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Which is Which?
Posted on 12/10/2013
Filed under: Dogs Are Individuals Common Sense
One of the common experiences I have had over the years is to meet a family with more than one dog and they all seem to share the “same name”. By that I mean; when one dog is called, all of them come, especially when food or a cuddle is on offer! This is accepted by many owners and is excused because the owner thinks it’s only fair to treat them all the same; if they all come to you, they might as well all get fussed. If this describes your situation, then I would ask you to think...
Are We Looking to Cure the Wrong Culprit?
Posted on 03/10/2013
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog! Common Sense Dogs Outside
One of the issues raised by a member of the audience I had the pleasure to address last Saturday in Edinburgh, was what to do when strangers feed your dog. This sounds incredible but the lady concerned represented one of the Assistance Dog charities. Her question was how to stop the dog from taking food from the stranger, which, as all dogs are opportunist eaters, having absolutely no thought of the possibility of being fed later, would be totally against the nature of the dog. This is another example of us ignoring a dog’s instincts and trying to turn them...
Posted on 26/09/2013
Filed under: It's a Dog!
I think there is a certain feeling of awe that comes over most people when they see images of a member of the armed forces working with their dog, especially if that dog had discovered an explosive devise that could have killed or injured their companion and possibly many more of his/her colleagues. Equally, seeing a person able to live a much more independent and liberated life with the aid of an assistance dog, invariably brings a smile of contentment to our faces, as we see and recognise this special partnership working so well.There seems to be an idea that...
There is Nothing to Prove
Posted on 19/09/2013
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Common Sense Dogs Outside
I once heard from a gentleman who had adopted Amichien Bonding with his dog, Buddy, and had resolved the challenge of Buddy barking at anything and everything. Buddy is a calm, happy dog now and only barks when there is something to really be aware of.This has caused a new problem for Buddy’s owner which is the reaction of other people to that transformation in the dog, not to mention how relaxed both dog and owner now are. His friends and acquaintances are constantly expecting him to prove the method to them.A typical example of this happened when they were...
ANY dog can be the "one" for you
Posted on 11/09/2013
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Traditional Dog Training? Rescue Dogs Common Sense
I often hear people asking which dog would be the right one for them, as the choice of breeds available is incredible, wherever you live and if you get it wrong then there could be many practical problems for you and the dog.A typical problem would be if you live an active and adventurous outdoors life then consider that a toy breed may not be the ideal partner for you. Equally a large breed, such as a St Bernard, would struggle to join in your fun. The ideal dog in this case would come within “nature’s design”, which is between...