An odd title, perhaps. But bear with me while I explain.
We humanise dogs so easily. Readily believing that they:
- Get excited about things (e.g the walk, or our return home)
- Are very affectionate (when they seek our attention or climb onto our laps)
- Get bored (when we see restless behaviour)
- Are being naughty, when they aren’t acting in the way we want them to.
- Are happy because (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
The question that I usually ask them is “How do you know?” so I would like to address that in an article (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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:
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…)