• 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…

  • 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…

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    Stay Safe this Winter!

    My deepest sympathies go out to the poor family of a dog that tragically died last weekend. The poor pup was just playing with his friend and they both went out onto the frozen reservoir. Both dogs fell in, but after incredible efforts, sadly only one could be saved. The cold weather has crept up on us all this year, and this tragedy could have happened to anyone, so I wanted to put together a few suggestions to help you keep your dog safe this winter. CarolineI have more than 15 years experience solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, at home and in rescue. A bad experience with a…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • A collie dog being trained to walk on a loose lead by his female handler at sunset
    Tips and Advice,  Dog Walking,  Training Solutions

    Walking in the Dark

    With the night drawing in, many of us are now being forced to walk our dogs in the dark. But, doing it safely, and comfortably, may not be quite as simple as just buying a few reflective collars. Everything looks different Your dog can see better at night than during the day, but that isn’t necessarily an advantage. There are strange shadows and blinding lights that weren’t there before, and this can be quite unsettling to an anxious dog. If your dog is worried about their strange, new environment, then take extra time to re-investigate things that concern them. Walking slower can also help as it can helps to reduce…

  • 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…