilliantly to help young dogs settle themselves when their excitement levels start to rise.
The key to success with these toys is making sure that they are filled with tasty fillings!
Many people are very excited to get their puppy out for their first walks when it is safe to do so after their final vaccinations. Yet more often than not, they aren't quite the experience people hope for!
It is common for puppies to struggle with their initial outings - sometimes to the point where they just put the brakes on and refuse to move!
How you deal with this situation will hugely impact your puppy and their confidence...
The simple answer is ‘as early as possible!’ – once your puppy has settled into their new home.
Your puppy does need to be fully vaccinated to be able to go out in public before being able to safely attend group classes, but leaving it too long can be quite detrimental to your training journey...
Many new dog owners are uncertain as to whether they should be using a collar or a harness for their dog.
I am a huge fan of harnesses and will explain why shortly, but I think collars can have a place if your dog doesn’t pull on the lead.
I thought this article may be informative for people who are unsure about the best choice for their dogs.
Flexi leads (or retractable leads) extend in length when your dog pulls and then retract into a plastic casing when the dog returns to you, or as you catch up with your dog. They have a manual braking system to stop your dog from going further than you want them to.
Many of my new puppy owner clients ask me what my thoughts are on flexi leads. My answer: I absolutely detest them! I wish they had never been invented!