• rescue dog in training. Labrador with wrinkled face looking anxious on his bed
    Dog Behaviour

    Rescue dog behaviour training!

    Having worked as a canine behaviourist in rescue, for many years, I am very familiar with the challenges that come with rescue dog behaviour training. Some dogs come with a story, but most don’t. And even when they do, you can’t always rely on it. Sadly, some don’t even have a name. You get good at reading a dogs body language, and picking up early signs of discomfort and tension. And you accept that there are some things you’ll never know about a dogs past, and some times it’s better that way! CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in…

  • Small black and white poodle type dog wearing sunglasses , laying in a green striped hammock.
    Dog Behaviour,  Training Solutions

    Assessing Behaviour for Dog Training Plans

    Before I can start any kind of behaviour or training plan with your dog, it makes sense to spend a bit of time figuring out what’s actually gone wrong! No two dogs are the same, so I always take my time over the initial behaviour assessment. The initial assessment will usually take between 45-60 minutes. Mostly it will involve us chatting, whilst watching him and the problem behaviours, so I can quickly get to know him. The more information I can gather at this stage the better the training plan will be, so I don’t like to rush it. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of…

  • content blonde labrador dog face poking out in between a pile of white and peach blankets.
    Dog Behaviour,  Dog Walking,  Tips and Advice

    Managing Emotions not Behaviour!

    Often training plans focus on changing a specific behaviour, but I think this can be a mistake. A calm dog is rarely a challenging dog, so it makes sense to focus on achieving a calm mind as opposed to chasing your dog about trying to stop them from jumping up, stealing, pulling on the lead, or whatever else they might be doing. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to learn more about dog behaviour, and it is because of him, that I wall never use harsh…

  • a small terrier puppy is on the rocky beach
    Training Solutions,  Dog Behaviour,  Separation Anxiety

    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. We hate it, but is barking really the problem we think it is? CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to learn more about dog behaviour, and it is because of him, that I wall never use harsh methods when training and rehabilitating dogs. I work privately with clients in Dundee and the surrounding…

  • alert medium brown dog looking for something
    Training Solutions,  Dog Behaviour,  Dog Walking,  Tips and Advice

    Reactive Behaviour in Dogs

    Do you have a reactive dog? You have a reactive dog if your dogs behaves disproportionately, or in the extreme, towards a particular trigger or situation. This could mean he is over excited, anxious or aggressive. But whatever the initial cause, he is likely making too big of a 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. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to learn…

  • A group of people walking their dogs together at Camperdown park, Dundee. dogs socialising with other dogs on a pack walk.
    Dog Behaviour,  Dog Walking,  Tips and Advice

    Benefits of Pack Walking

    Walking in a pack has a great many benefits for you and your dog, here are a few of my favourite ones… CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to learn more about dog behaviour, and it is because of him, that I wall never use harsh methods when training and rehabilitating dogs. I work privately with clients in Dundee and the surrounding area with dogs of all ages, breeds and issues including anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity. In 2009 I was proud to publish a book about…

  • one german shephard type dog ignoring another dog that is trying to get attention by putting it's paw on him.
    Tips and Advice,  Dog Behaviour,  Training Solutions

    Ignoring unwanted dog behaviour

    Why ignore? If you are working on an issue with your dogs behaviour, there’s a very good chance you’ve been advised to ignore them at some point. But why should we be ignoring our dogs? It feels so alien, and rude. But there are lots of benefits when you are trying to change an unwanted behaviour. And especially when you are working on attention seeking behaviours such as mouthing, jumping up, chase me, play with me, barking and begging. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to…

  • small terrier dog in behaviour training looking up to their owner on a loose lead
    Training Solutions,  Dog Behaviour,  Tips and Advice

    Why dog training stops working

    Like many people, you may once have been (and if you are reading this, probably still are!) the owner of a dog with behavior problems. But, you made the decision that you have struggled for long enough and got help. Hopefully, you gave yourself the best chance of success and employed the wisdom of an experienced Dog Behaviorist or Trainer. Or maybe you did extensive internet research and created your own strategy. In either case, the advice might have worked well at the start. So why is it then, that a month or so on, you are still struggling with the same problems, if anything the situation is now worse…

  • a small white dog and a small beagle are meeting in the park.
    Dog Behaviour

    The impact of lockdown on our dogs socialisation

    Lockdown didn’t just effect us, it also impacted the way our dogs socialise, and for some the effect has been profound. Our older dogs have coped pretty well, but those aged under two have felt the impact the most. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a old fashioned dog trainer inspired me to learn more about dog behaviour, and it is because of him, that I wall never use harsh methods when training and rehabilitating dogs. I work privately with clients in Dundee and the surrounding area with dogs of all ages, breeds…

  • rescue dog in training. Labrador with wrinkled face looking anxious on his bed
    Training Solutions,  Dog Behaviour,  Tips and Advice

    Fears, Phobias and Anxiety

    What’s the difference? Whilst fear, phobia and anxiety might present with similar symptoms, there are distinct differences. Determining what you are dealing with is the first step in the rehabilitation process. We’ll start with fear as it is probably the easiest and most common form of anxious behavior. Fear is a rational and emotional response to an actual threat or danger. For example, a dog that has been scratched by a cat will learn to be afraid of the pain that cat caused him and will behave fearfully next time he finds himself in the same situation! In any the case, the fear is real and, like all types of…