Feels Unsafe on Walks. Has he been Punished?

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.[divider type=”white”]

Unsafe on lead

Feels unsafe on leadWalking 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…)

Scared Dog Indoors

Poor Boris looked uneasy all the time. His family, unable to read his subtle signals just hadn’t realised how his uneasiness went a lot further than the problem I was there for – his fear of going near particular pieces of furniture and on certain routes through the house. When they first adopted Read more…

Barking at People at Home and on Walks

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.[divider type=”white”] Once he starts his barking at people he’s unstoppable. Barking at people who come to the house. Read more…

That’s Not Punishment, is it?

What exactly is punishment? This is not the place to get all technical with semantics and the definitions of punishment. It’s enough to say here that it’s anything the dog doesn’t like, done by us, in order to stop him doing something we don’t want him to do – correction. Punishment Read more…

A Dog Has Feelings Much Like Us

Their dog has feelings similar to their own. When I arrived, the man had Cocker Spaniel Danny in the shower. The dog had just come back from his favourite occupation – swimming in a muddy brook. The wet dog then greeted me – confident, curious and friendly. I had been called to help an anxious Read more…