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Puppy Watch!

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We've been taking temperatures now for a few days.....

We've been going outside with the girls to ensure they don't dig their way under the house (instinctual as they near labor).....

I'm about to feed them their breakfast.....if Kona refuses hers, we know to get ready......

Stay tuned for updates : )

How to deal with your puppy's (or older dog) fears

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the saddest things is the number of people that misunderstand fearful dogs and in trying to make things better for their dogs they actually make it worse. Fearful dogs are nearly always lacking strong pack leaders, and their owners are often the kindest and gentlest people! They want nothing more than to see their dog live the kind of life that all the other dogs are living, happy, fun and free.


What they fail to recognize is that their dog is actually scared because the owner is giving them the message that they (the puppy or the dog) are the pack leader. Their dog like many is not able to handle the pressure, nor should they be expected to.


Let me describe a scenario. If you are 4 years old and find yourself in a dark wood with your younger sister and there is a strange noise or a person coming towards you then you may very well be afraid. However if one of your parents were there with you though, then everything would be fine. That is because you would not be in charge! This is how it is for your dog when you make them the pack leader. They are terrified and just want to get home safe and alive.


All the responsibility is on your dog’s shoulders and they are not able to handle it in this human world. There are far too many strange things for them to make decisions about all the time. Eventually they will snap unless you help them.


To help your dog you must first become the pack leader and I suggest that the best way to do this is through watching video rather than reading about it. Here are a few things that you should remember when working with a fearful dog.


They can change but will struggle if you try to push it too fast


You must become the pack leader – There are some great videos sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader, don’t just read about it


Ask your friends to ignore your dog when they first meet her


People should not approach your dog but wait until she is calm and then call her over.


If she doesn’t come over then she is too scared and you must leave her alone.


A good video based web site will show you exactly how to put all of this into place through the use of video so you can sit back, watch and learn.


Establishing yourself as the pack leader is the foundation to any success with fearful dogs. Until you recognize this you and put it in place you will never be in a position to help your dog.


One of the best sites around is The Online Dog trainer. It has fantastic videos on establishing yourself as the pack leader and also shows you how to give confidence to fearful dogs. 

Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Learning how to stop a puppy from jumping up is something you need to get onto straight away.


Puppies jumping up are a very natural thing that they do when they are little – to get attention – and in the wild to get fed by licking the Mother’s face to encourage food to be regurgitated. Showing your puppy that it does not get attention when it jumps is something that you should encourage from a very early age. Often it can seem like fun when a puppy is very small but when your dog grows to 35kg and can jump 5 foot high it is not so funny.


If you do not stop the jumping when your puppy is little then when your puppy turns into a larger dog it soon turns into a more dominant display of demanding your attention! 

  1. If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching.
  2. Continue to ignore and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes and then call your puppy to you.
  3. If your puppy does not stop then isolate your puppy by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room.


Puppy jumping up on visitors:

If your puppy is jumping on your visitors then ask them to do the same as described above. It may also help if you hold the puppy by its collar or on a lead until they relax – then release. If your puppy decides to mouth you then you should immediately isolate them in another room or a crate.

Puppy jumping up at you when you are getting ready for the walk:

Put the leash down and wait for 10 minutes or until your puppy is calm, then try again. This is important and although you are keen to go for a walk you should not rush it!


Important concepts:

  • It is really important not to speak – to stay calm and not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is an attention-seeking machine!
  • Your puppy's jumping up and space invading is not its way of saying I love you!!
  • Space is very important to a dog and if she can invade yours whenever she wants then she will lose respect for you.
  • How would you feel if a human constantly invaded your space! It is more similar than you think!!


Start as you mean to go on. When your puppy is calm then you can call her and pick her up for a cuddle.


When you are ignoring your puppy keep your arms folded and walk past the puppy confidently and assertively.


The two most common mistakes:

  1. Inconsistency - sometimes puppy jumping up is given attention!
  2. People make eye contact...This invites your puppy over, so do not make eye contact, focus on something else.


Another trick that will help is to train your puppy to sit for everything! If you can get your puppy to practise lots of "sits" then her default behaviour will simply be to sit when you call her, and not jump!


For more information on puppy training then check The Online Dog Trainer it is a great source of fascinating information that covers off everything you need to know about raising a happy puppy using videos. 

How To Stop Your Puppy Toileting Inside

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a few secrets to toilet training although much of the emphasis will always rest with you! Here are the facts about puppy toilet training:


Just as when a baby needs to go toilet they go, so it is with puppies - when a puppy needs to go they will go! So to start with you have to get them outside before they toilet inside. That is your job! If you fail, then blame yourself.


The best way to show your puppy where you want them to toilet is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will after only a few toilets in the correct place start looking for the cheese treat saying “Hey where’s the cheese I just toileted on the grass!”


At a very young age 8 weeks or so a puppies bladder is very small and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.


After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, as their bowls will start to move and also last thing at night.


Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to such as “go toilets” this way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.


If you puppy does not go then be aware that they may still need to relieve themselves soon and restrict their movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until they are taken outside and definitely toilet.


You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a humans and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time such as behind the couch!


There are lots more tips and tricks that you will assist you but these are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to stop any puppy issue by watching videos. 

Dog Training Tips

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.


The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.


The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.


Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.


The three main rewards are:

  • Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
  • Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
  • Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc


Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well.


If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

  1. Always vary food rewards
  2. Do not give food rewards every time
  3. Never let your dog know what the reward is
  4. If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward


The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!


One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan

Become The Pack Leader

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Of all the questions that people ask “how to become the pack leader” is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker - where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.


When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!


In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….


What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!


Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.


Lastly - dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.


So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:


The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the property


On the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!


If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!


Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.


Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!


There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.


If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at The Online Dog Trainer.

Day 56 and Day 57

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The whelping boxes have been set up for nearly two weeks now.


We began taking temperatures on Sunday.


The Whelping Kits are stocked.


And now we wait.


If things go as they have in the past, Kona will begin labor on Friday morning and deliver after midnight through the sunrise on Saturday and Dreama will begin labor on Saturday sometime and deliver after midnight through Sunday's sunrise.  


It's going to get a bit crazy 'round here....what am I saying?  With two puppies 6 and 8 months old; a 20 month old and two pregnant girls, it is always a bit crazy 'round here!  

All Things Aisling....

Posted by aislinglabs@gmail.com on February 6, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Things are a bit crazy around here at the moment so it's probably not the best time to begin a new Blog, but, since I have always been one to keep a journal to organize my thoughts - especially during the crazy times - it's probably as good a time as any!






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