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Ask Not What Your Dog Can Do For You...

Posted on 04/11/2013
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog! Common Sense

I was thinking over the Halloween period about things that really “scare” me, one of those things is when I hear people saying that they are getting a dog, following some worthy advice that this would help them in their efforts to get fitter and become more active. As if, magically, the dog will know what is expected of it and why you are taking it into your life. The truth is there is only one valid reason to get a dog and that is; to share your life with a loyal and loving animal who can make a wonderful...

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Coping With Those That Don't Understand-Yet!

Posted on 23/10/2013
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Traditional Dog Training? Common Sense

One of the most difficult experiences for anyone choosing to adopt Amichien® Bonding with their dogs is (sadly) actually persevering with it and possibly taking criticism, even ridicule, from family and friends, particularly in the face of, "I've been around dogs all my life...".  Incredible though it may seem, so many owners experience almost unbearable pressure to return to traditional ways, or risk losing the affection and companionship of those around them. From those who enter the home laughing and directly address the dog, telling it that they 'have been told that they must ignore it!' (completely riding roughshod over the...

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Enthusiastic or Just Plain Rude?

Posted on 18/10/2013
Filed under: It's a Dog! Common Sense Behavioural Issues

I often hear owners explain their dog's impatient behaviour as being nothing more than "enthusiasm", so let us look honestly at the difference. A few months ago I was on a plane that had been delayed in taking off, resulting in some concern for a connecting flight home.  As we began our approach I asked the steward about my onward flight and was informed that it could be a problem for me as I had to hurry to get right across to the other side of one of the largest airports in the US (O'Hare).Knowing that there was little I could...

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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...

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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...

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