Cats send him wild, prancing and barking with excitement

Their new dog intimidates their cats. 

chases the catsThe young couple fetched the young Leonberger a week ago. Where he came from was questionable. He was a mess. Now, after baths and a session with a groomer, he is shorter-haired but stunning.

Jack’s past is a mystery to me. He’s friendly with people, he walks okay on lead and he travels well. It’s hard to believe that sometime further back in the one-year-old’s past someone’s not cherished him. (more…)

Boisterous pup, patient older dog and Christmas

The lady has a 12-year-old black Labrador, Ginny. Her son, who doesn’t live with her, recently got himself a boisterous black Labrador puppy. Bobby is now a very large five months old.

boisterous pupThe lady has a quiet life with elderly Ginny – that is until the son drops boisterous Bobby off! This may happen a couple of times a week.

As soon as he arrives there is bedlam. (more…)

Barks outside in the garden. Ignores them when they call him.

Harvey barks outside in the garden.

Like many people, they have felt it kindest to allow their gorgeous one-year-old Cockerpoo Harvey free access to the garden via a permanently open dog flap. He may need to toilet. [divider type=”white”]

Unwittingly given the role of guard duty

barks outside in the gardenHowever, Harvey’s use of the dog flap has been to charge out looking for trouble.

Then he barks at any sound he hears.

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Teaching Puppy. Pre-empting Future Problems.

Teaching puppy is about a lot more than ‘sit’ and toilet training.

Teaching puppy is about showing her what to do.

That sounds obvious really, but teaching puppy seems mostly about things we don‘t want her to do!

Teaching puppy with positive methodsA puppy novice can soon feel bogged down by a new puppy – most particularly by her teeth.

Little Millie is a ten-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy.  Something had happened very early in her life and she had to have an eye removed.

She is the sweetest, softest little thing much of the time. At other times, like all puppies, she is like a small missile with sharp teeth at the front end.

New puppy owners often need introducing to some fairly, to them, revolutionary concepts.

Teaching puppy often involves ignoring unwanted behaviours. Can this be right? Shouldn’t teaching puppy be about correcting her?

Where possible unwanted behaviour should bring puppy nothing. Corrections and ‘no’ may get her confused and frustrated.

Over-aroused, the little sharp teeth come into action. (more…)

Too much training and fun? Hyper-vigilant and jumpy

gun dog Labrador Cocker mixTen months of age, Gonzo goes to gun dog training classes. His lady owners work hard on his training every day. They are very diligent.

Before work, the day begins with some fun play and then a training session. When they take him out for a walk, they treat it as a training opportunity.

They have done such a brilliant job with their Labrador-Cocker Spaniel’s training. They did all the right things when he was a puppy to make him bomb-proof and socialised. They do their very best by him in every way they know.

The couple work all day but wouldn’t have taken him on without making excellent provision for him. Even so, they feel guilty at leaving him. A dog walker picks him up for two hour-long walks each day where he gets to run with a couple of other dogs.[divider type=”white”] (more…)

Pees and poops indoors. Adult dog toilets in the house

Maggie is a beautiful, friendly ten-month-old Mastiff Staffie mix. Unfortunately, Maggie pees and poops in the house.

Pees and poops in the house

Family members are at their wits’ end. The man gets home first and is often met by puddles, sometimes both pees and poops. His understandable reaction is to be very cross.

Maggie is impervious to scolding. Zeus, their other Staffie mix, creeps off to his bed. He immediately  picks up that the man isn’t pleased though I’m sure he won’t know why.[divider type=”white”]

Impulse control

Maggie lacks general impulse control in many ways – particularly where pees and poops are concerned. She wants to jump up? Maggie jumps up. She wants to pee? Maggie pees. She wants to move in on Zeus’, food? She does it. (more…)

Obedient? No, not disobedient. Unmotivated.

obedient

I always ask what people want of their dog when I first arrive. The gentleman said ‘an obedient dog’ and the lady said a dog that she could walk.

The two are part of the same thing. In my own words what they want is a fulfilled, happy and motivated dog.

The less compliant and obedient a dog is, the more a frustrated owner may intensify his or her approach. They repeat commands with a crescendo until they are shouting. This may intimidate some dogs into being obedient.[divider type=”white”]

With adolescence came attitude

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Redirecting Onto His Brother

Redirecting onto Lincoln is how Lucas deals with arousal.

Lucas and Lincoln. Calm.

When someone new comes to the door, the two Dalmatians are shut away behind a gate and will be barking loudly as the person enters the house.

Lincoln is barking with excitement. Lucas’ excitement quickly spills over into redirecting onto poor Lincoln, attacking him.

I witnessed this for myself.

Fortunately Lincoln is very easygoing and has not retaliated – yet.

They settled quickly and were both fine when let out to greet me.

Things weren’t so good a few days ago when someone they didn’t know came to the house. While the dogs were still barking she put her hand over the gate. A mistake. [divider type=”white”]

Bite!

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Good home. Only on a sheep farm could be better.

As I left, they asked me whether I felt they were a good home for their young Welsh Sheepdog, Taffy.

Taffy has found a good homeI can’t think of a better place for the recently adopted dog – apart from living with a sheep farmer maybe. She is very lucky to be re-homed by the conscientious and caring young couple who are doing their best to understand her needs.

Taffy has landed on her feet in a very good home.

From the couple’s own point of view, however, there is a downside. The reality of what they had done soon kicked in. Instead of having a dog they can take everywhere with them, they have lost their freedom. Taffy’s restrictions have overtaken their lives. (more…)