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About vkelly

Vicky Kelly is a Highly Recommended Associate Dog Listener, trained and quality assured by Jan Fennell - international best selling author of the widely acclaimed method Amichien Bonding. Vicky started work with dogs and their owners at the beginning of 2007, and has helped hundreds of dogs and their owners to date.

Calm Christmas for Dogs

Are your Christmas preparations taking into consideration the busy-ness of Christmas, from a dog’s perspective?

It’s all a bit too much…

For many dogs, Christmas involves a degree of “too-muchness”.  Now, how much too-muchness is experienced depends on how different your Christmas period is to any other time of year, and how chilled your dog is about the festive comings and goings that are approaching.  (more…)

Aggression to dogs

At least 1 in 3 of the enquiries that I receive relates to aggression towards dogs on the walk. 

Why is this such a big problem?

Simply put dogs are pack, territorial animals.  That means instinctively they can see other dogs they meet as a threat.  It is unclear on whose territory they are meeting and there is an expectation that it could possibly kick off.  The more nervous dog will use aggression (more…)

Does my dog enjoy the walk?

At least every other person that I help with their dog believes that their dog enjoys the walk.  Even in cases when people’s dogs are exhibiting some rather undesireable behaviour, such as aggression towards other dogs – many people will still believe that their dog essentially enjoys walking.

Dog ready for walk

The question that I usually ask them is “How do you know?” so I would like to address that in an article (more…)

Red Cocker Rage – is it a thing?

There’s a label which is being given to a small percentage of red coated cocker spaniels.  Stating that they are afflicted with a syndrome known as “red cocker rage”.  This diagnosis of sorts is based on the fact that the dog in question is a red coated cocker spaniel, and is exhibiting bouts of (from the owners’ perspective) unexplained aggression.  Usually this aggression is being directed towards (more…)

What to do if your dog is scared of cars

A little while ago I wrote an article about dogs that won’t walk.  This article is in a similar vein.  Dog’s that are nervous on the walk, particularly dogs that are scared of cars, lorries, buses, motorbikes or any other vehicles that you could care to mention.  No doubt you are reading this because it is something you are experiencing, or you know someone who is having this experience with their (more…)

Why dogs bite

My articles tend to be inspired by what I’m seeing day to day and recently I have seen a lot of dogs who bite!  In different scenarios, such as:

  • Badly biting other dogs in the household
  • Biting family members
  • Biting visitors
  • Biting strangers out on the walk

Most of the people I help are really upset that their dog is biting and are worried about what the implications of this could be (more…)

Hyperactive Naughty Dogs

This week I’ve had a consultation with a couple whose dog has been (in what most owners’ eyes would be considered to be) very naughty around the house.  Doing things like:

  • Stealing things
  • Ripping things up
  • Running up and down the house
  • Jumping all over the furniture
  • Mouthing them
  • Biting the furniture
  • Running and jumping up at them

I thought I would write an article about it (more…)

Dog body language and what it means

I have been provided with the below infographic to share on my website by an Australian company called Greyhounds as Pets.  I get offered content to share quite a lot and it’s rare to find something that is helpful rather than misleading.  This infographic is really good.  The caveat I would give before reading is that bear in mind that different breeds of dogs have different physiology, for instance:

Why telling your dog off is not recommended

The vast majority of households that I go to help are already in a habit of telling their dog off.  At the very least saying “No” or “Aa ah”, in some case much more lengthy and forcefully.  One of my jobs is to let them know that this isn’t a great idea to do, and I’d like to share why not in this article.  I must say before you read on that I am aware that (if you are telling them off) it’s often (more…)

Don’t suffer in ‘Puppy Hell’

While they might be some of the most gorgeous creatures to ever walk the earth, be under no illusions – having a new puppy is not easy.  Especially because we are our own worst enemies and will bombaries our pups with confusing information which can lead to terrorising behaviours.  Here are some of the common complaints:

  • Toiletting wherever, whenever
  • Nipping (with needle sharp teeth)
  • Jumping (more…)