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…)

Vegan Dog Trainer Essex

As a vegan, I have noticed on some forums that a lot of my fellow vegans are interested in doing business with other vegans where possible.  As a vegan dog owner, I also have no doubt that it is also really important to you that the dog training methods that you pick are kind and do not cause any harm.

Well I am pleased to be able to say that I am a vegan dog trainer / behaviourist and I cover the (more…)

Help, my dog is always on patrol/guarding!

A really common behaviour that I see in many households that I visit is dogs who patrol or guard the house and, in particular, the garden.  In fact, some people have track marks around the edge of the garden from their dog’s frequent use of the same path to keep an eye, ear and nose out for unwanted intruders.

Why do dogs feel the need to guard/patrol?

The answer to this question is two-fold:

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Ignoring your dog – from their perspective

The purpose of this article is help anyone who has heard that they are meant to ignore their dog at certain times, to understand why this is so important to you dog, and what the consequences are of not ignoring them at those all important times.  Before I do that, I want to address the issue of why we don’t want to ignore them.

Why we don’t want to ignore our dogs

A lot of people get caught up in (more…)

What counts as normal puppy behaviour?

In this article I’m going to discuss some of the behaviours that are ‘normal’ to see from a puppy.  I will explain why the pup is doing this behaviour and whether it is something that you can expect them to ‘grow out of’ or whether you will need to take action to remedy it.  These are the behaviours I will tackle.

  • Nipping
  • Chewing
  • Toiletting
  • Jumping up
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Refusing to (more…)

The Wolf Pack Vs Family Living

wolf pack

You’ve heard of the wolf pack model, and how it’s been debunked as not relevant?  Let me address this understanding a little in this article today.

So in answer to the question about the wolf pack Vs family life – while the method that I teach (Amichien Bonding) was certainly developed from watching the wolves in the wild, I don’t really look at what I am teaching as following a wolf pack model. (more…)