• Behaviour Training

    Creating a bond with your dog

    Why do dogs need to bond with their humans? I can answer this question two ways; on a deeper level I can talk about bonding in terms of survival. Dogs are not born with the skills to care for or protect themselves, and neither are any mammals, including humans. As mammals, we have a lot to learn before we are considered fully capable adults. This means that as we grow up we are decreasingly dependent on others for our survival. The bond we form with those that care for us is the only reason they let us stick around for so long. As juveniles, we add burden to resources, time,…

  • Behaviour Training

    Reactive Behaviour in Dogs

    Do you have a reactive dog? Simply put, you have a reactive dog if your dogs behaves disproportionately, or in the extreme, to something. This could mean he is over excited, anxious or aggressive. But whatever the cause he is likely making a big deal about it. Typically, he could be jumping and lunging, barking and squealing, or spinning in circles. He might also be acting aggressively towards whatever he is reacting to. As there are so many different root causes for reactive behaviour, it is fair to say that any dog can become reactive. And, actually, dogs can become reactive to almost anything. The most common causes are other…