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By HAIRY POPPINS, May 17 2020 03:23PM

The most important thing you can do hear is to try and imagine how this experience is for your dog.

It makes total sense to YOU.

YOU know your new Rescue Dog is safe.

YOU know that no one is ever going to hurt him again.

YOU know that he will always have a bowl full of food & a warm bed from now on.

YOU know that you love him to pieces already.


BUT ….. What is this all like for your dog? He doesn’t know all of the above. He has no idea whats happened or whats going on.


First first off ...... He'll be full of stress & anxiety at the moment. Hes been through A LOT in the past week / month / years.

A list of things which may have happened to your new Rescue Dog include:

1) Left the "comfort" / familiarity of his Shelter

2) Left all his regular smells, regular faces etc

3) Transported across land & water with no idea whats happening.

4) New humans greeting him

5) More new humans taking him home

6) New house

7) New food

8) New child

9) New routine

10) New collar & lead ... What the hell is that?!!

11) New bed

12) MORE new human coming round to visit

13) New roads, new sounds, new cars, new busses, new lorries, new smells, new parks, new dogs, yet MORE new people at the park

14) Everything he has ever known has vanished and everything is totally new to him. Its scary & frightening & he has no idea whats going on

So .... He needs time to adjust. How many things from that list could you remove? Some of them you cant change but some you can ...... Stop the walks for example. He doesn't need to go out for walks yet. Have a couple of weeks at home, let him settle, let him get to know you and trust you, build a bond, get a relationship between you & him.

Also, you could stop all visitors from coming to the house. No visitors for a couple of weeks. Let everything settle down.

Spend lots of time training him at home. Teach all the basics like "sit" & "down" and a "hand target" plus a few other bits you can think of. Just enjoy each other company but make a promise to him: Not to add to his stress or anxiety and to give him a complete 2 week break from any triggers.


You have all the time in the world to build this new relationship. Take it easy & don’t overwhelm your new dog.




By HAIRY POPPINS, May 17 2020 02:38PM

I cant believe this is even a thing.

Since when did it become funny to intentionally frighten the life out of your dog? To chase after them whilst they run away in fear. And worst of all, to film it for your entertainment??


I've seen some truly shocking videos bouncing around on facebook today - a new trend on TIKTOK is to scare your dogs with a silly dance. I couldn't believe what I was seeing so I've been doing a bit of digging and it seems this trend is massive.


I mean, really? Causing your dog any kind of fear is just awful anyway but to INTENTIONALLY cause that fear is just beyond what my brain can cope with!


"Just a bit of fun" ….. "We're just playing" … "Its OK, I gave him a big hug afterwards" ….. "Oh, stop being so boring!" ….. Are all the comments I've seen in favour of this craze.


Its not fun for your dog. The body language I've seen today has broken my heart a hundred times over. Dogs cowering, running away with their tail between their legs. Dogs shaking in fear. Dogs trying to escape but being trapped in a room with this insane dance being forced upon them.


Its truly not funny. For something to be funny then both parties need to be enjoying the experience …. Otherwise its just bullying, cruel & downright nasty.


https://www.republicworld.com/entertainment-news/whats-viral/this-tiktok-trend-requires-pet-owners-to-playfully-scare-their-dogs.html