Scared rescue Letty has been with the young couple for just one week now. The Greek rescue is one year old and everything is new to her. Every sight, every sound, every person – all things we take for granted – bombard her with so many new and scary things Read more…
I have just been to two lovely little dogs, a Westie and a Miniature Pinscher.
Both bark in a frenzy when someone knocks on the door. Westie Jock barks non-stop when out on a walk.
I group barking roughly into four types – one when the dog simply wants something, another when the dog has been trained to ‘speak’. Then there is barking in play. The fourth and most common type of barking that I go to help reduce is what you could call ’emotional barking’.
Barking – a symptom not the problem
This is a puzzling situation. Often Harvey simply won’t walk.
The Fox Terrier is now eight years old and this began several years ago. He became even more reluctant to go out after their other dog died about nine months ago.
The lady and gentleman feel walks are very important, so much so that in addition to a morning walk and an evening walk, they have one of two dog walkers coming in during the day as well. Both were at our meeting which is wonderful. He certainly has plenty of humans caring for and about him!
They may have to drag or carry him out of the door. If he walks a little way to start with, he will then simply sit down. He won’t walk and refuses to go any further without some force.
The man referred to this as ‘being naughty’.
Harvey always pulls on the way back, very eager to get home. (more…)
I found Dexter friendly, but careful. He tries to please – almost like he’s scared not to.
He is a three-year-old mix of mostly Labrador and Lurcher or Greyhound. They have had him for just three months.
When out of the house fear takes over and then he’s unable to take notice of them.
Unsafe on lead
Walking by the roads Dexter simply feels too unsafe so he’s on high alert, panting and pulling. Twice a day he pulls desperately to the nearby field where they can let him off lead. Once free, he’s a different dog. He charges about, happy, and will once more listen to them.
Dexter feels so unsafe only when he’s on lead. If he sees another dog, even at some distance, he starts to bark. The frantic barking then changes into a high-pitched cry. He then will jump up on them, almost hugging them, scared and appeasing at the same time, like expecting something very bad to happen. (more…)
Millie is a Beagle, a Lemon Beagle, ten years of age. She has lived with my lady client for eighteen months. She is a sweet and gentle dog but she carries some baggage. Three things in particular make her very distressed. Her bedtime behaviour, her panic when left alone and Read more…
Fear of harness is overshadowing his otherwise perfect life. Little Reggie is a delightful, friendly little Border Terrier, ten months of age. He has a lovely life in every way bar one. In order to go out for walks he has to have his harness and lead put on. As soon as Read more…
The young Golden Retriever stops on walks. She sits. She won’t move. When they go to get her, she rolls onto her back. The people I went to see yesterday have just emailed me with something different (Goldie is wary of new things). Their neighbour has had a trampoline erected in Read more…
Hector, the little wire haired miniature dachshund, is absolutely adorable. His young lady has made every effort to do the very best for him from the start, but at about seven months old he began the barking at people. Once he starts his barking at people he’s unstoppable. Barking at people who come to Read more…
Border Collie Holly has several of the more difficult traits in Collies without work that I go to, bearing in mind that I only go to dogs that need help in some way. This won’t represent the majority of their breed out there. A Border Collie, being a Border Collie, Read more…
I have just been to two five-month-old siblings. Before the family picked them up about four weeks ago, despite being brother and sister each puppy had had a very different life. They are Canaans, a rare and ancient breed. Lapidos is confident and friendly, Leah is afraid of everything – of people Read more…