There are plenty of things you can do in advance of your puppy’s first walk to prepare for successful recall. In this blog, I some of my tried and tested hints and tips that have worked with Gertie.
Life is about what makes you happy. If that’s children (and you’re lucky enough to be blessed with them) that is great. Equally if that’s a dog (or two or three), then why should you be denied the privileges granted to traditional ‘parents?’
Gertie’s first evening at home resulted in meltdown! We had an 8 week old puppy who was crate bound and distressed, and a 13 year old pampered pooch cowering under the bed upstairs! What had we done?
So how did we get from complete chaos, to a puppy who now loves her crate and even goes to bed before us every night?!
The world as we knew it, came crashing to a grinding halt overnight. My initial thoughts were what about puppy classes? Training classes? What about meeting other dogs in general? Gertie was going to miss out on so much. However, when I took a step back, I realised that socialisation doesn’t necessarily mean being sociable!
I am not professing to be an expert, I’m sure there are other tried and tested ways to toilet train a puppy, but this method has worked for me. In just a few days we had an almost fully trained pup.
There is a famous saying that says ‘having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst,’ a saying that resonates a brutal, unimaginable and unthinkable truth, yet at sometime or another will affect us all. In an interview with Rachel Spencer I ask how she coped with losing her beloved Daisy and how she’s managing to move forward with her life.