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The Real Cause of Undesirable Behaviour

Posted on 07/07/2020

All non-medical behavioural problems are only natural behaviours that have become exaggerated because of the way that dogs perceive their role within the family (pack). Therefore, to attempt to address any single example of undesirable behaviour (symptom), in isolation, is futile and sadly usually creates more problems in the process, as the cause of the symptom is ignored. Unfortunately, this targeting the symptom seems to be the case with all traditional approaches to working with dogs. If we take a typical issue such as a dog that barks excessively when a stranger appears, traditionally people are told to ‘tell’ their...

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Pack Mentality

Posted on 03/04/2020
Filed under: Common Sense

Anyone can steer a ship, but we need someone to know where we are going. Yesterday evening I saw many of my neighbours, for the first time in over a year of being here. We were smiling, clapping, waving with some cheering blowing horns and there were a few saucepans and wooden spoons in evidence. Something that I never thought that I would see and as this virus goes on each week this will happen to thank those who are working to keep us safe, healthy and informed. Also, others who are doing jobs that we are unable to do, such...

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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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