In this video, Adem discusses novel stimulus and how this helps to socialise your puppy.
Let's Get Your Puppy Socialised Using Novel Stimuli
Here's what you can do:
Place different objects around a large space.
Ideas for novel stimuli are scooters, hoovers, buggies, umbrellas, footballs.
Learn at the puppies pace, don't rush it.
Keep some distance between your puppy and the object at first.
Keep tasty treats on hand to reward your dog's courage as she explores these new things.
Shower her with praise as she becomes more confident and comfortable around the unfamiliar objects.
Keep the vibe positive and constructive.
About Adem Fehmi, The Dogtor
Behaviourist Adem Fehmi has always known that helping dogs and their owners would be his life’s work. His passion and fascination with dogs started as a young child and he has devoted himself to the happiness of these amazing creatures and the humans who love them.
As a boy, he desperately wanted a dog of his own and by the time he was nine years old, he had washed enough cars and run enough errands in the local neighbourhood to have finally raised the money for his first dog. He soon learnt two important lessons. First, his relationship with his dog was extremely important to him and made the world of difference when life got tough; and second, that owning a dog was not always easy. They needed a common language so that boy and dog could clearly understand each other.
Through his teen years, he set about learning everything he could about dogs. He attended local dog training classes and, for nine years, devoted himself to his work at the local kennels where he cared for dogs of all shapes and sizes. He discovered different breeds and learned about temperaments of dogs, and over time he developed the communication skills needed for working effectively with dogs, especially those with behavioural issues. Even as a student at university, he would travel back during weekends to work with the dogs at the kennels or help those in his local area with training their dogs and managing behavioural issues.
He has spent over 15 years practising as a qualified behaviourist and is now the founder and owner of Dog-ease, one of the UK’s largest dog training centres. He works with dog owners helping them to fully understand their doggy best friends and helping them with dog training and, when necessary, overcoming behavioural issues.
His aim is to help as many people as possible to enjoy their dogs and, consequently, as many dogs to enjoy their humans!
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