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Is your dog a chase junkie?

Be his supplier no more. The young couple has a beautiful Border Collie pup called Sabre, five-and-a-half months old. He greeted me outside the house, pulling hard to get to me. Most of the time I was with them he … Continue reading

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Patience is a virtue and virtue is a grace…..

…and Grace is a little girl who wouldn’t wash her face. If you were my age you may be familiar with this saying from your school days! Each time I hear the word ‘patience’ it triggers this saying in my … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones to Calm and Confident Walks. A Chaining Game for Reconstructing Walks

This is a new game that I’ve developed to help people whose walk is an emotional crisis for their dog. It’s for dogs that are manic, over-excited and over-reactive, making walks a nightmare. It’s for dogs that are scared or … Continue reading

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Ten Proven Ways to Achieve Aggression in Your Dog

In no particular order. ONE: Be confrontational TWO: Steal things off her THREE: Interfere with his food while he’s eating FOUR: Overdo contact sports FIVE: Use physical force SIX: Assume she wants to be touched especially when she’s resting SEVEN: … Continue reading

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A Behaviourist? What should that word really mean?

A ‘Behaviourist’ is about much more than letters gained through college. Some things can’t be learnt at university alone. Wikipedia vaguely says: ‘A dog behaviourist is a person who works in modifying or changing behaviour in dogs. They can be … Continue reading

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“Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?”

I’ve just spoken to a lady on the phone who had asked a trainer, “Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?” and it got me thinking. These two polarise people’s perceptions with the dark side still holding their … Continue reading

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How do we ‘Socialise’ our puppies whilst either in lock-down or social distancing?

Could we perhaps, by looking at things a bit differently, turn this situation into an advantage? Two words: Habituate and Socialise Habituate means ‘make or become accustomed or used to something’. Socialise means ‘mixing sociably with others’. They both take … Continue reading

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Stress causes dogs to go grey too.

In most of today’s papers (23rd January, 2020): Stress speeds up hair greying process (in humans), science confirms. Fight-or-flight response nerves pump out hormone that wipes out pigmentation cells. So it is with dogs Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in … Continue reading

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Distraction ain’t Counter-Conditioning

I frequently go to dogs that, when on lead, react aggressively to other dogs. I explain how the way to change this is to keep ‘distance under threshold’ and then add ‘good things’ that are triggered when Bonzo sights another … Continue reading

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A leftover from the dark ages of dog training?

I have (another) bee in my bonnet (I get more as I get older). Years ago, I was involved in the kind of dog training that was proud to use force, discipline and punishment in the name of Control. Dogs … Continue reading

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