The troubled behaviour started about four months ago, in November. Vinnie was one year old. Before then he had growled at them when they clipped up his harness but that’s all. This has escalated to growling and snapping at other times. There is something increasingly bugging the troubled Read more…
Noah suffers from separation panic whenever he’s left without human company. He’s most distressed when his young lady owner’s mother leaves him.
The whole family suffer too. Their two happy Standard Poodles are no substitute for human company.
Not only does it distress the family, it upsets the neighbour. (more…)
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 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.
Betty is another French Bulldog that barks loudly at anyone coming into her house. “Go Away!”
Sometimes she bites hands.
I have just looked back through my more recent stories of French Bulldogs. I am surprised how many cases have been about territorial and protective aggressive behaviours towards people coming into their home.
As a behaviourist, I only visit those Frenchies with problems. Of these problems, most have protectiveness and barking aggressively at people in common.
Percy didn’t like me!
At least, he didn’t like me in his house with the young man and woman present. It seems, had they been out somewhere, he would have been friendly and welcoming.
Instead, he barked at me fiercely.
The man took Percy behind a gate where, despite still being able to see me, he seemed quite calm. The man led him back in again and Percy once more barked at me in a protective, angry tone from his position beside the man. (more…)
Unpredictable aggression? Unpredictable only because they can’t see inside Banjo’s head. If they could, and if stress was visible, they might see a little pressure cooker in there; they would see how over the past five months or so things have simply become too much for him. Unpredictable also because Read more…
Oh, Gus, please stop your angry barking at me! The French Bulldog burst out of the utility room and charged at me where I was sitting at the kitchen table, sending his water bowl flying. There wasn’t time to think. He was out like a rocket. They quickly grabbed his Read more…
Sometimes, just sometimes, things don’t work out as we would like. This through absolutely no fault of our own. It could be a mismatch or an environment not best suited for a puppy. There can be all sort of reasons, including lack of company with people being out at work Read more…
Older dog and new puppy can’t be together. Frenchie Pepe, now four years old, is not getting on with the new puppy. This isn’t so surprising seeing as he doesn’t like dogs in general. The only dog he’s okay with is their Shitzu, Daisy, who is now eleven years old and Read more…