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Why is Sleep Important for a Puppy?

Why is Sleep Important for a Puppy? Sleep is important for all dogs, but puppies need more of it.  An adult dog thrives on about 14-17 hours per day good quality rest, a puppy needs about 20 hours in a 24 hour time period. A dog can die from sleep …

Routine

Routine What? If you need your pup to be calm at a certain time of day try changing the pup’s routine.  It might be that at certain times of day, for example the end of the day, your pup’s behaviour becomes less than perfect ?, they become over aroused and starts …

Separation Success

Preventing Separation Issues Teach your puppy to really relax on their own. It takes time for puppies to be comfortable with being left on their own, even for short periods. We should never force a puppy to experience isolation before they are ready but there are some key things you …

Boundary Games – Building Value

Boundary Games - Building Value What? Over time your dog will learn to stay on a boundary until released. Theoretically the boundary could be different things – a mat, a raised bed, a blanket, a bench, a towel, a blanket, a paper napkin… Why? This type of training – capturing …

Arousal and Its Effects

We like arousal!  We wouldn’t be alive without it.  It can improve performance and motivation. But, as arousal increases you may find your dog acting inappropriately if they are not used to dealing with varying levels of arousal. A bit of science A stressful experience raises cortisol, the stress hormone.   …