The Pleasure of Puppyhood
Better than all your birthdays put together. A complete package of such cuteness that your insides turn to warm caramel. A huggable, wriggly, kissing snuggler. Gaze affectionately at your deep sleeping pal and watch them dream of adventures in grassy fields, snuffling under leaves and sighing contentedly at your feet. But remember that cute fades, and that taking on any young animal is a long-term responsibility which will demand more time than you imagine, more expense that you could consider, and a serious change in your lifestyle. Be very sure your life is ready for this.
The reality of raising a puppy; the responsibilities associated with inviting a dog into one’s life.
A demonstration of how the engineering of Todd’s learning is adapted in the transition from puppyhood to adolescence.
The power of passive learning requires planning and understanding; the repetition of positive experiences creates associations that colour learning.
A consideration of how we may provide positive experiences for our dogs to observe and explore, in order that they may expand their abilities to assess situations and environments while feeling both secure and comfortable.
A reflection on our preoccupation with developmental scales, fast fixes, and speed as a measurement of learning. Encourages reflection and questioning.
Primary School (Setter Members only)
Being a puppy is a busy, over-filled learning fest. They excel at being inquisitive and curious. This needs thoughtful and attentive guidance from you. Here are some ways of supporting puppies in their learning through familiarisation to “something new every day.”
But It Is a Puppy (Setter Members only)
Puppies are designed to bring on a shot of pleasure-chemicals that override common sense and risk analysis in people. This essay explores puppy biting, and the effects of pressure living on dogs. It offers some suggestions for outings and activities beyond the daily walk of perpetual motion.