This page is a growing amalgamation of Potcake tips and tricks. Contributions have been made by real life Potcake adoptive parents. If you've newly adopted a Potcake, or if you're having some challenges with your new family member - this is a great place to come to and find advice and ideas.
If you would like to contribute please drop us an email with any material you think relevant.
Tina from 'Sit Happens' introduces the issue she needed to deal with for her puppy Marco:
- Using other animals to demonstrate
- Encouraging the right behaviour
- Making the bathtub a place of fun
- Not forcing him
- Watch your dogs and chronicle what they signal
- 'The Shake Off' - A neurological reset
- What happened in the previous 30 mins?
- They would have just found something stressful
- Dog turns to one direction and looks in another direction
- Dog leans back from something happening
- Close mouth and hold breath looking in direction of stimulus
When you see this, don't force them to do anything, but you can encourage and reassure them.
- Aggression almost always starts with fear
- How we handle this fear determines if the dog will be successful in handling their fear
- Great resource to help.....A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-Ka, CAP2
Puppies need to sleep! Don't underestimate how much they need!
The average puppy needs between 18 & 22 hours of sleep a day!
Things to look out for as symptoms of lack of sleep
- Biting everything and anything?
- Mischievous (in all directions)
Read the body language to determine what kind of state the puppy is in.
- Rested play - Puppy happy and playful - they're well rested
- Twilight play - Falling into slumber - they need to go to the toilet and then for a rest
Give them the option when they wake up to play or to go to the toilet
- Where is your crate/bed?
- Quiet enough to sleep?
- Close enough to feel safe?
- Toys to comfort but not over excite
- No food or drink
- Frequent urination of small amounts a gazillion times a day
- Maybe fussy, whining when circling and looking for spot to pee
- Treatment - contact your Veterinarian whom will do urine culture and prescribe the proper antibiotic
- Trim hair and keep area clean
- Take puppy outside with you so you can observe
- No food or drink
- Dogs will guard things that have value
- Natural and normal response in dogs
- Resource guarding is not your dog attempting to dominate you
- Your dog is fearful that giving up what they have, they will lose it forever
- If your dog is severe, please go to a professional
- Make sure everyone is safe - people, dogs and other dogs
- Manage your dogs and remove the high anxiety
- Start and maintain a calm environment
- Make feeding time a calm, relaxing, bonding experience
- Make sure safety protocols are followed
Prepping and Planning
- Wait on calm (default polite behavior)
- Wait for the calm / default polite behavior instead of cueing it
- Look for food dispensing toys
- Start working with an empty bowl
- Helps to work on the pups self control
- Keep the dog calm and start teaching your dog that your approach to the bowl means good things happen