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 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…
Yesterday I met a nearly trouble-free dog. Usually dogs that have a problem in one area have other issues across the board. Not Lady.
Lady is a French Bulldog and she has lived with the young couple for just four weeks.
Four years old, she’s had at least one litter of puppies and two homes, the first with a breeder. She is so little trouble that it’s hard to understand why her second home gave her up.
Excitement or fear – it can begin as one and change to the other.
Reuben barks at other dogs – but not always.
Sometimes he gets excited and wants to play – but it’s not always that. Sometimes he’s afraid. Then he barks at the other dog to go away.
Mostly he runs freely with other dogs, playing happily. Just occasionally on these occasions things get too much for him or another dog upsets him. Then he may show aggression. He has punctured a dog’s ear. Excitement or fear – it can begin as one and change to the other.
Even dogs who are mostly fine with other dogs have their moments. Then the owner can be affected out of all proportion, making walks a worry instead of a joy. (more…)
Another anxious dog.
When I arrived he was very frightened though, unusually when someone new comes to his house, he didn’t bark at me. I had choreographed my entrance carefully.
These first two photos show his anxiety. One with the lifted leg. The other in the way he is lying, kind of hugging himself.
Little Jack Russell Jasper, age two, has been in his new home for six months. One half of the couple he lives with is off work just now but goes back in a month.
Being left alone terrifies Jasper. (more…)
His young lady owner refers to him as antisocial – towards other dogs in particular.
Gunther is yet another young dog that has lacked the right kind of early socialisation or sufficient habituation. He should have encountered a variety of people, other dogs and been exposed to life in general during the second, third and fourth months of his life – before he came. It’s little wonder he’s antisocial at times.
The 8-month-old Dachshund I met wanted to be friendly but he’s torn between friendliness and fearfulness. He barked at me for a while before, quite suddenly, becoming my best friend. (more…)
They have to avoid people and dogs? Really? I found Billie and Shaun the most polite, friendly and chilled dogs anyone could wish to meet. Billie is a Labradoodle who looks much more like a Labrador, and Shaun a Jack Russell mix. Both are three years of age. There is Read more…
Cassie is a puzzle. Everything about Cassie’s behaviour points to her having spent the first year of her life in a crate or very small space, deprived of stimuli. This is an educated guess only. When she was rescued three years ago (she’s now four) her posture was hunched. On Read more…
Gracie is a street dog from Hungary. The lady adopted the little black terrier ten months ago and has made terrific progress in transforming the truly terrified little dog into a dog that can cope better. Coping is the word. She is still fearful of many things in the real world and runs Read more…
How did Chester come to be scared of young children? I believe something happened to him at just the wrong time. The first fear period. Two very young children ran noisily towards the little puppy very soon after they first got him. It scared him badly and has left a lasting mark which seems Read more…