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  1. Common Puppy Problems: Attention Seeking Behaviour

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    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. Common Puppy Problems: Jumping Up

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    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. Clumsy Girl on Skis - Its Just Like Dog Training

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    Happy New Year!

    As some of my friends will know, after Christmas I embarked on my first ever skiing holiday!  When I initially booked I decided (against just about everyone I know's better judgement) that I was not going to learn to ski, I was going to snowboard.  Unfortunately 2 dry slope snowboarding lessons later, I realised that the chances of me spending anything less than 100% of my holiday on my bum if I snowboarded were slim to none, so I thankfully managed to swap to ski lessons.  

    The Magnificent French AlpsWe flew to Meribel in the beautiful French Alps, luckily having the first snow fall of the season the weekend of our arrival (which caused a little bit of chaos for our travels!) and I started my lessons bright and early on Monday.  Sadly, things did not go well.  

    Anyone that knows me will know 4 things:

    1. I am not particularly well co-ordinated and tend to fall over, a lot.  It takes a lot of time and patience for me to get good at 'sporty' things.
    2. This means I'm really nervous and get really embarassed when learning new skills in front of people as I think they will get impatient with me and think I'm stupid.
    3. I do not get up early in the morning - breakfast is often skipped as I go straight to lunch.
    4. I get shakey and really cranky when my blood sugar levels drop - my partner has been known to shove chocolate straight in my mouth when noticing the warning signs.