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Posted on 26/03/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Dogs Are Individuals It's a Dog!

Fundamental rules apply to survival and we can guarantee the general direction any animal’s behaviour will take when an issue pertaining to survival arises. However, this does not mean that every animal behaves in exactly the same way, in every detail of its day to day life, they are not robots; they are (thank goodness) all individuals. Not every habit that is unique to a particular dog should really be considered a behavioural issue that needs resolving, just because it doesn’t conform to the “norm”. Most are just individual quirks that should not really cause us any inconvenience if we...

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Follow up to “WHY IS NO ONE LISTENING?” by Jan Fennell

Posted on 04/03/2014
Filed under: Dogs Biting Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog!

Following my message of February 12th, which so many of you naturally agreed with, I would like to put my current thoughts on record. I began that piece by saying that I am always guaranteed to be contacted by radio stations whenever there is a tragedy involving dogs and people, especially babies or children. However, with another terrible event coming so quickly after the one I referred to, I am more concerned that, on this occasion, I had no calls from the stations and noticed that even as a news item on television and radio it was scheduled last ,or...

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What Did You Expect? by Jan Fennell.

Posted on 20/02/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership The Dog's View It's a Dog!

There are a significant number of people who take on a dog because it seems like such a lovely, cuddly, idea, without realising the consequences of such a decision. Some people, once they come to terms with reality, just get on with the job and cope really well, developing a wonderful, fulfilling relationship. The shock to the system for others could mean that such a dog could end up as yet another rescue inmate.Please remember that taking a dog into our home can never be as predictable as bringing home other "material possessions” like a TV or a microwave. It...

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Will No One Ever Listen?

Posted on 12/02/2014
Filed under: Dogs Biting Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog! Common Sense Behavioural Issues

I’ve just finished another radio interview about dogs and children, in the wake of another tragedy involving a baby, something of a coincidence following, as it does, Tony’s recent blog about dogs and children.I have the press contact me every single time there is a dog “attack”, involving human injury, for an expert view and it is so very frustrating and exasperating to keep repeating the same thing over and over, when no one is taking any notice.I am angry that I’ve been trotted out again to say the same things and I’m so angry that another child has lost...

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Helping to Change Attitudes

Posted on 05/02/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership

I Invite all responsible dog owners to become a member of what I call the 'Canine Ambassadors' Club and help present dog owners in a more favourable light to those members of the population that don’t own, and may not even like, dogs. This will require nothing more than taking some of the more overt emotion out of dog ownership (keep that for home) and representing our canine friends in a positive, calm and honest way.There will always be people who choose to argue with dog owners, whether this is from a genuine dislike of dogs or just that they...

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