Dog behaviour, lead walking, barking, chasing, aggression, recall…

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      Observing dogs and their behaviour, lead walking, barking, chasing, aggression, recall etc. is one of my favourite pastimes. A couple of weekends ago my family and I spent an afternoon walking along Exmouth sea front.  It was a lovely day and every man and his dog appeared to be out enjoying the late

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Why does my dog keep jumping up?

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      There are several reasons why dogs jump up at people.  Sometimes puppies are encouraged to jump up by their owners because of their small size, which poses no problem until the dog grows and reaches adulthood.  A puppy jumping up mimics the way puppies would behave in

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The dog

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‘He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.’   -Anonymous  

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Your pet dog

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  For the pet dog living within a mixed species pack, understanding the rules becomes confusing.  We, as humans attempt to teach our values.  The dog is only capable of learning on a canine level and can only understand canine values.  Mostly, we muddle by and it is a tribute

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Aggression

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Dogs are great at being cute and cuddly and quickly learn to demand and receive massive amounts of attention.  This isn’t a problem most of the time for both the dog and the owner. Problems start when things change, such as the arrival of a ‘real’ baby.  This is the

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A tribute to the dog

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‘Tell me a friend who is more true, a guide to light my path, or wicked rogue with honest heart, and eyes that touch my soul. Honoured by an early King and favoured by a Queen. In work who is an artist, at sport does reign supreme. The guardian of

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Recall problems

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        Deep-rooted recall problems can depend on just how much fun the young dog experiences from a young age. The flight instinct period is usually between four to eight months old.  If, having run off a young male, for example puts up a rabbit and gives chase

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Barking, aggression, pulling on the lead, lack of recall…

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Barking, aggression, pulling on the lead, lack of reliable recall?  If you are experiencing any (or all!) of these behaviours with your dog perhaps you need to look a bit closer. Many of my clients tell me that their dog is allowed to jump up onto the settee or chair whenever it

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A dog is a dog. . .

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The golden rule to follow when dealing with behavioural problems is, if you treat a dog like a human, it won’t be long before the dog starts treating you like a dog. If you study dogs in multiples for any period of time, you will see that they have rules

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Has your dog a fear of fireworks?

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Has your dog a fear of fireworks?  If so you, like thousand’s of other dog owners you will be dreading November 5th. You might think it a little early to be worrying about fireworks but in actual fact this is the time to start training your dog. Here are a few helpful pointers;

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