There is only one thing not to love about adorable Bichon Frise Puppy Mabel. She goes for feet. It’s like as soon as she sees anybody walking about, she is straight for their feet. Any feet will do and maybe clothes or hands too. It could be the the man, Read more…
An online consultation case story. Another adolescent dog that suddenly bites ‘out of the blue’. Finn is a stunning mix of German Shepherd and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He was picked up at seven weeks old by the RSPCA, living in a faeces-filled crate with his siblings. His early encounters with Read more…
An online consultation. Daisy is the most adorable Cockerpoo, fourteen months of age. She looks soft and cuddly but looks can be deceiving. Daisy bites without warning. Suddenly and seemingly out of the blue, she snarls and flies at their legs. She may leap waist-high and bite their arms. It’s 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
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 Read more…
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 Read more…
Jack Russell Chihuahua mix Rollo is scared of hands. Until a couple of years ago he was a friendly little dog who enjoyed gentle petting from most people.
Then something happened. (more…)
I’ve just visited Jake, a delightful, friendly and clever young Cockerpoo. A real character.
What cheerful Jake lacks is self-control. They have given him basic training, but self-control is not about people controlling him or doing tricks. He’s simply not sufficiently motivated.
He eats well, so taking food from his daily quota will do.
The clever dog needs a lot of stimulation in order to receive the fulfilment his breed needs. Working Cocker mixed with Poodle. He generates his own attention and fun with his excited behaviour and demand barking. (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…)
Today I met a blind dog, a wonderful thirteen-month-old German Shepherd called Bear. He lives with Stan, an equally lovely young Golden Retriever.
Both dogs are a real tribute to their owners. It was lovely to be greeted so happily and politely by both dogs.
Blind Bear occasionally but increasingly feels threatened by certain other dogs on walks. If this weren’t the case they wouldn’t need me at all.