In this issue:
- Dark nights.
- Cold and Wet Weather
- Locke Park Christmas Dog Show
- Training workshops and fun agility updates
- Doggie Christmas party
- Question and answer section
In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street
and in the dark, dark street there was a dark, dark house,
and in the dark, dark house there were some dark, dark stairs
and down the dark, dark stairs there was a dark, dark cellar
and in the dark dark cellar…
Three skeletons lived!
By Allan and Janet Ahlberg
Just in case you hadn’t guessed this section of the newsletter is about the dark dark nights drawing in. (but nothing to do with skeletons!).
Lots of people during this time of year walk their dogs after daylight hours due to work or to stick to their dogs walk routine etc. I don’t tend to walk in the dark, not because i’m scared of the dark (ha ha) but because my own dogs don’t enjoy walks when it’s dark and they are out during the day so come night time they want to curl up on the sofa once we are home. Not only that but they are restricted to on lead walks when it is dark. I personally won’t let any of my dogs (or dogs I walk) off lead if there is not enough light, with or without reflective gear on. For me there is just too much of a risk of dog’s going missing or getting lost and I don’t like not being able to see what is around us, even a route which is well known can have sudden hidden dangers (for you and your dog) or wildlife which you cannot see so therefore cannot recall your dogs away from it. So for me it’s just not worth it, if need be I would stick to on lead road walks.
But even if you road walk your dog you need to think about you and your dogs safety by making sure you are visible to other people and road users. There are some great products out there which will allow you and your dog to be seen. There are; flashing lights to clip to your dogs harness or collar, light up collars, reflective dog coats, as well as arm bands and straps for you to wear around your body.
So remember if you choose to walk your dog in the dark, make sure both you and your dog are seen, keep your dog on lead unless there is sufficient light and make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with all the up to date info on so if the worse happens and you lose your dog, then you have a much better chance of getting them back to you.
Also if any dog walking clients would like us to leave a light on when we leave your dog, then please let us know.
Cold, wet weather and your pooch
It's cold in here
I said there must be some Toros
In the atmosphere
Brr! It's cold in here
There must be some Toros
In the atmosphere
Ice! Ice! Ice!
Ice! Ice! Ice!
Here we go!
Im not gonna lie... I have watched ‘Bring it on!’ more than a few times, and i’m not ashamed to admit it. (if you get this, then you have just let slip that you are also a ‘Bring it on’ fan )
When the weather starts to get colder and wetter our pooches can also feel the cold just as much as we do, more so for the young, elderly and short haired breeds. Two of my own dogs really feel the cold and are much happier out and about when they have their Equafleeces on, the third very much enjoys running through iced puddled and isn’t at all bothered by the cold so she doesn’t wear a coat.
Equafleeces are fantastic and well worth the money, I have had mine for over 4 years and they are good as new and keep my 2 warm and dry. The polar fleece wickes water away from their bodies and stays on the outside of the jumper. They are also pretty easy to put on and don’t rub the dog’s skin. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
So if you have a puppy, elderly dog, short haired dog or a dog who shivers in the cold then definitely get them a nice warm coat so they can enjoy their walks more. Some dogs even need one in the house!
If it snows and you have a long haired breed it is advisable to avoid deep snow or to spray their coats with conditioner before going out, this is due to snow balls building up on the fur in between their pads and on their legs. These can be very uncomfortable and painful for your dog, so make sure to check their feet, legs, belly and tails when you get back from a walk. I have found the easiest way to get them off your dog’s fur is too hold the snow ball in your hands to gently melt them and then dry your dog off well. Don’t try to pull them off! It is also worth rinsing your dogs feet off in some clean water after walks at this time of year in case there has been any grit put on the roads which your dog has walked in, this is so your dog doesn’t ingest the salt from the grit by licking their feet when they get home.
Up and coming events and training days:
- We will be holding a dog show at Locke Park on Sunday the 4th of December, this promises to be our best yet to mark the end of the season. Lots of prizes, certificates and a raffle.
- Our next ‘Reliable Recall’ workshops and fun agility classes will start again on the 21st January, check out our facebook for further updates on this.
- The group training classes on the 12th of December will be mini Christmas parties (times of sessions will be the same). Held at St Paul's Parish Hall, Green foot Lane, Barnsley, S75 2TB Involving mini games, mince pies, chocolates, nibbles and drinks. There will be prizes to win and every dog who attends will get a Xmas present! So lots of fun and games as well as training ;-) . Fancy dress for you and your pooch are optional but if your pooch is the best dressed then they might get an extra prize
Dog Training Q and A section!
In this section I answer questions which clients, readers or followers have sent/asked me.
Want your question answered? Then why not send me your question and I will try to answer it on our next newsletter.
When is the best time to add another dog to my family?
This depends on your current dogs ages, if your current dog or dogs like other dogs, if your current dogs have no major behavioral issues and how much time you have to spend with your new dog as well as your current dog or dogs. If you have a dog already which is under a year old then adding another young dog could be hard work, one puppy is hard enough but 2 puppy’s is even harder. If your resident dogs aren’t keen on other dogs then they could find it stressful with another dog being brought into the household as well as the possibility that they could scare or harm your new dog. The biggest consideration though is to make sure that your current dogs behaviour is where you want it to be, if you have any major problems or no control over your current dogs then adding another dog to the family could be a disaster! They could influence the new dog, then you have 2 dog with major behavioural problems to resolve. It’s best to solve your current dog’s issues before adding another dog. The final consideration is to make sure the new dog is for YOU rather than your current dog, very rarely does this work out for the better, after all if you don’t have time to play with one dog and want a playmate and companion for your current dog, then you probably don’t have the time for 2 dogs and should consider changing your routine in order to give you current dog more time and attention.
How do I housetrain my puppy?
Please see the hints and tips page by clicking here, which will give you all the information you need to successfully housetrain your pup.
Will playing TUG with my do make them aggressive?
Absolutely not! Tug is a great game to play with your dog/pup, as long as it is done correctly. It can increase the bond between you and your dog, help your dog to focus on you and can be used as a reward. Here’s how to do it correctly:
Grab a tug toy and encourage your dog to grab it, by moving it around, whilst you say ‘take it’, have a 5-10 second game of tug, then gently put your finger through your dogs collar, underneath their chin, so they cannot pull backwards and pull on the tug toy anymore, then make the toy go ‘dead’ by stopping moving it and by pushing it towards your dog a little but still keep hold of it. You then need to wait this out until your dog releases the toy, when your dog releases it, say ‘yes’ and then immediately resume play with a ‘take it’. Once your dog is letting go of the toy as soon as you put your finger under their collar now is the time to introduce the cue of ‘give’ by saying the word just before you hold the collar.
Eventually you won’t need to grab the collar anymore, your dog will let go when you say ‘give’ and you can either decide to continue the game with ‘take it’ or say ‘enough’ and end the game, either taking away the toy or letting your dog have it. To progress you can say ‘Give’ then ask your dog for a command such as sit or down, then reward with another game. It’s great for teaching your pooch good self-control.
That's it for this month! Please feel free to comment or share my newsletter :)