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…)
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:
Why should you train a dog like you would sell a product? In order to make your training successful…
What do I mean by this…?
Think about what makes us buy: We buy something because we need it. It solves a problem that we are having. The benefits of the product or service meet a need, or a pain that we are feeling. And it is this principle on which people sell to us. They point out (more…)
It can be very distressing, having an anxious dog. Seeing the poor little mite jumping out of its skin at the smallest things. I have noticed that it’s not always obvious when a dog is anxious or why they are anxious, so…
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…)
As we approach the firework season many dog owners whose dogs suffer with fear of fireworks and other loud noises are turning to the internet for information, desperate to stop their dog from feeling so worried at this time. And one of the questions I get asked is “Do ThunderShirts work…?” So here is my answer to that, and some other related questions: