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Simon Says

Posted on 06/02/2016
Filed under: The Dog's View How Your Dog Thinks

When working with dogs we often use an analogy liking it to the children’s game; “Simon Says” In this game, if “Simon” gives a direct instruction, proceeded with the words “Simon says” (i.e. I request it), the children follow the instruction. If Simon doesn’t use these words, the children must not carry out the instruction and those that do are out of the game. An understanding of this is invaluable with dogs because so often a dog will test your leadership by trying to lead you rather than follow your instruction. The classic example of this is when a dog...

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Why it is damaging for a domestic dog to see itself as the leader?

Posted on 14/08/2015
Filed under: How Your Dog Thinks

A gentleman recently asked me why I consider it so unfair for any domestic dog to have to take on the responsibility of the family by becoming the leader, which happens when either the owners choose not to step up to this job themselves or, as in most cases, are completely unaware that almost every traditional belief regarding the way to convince a dog that the job is not their responsibility, are actually giving the dog completely the opposite information. Unfortunately, this gives the dog no choice but to try to do take on the role, a role it is...

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PROTECTIVE DOGS. "...but he's so gentle with us!"

Posted on 09/05/2015
Filed under: Dogs Outside How Your Dog Thinks

It should come as no surprise to any of us that dogs are protective of their family group but there is still a genuine sense of shock among many dog owners when their pet displays real aggression towards other people or other dogs, both at home and when out for a walk. To these owners, seeing their dog behaving in anything other than a loving manner is something completely 'out of character'. This isn’t an uncommon experience and one that can lead to such a dog being labelled as being “unstable” or “unpredictable”, by both the shocked owners and others...

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Election fatigue

Posted on 21/04/2015
Filed under: How Your Dog Thinks

I  have to wonder just how the people of North America cope with experiencing politicians promoting themselves, wanting their votes, with almost twenty months still to go.  I am personally struggling with the bombardment of adverts, programmes and news all filled with who said what, who will do what and how we should  vote at the forthcoming General election and we here in the UK have only a matter of a few weeks to go through this pantomime! Yet even that is nothing to the reality for so many domestic dogs, as their suffering is continuous year in and year...

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Let Them Grow Up

Posted on 09/04/2015
Filed under: The Dog's View How Your Dog Thinks

For most dog owners/carers, we love nothing more than ensuring that our dogs are well fed (but not overfed), in good condition and are as happy to be with us as we are with them. Unfortunately, this can so easily bring out the over protective side of our nature, especially when other people criticize everything from our choice of dog to the way that we choose to live with them, often imparting  their wisdom accompanied by the classic,  'Oh, I wouldn’t let a dog do that if I were you'.  Little wonder that many owners find the companionship of their...

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