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Humans Are Not The Only Intelligent Species

Posted on 29/07/2020
Filed under: Dogs & Other Animals Common Sense

Every day we are bombarded with the idea that humans are the most amazing and effective animal on the planet; an animal that is able to quickly  adapt to developing situations, device solutions to problems and overcome our reliance on our instincts. The problem is that we hear subtle allusions to these ideas all of the time and we are in danger of actually believing it. Yesterday evening I heard a television presenter ask a group of dog agility enthusiasts ‘So how do you get them to do it, with a biscuit?’, laughing as he said it, because , as...

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Perfect Recall Anyone? by Jan Fennell

Posted on 11/12/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Dogs & Other Animals Dogs Outside

Over the years I have seen that so many owners fail to help their dogs as they themselves are focusing on the wrong issue. A typical example of this is when a gentleman contacted me to ask why I didn't hold socialisation classes, as he believed that if he took his dog to such classes then it would resolve the problem he has, which is that his dog does not pay attention to him when they are out for a walk but how can such classes resolve that?  There was also the post on facebook from a lady who considered...

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Goodbye Kes

Posted on 19/07/2014
Filed under: Dogs & Other Animals

That's our Kes on the left We recently lost one of best loved dogs. Kes finally succumbed after 14 years of a joyful existence . Kes was one of Tony’s dogs and the oldest of his “pack” and his placid, stoic character will be so sorely missed.  Kes taught Tony so much about the dog's point of view and his loss is devestating for both Tony and Jan. Kes spent a lot of time at JF headquarters (Pond Farm) and was such a wonderful companion to the rest of the crew, his calming influence on the rest of the amichien...

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Crowded Outdoor Events Through The Eyes of a Dog

Posted on 16/07/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Dogs & Other Animals It's a Dog! Common Sense How Your Dog Thinks

There is nothing unusual about horse owners also having dogs and both can become very familiar and comfortable with the presence of the other. Many of these dogs travel happily in horse lorries to these events, stay in the special parking area and soon learn how to behave there and enjoy something which becomes a part of their normal family activity.  However, this ideal situation is far from the reality for most of the dogs that are taken to these events by some owners who come as spectators. These dogs are swept along with the vast, dense, crowds and are...

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Posted on 11/07/2014
Filed under: Dogs & Other Animals Behavioural Issues

Walking along the lane today with Shamook and Kamatz, I was reminded of just how close these two dogs are and always have been, for over ten years now, and how they have shown their care for one another in many different ways during that time. When they were puppies they were drawn to my beautiful Sadie, as she resembled their mum and luckily for us all, Sadie had always been a brilliant aunt and substitute parent, so these two were no problem for her. From the very beginning they developed a particular style of playing together which, as they...

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