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5 Tips For Socialising Your Puppy

posted by The Daily Fluff February 6, 2017 0 comments

Getting your puppy used to people and other dogs can be a delicate but important process. It’s vital to teach them to play well with other dogs, handle new places and react to new people and other pets in a friendly and easy-going way. Pups who don’t develop good social skills can become fearful and sometimes aggressive.

To avoid that, here are some tips to help you prepare your furry friend for the world!

Sign-up for Puppy School:

As well as teaching your puppy good behaviour habits, most schools will spend some time on socialising. Professional trainers can help you with any concerns you may have for you and your pup along with teaching you the power of body language!

You both may make a few great friends along the way – bonus!

Take them out to new places:

Introduce your furry friends to as many different types of people as you can. Taking them to a market or to a café gives them an opportunity to observe and become comfortable around other people.

Get a little help from your friends:

Getting your friends to hang out with your adorable pup isn’t difficult. If you know somebody with a dog, why not set-up a little play date?! Trust is vital so find a playmate you know is friendly and patient.

Regular walks at a dog park:

Dog parks are a good way of introducing your pet to other dogs of all shapes and sizes. It’s important to set a good example for your pup and greet other dogs warmly. Start by introducing your pup to dogs of a similar size and if in doubt, keep them on the lead in case they get too scared or aggressive so you can easily walk them away.

Treat it like training: 

A good way to encourage good socialising behaviour is to reward your little fluffy friend when they do something well. Have a few treats handy for when you go for a walk or visit your friends and they behave in a friendly and sociable way. Your dog will soon find the incentive to be on their best behaviour!

What are some of your concerns with socialising your puppy? Do you have any tips from personal experience? Comment and let us know.

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Puppy Play Date 101

posted by The Daily Fluff January 23, 2017 0 comments

It’s important for your pup to make new friends. It increases their socialisation skills and helps them stay calm and friendly around others. However, your dog can also help you socialise at the same time!

Looking for new friends? Look no further! Puppy play dates can be beneficial for both pup and owner.

If you’ve never had or been on a puppy play date before, here are a few ways you two can be ready before the big date!

Obedience Classes:

If you have an adorable little puppy, they’re most likely to be rambunctious, wild and looking for fun. Some obedience classes will be needed to ensure that they are well trained so that they behave on their date. You can take this opportunity for you two to make new friends. If you’re both new, talk to some other owners and ask for tips on how to better train your dog. If you two have been attending for a while, give some tips to some new owners. Also make sure your pup is socialising as well. Slowly allow them to meet other dogs that are the same size as them so that they don’t get intimidated easily. Once they’re used to meeting new friends, they’ll be able to approach anyone with friendliness and discipline.

Go for a walk:

An easy way to make new friends, especially once your pooch is well trained, is to take them for a walk. This is a great way for your dog to be exposed to breeds of all shapes and sizes in your neighbourhood. Once they’re comfortable meeting new dogs, you can take them to the local dog park where they can run and make new friends. At the same time, you can strike up a conversation with local dog owners. Laugh along together when the dogs do something cute or funny. Ask them any questions you have about raising your pet. Talk about a recent movie you saw. The conversation topics are endless!

Join a Playgroup:

There are plenty of playgroups around where you and your dog can make new friends. Google a local group that benefits both you and your pooch. Once you find one, head on down and make some new friends! Depending on your dog’s breed, joining a playgroup that caters to a certain breed may be beneficial for your pup. Especially if your pup is small, having them around the same breed or other small dogs may help them be less intimidated than if they were around bigger ones. Once they’ve settled in, strike up a conversation with other members about how your dogs are the best pets ever!

The Play Date:

Once you and your pup have made new friends, you can organise a play date! Make sure it’s at a home that’s safe and large so they have plenty of room to run around and have some fun! Also make sure that your dog is comfortable around new people and environments. You don’t want any accidents to happen if they’re shy! Set your pups up in a backyard with their new furry friends and sit down, relax and have a coffee! Just be sure you keep a watchful eye on the little ones.

What tips do you have for puppy play dates! Comment below and let us know!

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10 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home

posted by The Daily Fluff November 11, 2016 0 comments

There pretty much isn’t anything more exciting than bringing your new puppy home for the first time! Unfortunately, though, it’s not all fun and games! Just like mum and dad used to tell us as we’d beg and beg for a new puppy, with pets comes responsibility.

Here are our top ten tips to puppy-proof your home.

  1. Get rid of toxic items

Lock up all of your toxic chemicals, far away from your pup. New puppies can be super curious, and if they really want to, they can wriggle into dangerous places. Lock your chemicals and cleaning products in a place they can’t get access to. Pups can also react badly to some plants you might have in your backyard. Read more about toxic plants to look out for here!

George The French Bulldog agrees:

“I love to play in the backyard, so it’s important that anything that I might try to eat (like small rocks or the hose) is out of my reach and that any plants or garden items used are pet friendly.”

  1. Keep all doors shut and secured

Trust us, there is nothing scarier than when your new pup seizes their opportunity and goes straight for the front door. It might be a bit of an adjustment, especially if you haven’t had a dog before but it is definitely worth being super careful around any doors that are used to access the big bad world.

  1. Puppy-proof your fence 

Dogs LOVE to dig and to squirm into places they shouldn’t be, so make sure to thoroughly check your backyard. Check for any holes in your fencing, or any gaps a wriggly little pup could squeeze through!

  1. Use lots of towels while toilet training

If you’ve had a puppy before, then you know that toilet training can be a seriously long process! To avoid any lounge room disasters, cover all carpeted areas with old towels. Using absorbent puppy-pads will also help you avoid messy clean-ups!

  1. Tidy up electric cables

New puppies LOVE to chew, especially while they are teething! Clean up all electric cables, and keep them well away from your pups favourite hangout zone. Honestly, better they chew on your favourite shoes than the wifi cable, right?

             6. Identify any hazards

Puppies and stairs do not mix. Block off the stairs with a child proof gate to keep them safe!

  1. Clean up

Puppies can be seriously curious creatures. Within minutes of arriving at their new home, they will be sniffing around to familiarise themselves with their new family! This means that any socks left on the floor, dust bunnies under the couch or food left under the oven can become a puppy hazard. Have a big clean out a few days before your pup arrives home, just to be safe!

  1. Keep food out of reach

Not only is human food super appetising for our fur-babies, it can also be quite damaging and even toxic. If your new pup is particularly curious, it might be best to buy some child locks for your pantry and fridge doors. Keep all food out of their reach until they learn their boundaries.

  1. Store away important belongings

Like we said, new puppies are extremely curious and have an affinity for chewing. Lock up all of your valuables!!

  1. Create a puppy-only area

If your puppy has its own area where it can sleep, eat and play safely, then they are less likely to get into trouble around the rest of the house. Creating a space that they enjoy spending time in is the best way to keep your new pup safe in your home.

As you are applying all these top tips and tricks for puppy proofing your home, it’s important to make sure that you reward your puppy for the amazing job they are doing! Frankie The Lil Sausage thinks this is very important as well!

“Give your new puppy lots of praise when they do the right thing. I always love hearing what a good girl I am!”

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Easy Ways To Toilet Train Your Puppy

posted by The Daily Fluff September 1, 2016 0 comments

It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, toilet training a puppy is not something that happens instantly. It requires patience, consistency and understanding, and it is something you should start working on as soon as you bring your pup home, and be continued until the training is complete.

Puppies are, well, puppies, and naturally don’t understand that accidents on the carpet are frowned upon! To make the training process easier, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you along the way, and to help make the (sometimes disgusting) process easier.

Put newspaper or training pads down:

This is a great method to use when training your puppy. Place newspaper or training pads all over the floor of the room the puppy is predominantly in — which works great if you’re keeping the pup in the laundry or a confined space overnight or when you go out! Slowly reduce the amount of newspaper/pads, until there’s only a small corner covered. Then, slowly move the last piece of newspaper/pads further and further towards the door and eventually outside. Once the puppy understands this is the spot to use, take the paper away.

Take them outside regularly:

This means after meals and drinking, as soon as they wake up and every few hours in between. “When I was a puppy Mum and Dad would take me out into the backyard lots of times a day, and give me lots of kisses, cuddles and treats when I went to the toilet on the grass! I quickly learnt that wee wee’s are for outside, and not inside on the carpet!” says Bentley the Newfoundland.

Watch out for the signs:

Even if you took your pup out 20 minutes ago, if he/she begins displaying the signs of needing to go, make sure you take them outside. The signs could be excessive sniffing, restlessness and anxiousness.

Don’t yell, but praise:

Try not to yell if your puppy slips up and has an accident inside. As they are only young, puppies can be very sensitive and may not understand what they did wrong. Puppies can become anxious, which is understandable as they’ve just moved to a completely new home and environment. Instead of scolding them excessively after accidents, try positive training by praising them and giving them cuddles and attention after they do the right thing and go to the toilet outside.

And what do the pooches Ollie and Oscar have to say?

“Hi Ollie and Oscar here! For our paw-rents, toilet training us was a nightmare until they figured out the secret. Treats! Lots and lots of treats and positive reinforcement. Humans need to make sure they take us to the toilet frequently, we have little bladders you know. Also if we accidentally go in the wrong spot they shouldn’t yell at us, just move us to the correct spot and praise us when we do go. That was our secret!”

Do you have any top tips for toilet training your puppy? We’d love to know – share them in the comments below.