Category Archives: behaviour

The ‘Uh-uh’ Tick

I was at a dog show last weekend, talking to a few people who had problems with their dogs. There was a very friendly one-year-old Yorkie mix who nipped – and boy did he nip! He was excited, friendly – and nippy. … Continue reading

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Say Hello Nicely.

I have just read a really interesting and comprehensive blog by Karen B. London in TheBark.com: A Guide to Dog to Dog Greetings To quote London: ‘Despite some variations, the basics tend to be the same. Dogs move toward each other … Continue reading

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Your Choice – or is it?

A definition of Hobson’s Choice is: ‘an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative’: Take it, or leave it. (Merriam-Webster) Freedom of choice ‘describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, … Continue reading

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Forcing Square Pegs into Round Holes

Over my many years, I am able to look back to how things were with our family dogs back in the day. I lived in a rural area and it was no big deal if my dogs went walkabout. I … Continue reading

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Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life…

At a meeting we were discussing dogs being either pessimistic or optimistic, introvert or extrovert. Someone suggested that the two things go hand in hand (paw in paw). Would the introvert dog be more likely to be pessimistic and the … Continue reading

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Pawing our Pets

Why do we humans find it so hard to just let our dogs be? Must tickle that fluff-ball! Can’t resist scrunching that sleek black coat. Ooooh, kiss that soft muzzle. Coochy-coo…squeeze that little pug-face. Why do I, like so many … Continue reading

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Sensory Overload – Dogs Also?

I recently visited a teenage girl with autism. She was wearing noise cancelling ear muffs. She explained to me that without them she simply has sensory overload. They enable her to function. Her two highly-stressed little terriers, like so many … Continue reading

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