Written by Animal Behaviourist and owner of Pet Behaviour Therapy, Ellena Hinson 

Always provide dogs with appropriate stimulation and plenty of exercise

Always provide dogs with appropriate stimulation and plenty of exercise

Training and socialisation are important throughout a dog's life, not just as a puppy. Don't stop training!

Developing habits takes time, so repetition of commands is important - consider how long it takes for a child to remember to hold a handrail coming down the stairs.

Always reward good behaviour when training - the more you reward, the more frequent that behaviour becomes.

It can be frustrating when your pup chews a new jumper or a piece of furniture, but it could be down to anxiety. Pheromonatherapy, such as Adaptil can help to increase levels of relaxation and calmness, and reduce this sort of behaviour.

Don’t punish your dog for bad behaviour. Instead try and distract them away from what they’re doing and reward the good behaviour

Always be vigilant for good, calm behaviours that you can reward with praise. For example, chewing an appropriate item.

Avoid harsh training techniques, such as smacking and shouting, which only interrupt behaviour and is very likely to heighten anxiety about human behaviour.

Always provide dogs with appropriate stimulation and plenty of exercise. Boredom can sometimes underlie behaviour problems.

Changes in a dog’s life can be just as stressful to them as humans; Christmas, holiday periods and bonfire night. Adaptil can help reduce stress and lower anxiety.

Growling is a dog’s way of communicating they want to be left alone, so bear this in mind and give your dog the space they need.

Dogs don't always like fuss and attention. Try creating a safe haven in the home so your dog knows he/she can go there and feel calm. Adaptil can also help to add a sense of security.


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