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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Are you a vet? Do you want to help?

Do your clients bring you dogs with behaviour problems looking for advice or help and at times the problem may be outside of your experience? Totally understandable, I have had dogs all my life and know quite a lot about dog health, but that does not make me a vet. It is a tricky place to find yourself in when …

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Why do dogs behave differently for some people than others.

Well, there are likely about a billion reasons, from history of reinforcement to the rules and boundaries we set. Dogs are living, thinking beings that learn to behave in certain ways to get what they want, just like people. The genetic makeup (Genotype) often plays a big part in how motivated the dog will be to access what he or …

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Getting help with dog aggression

Often people will say that their dog is anxious, and this is the reason why they are aggressive, but anxiety and aggression are not the same thing. Fear and aggression are not the same thing either, but in some cases these elements may be linked. Whilst they can be linked, understanding aggression is much deeper than simply labelling it. Let …

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Is Steve a Balanced Trainer?

You know, I have avoided categorising myself as a Balanced Trainer for some time, why? Well, the answer is not straight forward but if you want to better understand what various ideologies and methods are available, then this article will be worth your time. When asked, I have always referred to myself as a “results based” trainer, still do. I …

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What was your dream?

You dreamed of that puppy for so many nights, you knew what you wanted and how it was all going to unfold, slow motion running down the beach, picnics with dog friends and … None of that is happening. Your dog is out of control, aggressive, will not allow guests in your home, screams when you leave him or her …

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