Lancashire Heeler with hearing puppy in crate behind herOut of the thousands of dogs I have seen, little Pippy is the first Lancashire Heeler I’ve been to. His owners have  fostered and puppy walked Hearing Dogs for years, and his current companion is a sixteen-week old Labrador/Retriever, Rosie – already twice the size of Pippy.

The people are very experienced in looking after dogs that have been bred for an easy and cooperative temperament. Pippy was already a troubled and scared pup when they got him at just a few months old. He’s now four.

Family members have been snapped at, always around something edible. His behaviour is causing increasing conflict. To quote the lady before I arrived: he is possessive, unpredictably dog aggressive, scared of men, children and laundry amongst other things. He alarm barks – a lot. She is embarrassed to have people to the house.

Pippy persistently and obsessively licks Rosie’s ears and inside her mouth. If she squeals, he doesn’t back off immediately as a well-balanced dog would.Pippy obsessively licking inside Rosie's mouth

This is a sorry state of affairs. I have seen many extreme cases but this isn’t up there with them. The situation needs to be tightly managed. He is being treated in the same way as the puppies when really restrictions need to be placed on his opportunities to do things I would find unacceptable with my own dogs. The humans need to be drinking from the same water bowl. The high level of stress in Pippy is constantly being topped up. There is a long list of things that stress him, and they can either be avoided altogether or they can be addressed in a way that helps him.

It is slighty tricky because Hearing Dogs have a training plan which is somewhat contrary to what is best for Pippy.

I can help you, too, with these problems or any other that you may be having with your dog.