Not only is 2018 a New Year for you, it’s also a brand new beginning for your pooch! We like to think that if they were to make their own New Year’s resolutions, they would look something like this. We’ve also given you some pointers on how you could help your pup to stick to their resolutions.
I will resist the temptation to give the sofa a makeover.
Avoid your dog becoming destructive whilst you are out of the house by providing lots of toys and puzzles to keep them occupied. Check out our tips on how to stop your dog chewing and give some a try! Having a friend, family member or a Mad Paws sitter come to pop in during the day is a great way to keep them happy and avoid destructive behaviours!
I will settle the score with the hoover.
Most dogs chase vacuum cleaners due to fear. You can help your pet to have a more positive relationship with the hoover through desensitisation. Start by give him treats when the hoover is off but in the room, then when the hoover is on but far away, building up to him taking treats whilst you are using the hoover. With time, he will start to associate the vacuum cleaner with yummy treats and it suddenly won’t seem like the enemy any more!
I will not bark every time I hear a doorbell on TV.
Some dogs love nothing more than to bark at the TV. If it becomes a problem, you can try distracting them during TV time with a food puzzle game or long lasting chew. If your dog barks at the real doorbell and is a pain around the front door, try our tips for improving front door behaviour!
I will only start chasing the stick AFTER it has been thrown.
As with all tricks, positive reinforcement using treats and rewards is a really effective way to teach your dog to fetch. Load yourself with small treats, throw the toy or stick and when your pooch shows an interest in it, give him a treat. Continue this process. giving treats for when he picks it up, brings it near to you and, eventually, brings it straight back. Patience is key!
Already making plans to get away somewhere this year? Book your Mad Paws sitter now and find the best match for your pet!
Wishing you and your pets a happy and healthy 2018 from the Mad Paws Team!