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Paula Doohan

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Bringing your new puppy home !

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM Comments comments (230)
Write your post here.Bringing a new puppy or dog home
Dogs are not toys and should be treated with the respect that they deserve. They are not there to be man handled, and until your child is old enough to learn respect for animals, it is up to you as parents to supervise any interaction your child has with your dog. If you are considering getting a dog and already have children in the family you must make sure that you have thought the idea through thoroughly before making the trip to the breeder or the local rescue centre. You need to make sure that you have the time, energy, but most of all an open mind and the patience to take on a dog. You must never consider buying a dog purely because the kids have pleaded with you incessantly for one. It is not wise to get a dog purely to keep the kids amused. Dogs are feeling, breathing creatures, not babysitters!! 
Can you afford to keep a dog regularly fed, watered, wormed and vaccinated? What will you do with a dog when it comes to going on holiday? All these questions and more need to be answered before considering taking on a dog. If, however, you can honestly say that you can offer all these things to a dog and decide to get one, then provided you let the dog know where its place is within your "pack's" pecking order from day one, you can then experience one of the best relationships you will ever know. 
If you have chosen the breeder route you will be getting an 8 week old puppy, No reputable breeder will let a puppy go before this 8 weeks of age  mark .
From the age of 6 weeks on is vital for a puppy to be in its pack this is very important as this is when they are at their noisiest and the fighting and biting can seem horrendous. Puppies have to learn when they bite too hard and this learning begins in the litter with the dam (mother dog ) to supervise. If you think about it !, when did you ever see an 8 week old pup leave its mother with behaviour issues ?, it normally takes 2-3 weeks for any issues to arise ,
It takes a few weeks for a puppy to suss out its new owners and its new surroundings, it takes a few hours for a human to spoil a dog .
Before you know it your puppy is pushing its boundaries and then confusion and frustration kicks in all around for puppy and owner .
Lets back track to the first day you took the puppy home , What did you do ? Did all the relatives come around to cuddle and make a fuss of “fluffy “
Did you carry “fluffy “ about all day? . Did you let “fluffy “ up on your knee? Did you set up a feeding station where “fluffy” came and ate whenever he/she liked ? Did you jump to see what was wrong every time “fluffy “ whimpered ,? When you put “fluffy “ to bed for the night , how many times did you come down to console “fluffy” or did you give in and take “fluffy” to the bedroom with you ? The all important question for the first day is , Did you get cross or dunk “fluffy’s “ nose when there was a house training accident ?
Think about this from “fluffys “ point of view , You have taken this poor wee pup away from its littermates, its mother and everything it knew and you stuck it into a manmade world and expected the wee puppy to know how to behave! You get negative and either dunk its nose in a puddle or scream NO – already on day number one the trust is gone !
Dogs and pups that “obey” out of fear is not a nice thing to see, Dogs and pups that want to please you because they trust you with their lives is a fantastic thing to see .
All to often I hear don’t train the dog until its 6 mths odd , I ask why ?
Why would anyone let a dog run amuck for 6 mths or so and then decide they have to train the dog .Training begins the day the dog becomes a part of your life .Prevention is far better than cure .Training in my eyes for the first few weeks is not sit, stay, stand on your head etc . It’s a case of my house my rules and setting boundaries .
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buying a new puppy

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 7:37 PM Comments comments (238)
The first thing to be very aware of when purchasing a new puppy is Don’t get ripped off !!Please don’t fall into the designer dog trap. A “designer dog/pup” is just a cross breed ,simply a mongrel or as I like to call them multipedigrees , Any dog pound or rescue shelter is full of these cross breeds looking for good homes  , and please try not to buy them from free adds papers where they are anything up to 400 euro !!! The purchase of a wonderful little puppy can be a fantastic experience. A dog can be your closest friend, a real pal. But, an unscrupulous breeder, looking to take advantage of you, can turn your naïveté  into a disaster. All puppies are cute! Ugly dogs were cute as puppies. Ill-bred dogs were cute as puppies. Unhealthy dogs were cute as puppies. Puppies that don't remotely conform to breed standards (Designer dogs) were cute as puppies. If you buy a puppy based on how cute, or cuddly, or playful it is, you stand a good chance of ending up with a puppy that grows into a dog you are very unhappy with. Or worse, it could grow into a dog with health problems that will cost you a small fortune in money and tremendous heartache. The warning signs when you are about to buy the wrong pup or dog begins when they the breeders will arrange to meet you somewhere , car park, side of the road , half way  etc !!! A reputable breeder will want to meet you first and then decide if you are a fit puppy owner. A reputable breeder will want you to sign a contract and will accept the puppy back if things go wrong! Before you decide to purchase the pup/dog pre arrange with the breeder that a contract be signed for a vet check after you buy the puppy and a full refund is given if your vet finds health problems. All too often I call out to owners with pups /dogs with issues and I hear “But I have pedigree papers “I look at the pedigree papers and the same breeding lines are popping up all the time ……….Papers don’t mean a thing these days – There are far too many back yard breeders  and far too many unscrupulous breeders in this county at the minute .This is why our pound and rescues are overflowing with unwanted dogs. The Dog pound is a facility for the people of Donegal to get rid of their unwanted dogs and pups it is not a rehoming centre ! It’s a service provided by Donegal county council to deal with pets that are surplus to requirements . The pound do a great job in letting rescues take dogs out after their 5 days , but the problem lies within the county itself . If people stopped buying from these so called  breeders  they would go out of business totally .  If any one wants to contact me for info regarding dog breeds etc , I will put them on the right road !!! [email protected] Paula Doohan,[email protected]
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pure dog Listening

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM Comments comments (342)
 An Introduction to Pure dog Listening .
PURE Dog Listening is not a training method, but a unique way of communicating with your dog. PURE Dog Listeners seek to establish leadership of the dog in a kind manner, respectful of its nature and instincts. It is not a way of dominating your dog or turning it into a robot. Pure and simply it is a way to show your dog that you are the decision maker and it can sit back and relax knowing that all the important decisions regarding danger, safety and food are taken by you. The primary principal underpinning PURE Dog Listening is to allow the dog to gather information given in a language it understands and allow the dog to draw conclusions of its own free will.

Paula Doohan a member of PURE Dog Listeners is a passionate advocate for the welfare of dogs and  is committed to teaching owners the method.  I teach owners natural canine communication, as the dogs understand it. I give back-up after consultations to give support and advice there on in after to keep you inspired and empower  you to make it happen for you and your dog. Change the undesirable behaviour in your dog. Show it what is expected from it. Dogs cannot talk, so lets not confuse them by being human and expecting them to understand every word that comes out of our mouths. Tap into your dogs natural communication skills and you will find a dog you never knew existed.

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Posted on February 8, 2011 at 8:47 AM Comments comments (190)
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Tell me again why humans are at the top of the food chain

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (67)
Minneapolis woman tries to mail a puppy to Georgia
Possibly thinking (OK wrong word) that “If it fits, it ships,” Stacey Champion, 39, from Minneapolis tried to send a puppy in a sealed box to Georgia through the U.S. Mail.
Fortunately the puppy moved the box, making the postal workers more than a little suspicious. Inside they found a panting Poodle mix puppy with no food, no water and no air holes for breathing.
Postal authorities said that the puppy would surely have died in transit. Besides rough handling, boxes travel in cargo holds that are unheated and unpressurized.
The puppy was turned over to animal control and is doing fine.
Champion, however, is charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, but she could face serious federal charges of trying to ship a live animal through the U.S. Mail. Source
Tell me again why humans are at the top of the food chain
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