Sweet little Fox Red Labrador, Willow, used to live outside in kennels with other gundogs. Now she is in a very new world. Brave Willow’s new world. When one considers this is the first time the two-year-old has lived in a house, everything is a big adjustment. Just think of Read more…
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
Poor little Marley. The other day a dog attacked him.
The young gentleman was walking him at the time.
Instead of enjoying his walks with the little dog, he’s now anxious and constantly on the lookout for larger dogs. He had been unable to save his little Chihuahua.
He had been walking with Marley in a field near home where the little dog regularly plays off-lead with his doggy friends.
The big dog attacked him
Without warning, an off-lead Weimaraner appeared from nowhere and had Marley in his mouth. (more…)
I have just met another Henry – a Miniature Schnauzer age two. He is quite unusual to look at, being brown and with a poodle-like curly coat. Cute! Henry was barking behind a door when I arrived. Let out after I had sat down, he came charging up to me, barking Read more…
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…)