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  1. Attention seeking behaviours can be very cute!This year Corrine is working on giving her clients even more information to help them navigate those early weeks of having a puppy.  Part of this approach includes writing new handouts for ForPaws dog and puppy training and walking clients that they can use to help address common training problems.  Below is an excerpt from our latest handout on Attention Seeking Behaviour.  If you would like our help in managing your puppy's attention seeking tactics, then sign up to our puppy training classes or training 121s today!

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    "Most dogs simply love spending time with their human owners and tend to be rather ingenious at finding ways to get and keep their attention, which is one of the joys and blessings of having a dog!  However, like young children, many dogs do not understand the difference between the times when it is okay to seek our attention and the times when it is not and many can be very insistent that we focus on them all the time constantly, which can be exhausting and frustrating for new puppy ‘parents’. 

  2. All of our ForPaws Puppy Training Clients receive help and guidance on how to prevent and work on common puppy problems.  Our latest blog is an excerpt from our new handout on what to do if your dog or puppy jumps up.  If you need more help on this matter, please get in touch to arrange a private training session or sign up to our puppy course.

    What to do when your dog jumps up?Why Do Dogs Jump Up?

    Dogs that jump up are often difficult control both on and off lead and they cause many problems for owners, such as tearing and leaving muddy paw prints over clothes; causing accidents and injuries from scratches and knocking people over and upsetting guests or passing walkers.  Dogs can also give themselves back injuries through the bad posture they maintain in jumping up and resting paws on people.

    Many owners effectively resolve jumping up in some scenarios, but not others.  They ask me to help and assume there will be a simple, ‘one size fits all answer’.  But there isn’t, the key to stopping jumping up, is to understand why the behavior is happening and then to address the underlying reason. 

  3. Teaching your dog to use a KongKongs provide dogs with a much needed source of mental (and sometimes physical!) stimulation.  They are a challenge, as your dog needs to work to extract the delicious food that you have packed into it, and ideally, this takes lots of time, keeping your dog entertained when you need some peace and teaching him a 'good thing' to chew, as opposed to a 'bad thing' to chew - such as your shoes, or the kitchen cabinet!  I often suggest to owners that one simple and practical approach to their dog's boredom or chewing problem is to use a Kong, but some look dismayed.  "My dog just isn't interested in it" they tell me, "we've tried and he just gives up".  Why is this?