Help is on the way for Lloydminster residents with furry companions who may have gotten accustomed to their humans being at home over the last two years.
PuppyLuv Paradise trainer Nikki Headon says dogs have also missed out on socialization over the COVID months.
As MyLloydminserNow has previously reported, there are steps that dog owners can take to deal with separation anxiety in their beloved family pet, like developing a new routine.
“We’re seeing a significant increase in fearful or reactive dogs from trainers across the world, just with the dogs that have that lack of socialization because of the COVID regulations and everything we have all been dealing with. And actually even now that people are coming back to work, a lot of dogs are dealing with separation anxiety because they have never had to deal with their families being away from the house now. So then they are having a hard time with that.”
PuppyLuv Paradise is playing host to a two-day pet intensive Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at their facility on 5201 – 62 Street.
Headon says the course will cater as well to pet lovers who can’t make it to the regular obedience training classes. She has been working with dogs for over 10 years and has a background in animal rescue. She says she is used to dealing with fearful and aggressive dogs.
“The background I have will be mostly like those problem behaviours and I love working with the dogs that have those behavioural issues and watching them grow and showing people how to interact with them to bring out their best self. As well, how to incorporate them into your everyday life in a safe way, rather than having a dog you have to leave at home because it’s too aggressive to take out in public.”
The course will cover management and training tools, socializing dogs, reading their body language and introducing them to other dogs, people and kids in a safe way, says Headon.
Sign up details and registration are available via their social media pages.