12 Sep 2018
Yes, its a dream come true!
When a puppy becomes the newest family member.
The best time to get a puppy is when it is 8 weeks old.
IMPRINTING (socialization) time is one of the most important times in its life and right now you are responsible for its behavior. When we talk about socialization we talk about a particular time period. For example, a human being has a 2 year time period for socialization. For a horse, socialization takes 48 hours and for dogs, it is its first 12-14 weeks.
Time is running out and your dog needs to know how to react in every situation so that in the future it knows how to correctly communicate with other dogs on the walk. The sound of traffic, cars, bikes, trucks, joggers is nothing to be afraid of that is why early exposure is so important.
You should know that for a dog the context of a situation is so important this is why we should let the dog learn in a very diversified environment with many distractions. In this small window of socialization, we must let the dog explore the world while they are able to interact with new situations and environments without fear.
Don’t wait, join us today.
22 Nov 2014
Would you like to know a bit more about the man’s best friend? Here are 10 facts that will surely surprise many of you. Please read on!
Fact no 1
Have you ever wondered why the dog’s nose is wet? It’s essential for dogs as it helps them make sure where a particular scent comes from.
Fact no 2
Studded dog collars were invented in Ancient Greece. Their purpose was to protects dogs against attacks of wolves.
Fact no 3
In Ancient China the last line of the ceasar’s defense was… a Pekingese hidden in his sleeve.
Fact no 4
Working dogs are trained in a way that would allow them to know exactly when they’re on duty. When they have their harness on they know it’s time to work. When the harness is taken off, the dogs are full of energy and begin to play.
Fact no 5
Dogs don’t like to cuddle too much. And even if they do, they aren’t as enthusiastic about it as people or other primates. They treat a paw which is being put on them as a sign of domination.
Fact no 6
Dogs are able to ”understand” up to 250 words and gestures. The level of inteligence of an average dog can be compared to the one of a two-year-old child.
Fact no 7
Dogs have three eyelids. The third one is supposed to moisten and protect the dog’s eye.
Fact no 8
Dalmatians are born completely white.
Fact no 9
Basenji dogs are the only ones that virtually don’t bark.
Fact no 10
It’s much easier for dogs to remember a verbal command when it’s accompanied by a gesture.
What other curiosities would you add to the list?
From bassets to slim Weimaraners with smooth and shiny coat: dogs are characterised by an amazing variety when it comes to their bodies. The research by The American Naturalist published in 2010 showed that the difference in skull structure of dogs of different breeds are so distinct as it is in case of different species of mammals. For example, the skull of a Scottish Shepherd differs from the skull of a Pekingeses in the same way the cat’s skull differs from the skull of a walrus.
This very diversity makes dogs such a great species for conducting research on genes. It lets researchers match the genes with certain features, for example folds in Shar-Pei dogs or chunkily built Dachshunds.
01 Oct 2014
Hammer, a German shepherd, who has been attending a residential training at Dog Training Center Perra, has reached such level after only two weeks of training
There are two more weeks of work ahead of us
23 Sep 2014
A few words about how to introduce a new dog at our home. The situation gets a bit more complicated when we already have a dog at home If we have this opportunity and another dog is our conscious decision and not a coincidence (e.g. a dog found somewhere during our holiday or adopted), we’d better consult a specialist and choose such a dog that will match the temper of the dog that already lives with us.
One of the common solution is choosing a dog of the opposite sex, however, sometimes it may not be enough. It’s always better to choose well-balanced dogs, but this may not always be possible. If we already have a nervous, dominant or fearful dog, and we choose a similar one, we may expect a lot of trouble. It’s advisable to choose a calm dog if we have a nervous one, and a compliant one (do not confuse with fearful) for a dominant one.
For a well-balanced dog a newcomer even with some issues may not pose any threat.
There’s a number of puppy personality tests which often vary only in certain details. There are tests aimed at 6- or 7-week-old pups (I prefer doing tests at this age), pups up to 5 months of age and older ones, too. The older a dog is, the more difficult it is to assess its temper at first glance and distinguish between its genetic predisposition and acquired behaviour.
In this case experience may be more useful that certain patterns from books.
Dogs shouldn’t get to know each other at home, especially during feeding time. One of the best ways is to take both of them for a long and exhausting walk so that they can have a chance to meet each other in the most convenient way (body posture, position, letting the other dog smell them). Physical activity helps to release tension and walking together creates the right atmosphere for getting to know a new friend.
Right after the walk, a new dog shouldn’t look around the whole flat. They should be provided with their own bed, bowl with water and food given at regular times in the same place. The bed should be from the beginning associated with safety, shelter and place for relaxation.
In case of separation anxiety, nervousness or messing, a kennel crate may come in handy. The dog is gradually getting used to it and begins to create only positive associations with it. As a result, they will always look for shelter and rest there. It is not allowed to lock dogs inside the kennel crate as a form of punishment.
After two days of getting accustomed to the bed, we may show the dog around the house as if we were showing the flat to another person, that is calmly but without allowing the dog to jump on our bed etc.
If we have more dogs at home, it’s better not to create nervous atmosphere during feeding. We often tend to let dogs wait at the bowl full of food, which is not always good. We may introduce such methods, but as soon as the dog relaxes, we should give them the food. If the dog its too fast and starts to swallow the food, we may interrupt them and repeat the process all over again. It’s a good idea to feed both dogs at the same time to control their behaviour or possessiveness.
I have two dogs at home: Rocky (rottweiler) with a positive attitude towards other dogs and Wafel (Pit Bull) with strong and stable psyche. It would be very unreasonable to introduce a new dog without being able to control dogs’ behaviour. My friends often visit me, I organise residential trainings during which a dog stays at my place together with my dogs 24/7. If I didn’t apply all the suggestions mentioned above myself, I could be in trouble
Start educating your dog from day one!
Thanks for reading the article and let me wish you a lot of successes when it comes to working with your dogs.
18 Sep 2014
Continuation of controversy: two dogs growling and pulling a tug. This exercise is a perfect way to develop a sense of competitiveness in dogs, it strengthens the whole trunk and improves dogs’ force and endurance. Why do we need all those things? It’s necessary for example during competition and not to effectively tear off a human leg or kill another dog.
My two dogs, a rottweiler and a Pit Bull, exercise together. Thanks to such exercises I’m able to control their behaviour, I’m capable of exciting my dog and directing his drive towards sport competition, and not another dog. Thanks to that I do not have any problems with fights about any objects, as they always, eventually, belong to me.
I’m really happy that these article provoke some discussion. I don’t expect many likes but I want people to think about the issue before they judge someone. I’ve been often attacked by dogs during trainings. These dogs weren’t usually the ones that are regarded as aggressive, but rather mild, such as labradors or golden retrievers. It’s not about blaming these dogs, but in 90% cases these were dogs that have never done any exercises like these. Dogs do not have to do any exercises to be able to harm another dog or a person. Their natural physical predisposition is absolutely enough to do so.
17 Sep 2014
I decided to write this post in order to influence people and the way they perceive playing/training with dogs. I don’t intend to copy other people’s articles or news available on the Internet or in books. My intention is to reach at least my acquaintances and convincing them that strength and endurance dog training is aimed at neither tormenting not pointless provoking of aggression in dogs.
A dog hanging on a tug which is mounted on the tree may not be a common sight, however, we also do not often see wrestlers training on various gym equipment in the street. Recently during one of such trainings I heard an elderly lady’s comment, ”Don’t you have brains? You’re hurting them!” The lady who said so was holding a quite big dog in her arms herself.
Why is it worth to train high jump?
It’s good for strengthening dog’s neck and grip, developing muscles and help dogs release the excess energy. I think these are very good reasons, however, one of the most important ones for me personally is the fact that during such trainings we may help dogs develop and create an even stronger bond with them.
To sum up, whenever you see a dog in such circumstances, do not immediately judge people who put in a lot of effort and time to help their dogs develop.
15 Sep 2014
It’s one of the most commonly asked questions of people who are about to begin their adventure with dog training. The sooner, the better. As soon as the dog enters our house, we should begin training. Of course, we’ll not train the fetch command but we may make the dog accustomed to simple commans and teach then proper reactions.
Obedience exercises are very important for dogs with certain issues. Whenever we see our dog feeling uncomfortable or nervous in new surroundings or among strangers, we should help him become used to such stressful situations and help then solve them. This is what we need obedience training for.
A puppy who comes to us from kennel is usually 8 weeks old. Its brain is fully ddeveloped at that time. If our training is not too tiring and boring, the puppy is able to learn new commands every single day. These must be strengthened and made more diffucult regularly.
To make a long story short, having trained hundreds of dogs, I recommend that you place a lot of emphasis on training and socialization from the early days. This will help us avoid many problems in the future.
If you don’t do that early enough, your dog may not be particularly willing to collaborate with you in the future
Photo below depicts Kara, an American Staffordshire Terrier