Tag Archives: barking

Help! My dog is always barking on the walk…

Over the years I have helped many people whose dogs are barking on the walk in a multitude of different ways.  It can take many different forms:

  • Barking at other dogs when they get close to one another
  • Barking at dogs even when they are in the distance
  • Barking at people who look at them or try to interact
  • Barking at certain people, e.g. those with beards, hats on, high viz
  • Barking (more…)

Help! My dog keeps barking at me!

If your dog is constantly barking at you, it’s likely to be driving you slightly mad!  Common occasions when a dog may see fit to bark at their owners tend to be along the lines of the following:

  • When you return home.
  • When they want feeding.
  • When they are seeking attention.
  • When you are playing with them.
  • When they want you to let them through a door.
  • When you are asking them to (more…)

Is your fearful dog Scooby Doo, or Scrappy?

This was one of the programmes that I grew up on, and I’m sure many of us are familiar with the two different characters, Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo?

For some reason this programme popped back into my mind this week, when I was thinking about the different ways that our pet dogs respond to something that they perceive to be a danger.

Scooby Doo

Many dogs will behave like Scooby, being immediately (more…)

How to stop your dog barking at other dogs (or worse)

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.

Depending on the size of your dog, there is also (more…)

Dogs crying at night

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…)

Train a dog like you would sell a product

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…)

What to do if you have an anxious dog.

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…

Signs of an anxious dog

  • Eyes wide and staring
  • Panting
  • Excessive Chewing,
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing around
  • Very rarely settles
  • Follows you around all the time
  • Shaking (more…)

How to stop your dog barking at night

There are two main reasons that we as owners would expect to explain a dog barking at night:

  1. There has been a sudden noise (e.g. a fox in the garden)
  2. 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…)

Do ThunderShirts Work?

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:

Q: What is a ThunderShirt?

A: ThunderShirts (more…)