DEVELOPMENT POINTERS


With thanks to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme & Dogs Today Magazine


What a wonderful Easter weekend we had! Spring was wonderful and Summer was definitely challenging with the heat. Unnsa and Sephie have both been in season over the spring/winter months. It’s strange to think that Litter 1.0 will now be older than Sephie was when they were born! Both these bitches and dogs are now a suitable age to mate as they are over three years old! Remember to let us know if you are thinking about it so we can lift the restriction. Litter 2.0 are still too young, but it is a good idea to get a hip score now if you are considering it.           

 
A good temperament is vital as well as good health and form, and a new research study by Michigan State University rather unsurprisingly found that dogs’ personalities tend to reflect that of their owners! A key message was also that they change over time and circumstance, so it is never too late. 


Most of Litter 2.0 will have had some hormonal challenges. Remember to discourage inappropriate behaviour in a kind and consistent manner, as support through this stage will make your bond even stronger. They are now too old to do the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Foundation Stage training, but they can still have a go at the Bronze Award.


If your fluffs are like Sephie and Unnsa, you might find that the coat starts to thicken up as summer approaches. Don’t forget that it’s not necessary to scalp/trim a Catalan as the coat is designed for hot and cold weather. It is definitely worth talking to groomers first to find out what kind of approach they take.


In the warm weather, our doggies are keen to splash and swim wherever possible so remember to clean/wash them off as needed or they might start to reek! Take plenty of water on long walks too; don’t leave fluffs in the car; and keep their treatments up to date to combat the ticks and fleas that are getting busy. Last year, poor Seph got more ticks from one trip through the bluebell woods than in her previous lifetime! Over six on her head and face alone. Check the Health page for more information.

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