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- 2nd of September:

Litter recommended by AVELLANAR RETRIEVER.Click here

- 15th of August:

Dog kennel available only for Labradors. Click here

- 16th of July:

New article on what new owners shall have into account before taking their puppy home. Click here

 

- 22nd of April:

In May 2016, Nut´s puppies were born. For more information please click on the following link:

 

- 5th of February:

Dog kennel exclusively for our clients and whoever wishes to leave their Labrador Retriever with us. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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- 4th of February:

The following article explains how we do things, why, and the benefits of it for puppies.

Avellanar Retriever: A Different Way of Breeding Dogs

- 3rd of January:

Helping Your Puppy To Discover The World
Here´s an interesting article with the advice we offer to new dog owners.

Dogs experience the same emotions as we do: anxiety, expectation,happiness, and so on. It is very important that experiences are positive during their growing period, since that will help them develop a good self-esteem and become confident dogs. We shall not think that they are inferior to us nor that if we have the same emotions we are inferior beings 'because they are'. This is why we must respect their emotions and mood, since positive experiences are stored in the limbic system, supporting a good personality development.

Good, Bad, Jealousy.

Dogs don´t know good from bad, that´s a human thing. This is why they will never have emotions that have to do with arrogance or selfishness, and therefore they will never be jealous. You may wonder why then when you’re petting one the rest come too: it’s just that something is being given away, in this case love, and all want to be petted since it’s something nice. Even if they push each other there’s nothing negative in it. If 500€ notes where being given away we would also push for them.

Associations Shall Always Be Positive

Why is it so important that experiences are good? Let’s look at some examples. We like going to the cinema to see movies. That’s a time that we enjoy, when we are  relaxed, possible due to the fact that our first experience at the cinema was nice and we like experiences that make us feel this good. There’s people who don’t like eating certain foods, and the reason may be that the first time they smelled it, saw it or tasted it turned a negative experience, the food was cold, not cooked properly, re heated so that the taste was changed, or it was salty and so on.

Like dogs, we also learn by association. When we make a negative association we feel uncomfortable, bad, our body may even react badly, with diarrhoea, nausea, headaches… If we make a positive association, however, the serotonin produced by our limbic system will make us feel good.

Happiness: little by little, we get to know our dog and when he is happy, we get to know his body language, his tail wagging, his eyes, him as a whole. But we also need to have stress into account and not to mix it up with happiness, since excitement may be misleading. That’s why we must think of the things our dog likes doing, like going to new places with new smells, see people walking, hear different sounds to the usual ones, see the ships sail by, and so on.

Expectation: All what is new creates expectation in us as we don’t know what will happen, such as when we for a walk to a new place, with new smells, new things to see and listen to, a fair with lots of people, with smells and foods.

Fear: This is the body language that is most easy for us to notice. The dog comes to us looking for protection, and we must offer it to him. He is still a puppy and we need to show him that everything is OK, that what scared him is nothing to worry about.

Anxiety: It is very important to train him to be alone, since one of the most common complaints is that they bother the neighbours barking, as well as destroying things (especially when they’re changing teeth). All this anxiety increases making their stress levels soar.

Anxiety: It is very important to train him to be alone, since one of the most common complaints is that they bother the neighbours barking, as well as destroying things (especially when they’re changing teeth). All this anxiety increases making their stress levels soar.

To avoid separation stress and anxiety, we must make sure we accustom the dog to separation well and gradually. We will start by living the dog alone a few minutes and then returning home, and then we will increase the amount of minutes. While he is changing teeth we will give him appropriate toys to bite, dry bread, and games that stimulate his mind. Another kind of anxiety takes place when the owner or the dog’s reference figure is missing for a few days. We will notice the dog is more apathetic, lacks appetite, and may even stop drinking water; this is why it’s so important that the dog trusts his temporal carers enough to make such time as bearable as possible.

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