Monthly Archive for March, 2018

Sports for Dogs

Sports for dogs

If you’ve got a pup with a keen mind to learn or just a lot of energy, you should take a look into some sports your pooch can participate in! You may know of some already such as flyball, herding and even dancing, but the list of other fun activities is almost endless!

Although any sport you choose can be beneficial for any pup, it is good to be aware if your pup gets more out of physical endurance or mental stimulation.

If you were looking for something to stimulate your dogs’ mental abilities, nose work would be top of the list. It’s based on finding hidden scents in different environments, indoors and outdoors, and is great for those short on space. Nose work is great for dogs of all personalities, shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t require extensive obedience.

Tracking trials is another sport that uses ... Click here to read more....

March Dog of the Month

March Dog of the Month ~ Congratulations Oscar Mcmahon!

Oscar first joined us for daycare at Paddington Pups all the way back in 2016 and he has been a crucial member of the pack ever since.

Oscar is a 4 and a half year old standard Schnauzer with the energy and play drive of a 6 month old. Each morning that Oscar bounds through the door he can barely make it out to the play areas fast enough to start his busy day of playing and fun.

He never fails to put a smile on everybody’s face and we know it’s going to be a good day when Oscar comes to visit.

Oscar is extremely friendly and is great with all the other dogs. He will introduce himself to everyone he can and likes to play with any dog that will let him.

Oscar is absolutely adorable and it is ... Click here to read more....

Training Tips with Todd ~ The basics of dog behaviour

If you could communicate with your dog, what would you say to them?

A substantial amount of behavioural problems that arise in dogs stem from the simple fact that we can’t properly communicate with them. Whilst we as humans rely on social queues and cultural context to guide how we act within society, dogs live life entirely within the present moment. Their behaviour can be understood by the following thought pattern.

Stimulus > Behaviour > Consequence

For example, when you are leaving to go to work your dog sees you preparing to leave (Stimulus).

They run to you and jump up, wiping their dirty paws onto your suit pants (Behaviour).

You scold the dog for making your pants dirty, because now you have to change outfit to go to your business meeting (Consequence).

You can see from this example that there is a clear ... Click here to read more....