I am delighted to be able to start offering outdoor 1-2-1 consultations from 1st June (The diary is already getting busy). 💜 Strict social distancing rules will be put in place and adhered to at all times. 💚 Consults can be done in a suitable public area, your own garden or a secure field. 💛 Payment will be needed in advance, to minimise contact. 💜 For more in-depth behaviour training, video calls maybe needed first.
I've definitely noticed behaviours in my dogs that I was putting up with pre-lockdown that I'm now struggling to put up with as I did before.
Namely how Pumba behaves around the hoover and how both dogs behave in the kitchen. Pumba displaces really hard (i.e. does behaviours out of context) when the hoover is out, mainly in the form of drinking whole bowls of water from around the house. So I've spent lockdown teaching him that if he chills on a sofa or bed when I hoover that food magically falls from the sky, suddenly hoovering is a lot easier and I'm having to do fewer toilet breaks!
Previously we never really enforced the go to your mat rule in the kitchen but as we've all been baking and cooking loads on lockdown it's become irritating to let the dogs wander. So we now have a paws on the mat rule, don't care what position they're in but they have to be on the mat when cooking is happening. Made for much safer cooking and less stress thinking you'll accidentally trip over one of them!
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING OUR SERVICES DURING COVID-19
The current government guidelines state that you are still able to go to work unless you can work from home. Dog walkers, tradespeople and other services that involve the provider to enter your home are still allowed to go ahead if this is unavoidable, social distancing is adhered too and providing no one in the home is self isolating and of course, if the provider feels is essential and necessary.
Due to this we will continue to offer at home behaviour sessions for SEVERE/DANGEROUS behaviour issues only. Where possible we will carry this out in your garden or in the house if we must. Social distancing must be adhered too and we ask for a contact free session as much as possible.
To protect our staff and customers we cannot stress enough that we will only attend behaviour sessions that are time crucial and we do not feel can be effectively done via video/phone call. For example, aggression to people or dogs within the same household. This service is for dogs that need behaviour modification asap to prevent any potentially dangerous situations.
We have done a lot of research and have taken advice from the government and police and feel that the service we offer for extreme behaviour cases is most definitely an essential service.
We are passionate about dogs and cannot stand by if a dog is due to be PTS because owners are unable to get immediate behaviour work done due to the current lockdown, although we do appreciate the need to follow the guidelines as much as possible to keep everyone safe.
This means we are able to continue saving lives. ❤️ If your dogs behaviour is considered severe and or dangerous please get in contact with us today and we can discuss this further with you. Remember, we are still offering video/phone puppy and dog behaviour sessions for those issues we can help you with remotely.
Are you considering online training? Worried about how it all works and if it's the same as in person training? Hopefully this infographic gives you some more information. The current socialisation guidelines are the perfect time to be training your dog and if you're stuck then it's an even better time to get in touch with a trainer.
If you have questions about how it works then ask your selected trainer questions, see how they can support you specifically. This is new to all of us and we're all happy to reassure if we believe you can truly achieve your goals through online training.
Personally, I've been up front and told clients whether or not I believe their concerns can be addressed online and if I'm in any doubt I've popped them on my wait list for when this is over.
What are you concerns about online training? Have you tried online training yet? Let me know about your experiences and concerns below!
The vet thinks it's spinal. Possibly she's injured herself causing inflammation that's pressing on her spine. Or it could be that she's had a spinal issue all along and it's deteriorating. Potentially a blood clot or multiple clots in her spinal cord or loose cartilage. She's got anti inflammatorys for one week to see if they do anything. If they do then she will have the same meds for another 2 weeks. If it's not helped then they will change the medication to see if they can find something that works for her. Hopefully it's an injury and the meds will fix the issue. Worst case scenario is that it's permanent damage that will need constant medication if meds even work for her and don't make her more ill and wobbly. Or that she over does it and ends up bursting a disc and would need an operation which she can't have due to the GA. If she continues to go down hill this week and the meds don't appear to be working then she needs to go back sooner. Fingers crossed for this old girl to make a speedy recovery. My heart breaks watching her be so sad 💔
Social isolation and the current guidelines have been really tough on everyone. Many of us are having to deal with either complete, or significant, losses in income whilst having to adjust to a lack of freedom that we're used to enjoying. So many are not only dealing with that but have been forced into the role of keep calm and carry on-er, teacher, school counsellor and friend-replacement for their children. We're all struggling in one way or another, and each and every one of those struggles is totally valid.
With all that in mind, it's pretty understandable that training the dogs may not be at the forefront of our minds. It's worth bearing in mind as a good lock down activity though! As we're with our dogs all day, it's a great time to count out 50 treats and reward the dog every time we see them doing something we like (no matter how big or small), by the end of each day, those 50 treats have to have gone. That's 50 repetitions of good behaviour you've rewarded your dog for. Imagine that adding up each day, week, or month we're in social isolation and how well behaved your dog will be at the end of it!
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, this is the perfect time to be building them up to virtual absences (although I will admit that there is a kink in the plan when it comes to actual absences and leaving the house unless you have a front garden!) If you have children in the home, try keeping everyone entertained (and tired!), by giving them fun tricks to train your dogs. I defy any kid to be unfazed by getting their dog to do backwards leg weaves!
Most of all, training your dog will mentally exhaust them which means that any reduction in physical exercise they're experiencing is less of a hassle for you. 15 minutes of training throughout the day can result in the same nap time as an hour's walk. Just remember that if your dog is on reduced exercise and you're feeding more in training to cut down their normal food to prevent weight gain!