(Online consultation) Pippa is a beautiful year-old Working Cocker Spaniel. She is affectionate and clever. The teenage daughter adores her – and I’m sure the feeling is mutual. However, a human’s way of showing affection isn’t necessarily the same as a dog’s. Dogs don’t do hugging for a start – Read more…
Rusti is a tiny 13-month-old Miniature Daschund. She is wary of people. Too often an approaching person means a large hand over her head.
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A looming person. A large hand.
I was a little wary when I arrived because I knew that sometimes Border Collie Patch nips people he doesn’t know.
When they walk in the gate he barks loudly. When that doesn’t work, he goes round behind them and nips their legs. (more…)
Callie nips little children.
She’s okay with women but isn’t happy too near small children – or some men.
She welcomed me in a friendly fashion with lots of sniffs and a couple of little jumps but I took little notice of her until I had sat down. Then I gently said hello. She immediately and subtly shrank away a little.
The little Jack Russell Chihuahua mix is probably more nervous generally than they realise. People often find it hard to read the more subtle signs in their dog’s body language.
She had had four homes before she was even four months old. A man was giving away Callie and her tiny siblings in a car park. The crucial formative weeks of her life won’t have been the best.
However, fortune shone on her when she came to live with the couple, my clients. (more…)
Rocco is a young Cocker Spaniel who won’t play. Unusually, he’s not at all interested in chasing something that is thrown for him.
He does, however, get a huge buzz out of charging, barking, at approaching people.
He won’t play tug games either with his humans, though loves to tug something with their other dog.
Why won’t Rocco play?
He barks at people coming into his home. He loves people when he’s out. Border Collie Bud is friendly and relaxed with everyone when out of the house. He likes to say hello. At home he is a different dog. When someone he doesn’t know comes to the door he barks and gets very Read more…
People who suddenly appear upsets Spanish Water Dog Polo and this can even be someone with whom he is familiar before he realises who they are. When a dog is wary of people it can affect so many areas of his owners’ life. Polo is not yet two years old and lives with a more confident year-old Spanish Read more…
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…
This is Finley. Finley has quite obviously discovered, wherever he lived before and he has no history, that nipping makes people back off. The lady has had the six-year-old Jack Russell for one month now. Alone with her, Finley is the model dog. He is biddable and affectionate. He is Read more…
Henry is a very mixed-up dog. The four-year-old Staffy mix has been with the young lady for three years now and came with a good deal of baggage which we can only guess at. He was terrified wreck initially. The lady has come a long way in making him more Read more…