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…

Little volcano. Intense emotion and excitement. Will baby be safe?

Everything came to a head the other day. Reggie, the little volcano, exploded. The house was full of visiting family – and someone brought a baby. The 14-month-old terrier, already stirred up, went mental. The curious thing about this is that his reaction to the visiting baby was very similar to when he sees another dog while he’s restrained on lead (as he was with the baby). Reggie looks a bit like a Patterdale. The Read more…

Self-control from Border Collie puppy – or external control?

Ollie, approached a bit differently, will learn self-control. The a four-month-old Border Collie lives with a lovely, gentle young lady and her two children. He is a gorgeous puppy and she is working very hard with him. In most respects his behaviour is exceptionally good. He’s already house-trained and he doesn’t fuss if left alone for a while. He’s very responsive to any form of trick-training (he is a Border Collie after all). Distressing How Read more…

Sisters fight. At other times they are best of friends

Their two adored and adorable Cockerpoo sisters fight – but also get on fine much of the time. Lulu tries to control Elsie. Pushed – Elsie stands up for herself. About six months ago occasional squabbles between the two began to develop into full-blown fights which now are regular, even sometimes drawing blood. I could sense there is an undercurrent and that something could erupt with little notice. One dog surreptitiously eyeballs the other. They Read more…

Will showing the dog who’s boss prevent aggression?

It’s still a common belief that the right way to handle growling is to show their the dog who’s boss – a throwback to methods of years ago. They are worried because their loved Frenchie Hugo is unsettled and has gone off his food. He has recently started to growl at them when made to do something he doesn’t want to do. So far he’s been fine with their little granddaughter but they worry she Read more…

New World. Gun dog only lived outside, now indoors.

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 all the things in her new world she has never encountered!  TV, music, vacuum cleaner, sofas, telephone, people eating, doorbell, cuddles probably, walking on lead….the Read more…

Rehomed Puggle is settling in. Behaviour MOT.

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 are concerned that she barks at people coming to the house. She also barks at people and dogs she meets when out. This may simply Read more…

Charges at the kids when they move. Barks and scares them.

Rango suddenly charges Rango lies where he can watch the doorway. When the children enter the room, he springs to his feet and charges at them, barking. He then uses his mouth with multiple ‘nibbles’. Fortunately no teeth (yet). It is the same when a child gets up from the sofa. Rango immediately charges. He may also vocally object when a child suddenly says something. He is a big dog, a Lurcher, twenty-one months of Read more…

On the floor. A challenge for a little terrier with wings!

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 a bit too much. The question is whether stopping her doing this altogether is either worth the effort involved – or even whether they would Read more…

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