What are the best things about Henry?
My top 5 favourite things about Henry are;
- His on again off again relationship with Bobby, our rescue cat.
- How excited he gets when he sees me, even if I’ve only left the room for a few minutes.
- How quickly he’s picking up his training.
- The excited little jumps he does when I get a Fish4Dogs treat out of the cupboard.
- How cute he looks when he eventually gets tired and goes to sleep.
Henry is your first dog, how is that experience?
Since Henry is the first puppy I’ve had, to say it’s been difficult would be an understatement! From the sleepless nights to accidents in the house, it’s been an interesting journey thus far, to say the least!
However, it’s also been an incredibly rewarding and enriching process, with many proud moments enjoyed, ranging from his ability to learn basic commands quickly, (e.g. sit and lie down) to his first walk. I wouldn’t change anything about Henry and I’m looking forward to bringing him into the office to meet all of the other office dogs!
Tell us about yourself and your role at Fish4dogs?
I’m originally from Stroud in Gloucestershire, but in 2013 I moved to Stoke-On-Trent to study Forensic Investigation at Staffordshire University, I graduated in 2016 attaining a 2:1. After graduating I moved to Worcester with my fiancé, our guinea pig, Gizmo and cat, Bobby. Since the move to Worcester I’ve had brief stints as a Laboratory Technician and as a Laboratory Assistant before settling at Fish4Dogs in the Technical Assistant role.
My role at Fish4Dogs is varied and involves a wide assortment of tasks, including; sending samples off to the laboratory, reviewing the subsequent results to ensure they meet specifications, completing on site audits, assisting with export health certificates and assisting with production registration. However, the main task undertaken in my role involves the investigation and resolution of quality/technical customer complaints.
Do you have any puppy training hints and tips?
My biggest piece of advice would be to take your puppy to training classes, as not only do you get the chance to learn an efficient and easy way to train your puppy, you also get plenty of opportunities to socialise your puppy with other puppies who share similar energy levels!
As Henry is a Border (Border Collie X Labrador) he’s very excitable, full of energy and highly motivated by food. Therefore, we’re finding that the easiest way to train him is originally by bribing him with treats, until he’ll carry out the command without the necessity of a constant treat.
The first issue we had with Henry was him crying all night when we left him in the kitchen (his sleeping area). My tip for this huge problem, is to simply try to ignore the whining (as difficult as that is), and to set an alarm for halfway through the night, to go downstairs and let him out for a toilet. Over time, set the alarm later and later, until he’s able to go the whole night without having an accident.
One of the biggest issues with having a puppy is the inevitable issue of accidents happening in the house, regarding this, we’ve found that praising Henry lots whilst he was doing a toilet outside has worked wonders. On the few occasions Henry has had an accident inside we’ve simply picked him up and placed him outside reiterating the message that this is where he should be going to toilet.
Getting Henry up to speed with the etiquette of walking on the lead is still a work in progress!
If you were a dog, what breed would you be and why?
If I was a dog, I think I’d be a Schnauzer, as we already share similar facial features, and I wouldn’t want to lose my beard!