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    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…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Training Solutions,  Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Six

    Welcome to part 6 We are in the end game now. If you have only just come across these posts please head to part one and start there. This is the bit where we put a final routine together so you can leave the house. You’ll know from your diary what triggers your dog responds too so watch out for them as you work through your leaving routine. 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,…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Training Solutions,  Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Five

    Welcome to Part 5 So, we are now moving into the final stages of training. Today we’ll start looking at the bit that comes before the problem behaviour. This is the behaviour that starts as soon as your dog realises that he is going to be left alone. This stage is absolutely vital as anxiety compounds and the calmer your dog is when you walk out the door, the better his chance of coping while you’re gone. 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…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice,  Training Solutions

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Four

    Welcome to part 4 If you are just finding me now, please head to part one and hopefully all will make sense So, we have got as far as Confidence building. This is an important part of any training plan when you are working with an anxious dog. It’s also a lot of fun for you both when you approach it well. 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…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Training Solutions,  Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Three

    Welcome to Part 3 So, hopefully you’ve got off to a good start creating a safe place at home. Let me know in the comments if you’re having problems with that. Or if you are seeing this for the first time, I recommend starting with step 1. Otherwise, lets move on! 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…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Training Solutions,  Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice

    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Two

    Welcome to Part 2 Hopefully, you’ve been able to established the root cause of your dogs problem. If you are sure it’s separation anxiety, and nothing else, then we are ready to move on to the first steps. (Please see Step One if you are not sure). It’s very tempting to want to jump straight to the symptom when you are trying to help your dog, especially when they have anxiety, but if we don’t work on the underlying problem first your results will be short lived, or non-existent. So we need to resist temptation and do some groundwork first. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds…

  • An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket
    Training Solutions,  Separation Anxiety,  Tips and Advice

    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 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…