Training dogs with food

Training dogs with food has got to be one of the most misunderstood concepts. There are those that state that any and every dog can be trained using only food. There are those that believe that any behaviour can be modified using food only. There are those that state that using food is just bribery. There are those that say …

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Behavioural Euthanasia? Is this what you have been told?

This will be a very stressful time for you if you have been told behavioural euthanasia is your only option, and I want you to know that there are some situations in which this IS the only real/safe/viable option. But not as often as people are being told that it is. If your dog is suffering? Is he or she …

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Do you Like, Love and can Live with your dog?

Do you like your dog, love your dog, but can’t live with his or her behaviours?This is really very common and very confusing for a lot of people. Here are my thoughts on this.When people get a dog, they usually start liking their dog, (of course) and grow to love them, often very quickly. But sometimes through development, mishap, mistake, …

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Why losing four dogs is hard

Have you ever had a dog that when he or she passed away, it hurt like nothing you have ever felt before? Maybe you currently have a dog and thinking about losing him or her is unbearable? Yes well, I’m not going to give you the magic answers for that, when I lose a dog it cuts me deep. But …

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Finding help can be harder than you think…

So perhaps you are looking for a dog trainer or someone who can help you with your dog’s behaviour problems. Well there are more and more people jumping into this profession these days than ever, and that’s a good thing, overall. The problem with more options, are that you now must make a very important decision. Who do you trust …

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It’s about dogs, or is it?

If you read my articles, blogs or social pages, you’re probably a dog lover, enthusiast, handler, trainer, foster carer, vet – vet nurse or perhaps a combination of them. If asked I am sure you will say you love dogs and want the best for them. Nothing surprising there, yeah? Good, because then I guess we all pretty much have …

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Why dogs are aggressive to their owners

First of all, I want to make clear that I am talking about behaviour problems, not a dog reacting from referred pain, or a puppy that is mouthing you etc., but a dog that may display aggression to their owner if: – The owner tries to move the dog off furniture The owner starts touching or adjusting a piece of …

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The problem with enrichment

Enrichment has become a term that is being used prolifically in the dog world the last few years. It’s like the latest buzz word! New puppy owners are encouraged to find ways to ensure their puppies stay enriched, are never bored, and always have something on hand to keep them stimulated. Dog owners with dogs that are anxious, destructive, reactive …

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Need help with your dog?

Well, you’re not alone, in fact when I see dogs out in public, on leash, off leash or even in their homes, the majority of dogs will not follow basic cues such as sit, come or heel whenever they are even slightly distracted. So what? You might say. Well, for one a dog that ignores you when he or she …

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In a perfect world

You have a dog with a behaviour problem, he is aggressive to other dogs, she is scared of people, he is territorial… This is of great concern for you as you really were aiming at raising a calm, friendly dog to all others, but it has not turned out that way. Maybe you did everything right and something just happened? …

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The value of dogs to me

I have had dogs all of my life, many dogs across many breeds, but I guess you could say I have a preference for working breeds, but I have owned many other breeds and crossbreeds, including a Chihuahua!I love the dog and human relationship, when its good, it is SO good. In the last few weeks, a few special moments …

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The animal welfare concern

In the last couple of weeks I have been sent a link to Politician Emma Hurst Facebook page, specifically this article. It is not a long article, nor of any value, but it is worth reading. (Link https://www.facebook.com/EmmaHurstMP/posts/374125164270859) So, a big emotive picture of some poor dog with injuries looking unhappy to draw in the dog owner and lover. But …

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My vet advises against raw feeding?

Well this is not uncommon to hear. In fact many times it kind of goes like this. One of my puppy owners goes to vet for check up. Vet raves about the appearance, health and condition of puppy and finally asks “what do you feed” They say “complete raw diet” and this is where things change. Their vet starts raving …

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Why I don’t focus on labels.

It is rare that a dog and owner walk into our rooms that does not come with a label. “Oh she does that because she is anxious”. “Oh she is a rescue, so ya know…” “He does that because he is fear aggressive” “My dog is so dominant, so he always …” Anxious, fearful, reactive, nervous, dominant, frightened, depressed, abused, …

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Is your dog mouthing, nipping, biting you?

I want to start by saying that, it is rare that this behaviour is good or leads to anything good. Now I am sure there are readers out there saying “oh no my dog only does this to say ….” but really there are many other ways to say that same thing. I am also not talking about dogs that …

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