• Behaviour Training

    Barking… noise pollution or necessary behaviour?

    Barking, and other forms of vocalisation, are natural behaviours for our dogs. It is one of four methods dogs use to communicate with each other. The others are Scent, Body Language and Touch. But, is it really the problem we think it is? We used to love it! Not only is vocalising normal for dogs, it is actually one of the reasons our ancestors fell in love with them. In fact, they particularly liked dogs that barked as they warned them of potential intruders, animal or human. At that time we often selected breeding pairs with this in mind. It is little wonder then that some of our pet dogs…

  • Behaviour Training

    Regulation Urgently Needed

    I’m watching a dog in the park, whilst trying not to think about the fact that I haven’t a clue what to write for my blog this week! He’s having a great time lolloping about the place, not a care in the world. He looks like he’s some kind of doodle, although I’m quite far away so I’m not sure exactly what kind. He is a fab looking dog, though, that is for sure. He’s clearly at the end of his walk as his owner shouts his name. Then things get interesting. I won’t use his real name, lets just call him Buddy. Buddy barely even looks up, he continues…

  • Behaviour Training

    Dog Vs Postman

    So, your dog barks like mad at the postman, the window cleaner and even the bin men! But why does he hate them so much – he’s never even met them? Lets start by clearing something up. Your dog does not actually hate the postman, the window cleaner or the bin men. He also doesn’t hate random passers-by, the Amazon man, the Avon lady or any other regular caller to your door, for that matter. What he does hate, is the way they behave. And, in particular, he hates the way they respond to him. Or, at least the way he thinks they respond to him.

  • Behaviour Training

    Why does my dog…

    …and how can I stop him? Why does anyone do anything? The answer is simple really; we do what we do because it works. We do what we do because it makes us feel good; because on some level it has somehow satisfied a primal need that was present in us at that moment. If you are hungry; eating something will satisfy that need. If you are lonely; hugging a loved one might satisfy you. If you are afraid; it will make you feel better to create distance between you and your fear. It really is as simple as that. We have lots of needs that ensure our survival in…

  • Success Stories

    Success Story

    Steve and Jenny When my client first contacted me about her dogs, Steve and Jenny, she described a nightmare. Steve didn’t like other dogs, and he reacted violently to the mere whiff of another dog. He didn’t even have to see it, he just knew there was one nearby. His reaction provoked his sister, and before you knew it they had turned on each other. Walks had stopped being a pleasure, and over time, they had got shorter and shorter.

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    Behaviour Training,  New Products

    Coming Up…

    I am breathing a new energy into Gooddoggie, yippee! For a while I have been thinking of new ways that I can help you all solve your dogs behaviour problems. I already have my online course and my book, but I think there is lots more I can do and I think that it is time to go digital. New Content Firstly, I have a new website – you are on it now, hope you love it! The new site will allow me to do so much more than my old cheap one. Thanks to my new techie site there are now loads of exciting things coming up, including a…