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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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The Invisible Dog

Apart from grazing on lower-value food like fruit, it’s highly unlikely a dog outside human guardianship would have an ever ready supply of food on tap without having to put some work into either scavenging or chasing and killing something … Continue reading

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Chewing Gum Deadly to Dogs

Most people know of the danger to dogs of dark chocolate and grapes. I’m sure many people simply aren’t aware of the danger to their dogs of leaving chewing gum lying about. Do you chew… Source: Chewing Gum Deadly to … Continue reading

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