Category Archives: Dog Psychology

Canine Flow

Today I’m featuring a guest blog on the really interesting topic of canine flow.  Having worked with numerous dogs myself over a 12 year period, it is obvious that some dogs find it much easier than others to relax and let go of the feeling of responsibility.  The below article is written by Becky Shuttleworth, who is a teacher of Amichien Bonding (the same methodology as me), as well as offering this (more…)

Misunderstanding and misplaced compassion for dogs

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…)

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 your 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 (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…)

Understanding True Nature: Part 1 – the true nature of dogs

true nature of a dog

There is not a day that goes by when I don’t feel blessed that when I was fumbling in the dark for which route to take when it came to studying to be a Dog Behaviourist/Dog Trainer, I was lucky enough to stumble upon truth.  The true nature of dogs.

I had read many books and contacted many colleges – all of whom were taking their sweet time to get back to me – but I was unsure which techniques (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…)

Should I get a companion for my dog?

As dog lovers we want to do what is right for our dogs, and I often get asked the question as to whether owners should get a companion for their dog – and in particular, whether getting a companion will help their dog’s behaviour.  I am going to answer this question in 2 parts:

Should you get a companion for your dog?

This is a tricky question to answer, and the answer isn’t going to be the same (more…)

Keeping the fire burning – Protecting the pack

Life for us humans used to be pretty brutal.  You don’t have to go back that far in time to a point in history where most people (no matter their status) would have lived in relative fear.

keeping the pack safe

A recent trip to the Tower of London reminded me very much of this, and made me thank my lucky stars that current society allows us all to live very much in comfort, and with lifestyles that we choose. Sadly, (more…)

Puppy Vs Rescue dog…

When taking on a new dog for the first time (or any time, for that matter) you are faced with the Puppy Vs Rescue dog connundrum.  What I’ve noticed over the years is that there is a commonplace idea that if you get a puppy, you will have an easier time training it from the start, as it hasn’t already got into bad habits, and isn’t bringing with it any issues. Therefore many people make the decision (more…)

Why do dogs destroy toys?

Dogs destroy toys out of their innate canine instincts to kill small fluffy things for food.  You may have noticed that in particular they are interested in pulling the insides out.  This is exactly what they would do to a small animal, as the innards are the best bit.  Of course once your dog has fulfilled their instinct they realise that the toy isn’t actually edible, so it gets left on the floor (more…)