Category Archives: PAWS for Thought

Fear of Men – Why are some dogs more wary of men?

Dogs can be more intimidated by men. Some people, for instance, assume that their rescue dog has been hit by a man, but this is probably not so. There are much more likely reasons. People in the training and behaviour … Continue reading

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Snakes and Ladders

I thought of the analogy between the game of snakes and ladders and the random nature of incidents on our dog walks whilst talking out of the top of my head in my phone-in with BBC 3 Counties Radio. Here … Continue reading

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You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

An exchange today on Facebook about a dog that wouldn’t come back when called got me thinking. Not coming when called is not usually only about ‘training’ as such. Boris knows very well what ‘Come’ means but chooses to do something else … Continue reading

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But Dogs Don’t Pull Men Over

Today I had a frustrating dog walk. The dog on the end of the man’s lead was fighting to advance and he was holding her tightly by his side. She wanted to get to the grass verge and sniff things. ‘I’ve … Continue reading

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Why Does a Dog Turn his Back on You – What Can it Mean?

Can it sometimes be ‘out of sight – out of mind’? Maybe the dog wants to escape all interaction with something he is uneasy about whilst not wanting any kind of conflict. Yesterday I visited the house of a client with two dogs. … Continue reading

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To Harness or to Quell the Dog’s Eagerness?

Something yesterday gave me pause for thought. Here is a familiar story. The person opens the front door and the dog springs forward, dragging them down the drive to the nearest car or bush under which there may be lurking … Continue reading

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Static Electricity – Ouch! What Was That?

I recently visited a timid dog who was just gathering sufficient courage to sniff my hand when I both heard and felt the static shock of electricity leaping from my hand to the poor dog’s nose. He recoiled and then … Continue reading

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