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Speaking at the British Small Animals Veterinary Association’s congress, and reported in this week’s Veterinary Record, Ms Zulch said it also had to be accepted that every puppy is an individual with its own strengths and or weeknesses
Owners should view the practice of raising puppies as educating them, rather than training them.
Puppies spend less than one per cent of their life for six weeks of their life at ‘puppy school’, and there is a risk that owners consider this is enough, said Helen Zulch, a lecturer at the University of Lincoln and consultant at the university’s veterinary behaviour clinic.
Too much emphasis is placed on teaching puppies ‘obedience’ rather than praising good behaviour, a veterinary congress has heard.
From 6th May 2016, new legislation states that every dog owner must ensure that their puppy or dog is microchipped; with the owners details to be registered on the appropriate database. This includes full name and address of the keeper with relevant contact numbers, along with all pet information: breed, sex and colour. This must be kept up-to-date if the owner moves house or updates their personal information
The microchip is a small electronic chip, inserted harmlessly beneath the puppies skin between their shoulder blades. This allows him/her to be individually traceable with their unique 15-digit number, which can be read by a microchip reader
All of our puppies are ready microchipped prior to leaving for their new homes, which we register over to you at point of purchase. We now offer our own microchipping service, with us having 5 trained members of staff onsite, all happy to carry this out for you. For only £10 we can microchip your pet and register you as the owner, all while you wait!
Positive reinforcement - Praise your puppy every time they do something right! As puppies don’t speak the same language we do, you need to ensure that your puppy is aware of their own good behaviour and begin to learn that this is desirable
No negativity - Following on from the first rule, do not punish your puppy if they get it slightly wrong. You have to remember that each new addition is a small puppy, with a small bladder and there will be some accidents along the way. They will not learn through negative response and when punished may result in the training progress going backwards
Be persistent – Until your puppy begins to learn the art of toilet training, you will have to put in time and effort praising and giving attention once they have done something desirable. “Each reward reinforces the right behaviour”
Watch for mistakes – New owners have to always be on the lookout for any little accidents and be sure to prevent them before they happen! Make sure that whenever they begin to show signs of wanting to go to the toilet, to take them outside straight away and to reward the good behaviour once it does happen
Get in a routine – Start to learn when your puppy will need to go to the toilet. This is usually first thing in the morning once they wake up, after eating or drinking and usually every few hours during the day. At these points take your puppy out and be ready to show reward
Restrict area when leaving puppy alone – from early stages the mother will have enforced for them not to dirty their bedding area, so when left in smaller spaces they will be more inclined to hold it so they don’t cause mess to the sleeping area. This must be done with caution as your puppy won’t be able to hold their bladder for very long at first and you must ensure your puppy doesn’t stay in there too long without interaction from you. Regular visits to let your puppy out will help to reinforce this training
Cleaning up accidents – When tackling accidents in the house, be aware to use enzyme-based cleaner to remove any possible trace for your puppy. Regular cleaners will remove any unsavoury smells for us, however the scent will still be present for puppy
Start from day 1 – As soon as you get your puppy home, get them familiarised with their designated toilet area. Ideally a section of garden that you know is safe and enclosed
Carrying on the training – If you have to leave puppy alone for a section of time during the toilet training process you are best ensuring that you can find someone to stay with your puppy to continue your hard work and carry on their routine
Don’t panic! – Finally, don’t panic! Toilet training is easy once you keep to your routine and begin to reward any behaviour you would like your puppy to continue
PENGUINS played a starring role at the launch of this year’s National Microchipping Month, which runs throughout June.
The penguins at London Zoo are one of 726 different types of animals there, with all except the small birds and fish microchipped and registered with Petlog.
Petlog is owned and managed by the Kennel Club, and it created National Microchipping Month to highlight the benefits of microchipping and encourage owners to chip their domestic animals.
“Thousands of pets go missing every year and many are not reunited with their owners as they lack any form of identification,” said a spokesman for Petlog. “However, those microchipped and registered with us can easily be identified and returned to their owners.”
KC spokesman Caroline Kisko said; “The penguins at London Zoo presented a unique opportunity to demonstrate the large range of animals which are able to be chipped. London Zoo obviously has to have a clear way of identifying individual animals, but it is just as important for owners of household pets to do the same in case they go missing.”
So...If you have a Penguin or for that matter any other companion friend please do not hesitate to contact us regarding microchipping!
At Little Rascals we believe you should be able to see our puppies during their daily playtimes. To enable you to be see their interaction with other dogs we record videos of all of our litters and include them with the adverts.
We have recently uploaded new festive themed videos of all of our adorable puppies to YouTube. These videos can be found at the end of each individual advert and are included on all of our social media sites. Alternatively you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch them first! Click the link here to subscribe to our YouTube channel now
We wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
French Bulldog - we are proud to announce that we have an amazing black and white, Pedigree French Bulldog little girl now ready to go to her new home. French Bulldogs have a playful and athletic temperament and are very sociable and affectionate so would be the perfect addition to any family