Angry and frustrated. Maybe scared. Battling BOAS

easily becomes angryBuddy’s angry behaviour has escalated in the last few weeks.

The ten-month-old French Bulldog snorts and gasps. His common Frenchie breathing problem (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome – BOAS) must make normal life a constant struggle.

If he were an adolescent human struggling to breathe, Buddy could well have a very short fuse, ready to hit out, angry at the smallest thing. (more…)

Frustration, Arousal and Losing his Temper

Henry is a Miniature Bull Terrier. One source describes the breed as ‘Playful, Even Tempered, Energetic, Stubborn, Courageous, Loving’. Energetic, loving and courageous Henry certainly is. Even-tempered he’s not. He is very quickly aroused whereupon he then becomes demanding. Anything that works him up starts him off barking or pestering for attention. Not getting the Read more…

Frustrated and Bored. Stealing and Biting

Another first! I have been to a Basenji mix before but not a pure Basenji, despite having helped thousands of dogs.[divider type=”white”] He’s frustrated. This drives Benji’s uncontrolled behaviour. Benji is born to hunt. The adolescent Benji will steal anything he can find from table, shelves or floor. He runs of with it Read more…

Jumps Up, Bites, Barks and Digs

‘Jumps up, bites, barks and digs’ – this is how the lady described their 8-month-old English Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix in their first message to me. If he doesn’t get the attention he wants he may either bark, or go on the rampage, tearing about from room to room Read more…