Blog - Step Up And Be The Leader

Step Up And Be The Leader

During this time of uncertainty and change, it's easy to get caught up in the 'must do this and must do that' with our dogs, trying to do the latest exercise, latest challenge, be interesting, be exciting and generally 'amuse' our dogs.

The more we amuse our dogs, the more they will need to be amused, the more they will struggle when life returns to normal, or as normal as it will ever return to.

As we settle into our third week of lockdown, with potentially another 10 to go, think about what you'd like your relationship with your dog to be like in June and work towards that.

Me? I'd like my dogs to be content and chilled when I'm at my desk or watching the telly or resting, focussed on me whilst I'm training, and being dogs and having fun on their walks...

The way to achieve it is through simple boundaries for our dogs and guidelines for us, that are fairly easy to implement, and allow our dogs to 'just be a dog'... so...

  • No constant cuddling, stroking and talking to them... you'll make them need you more when you return to work
  • Let your dogs spend some time on their own and in a different place to you as this will help prevent separation anxiety when you return to work
  • Keep the exciting play/tricks for the garden if you can and keep the indoor stuff calm. If you don't have a garden, then do the fun stuff in a different room than they would normally be in when you go to work
  • Take time now to train the basics... sit, stand, down, come, walk on a loose lead and go on your bed
  • Train a great recall - sign up for News from The Pet Gundog for a free six-week recall routine http://bit.ly/ThePetGundog
  • Teach great manners when out and about... if you see someone in the distance, pop your dog's lead on, move to the side (remember your 2 metre or 3 paces distance) and have them sit nicely focussed on you as the other person passes
  • If you have children at home or are expecting a baby in the near future, print off the information from the Dog Safety Education Executive and follow it https://dogsee.org/safe-at-home/

Take some time out to do some great fundamental training and start moulding the dog of your dreams.
Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your time with your dog.
#thepetgundog #thepetgundoginstructor #staysafestayhome
#dogsinlockdown

first published 1 April 2020

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Blog - Step Up And Be The Leader

During this time of uncertainty and change, it's easy to get caught up in the 'must do this and must do that' with our dogs, trying to do the latest exercise, latest challenge, be interesting, be exciting and generally 'amuse' our dogs.

Step Up And Be The Leader

The more we amuse our dogs, the more they will need to be amused, the more they will struggle when life returns to normal, or as normal as it will ever return to.

As we settle into our third week of lockdown, with potentially another 10 to go, think about what you'd like your relationship with your dog to be like in June and work towards that.

Me? I'd like my dogs to be content and chilled when I'm at my desk or watching the telly or resting, focussed on me whilst I'm training, and being dogs and having fun on their walks...

The way to achieve it is through simple boundaries for our dogs and guidelines for us, that are fairly easy to implement, and allow our dogs to 'just be a dog'... so...

  • No constant cuddling, stroking and talking to them... you'll make them need you more when you return to work
  • Let your dogs spend some time on their own and in a different place to you as this will help prevent separation anxiety when you return to work
  • Keep the exciting play/tricks for the garden if you can and keep the indoor stuff calm. If you don't have a garden, then do the fun stuff in a different room than they would normally be in when you go to work
  • Take time now to train the basics... sit, stand, down, come, walk on a loose lead and go on your bed
  • Train a great recall - sign up for News from The Pet Gundog for a free six-week recall routine http://bit.ly/ThePetGundog
  • Teach great manners when out and about... if you see someone in the distance, pop your dog's lead on, move to the side (remember your 2 metre or 3 paces distance) and have them sit nicely focussed on you as the other person passes
  • If you have children at home or are expecting a baby in the near future, print off the information from the Dog Safety Education Executive and follow it https://dogsee.org/safe-at-home/

Take some time out to do some great fundamental training and start moulding the dog of your dreams.
Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your time with your dog.
#thepetgundog #thepetgundoginstructor #staysafestayhome
#dogsinlockdown

first published 1 April 2020

buy the book - https://thepetgundog.co.uk/Home/Books
join the club - https://thepetgundogclub.com