Behavioural Tip of the Month

Monthly Behaviour Tip

Has your full of energy puppy been driving you crazy through the cold winter months? Were you unable to socialise your puppy or attend puppy training due to Covid restrictions? Finally spring is here, and restrictions have lightened. What a glorious time to get out, socialise, and do some training while enjoying the lovely spring weather. 

Did you know dog socialisation involves more than dog play dates? It involves exposing a young dog to positive experiences in the world they will live, including daily activities around your home, walks (in different environments), car trips, visits to friends or family’s houses, café visits, camping, etc. This is one of the most effective things you, as a new dog parent, can do to enjoy a relaxed and social dog you can be proud to take anywhere.  

Train and reward good/preferred behaviours as your puppy grows into a lifetime member of the family. Use treats to teach and positively reward the behaviour you would like your dog to be doing during daily activities. Such as sit and wait before coming inside, lay on your mat while vacuuming is being done, sit to greet visitors, move to a spot away from you when asked, and walk calmly on a lead. 
 
As your puppy develops into an adult dog, he/she will develop behaviours that you and your family may not be particularly fond of. Being a dog parent is enjoyable and rewarding, but training a young dog can seem like a daunting task. Attending a training program, can help assist you in habituating your young dog to future life experiences, set up good day to day habits and build a strong relationship between you and your dog.

Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and spend some extra time with your dog. Your family and your dog will all be rewarded with a strengthened bond, and therefore a dog that’s more willing to obey.

Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Hancock is qualified in animal behaviour with her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She has lots of great tips and ideas when it comes to misbehaving pets. Keep an eye out for her monthly tips on our Facebook page. Also check out her own business Facebook page - Positive Paws.

Archived previous tips:

September 2020 blog article - Puppy Training

August 2020 blog article -  Time to talk about teeth for Dental Month

July 2020 blog article -  Dog Dementia

June 2020 blog article -  Diet

February 2020 blog article -  Heart Disease

January 2020 blog article - Summer parasites

December 2019 blog article - Christmas and NYE Festivities 

November 2019 blog article - Parasite Control 

October 2019 blog article - Toilet training 

September 2019 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2019 blog article - Lets talk muzzles

July 2019 blog article - How diet and obesity affects behaviour

June 2019 blog article - Teaching old dogs new tricks

May 2019 blog article - Arthritis

April 2019 blog article - Behaviour

March 2019 blog article – Behaviour

February 2019 blog article – Separation anxiety

January 2019 blog article – Summer Survival / Ears

December 2018 blog article – Christmas and holiday safety

November 2018 blog article - Vaccinations & Parasite Control

October 2018 blog article - Cat behaviour

September 2018 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2018 blog article - Dental Month

July 2018 blog article - Cat Obesity

June 2018 blog article - Winter time

May 2018 - Senior Pets / Eye Care

April 2018 - Endocrine Disease

March 2018 blog article - Easter camping

February 2018 blog article - Heart health

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