Welcome to Wagnificent’s first Top Ten Tips interview!
Claire asks dog trainer Lisa Tonks of Paws 4 Reward what her top ten tips for dog owners are.
Lisa is passionate about how dogs are trained and uses only kind reward based methods. She is an APDT member and a Tellington T Touch practitioner.
If you’d rather read than listen, the transcript can be found below.
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CLAIRE: Hello and welcome along to the Wagnificent Pets Top Ten Tips. Today I’m joined by Lisa Tonks who is the owner of Paws 4 Reward in Ringwood in the New Forest. Lisa is a APDT Dog Trainer, she is also a Tellington TTouch Practitioner. I caught up with Lisa to ask what were her top ten tips you would give every dog owner?
LISA: OK, my top ten tips are;
#1. Choose a dog that suits your lifestyle. That is, the size of the dog, the amount of exercise it requires and the kind of breed you are looking for.
#2. Be prepared. There’s no instructions. You are going to have to do your research.
#3. Diet. It’s huge. Check out what you are feeding your dog. What your dogs parents have been fed on. It will all have an influence on your puppy.
#4. Training and interaction through play. Not just to teach the dog, but forever. The dog would like to keep learning.
#5. Exercise and games. Don’t just take your dog for a walk. Go for a walk with your dog and enjoy it. Play with your dog on these walks. That’s when you are going to have good recall and a good bond with your dog.
#6. Spend time with your dog. It’s not a toy. You can’t put it away. It wants to please you. It wants to be with you. You’ll enjoy it more if you keep playing.
#7. Do your research. Vaccinations, preventatives, local vets, training classes. There’s so much out there, don’t just do what the first person tells you to do.
#8. Enjoy your dog! The more you enjoy your dog the more your dog will enjoy you.
#9. Consistency. Consistency is one of the top things that people get wrong. If you’re not consistent, the dog wont learn.
#10. You are not an owner, you are your dog’s guardian. Look after them.
CLAIRE: What a lovely way to end Lisa’s Top Ten Tips – be an awesome guardian!
Make sure you check out the full length version of that interview with Lisa where we ask her tons of questions that are most commonly asked when trying to train your dog.
We’ve also got interviews on the way with qualified groomers and from dog nutritionists as well.
So stay tuned for more Wagnificent podcasts!