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.
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.
One of the most common behaviour problems I get enquiries about is dogs who bark at other dogs. With the changes in legislation of the dangerous dog act, owners are becoming more and more concerned when their dog is barking at other dogs – whether this is aggressive barking, or what appears to be a desire to play.
Anyone who has had dogs and children will know how distressing crying at night can be. Partly due to the loss of sleep, and partly because hearing someone that you care about displaying distress themselves, can really tug at the heartstrings and make you feel worried and/or guilty.
This is not a parenting blog, and I don’t know enough about children to be able to advise on them! Fortunately I do (more…)
This morning, on a lovely peaceful bike ride which takes in an area in Leigh on Sea – Two Tree Island, I was passed in a car by a someone with dogs. I know they had dogs because I heard them coming, I heard them pass and I heard them drive on for some time. This poor person was driving to Two Tree Island with their dogs barking continuously in the car.
One of my favourite questions to answer is “Why does my dog bark at animals on tv”. I like it because it provides a great opportunity to illustrate the confusion between the world we live in, and what a dog is naturally able to understand. Let’s look at it in simple terms first:
There has been a sudden noise (e.g. a fox in the garden)
Because they need to be let out to go to the toilet.
When telling me about their dog barking at night, most people will add “for no reason” to the statement. Because it seems to us that there is no reason, because we haven’t heard a sound or anything (more…)
If you want to know how to stop a dog barking, I must first warn you that it is not likely that you will totally stop your dog from barking, because this is their natural way of alerting you that there is a danger. Many people don’t want to stop their dog from barking totally, as they are (more…)