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The "Lone Wolf"

Posted on 22/09/2016

I am always saddened when people use a clichéd  expression to make their point,  when it is at the expense of an animal, especially when it colours the human understanding of that species in a detrimentally way and one such expression is that of the 'lone wolf' attack.  This expression always seems to be associated with a rogue being who is out to create some form of havoc, which is the absolute opposite of the truth of the “lone wolf” situation. For a member of the canine family to leave the pack and go it alone there is one essential...

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They just don't know we are only wanting to help.

Posted on 14/09/2016

Recently two of my dogs have suffered badly from “summer spaniel ears”, which is caused by the warmer, humid, weather and the lack of continuous air flow around and in the ears and that is despite their fur being always clipped away. Of course, this is our fault, as we have engineered dogs to our tastes. Nature would most certainly never create anything so impractical as, along with the ease of infection, there is also the risk of pain and damage if another dog were to attack, as the flapping leather is such an easy target. These infections did mean...

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Size really doesn't matter

Posted on 12/09/2016

In a car, parked outside a local shop, was a Yorkshire Terrier in a state of extreme distress. With its paws pressed on the frame of the front door, his eyes bulging and fixed on the shop entrance, he was panting and yelping so hard that its head shook with every effort.  I naturally avoided all eye contact with this little dog, as he really didn't need any more pressure put on him but just as I walked past, a woman with two children walked over to the 'dog's' car, they were laughing at this point, cooing and shaking their...

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Why castration is no Answer to Dog "Aggression"

Posted on 08/09/2016

In 80% of cases, when a dog has been castrated to change aggressive behaviour, the instances and severity of the aggression increases and, for the 20% of dogs that do become quieter, they are left with feelings of fear and panic. The reasons are simple and are the result of the dramatic reduction in their testosterone level, making the dog feel less able to cope with the role it has been given which in the case of a healthy dog, is that of the decision maker. Thousands of years ago castration was found to make prey animals (cattle horses etc.)...

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The Placebo effect

Posted on 31/08/2016

From the very beginning, when I first put the pieces together and discovered the language of dogs, there has been such a constant process of further learning and understanding and none more important than the human influence in the resulting success or failure that owners experience. This is best demonstrated when, in my early days of assisting owners, I noticed that there was usually a time gap between their initial enquiry to that of inviting me to come to their home to show them how to resolve the behavioural problems that they were experiencing with their dogs, (this was all...

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