Motivation is the key to any successful training programme but especially for behavioural problems. Before I can help you to solve a problem such as inappropriate toileting indoors or possessive aggression I need to discover how the problem has developed and what methods the owner has already tried to resolve it. Once the motivation of the dog and the owner is established then I can work on a behaviour modification programme that can be feasibily implemented by the owner.
Guidelines for a happy dog
- Research your breed. Get advice before you get a dog.
- Choose the appropriate breed for your home and your lifestyle
- If you are buying from a breeder only buy from a reputable breeder you have met at least once.
- The biggest resource you can give your dog is your time – dogs are social animals and need social interaction with their owners
- All dogs need mental as well as physical stimilation, so playing and training are just as important as walking
- Different breeds or types of dog need different outlets. For example a Labrador requires more mental stimulation than a Cavalier. Retrievers need to retrieve, sheepdogs need to chase, terriers need to dig.
- Training is just mental exercise that dogs enjoy. Both owner and dog reap the rewards of a socially well adjusted and acceptable companion.
- The earlier you start training and socialisation the better. A puppy is much easier to handle and infulence than an adult dog.
- Grooming and handling are very important elements in a young puppy’s socialisation and should be started as early as possible.