lesson 8

EXERCISE AND DEVELOPMENT

We find the first thing most new puppy owners are quick to do is get a collar and lead on their puppy and attempt to start walking them.

This makes us cringe big time, because:

a) Puppies growth plates are not being taken into consideration, especially the long-term problems this can have on certain vital joints.

b) Puppy hasn’t be taught to wear a collar and lead correctly, never mind been taught the foundations of lead walking.

c) Learnt behaviours occur with lead work that are sometimes time consuming to correct for example pulling or lagging behind – behaviours that could have been avoided had you spent time doing things correctly in the first place.

d) Physical exercise potentially makes a puppy stronger and therefore unwanted behaviours develop quicker.

e) Handlers constantly moaning about their puppy always pulling into hedgerows and zig zagging in front of them whilst constantly sniffing – this is just normal puppy behaviour, if you play and listen to the video below you will begin to understand the importance of the nose and the part in your puppies life that it plays.

Personally we do not start lead walking our puppies until they are at least 8 months of age. Having given time to build a bond, relationship, allowed them to develop in their own time and having started to put foundation training in place.

 

Dogs have a famously great sense of smell, but what makes their noses so much more powerful than ours? They’re packing some sophisticated equipment inside that squishy schnozz.

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