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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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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...

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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...

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