Do I NEED dog training, or will my dog grow out of this behaviour?

One of the common queries I get is whether owners NEED dog training, or whether it’s possible that their dog will just grow out of their behaviour.  As always, the answer isn’t that straight forward.  There are a few different things to think about before I’m able to give a response.

Is it just puppy behaviour?

There are certain behaviours that can be put down to puppy mischief. So in theory, a pup (more…)

Help, my dog won’t walk!

Not the most common of dog behaviour problems, but I do get called to help about it every couple of months or so, are those strange creatures: dogs that won’t walk.  When I say won’t walk, what I really mean is they refuse to go out for a walk.  They are perfectly content to walk around in the house or garden, but don’t want to go any further.

The forms of ‘not walking’

There’s more than one approach (more…)

The dangerous dogs act – jumping up

One of the lesser considered parts of the dangerous dogs act is jumping up.  Whilst there isn’t specific legislation relating to jumping, the act describes certain behaviours which could include jumping up.  See the wording below:

It is against the law to let a dog (any breed) be dangerously out of control, anywhere. Out of control is described as:

  • If it injures someone
  • If it makes someone (more…)

Hot dogs – not the type you eat

It’s that time of year again (hooray!) when the sun is out.  Which of course means that we are out as well. Making the most of our often short lived British Summer.  It goes without saying that if we are out, we want our beloved companions out with us as well.  So here are a few things to think about this summer when planning to enjoy the outdoors with your dog:

Hot dogs

  • If you are outside in the garden, (more…)

My dog doesn’t like being stroked by strangers

A handful of times in my life I have had the unpleasant event of a (probably drunk) person I’ve never met before going “Oh you’ve got lovely curly hair” and touching it without any further warning or permission to do so. Now I’m quite happy to receive a verbal compliment from a stranger (in English, because that’s the only language I understand!) but the touch takes it to another level and it turns (more…)

Why does my dog shake?

Assuming firstly that you aren’t talking about the classic dog shake – getting rid of water scenario (and covering everyone else with it) – my old long haired boy Sandy (pictured) was fabulous at this!  His long hair absorbed so much water, and when he shook it was like being sprayed with a hose!

Vicky Kelly Dog Trainer

So why does my dog shake?

There are several reasons that your dog could be shaking. I have listed (more…)

Naughty Cocker Spaniels

In the last week I’ve dealt with quite a few naughty Cocker Spaniels.  Well, ‘naughty’ is quite a strong word, really they were ‘wired’ Cocker Spaniels.  By wired I mean that they were full of energy, finding it very difficult to settle.  And if they did settle – then leaping back to life again at a moment’s notice should there be a tiny movement or noise.

I wanted to blog about this, because it (more…)

Worried about the stray dogs in India…? Don’t be!

I have just returned from another fantastic trip to India.  It’s one of my favourite places to visit – largely because of the stark contrast to our UK way of life, which simultaneously makes me forget about everything back home, whilst also developing a newfound love for it!  (Who knew I could learn to appreciate concrete and socks on a new level?)

This time my travels took me to Goa.  A place I (more…)

My dog gets over excited in the car

First of all, I need to clarify that something we would look at and classify as ‘over-excitement’ is much more likely to be a nervy, adrenalin reaction.  As a society we have been conditioned to believe that our dogs LOVE the walk, and therefore we associate any over the top behaviour to be a sign that they love it so much that they just cannot hold themselves back.

The truth is that before we walked (more…)