Angry and frustrated. Maybe scared. Battling BOAS

easily becomes angryBuddy’s angry behaviour has escalated in the last few weeks.

The ten-month-old French Bulldog snorts and gasps. His common Frenchie breathing problem (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome – BOAS) must make normal life a constant struggle.

If he were an adolescent human struggling to breathe, Buddy could well have a very short fuse, ready to hit out, angry at the smallest thing. (more…)

Female hormones to blame? One Dachshund goes for the other.

Could female hormones be to blame?

I had just arrived. Without warning, Bella came through the door and attacked Poppy. Fortunately she was wearing a harness and with very fast reflexes the lady lifted her off the floor and onto the chair.

Are female hormones to blame?

Bella

I thought I had carefully choreographed my arrival. Knowing Bella’s aggression towards older miniature Dachshund Poppy had been escalating over the past few days, I was to settle in the room with Poppy – they would have her on lead. Then, also on lead, Bella was to join us.

Unfortunately it happened too quickly and the two dogs met in the doorway and Bella exploded. (more…)

As Alfie’s stress levels rise, his aggression towards the other dogs escalates.

Dear little Shih Tzu Archie currently lives with five more Shih Tzus, two of which are fosters like himself. The other three are the family’s own dogs.[divider type=”white”]

Kicked and thrown against a wall

Stress levels rise and aggression increasesArchie came from a home of domestic violence, was kicked and thrown against a wall.

It’s no wonder that when his stress levels rise, his insecurity increases.

With love and hard work the family have already transformed him over the last few months. Unsurprisingly, though, he still has some worrying behaviour, some of which is getting worse. (more…)

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.

(more…)

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…)