Vocal. Very Excitable. Easily Aroused. Permanently Stressed

I rang the doorbell bell. Betty barked – as most dogs do. I sat down, she barked at me. She continued to be vocal on and off for most of the time I was there.

At first I thought she wanted to chase me away, but it soon became apparent that she was excited by my presence in a friendly sort of away.  They seldom have callers and to Betty I was therefore a major event.  If I touched her she went quiet but then would bark at me for more when I stopped.

Betty is an extremely vocal little dog.

Very vocal little dogI couldn’t however get on with my job and pet her all the time. By doing so I was merely reinforcing here for being loudly vocal. If we had put her in another room she would have continued to bark and I didn’t want her even more stressed. (more…)

Shaking With Fear

As I sat down I glanced at Adi. He was shaking with fear. The dog was shaking with fear just because I had walked into the room where he lay. Usually he runs out of the room and hides. Possibly my asking the man to walk into the room ahead of me Read more…

Puppies’ Fear of Other Dogs

I have had a lovely visit with five-month-old Shih Tzu female litter-mates Hattie and PJ and their delightful family, starting my ‘puppy parenting’ with them. This initial visit is to make sure the basics are in place, plan the way forward and pre-empt potential future problems. Potential problems with littermates are well documented but not inevitable. These Read more…

Jumpy and Easily Startled

I was welcomed at the door by two very friendly and seemingly confident little dogs – Bud, a Yorkie age two and his five-month-old son, Bentley, a Yorkie mix already double the size of Bud. Bud, however, was strangely jumpy and startled by anything that might make an unexpected sound, Read more…

Nips People Who Visit

Beautiful Indie is another Shepherd-type dog that is reactive to people – particularly people coming to his house. He was abandoned as a puppy of three months old on the streets of Romania and spent the next three months in kennels – crucial months in his development. The reason he Read more…

On Lookout Duty

Ralph barks at people and dogs going past his house, spending most of the day sitting on the back of the sofa by the window on lookout duty. They have deliberately left a gap in their hedge at the back of the garden which overlooks the park, so he can Read more…