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'How do I stop my dog pulling on the lead?'
Posted on 13/07/2015
Filed under: Dogs Outside
This has to be the most common question ever asked in respect of problems experienced by dog owners but the initial problem with the question is the negative feelings associated with the phrase, so firstly I invite you to ask rather 'how do I teach my dog to walk with good manners by my side?' then you can get off to a better start. This sort of work always begins at home, not outside where the dog will be distracted and stimulated by everything going on around it. In that sort of environment no learning can take place because attention...
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...
Another Myth Dispelled
Posted on 01/05/2015
Filed under: Dogs Biting Dogs Outside
I recently heard on the news of another person being bitten by a dog when they had offered their hand in 'friendship', which is something that 'traditionally' people are advised to do when meeting a dog for the first time. The belief is that by offering their hand, the advancing stranger is letting the dog become familiar with their smell. This misconception just means we impose unnecessary stress on the dog concerned and potentially serious doubts for its future if, in its nervous state, it adversely reacts to the unwelcome approach. The traditional belief that offering an outstretched hand allows...
Posted on 19/01/2015
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Dogs Outside
The other morning I was returning home from a lovely walk with my dogs. Zac had the blackest of noses from sticking it down every hole he could find and Pru was all pottered out but as we approached the sharp bend in the lane that leads to our home, I saw two loose dogs come rushing towards us and my heart sank. Fortunately they stopped in their tracks when the realised that we were there, choosing instead to furiously bark and leap about, which naturally forced Shamook, Zac and Rio to give voice too. I thanked them just as...
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...