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Rosies Trust

Posted on 05/09/2019
Filed under: Courses

Two years ago, when Bronagh O’Neill came from Northern Ireland to attend both the Foundation and Advanced courses, I was introduced to the Charity ‘Rosie’s Trust’ and, as its founder, Bronagh was rightfully proud of the 150 strong volunteer group that go into the homes of owners, who are restricted or unable to care for their pets, due to ill health. This brilliant help makes it possible for people to keep their pets when otherwise they would probably have to give them up, help which in turn adds to their own wellbeing. Since we first met our relationship has blossomed,...

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There Are Three Fs, Not Four!

Posted on 28/08/2019

There is little wonder that the instances of undesirable dog behaviour are growing. When  information provided to owners and carers is so wrong , following trends that misunderstand or misinterpret natural dog behaviour, what chance do dogs and their owners stand? One such ‘trend’ is to incorrectly add a 4th ‘F’ to the chosen means of defence for all canines, which is being labelled ‘fuss’ or ‘flirt’. The consequences of this mistake can cause a person to not appreciate what a dog is feeling and respond in a completely counterproductive way. The correct ‘3’ means of defence are ‘flight–freeze-fight’ and...

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Amichien Bonding Course Dates 2020

Posted on 20/08/2019
Filed under: Courses

I am delighted to be able to now announce the schedule of course dates for 2020. You can check out our Courses page  for full details but, to summarise, I will be holding Foundation Courses on the : 25th-26th January 2020 (Brigg) 11th -12th April 2020 (Brigg) 20th-21st June 2020 (Brigg) 24th-25th August 2020 (Belfast) 12th-13th October 2020 We will also hold Advanced Courses on: 13th-15th April 2020 (Brigg) 22nd-24th June 2020 (Brigg) 14th-16th October (Brigg) There may be another course at some point, as demand seem to be very high, but that isn’t confirmed yet. However, if you can...

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Do not Give up on Your Dog if You are Getting it Wrong

Posted on 06/08/2019
Filed under: Honey

Although we know that all dogs are individuals, they fall into three basic response categories when any form of force is used when getting them to do, or not, do something. The first group are those who simply accept a situation and go along with the instruction. These dogs would rather accept things than challenge or resist. Another way of reacting when force is used is for the dog to display justifiable fear, with many crouching low to the ground and sometimes even peeing themselves, in the desperate hope that further violence will be prevented. Then there is the third...

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Never Say Never!

Posted on 22/07/2019
Filed under: Honey

  As with most of us, loosing dogs is awful, and following my recently getting Honey, I have had a number of people asking why it took me almost a year to get another one as it seems a long time to some enquirers' but, as always, it is a combination of emotions and circumstances. A couple of months before losing Pru, the first of the last three to go in rapid succession, I had been due to move house, which although was something that I really wanted to do, I was very worried about the timing and negative consequent...

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