This week I’ve had a consultation with a couple whose dog has been (in what most owners’ eyes would be considered to be) very naughty around the house. Doing things like:
- Stealing things
- Ripping things up
- Running up and down the house
- Jumping all over the furniture
- Mouthing them
- Biting the furniture
- Running and jumping up at them
I thought I would write an article about it (more…)
Funnily enough this title is a bit of a red herring, because if we want to calm down a hyperactive dog, less is more. In fact it’s often human behaviour which keeps a dog in this hyperactive state. Let’s break this down and look at it in detail.
Why does a dog become hyperactive?
Many things can put a dog into a hyperactive state. To me, the most simple way of thinking about it is that when a (more…)
I’d say at least 70% of dog owners I go and help are of the mistaken belief (when they get in touch) that exercise is an important tool for making sure that dogs aren’t hyperactive around the home.
Many owners, when describing their dog’s hyperactive behaviour to me will go on to tell me either:
- How much walking they do every day already – because they believe that will be my first bit of advice.
The common belief about exercise for a hyperactive dog is that they need lots and lots of it. Not true. The more you exercise a dog the fitter it becomes, therefore the better able it will be to continue with it’s hyperactive behaviour at home! Yes it might be tired initially after the walk (although I’ve helped many owners who complain that this isn’t the case), but it will be able to keep going (more…)
I’m glad you’ve stopped to read this post on how to use a Kong because the majority of dog owners are using them in the wrong way, so you can make sure you’re not one of them!
How to use a Kong, wrong!
The wrong way of using a Kong, involves filling it with food and giving it to a dog to spend time trying to get the food out in order to:
- Stop them from being destructive , or barking excessively (more…)
As promised, today I am writing about some of the common (and not so common) myths that we hear about problem Dog Behaviour and Dog Training, and whether they are true or not. This blog is written with an understanding of canine instinct learnt from Jan Fennell. I am a Highly Recommended Associate of Jan Fennell, and regularly help dog owners to learn to understand their dogs and overcome and problem (more…)
I get asked regularly “Should I neuter my dog to calm him down…?” or “Should I neuter my dog to make him less aggressive…?” so I felt it a subject worthy of a blog. There is a school of thought that your dog is hyperactive, or aggressive because of testosterone, or with a female, because she has had a season, and therefore the resolution to the behaviour problem is to neuter or spay your dog or (more…)