Duffy's Doggie Training & Pet Services Ltd

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By duffyspampered, Feb 6 2020 01:25PM

We teach puppy classes, puppy one to one’s and do puppy ‘power hours’. Within all of these forms of training sessions, we aim to answer any questions guardians may have, along with solving typical ‘puppy problems’ - toileting, mouthing etc.

We try to set the guardian & puppy on the right path - positive reinforcement, canine body language, appropriate socialisation, appropriate exercise... To the majority of guardians attending our training, this is the first time that they have received/heard the advice we give them. Bearing in mind, that by the time they come to classes, puppies can be as old as 22 weeks.

Most puppy guardians we teach are surprised to hear the ‘5 minutes physical exercise a day per month of your puppy’s age’ (ie a 4 Month old puppy should be getting approximately a 20 minute walk/exercise a day). Along with other issues over-exercising causes, in the main this is to protect puppy bone & growth development.

In fact a large amount of guardians that attend our training have been over-exercising their puppies as much as up to 10-15 times the recommended amount. Usually because their puppies need to be ‘tired-out’. In fact mental stimulation can tire a dog out approximately 70% more than physical exercise.

As a trainer it’s important I play my part in educating guardians, but I feel by the time i meet a puppy, it can be too late. I know some vets will provide this information and some breeders will too, but not all. Of course guardians should take responsibility to find out as much information as they can before getting a dog as well.

But somehow, puppy guardians are still slipping through the net of this vital early information.

So my question is how do we stop this happening?

By duffyspampered, Jan 1 2020 09:10PM

Firstly, a warm welcome & Happy New Year! In my first blog, on the first day of 2020, I’m considering how my dogs (& my client’s dogs) cope with change, which there is a lot of at this time of year. I know myself, that I feel anticipation for the 12 months ahead & that me, my family, friends and acquaintances are hatching new plans & making resolutions, whether that be a holiday, diet, new fitness regime, the end or start of a relationship or the desire to do more training with our own dogs – all of this is change & change that is likely to in some way moving forward affect our canine companions too.

Not only that, there is always the change of being off for so many days or for a few weeks over the festive period and then having to return to work. For me, having been ill for 3 weeks, followed by a two-week break, my dog’s recent home life has been very different! So, when I go back to work and back to classes and one to ones at my training centre on Monday, my dog’s will find themselves alone for much longer periods than they have been for quite a while. I need to be mindful of this and allow them to adjust back into our ‘normal’ routine (as I do myself!).

On top of that think how much the recent festivities may affect our dogs – more people around, trees, decorations, different smells (cooking, alcohol etc), parties, fireworks & more noise than normal -perhaps more or less walks too. Again, I know that it has left me slightly jaded & my dogs too –they’ve been more inclined to lay on the sofa, than play since returning from a few days spent at their canine cousin’s house (my sister’s house) in Northumberland.

The ‘energy’ around the build up to & preparation to Christmas, then the ‘energy’ on the day itself and the festivities of Christmas week then the build up to New Year & the plans that follow have all had an impact on me and my dogs. If I were to draw an ‘energy’ graph of the last few weeks, I know mine would be low-high-high-high-low-high-meh! For me to not consider the impact my ‘energy’ has on my dogs would be remiss.

As we move into 2020, I’m giving thought to how the recent festivities and my 2020 plans will affect my dogs & our client’s dogs. Those dogs that we walk regularly that have been off – will like us return back to their routine and their walks with doggie friends. Luckily my team are fantastic at picking up on any change in the dogs under our care & know the affect that the smallest environmental/situational/emotional change can have on our canine friends. The same goes for the dogs that train with us, they may well be out of sorts for the first few sessions & just like us need a period of adjustment to get back to ‘normal’.

I will ease myself, my dogs, my client’s and their dogs into 2020 gently & mindfully.