Going Through the Dog Flap

He yelps when going through the dog flap, but no, the yelping isn’t due to pain. Not only has the vet thoroughly checked little Smudge, but they have another identical dog flap in another door and he jumps through that happily. Smudge lives with two other Miniature Daschunds – Ginny who is blind and fourteen-year-old Herbie who has just one eye and is deaf. Smudge, at only four, is the youngster. The three beautifully behaved Read more…

No No and No Doesn’t Teach a Dog

NO isn’t conveying to Buster what they do want of him No No is a sure route to making an already confused dog even more bewildered – and frustrated too. They picked up Beagle mix Buster from a rescue just a few days ago and though totally in love with him they are a little overwhelmed. I find it hard to believe that he’s been there for two months and not quickly adopted. He’s beautiful with Read more…

Desensitising or Flooding?

Is it desensitising or is it over-exposure? Ellie, her siblings and other Tibetan Terriers were picked up from a breeder in a dreadful state of neglect, with matted fur and no socialisation. They had no exposure to life outside the shed where they were kept. Lucky Ellie was re-homed to my clients three months ago. She is now nine months old. She lives with a calmer and slightly older Tibetan called Bailie. Her family took her on holiday a couple of months Read more…

Virtual Visits. Online Consultations

I have been seeing people, lots of people, but not in the flesh. Families have chatted with me over Zoom. I’ve been able to see their dogs and have even been walked around their houses so I can see the dog’s environment. I have now started a good number of puppies off the best way, with Puppy Parenting online consultations. We have analysed and got to the bottom of problems in older dogs and with Read more…

Food Glorious Food.

An emergency visit to another biting puppy! The young couple have had eight-week-old Springer Spaniel puppy for just four days. His flying at them and grabbing legs and clothes as they walk about has reached such a level that they are wearing their wellies in the house now! Actually this is sensible. So many people with puppies walk about in bare feet, socks or even fluffy sllppers with pom-poms and suffer.  Puppies instinctively chase and Read more…

Aggressive When People Leave (my most visited post).

Due to Corona virus, no more home visits for now. Why not take advantage of restricted movement and extra time by helping your dog? Take a look at my Zoom Distance Behaviour Help, available anywhere in the world. Polly is aggressive when people leave. I had been sitting on their sofa for a couple of hours and had slowly made friends with her. Then I stood up. The dog thought I was leaving. She changed Read more…

Adolescent Unemployed Working Dog

Young working dog without a job. I have just met Sam who is seven months of age. Sam is so very like my own Working Cocker Spaniel, Pickle. I have had over five years with Pickle, learning how to give my alert and energetic working dog a sufficiently fulfilled life so that he’s not bored, naughty or too noisy without actually working him. Despite all my own training and practical experience, Pickle has been a challenge for me – and I Read more…

Adolescent German Shepherd. Excitable. Biting

Adolescent German Shepherd Knight is a challenge. He is now nearly nine months old, wilful and strong. His owners do all they know to give him a good life – they walk him, feed him and love him. Unfortunately, living the life of a much-loved family pet just isn’t enough. Knight is a working dog without work to do. Much of how he is will be genetic. The poor lady showed me the bruises up Read more…

Depressed. Lacking confidence; little enthusiasm for life

Poor Dexter seems depressed. He lacks confidence and is scared of many things. They told me he had Cocker Spaniel and Sharpei in him but I would guess Staffie and Labrador. He has some characteristics I’ve seen in Staffies. Depressed and shut down It’s like Dexter is depressed and a bit shut down. A three-year-old should be more enthusiastic. He has had big changes in his life having moved to live with the couple from Read more…