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DOGS NEED TO PLAY

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Dog on dog aggression is one of the most common behaviour problems that owners face, Dr Ian Dunbar states that the major reason why dogs become aggressive toward other dogs is that during their puppy-hood, dogs are often deprived of adequate socialisation with other good-natured dogs. As a result, many pups grow up with poor social skills, unable to ‘read’ other dogs and exchange subtle communication signals with them. So how can we ensure our dogs don’t end up one of these statistics?  Socialisation clearly, but what does that mean? There are many misconceptions around this, one that I hear a great deal is ‘but we have other dogs’ having other dogs will not teach your puppy how to greet and play with dogs he has only just met! In fact, it could even make him worse. Do you greet your family in the same way you greet a stranger? All dogs just like us have their own individual characters, some need loads of exercise and love boisterous play others not so much, some like to play chase games some don’t want to play or even to say hello! Your pup needs to understand this and know how to interact with every dog.

Regular contact with playmates is necessary for dogs to develop social confidence. Sign up to a puppy class or find a small day centre that offers puppy mornings, your local vets may even have puppy parties. All interaction needs to be supervised to ensure they are positive socialisation experiences.

Follow us on facebook – watch our events page for upcoming social walks and training. http://www.facebook.com/doghampton

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7 Reasons to take up Mantrailing with your Dog

MANTRAILING MYTHS
You need to be very fit for this.

You need to own a working type dog.

It is not suitable for pets

I wont fit in

My dog is too nervous to take part

All the above are false, One of the best trailing dogs I have seen is a Chihuahua called Flynn, (I think I have fallen in love with him)!! Most dogs can join in, any age and breed. We can make the trails suitable to you and your dog, for the adventurous we will aim towards woodland and cross country trails. For the less adventurous shorter trails on paths, grass areas and sometimes pubs!

If you think you are you ready for a fun new dog sport, but still unsure of signing up. Why not try an introduction day? 2 to 3 hours in a fab location, It will give you the chance to see how we work and whether this is for you.

WHAT IS MANTRAILING?

‘Mantrailing’ is the search for a specific person know as a runner (dont worry you dont have to run) by you and your dog. The dog is given the scent of the runner from a piece of their clothing (normally gloves or scarf) this if where we rely on the dogs amazing sense of smell and their instinctive behaviour to follow the direction the ‘runner’ went and eventually find them.

My dog cant do that Ill look like a fool

All dogs can. Some just take longer to learn the basics.

DO I NEED LOADS OF EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT?

We supply all that you require for the introduction session.  As you move on through the levels, we can advise on dog equipment which is generally just a suitable harness and long lead (5 meters).

What personal equipment do I need?

Outdoor clothing, good outdoor footwear and possibly waterproofs for our lovely British weather!

Why trail with your dog?

1.Strengthens the bond and trust between you and your dog by working together to solve the problem.

2. Can help nervous dogs become more confident

3.Builds self-assurance, self-motivation, independence because they have to think for themselves.

4. Reduces stress and anxiety by the release of happy hormones.

5. Even if your dog has no recall it can still take part.

6. All breeds can join in

7 Teaches you to read your dogs body language

We work after the Kocher Method and only ever use positive reinforcement,
Rewarding teamwork and a knowledgeable Instructor is waiting to take you on your incredible journey.

Please check out our facebook page for upcoming events

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When did dogs stop being dogs!!!

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A few years ago, it was easier for dogs “to just be dogs”. Did you ever get told as a child “let sleeping dogs lie”! If you think about this for a moment does this mean we had more respect for dogs just being ‘dogs’?
Fast forward a decade and huge advances in the science behind learning and now we have almost unreasonably high expectations of them, the quest for “the perfect dog”. We’re expecting our dogs to act less dog, and more human, Why?
The more time and dogs I work with, the more I’ve come to realise that there’s no such thing as a “perfect dog”. Each owner has a different idea of how their dog should be, just as each mother has a different expectation of their child! and as so they are all perfect for their owners! It’s our understanding of innate behaviours that is unrealistic. When a dog does something that is not liked by its owner it’s not because they are showing off, or trying to teach them a lesson, it’s because in their doggy brain it’s the right thing to do at the moment, there is little more planning than that…
That’s not to say that if your dog has reactions that are making your life a little difficult, we just have to accept them there are ways to work with them to make things easier for you and your dog. 
The message I have is Love your dog and have fun, Don’t worry about what other people think in all honesty we all have little problems with our dogs. If you have a  “difficult” dog, it can often seem like the whole world is judging you, but in reality, most people are too concerned with their own dog is doing to even notice!
Just because their dog isn’t barking and recalls to their first command, does not mean they haven’t howled at the wind all night or eaten three sofas in the last 6 months. 

If you need advice on training or behaviour please contact http://www.facebook.com/doghampton

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The Science Behind the sniff

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In November 2016, a team of scientists from the Medical Research Council in Gambia visited primary schools armed with hundreds of beige-coloured nylon socks. Handing them out to children there aged five to 14, the researchers instructed them to wear the socks overnight, only taking them off if they were washing their feet for prayer. The next day they returned to collect the dirty laundry, sort it, and put it in the mail to a British charity that would spend the next four months using the material to train dogs to recognise an odour imperceptible to the human nose: the molecular signature of malaria.

Dogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument. Just how powerful is a dogs nose? Powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion—a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and drugs, pursue suspects, and find dead bodies. And more and more, they’re being used experimentally to detect human disease—cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and now, malaria—from smell alone.

Researchers presented these latest results at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting in New Orleans. In double-blind lab tests, two canines proved able to correctly pick out the scent of children infected with malaria parasites 70 percent of the time. While all the schoolchildren appeared healthy, blood tests administered on-site discovered that 30 children were actually carrying the disease. This work is just a proof of concept, but the hope is that one-day bio-detection dogs could be deployed at airports, ports of entry, or other border crossings, to prevent asymptomatic carriers of the parasite that causes malaria from bringing it back into areas where the disease has been eradicated.

Never underestimate the power of your dogs nose!

Reference and Full details

https://www.wired.com/story/the-science-of-the-sniff-why-dogs-are-great-disease-detectors/?fbclid=IwAR0L9gEXHPO7hJYixAuo3q7BeaQTUKzeRv0h7HUVubPa_2b2h_Mu_HxLlAw