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By Ladies Working Dog Group
About Step 1 – Introduction

In this short video Claire introduces the masterclass and discusses possibleimpact on puppies and older dogs. 

It may seem like the ideal time to get a puppy as you are likely to be home a lot more...

In some respects this is true, however, bear in mind this current routine isn't permanent.

Although you'll have time more time to train your puppy, do consider how you will also get him/her used to your normal lifestyle to help prevent problems later on.

This advice also goes for adult dogs who are going to quickly adapt to you being at home more.

So, try to include enforced periods of separation from your puppy or dog to help them grow up to be confident in their own skin as well as a part of our pack.

We recommend at least 1 hour alone in the house (or crated) even if this is why you are in another room or in the garden, or even whilst exercising another household dog.

If you allow your puppy or dog to spend every minute of the day with you during this time they are much more likely to develop separation anxiety when routines go back to normal.

We are also being asked 'How will the social distancing guidelines affect socialisation training with my new puppy?'

Firstly puppies don't need to meet every person or dog to be socialised. In fact puppies who meet every person and dog they see can end up obsessed by other dogs and people. This can lead to issues I'll come back to later. 

Correct socialisation includes environmental training which can really help build your dogs confidence and doesn't have to include meeting people or dogs.

You see, socialisation is such a misunderstood word in dog training.

We are constantly contacted by people wanting to bring their pups to classes to play with other dogs, their rescue dogs to classes to meet other dogs and learn to play with other dogs, even dogs with behavioural problems to classes to socialise them around calm dogs.

Our classes are not for any of the above. Our classes are designed to educate the owners on how to train their dogs and get the best out of their dogs. Our classes are designed to help owners learn skills to help them train their dogs for life. Our classes are to educate the owners on how to keep their dogs safe. In our classes dogs are learning skills, and, how to relax and focus on their owners in the presence of other dogs and people.

John and I educate our clients about what socialisation is, and, the importance of not letting their dogs run up to other dogs. The same applies to people.

Here's why...

I want my dogs focused on me, rather than on other dogs or other people.

Another thing I want from my dogs is a reliable recall. Why?

There are several reasons for not letting your dog run up to other dogs or people here's just a few examples...

If your dog runs up to a dog who is on a lead it may be on a lead for one of these reasons: maybe the dog is nervous, maybe aggressive, the dog could be recovering from illness or surgery, it may be in pain, the dog may be in training, perhaps the dog is unpredictable, or, has a poor recall, the list goes on...

The dangers dog act is another reason to not let your dog run up to people. If you cannot recall your dog and he runs up to someone and they feel fearful, you could be reported and your dog could be deemed dangerously out of control in the eyes of the law.

Dog theft is on the rise. If your dog is over friendly or has a poor recall and runs up to people your dog could be at a greater risk of getting snatched

Incorrect socialisation can create "over friendly" dogs who are more interested in other dogs than in the owner. These dogs can become obsessed by other dogs and may pull or lunge on the lead to try to get to the other dog. This can lead to frustration or even aggression.

Here's the thing, dog on dog attacks are on the rise. You wouldn't believe the amount of dogs John sees for behavioural consultations that have been attacked and as a result are either fearful or now aggressive, or, the amount of calls we get from owners who's dogs just won't recall when other dogs are around and are starting to get themselves into trouble.

If you've never witnessed a dog on dog attack or had to deal with the aftermath of a dog attack it probably sounds a bit far fetched or even a bit dramatic.

It's not mean to ensure you can control your dog. It's not cruel to stop your dog from running up to other dogs and people. It could save your dogs life.

Socialisation done correctly includes getting your dog used to and comfortable around sounds, sights, activities, objects he or she may come across in their lives. It should also include teaching your dog how to behave and relax around various places, dogs and people. It does not mean letting your dog play fight with other dogs or jump up people.

So, with this in mind there's no reason why we can't socialise puppies or dogs whilst abiding by the government's social distancing guidelines.

If you are having problems and need advice please do not hesitate to get in touch as we are here to help

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