With Covid causing huge numbers of people to purchase or adopt puppies and dogs ,the demand for professional canine education is causing many courses to be full months ahead of time . This is leaving many pups and dogs with nowhere to go and worse in the hands of poorly educated and out of date trainers.
Behavioural issues, not infectious diseases are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age. *
Behavioural issues often start with a lack of or poor socialisation. Many owners are given bad advice.
Your pup should be “out and about” 1 week after their first vaccination. Do not wait until there are fully vaccinated! That is outdated and unhelpful advice. What does “out and about mean”
“The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life.1, 2 During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be
achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested
as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behaviour. For this
reason, the believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated”ASVAB
PLEASE Do not stop reading here or you may fall into the poor socialisation trap.
Poor socialisation stems from a lack of knowledge on the owners’ part. These fabulous owners do not know better and expose their pup/ dogs into their life to quickly, too fast. With all the best intentions, these trips out create pup and dogs who have to bark, lunge, become hyper or retreat into a ball to cope.
First and only rule, take it slow, whether you have a new pup or dog.
Carry your puppy from 8-10 weeks or borrow a buggy for the big pups. That does not means take them to School with 200 kids reaching for them or walking along main a road with 2 lanes of traffic. No trips to the park with unvaccinated dogs but do have dogs over to your home or got to a friend’s home. No trips at peak hour with your new rescue to the dog park. Off peak please, play dates with friends’ dogs even better You need to use common sense here! We want gentle and gradual exposure WHY?
You need to be able to read their body language. Their body language is our window into their emotions.
Chirag Patel, a trainer, once wisely said
” If we don’t listen to their whispers, they will have to shout “
So how do you learn about body language. Well you can start now, here is a list of great resources all free for you 😉
Please if you are looking for training advice go to the Pet professional Guild of Australia or the Australian Pet Dog Trainers Association Professional Members list.
Louise and the Team at Let us Go Fido
Let’s Go Fido is committed to only employing qualified trainers who are committed to continuing education, you are always getting up to date, best practice training advice for your animals. You both deserve the best.