Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013



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Betsy, Bonnie and Jess! Oz came too but managed to not get in a photo!

I wish you all a very Happy, healthy and prosperous new year and may all your dreams come true!

I have enjoyed my time off playing more with my horse who always manages to remind me about my dog training! It is so good for me to have him as my hobby and in some ways he is more of a pet than my dogs! I often hear myself thinking or saying Red wants to go out, Red wants more hay, Red wants to pull his carriage today etc. In fact I sound remarkably like my clients, who fortunately often know exactly what their dogs want too! All of which is fine as long as we get what we want as well!

I am lucky that with my horse I am aware that if Red kicks the stable door to get my attention or to speed me up in getting his food, that if I respond to his demands his behaviour would get worse, and even in time he could break out of his stable door. I remember Betty doing something similar as a puppy when she very cleverly started carrying her food bowl round near feed time, I was very impressed and fed her, before long her bowl was whizzing past my head across the kitchen, it was then I realised that I must not be so impressed!! It took a some self-control to not respond to her demands, I so wanted to laugh as the bowl landed on the worktop beside me!

Remember this year it is great to know what they want, but be sure you only respond to the behaviour you want to encourage! Happy new year!




5 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Happy New Year xxx

  2. Jill Goddard Says:

    Hi Avril, Happy New Year to you too.

    Your message about rewarding good behaviour was very timely for me to do this with Lucy the Briard. At nine months she is pushing some boundaries. So now rewarding her for been “quiet” (barking at the birds from inside the patio door is her current pastime)

    Loving the dogs dressed up, so cute.

    All the best
    Jill and Lucy

  3. Avril Munson Says:

    Good to hear from you Jill!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Happy New Year from Jennie and Zippedydoodah!!! look forward to more training tips soon xx

  5. Sue. Says:

    Happy New Year love Sue and Nessa xx

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