For those that couldn’t make it to the walk, and in case any of the participants have missed out on something, here is a recap of Oli’s top tips after our walk.
Keep playtime with other dog to short bursts – especially if you see play-fighting behaviours. Watch this video where Oli describes dogs body language. Oli also explains why play-fighting should always be structured and controlled.
Socialising does not mean playing with every dogs you meet.
Going on lead walks in the streets of London with other dogs is a brilliant way to socialise. Sharing sniffs, and weeing on things together is great fun for them.
Never expect other dogs to teach your puppy good manners, it’s a risky game. You should get involved, interrupt a play yourself, and walk away before it gets too crazy.
Familiarise yourself with signs of stress in dogs so you can recognise them and rescue your puppy should he/she be asking for help.
If your dog doesn’t to play, walk away.
Lastly, here is a helpful video where Oli pinpoints signs of stress in dogs whilst experiencing everyday life.
Thank you everyone who joined us for our second Fetch & Follow Walk & Talk.
The third walk of the series will be taking place on Sunday 25 November. We will be going on an early(ish) walk in the morning before heading to our Winter Waggingland, our Christmas Market for dogs where we will be meeting a very special dog expert.
More infos about the walk to come, we’ll keep you posted!