Puppy Training

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Merry Christmas to You and Your Canine Companion!

Christmas is an exciting time – not just for you and your family, but for your dog too! If you look over to their basket now you’ll see their noses twitching as they sleep, dreaming of all that wrapping paper that’s going to be flying around. The team at Dog School take comfort in the fact that if you’ve invested in behavioural sessions with us, that your pooch might have a present under the tree with their name on it for being so good this year – that is if they’ve managed to resist the temptation of a tasty smelling bone wrapped in nothing but paper. At Dog School, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued canine custom, and we hope that with our services, your dog doesn’t go too barking in all the festive fun! If you’re thinking about making a new addition to the family in the New Year, or if you find a pup wrapped in a bow under the tree this year then Dog School can help you with any training that they may need, such as getting used to the lead, how to introduce them to other dogs or teaching them the boundaries of play-biting – because those little puppy teeth can hurt! We also encourage you to keep checking back on our blog for all the latest Dog School news and updates which features advice about getting a new dog, fun and interesting facts about our furry friends, and handy tips for dog owners. So if you want to get a head start on training, browse the range of services we provide, from puppy training classes to dog walking services in Surrey. For more information, feel free to get in touch at 07821 543388 or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates. In the meantime, the team at Dog School would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Our Tips for Creating a Perfect Puppy Schedule

When a new puppy enters your home, it can be extremely tempting to want to spend every waking moment with your new best friend. Although it is extremely important that you have chance to bond with your pup, it’s equally as vital that you start working them into a routine that will not only make your life much easier when it comes to taking care of them, but it also gives them a sense of structure.

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5 Ways Your New Puppy is Like a Toddler

Getting a new puppy is exciting. Whether your partner has finally given into your constant moaning about how much you really, really, need a puppy or you’ve decided that a puppy will be good for the children – it’s still something to look forward to. However, once you’ve gotten your new furry friend home and you’re attempting to get him settled into the family, you might start to realise something odd. For some reason, your puppy definitely reminds you of a toddler.

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VOLUNTEER TO LOOK AFTER A GUIDE DOG PUPPY

  Dog School Ltd. is happy to publicise a unique opportunity for Croydon animal lovers. Willing volunteers will get the chance to play a vital role in the early stages of a guide dog puppy’s development. The volunteers will get the chance to develop their animal care skills, whilst introducing the puppies to the sights and sounds of the London area. The lucky volunteers will walk the dogs, give them a home and care for them, full-time, between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 months. At the 1 year mark, the dogs will begin their formal guide dog training, in earnest. As reported in the Croydon Guardian, Hilary George, a regular puppy walker, is currently looking after her eighth guide dog for the blind. Hilary first entered into the world of dog walking after her own dog sadly passed away. “I really didn’t want to go through the bereavement of losing another dog again. Having the pleasure of training a guide dog puppy, that would go on to become someone’s ticket to independence, really appealed to me”. The company involved in this scheme is Guide Dogs London. Their Volunteer Development Co-Ordinator, Pippa Block said “As a volunteer, you will prepare the pup for their working life, by taking them on public transport, including trains, the tube and buses”. “You will need to have access to a car, be based at home most of the day, and have a yard or garden that is securely fenced, so that the puppy remains safely within its confines”. For more information call Guide Dogs on 0845 371 7771 or email volunteer@guidedogs.org.uk or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteering.  

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Have You Heard of These Amazing Security Dogs?

There are a number of potentially great protection dogs out there. Everyone, in the UK, will be well familiar with the Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Doberman breeds. However, there are a number of less-familiar dogs, of overseas origins, that make fantastic guard dogs. As it’s important for an owner to understand the individual character, temperament and coachability of an animal, we decided to put together this list of five great security dogs, that many people might not be familiar with.   RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK Originally bred to hunt lions on the savannahs of southern Africa, Ridgebacks, needless to say, have a strong predatorial drive. A serious dog, with a selective bark, Ridgebacks are always focused on the task at hand. With that being said, they can be very stubborn animals. They often seem to develop tunnel vision, which means that they are not naturally obedient and need professional training to curb their instincts. Under the right conditions, this dog can be of real value; it is muscular, ruthless and a staunch protector of its enemies. However, Ridgebacks don’t make the best household pets, due to the fact that they are non-affectionate creatures that can be difficult to control.   DOGUE DE BORDEAUX One of the ancient French breeds, the bulky Bordeaux Mastiff. They are known as a powerhouse dog that, historically, would be used to pull carts or haul heavy objects. There are also many representations, in historical art, of this breed protecting the castles of French noblemen. Many believe the dog to be an offshoot of the British Bulldog. In reality, the Dogue predates both the Bulldog and the Bull Mastiff. Legend has it that the Dogue is actually a descendent of the Greco-Roman dogs of war that were marched across mountains on imperial missions. Possessing, in some cases, scissor bites which can do irreparable damage to human flesh, the Dogue de Bordeaux will present a fearless challenge to any intruder. With that being said, they must be used very carefully, this breed is difficult to bring under control once it is in full flow. Known for having the largest head in the dog world, they are a hefty animal and aren’t easy to maneuver and manipulate.     KOMONDOR Used to protect sheep in the Hungarian mountains, this breed dates back to the 16th Century. Believed to have descended from the mountain dogs of Tibet; this huge, ultra-sturdy dog is known for its white, corded coat. This coat and physique, in combination, allow it to withstand even the harshest of conditions. Usually weighing in at 100-125lbs and standing 27” high, Komondors are almost like a small armoured vehicle. Komondors require serious, professional obedience training and are best equipped to roam larger areas, whether it be rural land or large American-style backyards. Despite their dangerous nature, due to their protective instincts, they can make extraordinary guard dogs.   KUVASZ Another Hungarian breed, the Kuvasz is also a white-coated livestock dog. References to the use of the breed can be found in ancient Hungarian texts, so it is fair to say that this dog is a tried and tested protector. In modern times they have become increasingly popular as domestic pets, in no small part due to their teddy bear good looks. Their shiny white coat is a feature that was deliberately bred into the dogs by ancient shepherds. It was vital, in centuries gone by, for shepherds to be able to distinguish their dogs from wild predators, like wolves. Intelligent, with a clownish wit and playful nature, the Kuvasz is intensely loyal and appreciative of attention. However, they are cunning leaders-by-example that will quietly scheme against strangers and intruders, and must be watched carefully. They are also high-volume barkers, which can present its own challenges in a domestic environment.   CHOW CHOW Native to China, they are considered to be one of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing dogs. Naturally dignified and bred to act as royal servants, it is said that the Chow Chow will die for its master. Known to be aggressive, but able to distinguish between provocation and play, they are one of the most intelligent guard dog breeds in the world. Physically, they are compact, sturdy and almost square in shape. They have dense, double-thickness coat that can either have a smooth or a rough feel, depending on the owner’s requirements. They are also remarkable for a distinctive ruff, like a small lion’s mane, and an elegant curled tail. Indeed, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Chow Chow’s possess cat-like personality traits. *** In order to ensure the safety of family member, house guests and neighbours; guard dogs must be properly socialized, as standard. These animals must be trained correctly and must view their owners as ‘The Leader of the Pack’, which is why we think it is so important to offer professional dog training services in Croydon!

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The Importance Of 1-1 Training

The importance of training your dog properly can never be underestimated. Although it may seem like a lot of hard work, and at times a very frustrating process, in the long run the time you invest in your puppy will be well worth it. Many people, especially those who are buying a dog for the first time, tend to forget that dogs, when all is said and done, are animals, and even though they provide an excellent companion and brighten up the lives of every owner, they need to be properly socialised in order to adapt to their new domestic surroundings.

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Curbing Separation Anxiety

When you first get your puppy it is sometimes difficult to leave them alone, not least because of the fuss they make at your departure. Although at first you might misread this as bad behaviour from your pup, it is probably a form of separation anxiety, and there are things you can do to curtail the problem. In this series of blogs we will do our best to give you all the hints and tips you need for effective puppy training in Surrey.

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House Training Your Puppy

House training can be a problematic time for any dog owner, and can sometimes feel like it is taking forever to get right. Many people don’t know where to start, but by keeping a cool head and following a proper routine, you should have a happy, contented and well-trained puppy on your hands in no time!