The family rehomed two-year-old Puggle Zadie two weeks ago as company for their older Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and their little daughter. As so many people do, they felt they should immediately introduce their new dog to as many people, dogs and places as possible. Too much too soon They Read more…
Stay on the floor? Why? How? Twiglet, is Twiglet! Twiglet bounces like Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout (for anyone old enough to remember). They don’t want to stop their little Border/Lakeland terrier being Twiglet, do they (what a wonderful name!). Unfortunately sometimes some people find her flying all over them Read more…
The old lady’s friend says, ‘You are 85. She’s not the right dog for you. You shouldn’t have got her’. This understandably upsets her. She loves her young dog although, despite being a very fit 85, she finds her a bit too much at times. However, the lady’s daughter lives Read more…
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.
With adolescence came attitude
She is a super-fit Whippet Saluki mix who loves to chase a ball on walks. She runs beside the man’s bike.
They used to live in London. She was accustomed to all the city noise, lots of people and plenty of other dogs.
They then moved to a small, quiet town near myself. She encounters far fewer people or dogs and is gradually becoming reactive to other dogs.
On lead, she may now growl, lunge or snap at them if they come too close. When off lead she’s fine. She merely puts a comfortable distance between them. She’s not trapped. If she wishes, she runs. (more…)
Being pulled down the road by two little dogs, one screaming and one barking in sympathy, is no joke. Mollie and her sibling sister Maggie are absolutely adorable little Miniature Schnauzers, six months of age. They have very few of the usual puppy problems that I go to. They don’t nip, they ask Read more…
They have had two-year-old Springer Spaniel Ben for one week now. He is a beauty; polite and friendly.
I sensed that some of his quietness is due to being a bit careful and still finding his feet. Ben may well be a bit different when he has properly settled in.
He could become more confident which may well work in their favour where his explosion into barking and lunging when getting too close to another dog is concerned. (more…)
Bonnie is a working dog without a job.
She is a thirteen-month-old beautiful fox red Labrador.
I always ask my clients what their aim in having me would be if I had a magic wand. Which of course I don’t!
Bonnie’s owners said simply, ‘Happy walks with a happy dog’.
One would think that Bonnie had everything in life a dog could ask for. However, the most important thing, apart from food and keeping safe, is missing.
A job. (more…)
Force and control may keep other dogs safe, but it doesn’t improve how beautiful Milo feels about them. The opposite in fact.
It’s always a treat for me, in my job, to meet a German Shepherd that welcomes me into his house! Milo is great with people.
The seven-year-old dog is the most gorgeous, friendly dog. They have come a long way in many respects having worked hard with his ‘manners’ and training since they adopted him four years ago.
However, there is one thing that simply doesn’t improve. That is his attitude towards other dogs when out on walks.
Gun dog Black Lab Bentley is extremely well-behaved and polite, an absolute delight.
The young dog seems, however, careful. He follows anyone who gets up to walk about, looking worried. He can be jumpy.
Gun dog training
His young lady owner is very conscientious indeed. She is keen to make a good gun dog out of him and is very disciplined with the training. Each family member helps her by walking him and they are well-trained too – very keen to help. All walks include training sessions.
The girl voiced concern that if she follows my behaviour route, Bentley’s training may go downhill. I suspect that easing right back on the gun dog training and giving Bentley more choice will instead enhance their training sessions.