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The Partnership

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...

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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...

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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...

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Do You Know Who You're Really Living With?

Posted on 05/09/2013

Often when a dog demonstrates undesirable behaviour, that behaviour becomes the focus of attention for the owner and consequently becomes the defining “character” of the dog. This is really unfair on the dog who will demonstrate certain behaviours simply because they are under extreme stress, not because they choose to or because they are just badly behaved. The tragedy is that the stress a dog may be under will actually prevent its own nature from shining through and its owners may have no idea of the real character of their dog, often coming to actually hate the poor animal because...

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Short Term Gain

Posted on 28/08/2013
Filed under: Traditional Dog Training? Dog Training Gadgets Common Sense

I am often asked my thoughts on a gadget or training approach that becomes 'popular' for a while and my answer always remains the same; no external, physical experience can ultimately resolve any behavioural issue as the cause is always in the mind of the dog and its own reasoning. This is why I sought a process that would remove the cause of the problems, aided by external “cues”.The problem for most owners is that there usually seems to be a positive reaction from the dog when using certain aids but the truth is that this can only be temporary...

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