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Cryptorchidism? The Lost Ball

A client of mine has a dog with an undescended testicle. She has been looking into the possible association with some of Jasper’s behaviour. Interesting. What is cryptorchidism? To quote Wagwalking.com, ‘cryptorchidism is the failure of one or both testicles … Continue reading

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Esperanto for Dogs?

Esperanto is a ‘constructed’ language, created by Ludwig L. Zamenhof, a Polish doctor in the late 1800s. To quote: It is the most appropriate language to eliminate language barriers and to allow international communication for everybody on a basis of … Continue reading

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Anticipatory Barking

Does your dog’s barking drive you mad? Barking is one of the most annoying things our dog does, isn’t it. It can be so hard to stop. And this is the point. When our dog barks we try to stop … Continue reading

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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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