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…)

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…)