Never underestimate the the important of mental stimulation for your dogs, especially for your pups. Mental Stimulation goes a long way to preventing behavioural problems in pups and dogs due to boredom. Pups who are bored often become hyperactive and distracted which can manifest into unwanted behaviours like not listening, running around, chewing, barking and digging. Puzzle games or what I like to refer to as basic nose work games, such as those above is a great way to train your pup on focusing on a one activity at a time. It is also a great way of spending quality time with your pup together developing the bond in a fun and easy environment.
Toys such as the one above is great place for little pups to start out with puzzle games and then they progress to more advanced nose work games. If you don’t have access to to these types of toys, which I can understand, as some people not wanting to spend the money on for one pup/dog who just gets it first and loses interest quite quickly (least we can reuse over and over in each litter) then nose work games can be as simple as the “which hand game” (put food in one hand and get the pup to sniff out when he/she gets excited about one hand open and hopefully he/she has chosen the treat and gets the jackpot if not a smaller reward such as ordinary kibble is good to keep them trying, plus lots of praise either way) then as u progress you can hide food around a room, in a certain fenced of section of the backyard etc and then once they get really good you could advance to hide and seek (you hide they seek).
Barrier Challenges are all about learning and problem solving and although you may look at this and say that’s not that hard it is important that when we are formal training the pups that the pups experience the following things: Although we want the exercises to be challenging we want to set the pups up for success. In this exercise we want the pups to think for themselves and learn that their whinging doesn’t get them what they want (in this insance me, lifting them out of the pen) As the reward/incentive, I’m purely using myself outside their pen, as they have spent the whole morning watching me and the adult dogs cleaning and playing around the outside of the pen and they want to know what all the fuss is about and why they haven’t been allowed out.
However although they want out of their pen to me this first experience by themselves comes with fear, self doubt and frustration (you can see this in Desi actions at the end) about the task. This task however can be very empowering and bring confidence and competency in future adventures.
One important factor when teaching your puppy any challenge is never leave the puppy in the middle of the challenge as this can stress the puppy out and reverse the above positive experiences. Word of warning don’t give in, as puppies are really good at making you feel sorry for them (however always keep in mind, as above, always create a challenge that you know they can succeed at without your interference). Awesome work flower power kids.❤️
The wobble board was added to the pen about a week ago now and the flower power crew seem to be using it more and more everyday. Some of you have probably seen something similar to this in a physiotherapist office as it often used for weight-bearing therapy and muscle strengthening rehab.
We use the wobble in the pen for similar training but for the puppies its more about them learning to hone their multi-directional balance skills and improve body awareness. At this stage we just want the puppies to get use to seeing it and using it when they want. It currently has carpet under it to soften the changes in board when it moves. Once the puppies are use to it we will remove the carpet for ultimate movement and startle recovery exercises.
So the next question you may be asking is all of the above sounds great but why specifically would I want this for my puppy. The main reason we have incorporated the wobble board into our puppy program is for confidence, a confident puppy is more happy, well adjusted, puppy. Also “Most of us think of dogs as being very agile. And although this is true, most dogs have very little hind limb awareness. Basically, their hind end moves along because their front end went first! Teaching our puppies to have better hind limb awareness can greatly decrease their risk of injuries to their back legs” https://www.fullcirclevet.ca/canine-body-awareness/.
Have you ever picked up your dog and put him on a elevated surface and he gives you that “Oh may god don’t put me here and certainly don’t leave me here” stare.
Well the training ramp is the foundation of getting our puppies to use and feel comfortable on elevated surfaces. It prepares them for many life situations where they may be lifted up on to vet tables, show tables or even jumping up on the couch, into the car, onto your bed or being in your arms. Many people think that these sorts of elevated normal everyday occurrences are just what dogs do and that its normal for them to just feel happy doing these things.
But did you know that a puppy has to learn feeling comfortable in these situations. That’s where the training ramp comes in handy. We train our puppies on the ramp with positive reinforcements, never literally pushing the puppy to continue and always being there to help them if they are showing signs of fear or uncertainty.
Like many breeders these days Alaula Tenterfield Terriers are very proactive in our puppies lives. We are focused on giving your puppies the best foundations when learning to interact with the big, wide world. Here are at Alaula we use the building blocks from of a wonderful program, used by many different breeders worldwide, created by Jane Killion (a bull terrier breeder in the US) called “puppy culture”.
The puppy culture experience identifies the developmental periods of the first twelve weeks that are crucial in shaping your puppy’s future. This program allows our puppies to actively learn and includes early neurological stimulation, emotional resiliency exercises, leash walking, some toilet training and problem prevention techniques. Puppy culture’s scientific-based socialisation protocols are an invaluable tool for us as breeders and even for new puppy owners so if you would like to talk further with us about this or see these practices in action we will be adding videos on our Facebook page from our up and coming new litter (Kona end July 2018) so stay tuned for these otherwise you can explore Puppy Culture directly, click on the banner above.
The new pups had a very exciting day yesterday as Early Neurological Stimulation started. What is Early Neurological Stimulation you ask? Well, it is 5 short exercises that are carried out on all pups usually between day 3 (for us here at Alaula we started on day 5 for this litter due to mum being a little protective of her babes) to day 16.
I won’t go into to much detail as you can read further about this method on the link below but to give you the short version The exercises consist of : tactical stimulation, head held erect, head pointed down, supine position and thermal stimulation. Each exercise is carried out one after the other for 3-5 seconds each exercise. Why do we do this you may ask? Well these 5 exercises were created to stimulate brain functions that don’t normally occur in the early stages of a puppy’s life and it is believed that this early time period is when the puppy is going through a rapid neurological growth and development stage.
The benefits of these exercises include improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and a greater resistance to disease resulting in puppies being more activate and more exploratory than puppies that weren’t stimulated.
You may ask where did these findings come from? These exercises are used today by many breeders worldwide and are based on years of research done by the US military, in their canine program, to improve and enhance their dogs performance and overall well-being. The dogs that were stimulated during this window of time exhibited more calming behaviours and were less disturbed and/or upset when exposed to difficult problem solving situations when older.
If you wish to read further about this please click on the below link http://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation
The Tenterfield Terrier (TT) is known for being an incredibly active and friendly dog. They are just as happy to be running around as they are being curled up on their owner’s lap. The TT is also a very curious and bold dog, and this can actually tend to get them into trouble (getting into things they shouldn’t etc). As the TT can really have a mind of their own, it is a good idea to start training them from a young age using positive reinforcement methods. Short sessions of training are recommended so the dog doesn’t become bored or distracted.
Keeping your TT’s mind engaged is a must. Lots of toys… Tenterfield Terriers benefit from lots of toys to keep their curiosity engaged, throwable, chewable and soft toys, be prepared to have gutted soft toys, just re stuff them and sew them back up.
Brain teaser treat games: Some petshops have treat games which require the dog to open a puzzle box for treats, but again be prepared for either minutes of enjoyment or hours depending on your TT. Click here for an example
Dawn is our thinker she empties the spinner treat maze in seconds, Primrose is a bit different she will get a couple of treats and lose interest, not really down for the work, Kona cant keep herself focused long enough to get to all the treats and Mouse thinks it’s easier to just go outside and chase rats and birds… so every TT is different.