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Never Shout at a Dog
Posted on 24/08/2016
Of course this would seem obvious to most people, as they will think that if you love your dog enough then you wouldn’t be shouting at them anyway but then again, how many of us can truthfully say that we have never raised our voices to someone that we really love? Occasionally, frustration can get the better of us. However, there is a very important reason for not shouting at our dogs, particularly if we want them to be able to recognise us as the decision maker and consequently choose to work for us of their own free will, and this has...
Different Issues-Same Cause, the dog is confused!
Posted on 08/08/2016
This week I would like to cover two queries at the same time, as they show how easy it is to adopt AB and resolve all behavioural issues simultaneously, if the owner chooses to. The first was from a lady, who was concerned that unless she understood exactly what had caused the behavioural problems presented by her dog and had a deep knowledge of how her dogs thinks then she would be prevented from helping her dog to relax and enjoy its life with her. Her dog was suffering from separation anxiety. Firstly, the causes of the many problems are...
We Don't All Want To Be Champions!
Posted on 28/07/2016
Last week a sporting achievement was celebrated when Chris Froome won the Tour de France- yet again. As if once was not amazing enough he just keeps doing this. So when I went into the barn and there I saw my own bike lent against the wall I just sighed and accept that it will probably be there for another year before it goes for an outing. I mention this because I really expect that there are quite a few other people in the same situation as me. Then again there are many people who enjoy regular riding for pleasure...
Don't Buy Into Breed Stereotypes
Posted on 22/07/2016
A difficult thing to avoid doing, particularly when even some "experts" do it! I received a letter from a lady who wanted to share her experience when seeking help with a problem that she and her dog were having, that of him pulling on the lead, which she wanted to learn how to resolve kindly and permanently. This lady, having integrity and respect, informed those 'professionals' she sought help from that her dog was 'classed as a Pit Bull type and as such, under Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), he has been through a court process to be added to the...
See Things From Your Dog's Point of view!
Posted on 16/07/2016
Last week Pru and I had to visit the vet surgery and as we waited for our appointment I noticed a lady was sitting nearby with a gorgeous Staffie. This dog was clearly distressed, looking around anxiously and whining. The lady reacted by pulling the dog's head towards her (with the aid of the head brace that the dog was wearing) but as hard as she tried to force the dog to look to her, the dog insisted on straining to watch what was going on all around it, in a place it was completely unfamiliar with. Within a few...