Stratford upon Avon Dog Training - Shottery

Stratford upon Avon Dog Training - Shottery A Kennel Club Good Citizen dog training school, puppy foundation to Gold level. BIPDT Pet code
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Happy New Year !! To all friends, family, clients old and New. Looking forward to working with you in 2024. Julie , Hayl...
31/12/2023

Happy New Year !! To all friends, family, clients old and New. Looking forward to working with you in 2024. Julie , Hayley, Roger, Tony & Bentley ###

Wishing all our clients old and New the happiest Christmas and New Year. See you in 2024. Julie, Hayley, Roger, Tony ###...
22/12/2023

Wishing all our clients old and New the happiest Christmas and New Year. See you in 2024. Julie, Hayley, Roger, Tony ###x

20/12/2023
15/12/2023

Your weekly reminder not to add these to your Christmas shopping lists this year - (or EVER)! πŸŽ„
Although rawhide chews come in lots of fun shapes and sizes, your dog can easily chew off and swallow large pieces, leading to a potential choking hazard or intestinal obstruction. What’s even worse is how rawhide is created: rawhides are a by-product of the leather industry and are often washed and sterilized with a variety of (often harmful) chemicals, such as sodium sulfide, lime, chromium salts, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide. It is then molded and dyed to form what you see in pet stores today.
Please avoid them at all cost, no matter how pretty they market them! ☠️

15/12/2023

Silliness is often misread as just that...a dog acting silly or goofy, but it is a very common (but lesser known) misread sign of stress.
These dogs are often labelled as "naughty", "not listening" or "acting crazy" when these dogs can be behaving this way from fear.
It can look to us like they are suddenly having a great time, jumping, leaping and "having the time of their life", when the reality is they are fearful and this is how they are showing it.
Often this can be a real eye opener when people realise their dog isn't enjoying what they are doing at ALL, and they are highly stressed.
Lifting one paw can be a sign of curiosity, but it can also mean they are moving into a state of anxiousness.
If you have a reactive dog (or even if you don't), you may be aware sometimes when you give a reward your dog almost takes your fingers with the reward.....normally they take rewards happily and don't "snatch"....that snatching and grabbing can mean they have moved into a state of anxiousness.....OR excitement.
That is the tricky thing with ALL of these signs, they can mean something else entirely.
The best way to decipher is to look for other signs of anxiousness or stress, those physical changes in their posture or face that you may have recognised before.....are they present ?
Is the tail tucked ?
Has the mouth suddenly clamped shut ?
Is there a sudden heavy pant/drooling ?
Have the ears changed position ?

These other signals will help you decipher exactly what is occurring.
Context is everything when deciding what these signs mean.

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2024 Courses starting January. Bookings  being taken now. Call Julie 07799887536Tuesday 9/1/24 Bearley Village hall CV37...
14/12/2023

2024 Courses starting January. Bookings being taken now. Call Julie 07799887536

Tuesday 9/1/24 Bearley Village hall CV37 0SR
Thursday 11/1/24 Shottery Memorial hall CV37 9BL
Puppy Foundation, Beginners, Improvers, Advanced
All levels of Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.
1-1 Tuition available
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08/12/2023

It's really not ok to cut off bits of a dog's anatomy because we want to.

The practice of ear cropping in dogs, a surgical procedure often carried out for aesthetic reasons, raises several welfare concerns.

Pain and Distress: Ear cropping is a painful procedure that involves the cutting of a dog's ears, often without any medical justification. Dogs experience pain and distress during and after the surgery. Moreover, the healing process can be lengthy and uncomfortable for them.

Behavioural Implications: Dogs use their ears for communication. Cropped ears can hinder their ability to express themselves and communicate with other dogs effectively, potentially leading to misunderstandings and behavioural issues.

Risk of Complications: Like any surgical procedure, ear cropping carries risks such as infection, bleeding, or an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. These risks can have serious, sometimes life-threatening, consequences for the dog.

Psychological Impact: The procedure can be traumatic for dogs, especially since it is done at a young age. This trauma can have lasting psychological effects, affecting the dog's temperament and behaviour.

Ethical Considerations: Many argue that ear cropping is a form of mutilation and goes against the principles of animal welfare and ethics. It's seen as an unnecessary modification of a dog's natural state for purely cosmetic reasons.

Legal Issues: In the UK, ear cropping is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Performing or commissioning such a procedure can lead to legal repercussions, highlighting the seriousness with which this issue is regarded.

Overall, the welfare concerns surrounding ear cropping in dogs are significant and multifaceted, touching on physical, behavioural, psychological, and ethical aspects of canine wellbeing.

These concerns align with a broader movement towards more humane and respectful treatment of animals in society.

08/12/2023
Well done to Wedge and Ruairi passing KCSilver tonight πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
07/12/2023

Well done to Wedge and Ruairi passing KCSilver tonight πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Well done to Jeff and Alfie passing BIPDT Bronze tonight πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
07/12/2023

Well done to Jeff and Alfie passing BIPDT Bronze tonight πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Our two puppy groups passsing KC Puppy Foundation tonight πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
07/12/2023

Our two puppy groups passsing KC Puppy Foundation tonight πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Tonight’s pups from our second group πŸ₯°
07/12/2023

Tonight’s pups from our second group πŸ₯°

06/12/2023

You may know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but so many people unfortunately don’t. Help us save a dog's life this Christmas by sharing our message about the dangers of chocolate.

Find out more: thekennelclub.org.uk/chocolate.

05/12/2023
05/12/2023

Friendliness is NOT transferrable to every situation your dog will encounter.
Many dogs can suddenly behave in ways that "came from nowhere"....even if they are around people or dogs they know well.

If you have had an episode where your dog has suddenly changed temperament and you are struggling to figure out why....the first stop should be your local vets.
You have probably heard that before....and may even think it is unnecessary, (perhaps they have just had a check up or we think they have no signs of pain/injury).

Dogs have mastered not showing pain......but when they are in pain, one of the very clear signals they can give us is with their behaviour.

Stress, trigger stacking (from even very minor issues) can cause a sudden and unexpected reaction.
Pain/injury/disease or physical issues with ageing can cause dogs to react in ways they never have before.

If your own dog has regular plays with another dog friend....and you decide to invite everyone round to your home....having another dog in their own territory is a BIG issue for many dogs.

You may have a really friendly dog....but insisting your dog is friendly to every dog, animal, person and in every environment can cause some people to ignore even the most obvious of stressors your dog is about to encounter........and suddenly a very big issue occurs "out of nowhere".

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05/12/2023

AGGRESSION IN DOGS

A dog will give you many clues and signs that he is uncomfortable and that he needs you to keep your distance before he bites or attacks. The aggression or bite is never 'out of the blue'. The signals he gives is designed to avoid conflict.

Each situation is different...watch for behaviours that can also skip a few steps in the ladder, hence the escalation is quicker...

Learn to read the initial signs. Learn to read your dog’s body language...







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Some of tonight’s puppy class πŸ₯°
30/11/2023

Some of tonight’s puppy class πŸ₯°

30/11/2023

Greeting a dog should not involve sticking your hand in their face.
Children are often told to put their hand out for the dog to sniff...and it is absolutely no coincidence that hands (and faces) are the most bitten body parts by dogs.
How should a dog perceive a strangers (or childs) hand right in their face ?
"If the dog moves into you to smell more...it means you can pat ".
No.......NO.... it absolutely does not.
All it means is the dog is trying to smell one of the most interesting places on a body.
Hands sweat.
They are full of information, scents and maybe even some tasty food smells still lingers.

It doesn't mean you are friends.
It doesn't mean the dog will like you.
and it certainly doesn't mean you now have an instant bond.

A dog sniffing a hand means they smelled what is thrust into their face.
Dogs are entitled to personal space just as much as we are.

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27/11/2023

If I cuddle you, and put a cute face on when you take a photo πŸ“Έ, can you do the "Dog of the Day" profile on me please as I think my new family are out their somewhere and have saved up their cuddles for me ?
Love CHESTER πŸ’™

27/11/2023

Socialisation.
Play is NOT socialisation. Play is a separate and important skill.....but it isn't socialisation.
What is socialisation ?..... Calmness and acceptance.
What it isn't......over excited, scared, hyper, wary behaviour or PLAY.

I know that seems like a big statement to make for some people but society has some strange ideas of what socialisation is.

That doesn't mean dogs and puppies shouldn't play, it simply means one of the FIRST things they need to learn in life is be calm and accepting of dogs in general....then play can be added as a separate skill.

Calmness and acceptance IS socialisation.
Play is play.
Two completely separate things.

Dogs and puppies are a very small part of having a socialised dog. An important small part... but a very small part in a much bigger picture.
The word socialisation seems to be associated with play and that is a big issue with new puppy guardians/owners.

How you let other dogs meet yours and how your dog meets other dogs forms patterns of behaviour.
The more these dogs have over excited, over aroused and hyper behaviour around other dogs...........the more they understand this IS exactly how to meet dogs....and that is really problematic for many dogs.

True socialisation is acceptance and calmness in ALL the world has to offer.
Everything you encounter in everyday life...is exactly what you need to expose your dogs to.

Little and often
Positively and calmly......and you are well on your way to a well socialised puppy or dog.

One of the best lessons you can teach your puppy or dog is they do NOT need to interact with others.
They don't need to go to that hyper excited behaviour when other dogs are near.

They can be calm, assess the situation and choose to play and interact if they wish.....

That is true socialisation.

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07/11/2023

I know some people that have truly social dogs can struggle with this concept as they have no issues with this, and some people judge others by the sociability of their dog.
"They just weren't socialised enough as puppies"
"They need to be more obedient"
"They just need to play more"
"They need to be more dominant when playing"
"They need to just submit"
No, no...and no again.

Just like us, dogs have social preferences and some are very strong.
You may have noticed this with a dog that only likes to play with their own breed, or much smaller dogs. Some dogs are drawn to very specific types of dogs or seek out dogs with a particular physical trait.
Some will just refuse to be social with a particular breed as they may struggle to read that particular breeds body language, and they may even act "aggressively" to that breed when that dog attempts an interaction.

Another thing I would like to point out is.... there is a bit of a myth out there that reactive dogs only belong in the "not social" category. Some reactive dogs can be really social with others, but they could be leash reactive even to dog breeds or types they may enjoy interacting with off lead.
Just because a dog is reactive does NOT automatically mean they dislike all other dogs.
Even reactive dogs have (and are allowed) to have their own unique preferences.


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