• Behaviour Training

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part One

    As I sit, helplessly listening to a poor pup howling his heart out from one of the nearby blocks of flats, I am reminded of all the poor pups out there that might not cope well alone. So, I thought, why don’t we work on this together! Separation Anxiety is Actually Normal First, it’s important to know that separation anxiety is perfectly normal in all social creatures – including us. If it wasn’t for a need to be sociable we wouldn’t care a jot for all the new lockdown measures, in fact we’d hardly even notice them! Our dogs are no different, and that’s how it should be. Also, just…

  • 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…

  • Behaviour Training

    Does your dog speak dog?

    …and does he really need to? That’s a good question. It should be perfectly natural for a dog to be able to communicate with his own kind. But more and more often, dogs are lacking the essential skills they need to interact appropriately with other members of their own species. It is one of the most common problems I am asked to help with. And it causes more problems than you might think. This is a huge problem, that has been caused mostly by a recent decline in dogs being allowed to exercise off lead. This new trend has come about partly due to off lead bans, partly from a…

  • Behaviour Training

    No more dog training tips!

    Dog behaviour tips don’t work for everyone The internet is packed full of tips that promise to fix all your dogs behaviour and training problems. The trouble is, there is so much conflicting information that it is near impossible to know where to start. If you are lucky, you might find that golden nugget straight away, and voila, you’re done. But, if you are like most people, you could be embarking on a long, frustrating, and often expensive, journey based on trial and error.

  • 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.