If you have a rottweiler, or are considering getting a rottweiler for the first time then you may be interested to know what the the typical rottweiler character traits are, as there is a certain amount of media hysteria that surrounds this particular breed. I will tell you my findings as a dog behaviourist shortly. But the commonly expected traits are that a rotty will be: Stubborn, protective, (more…)
Vicky Kelly is a Highly Recommended Associated Dog Listener – as recommended by best selling Dog Behaviourist Jan Fennell, author of “The Dog Listener”. Vicky has 7 years of experience, working with dogs of all ages and all breeds. She provides professional dog training in Essex. Or more accurately, professional dog owner training in Essex! Vicky will give you the tools that you need to change (more…)
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…)
There are many theories in the dog world about certain types of breeds of dogs, and what dogs naturally do and what they need. Dogs do of course have natural instincts and are likely to do certain things – however many of the things that we think that they need, as a result of their actions, are actually conditioned dog behaviour. For instance, dogs need exercise just as much as we do. This does (more…)
Jumping up (even from tiny dogs) is a problem dog behaviour. So how do you stop your dog jumping up at visitors, and keep them calm and relaxed when they arrive…? The main problem here is actually the visitor! The best types of visitor to have around are ones that don’t particularly like dogs but aren’t scared of them, because they will mostly walk in and ignore your dog. Visitors who love dogs (more…)
If your dog is scared of loud noises the most important thing that they must know is that no-one else is concerned about the same noise. Daisy (pictured) was dog I fostered for a while who had a fear of noises. Her previous owners had shouted at her to be quiet if she barked after being startled by a noise. All Daisy learnt from this was that her owner was upset by the noise too, and it gave her even (more…)
Not ALL dogs are scared of vets, but not many of them like going there. So why are they scared, and what should you do if your is?
The fact of the matter is that vet surgeries aren’t a very nice place for a dog. Their first sense is smell. A vet will smell to them of a number of different unknown chemicals, it will smell of illness and death. It smells of the fear hormones of other dogs who’ve been (more…)
If I’ve learnt one thing from watching The Simpsons, it’s that the use of song and rhyming words are very effective for making a point, so when deciding on the best way to describe what dog behaviour training can help with, I thought “why not through verse?!” and so below is my first poem as a Dog Listener…! 😀
I ask the question about having an untrainable dog, because it surprises me how many people I meet in passing who tell me about their dog’s behaviour as though it’s just something that they have to put up with (e.g. “Daisy jumps up at all of our visitors, it’s so embarrassing, we are constantly apologising for her, but that’s just the way she is”). Or tell me about what modifications they’ve made to (more…)
It’s nearly August, and therefore the holiday season is under way! I often get asked by my clients who are planning their holidays which is better; sending their dogs to dog kennels, or finding them a friend to stay with. It’s not that straight forward an answer, because it depends on the quality of care being offered in either case, and the personality of the dog that needs looking after. Every situation (more…)