A dog that doesn’t welcome people into his home is a problem made much more common by lockdown. Vinnie’s owners refer to his behaviour as ‘aggressive’ but that is only because they can’t find another, better word. We know that he’s not an ‘aggressive dog’. The barking and nipping is aggressive Read more…
(An online consultation) They only know a little about Milo’s past. The rest has to be guesswork based on his fearful behaviour. Away from the house and onto the street, he shakes. He must have started life in a home because he has obviously had training at some stage. He’s Read more…
(An online consultation – Ripley and the cat) Ripley is now five months old. Her mother was a Romanian street dog that was rescued just before her puppies were born. Undoubtedly, after generations of self-preservation, there will be wariness in Ripley’s genes. Ripley growls, barks and lunges From the time Read more…
I believe that Rosie is genetically a timid dog. She previously lived with quite a lot of dogs and they bullied her. She is very scared of dogs. Timid Rosie hid As I entered the room Rosie ran over to the young lady and hid beside her on the sofa. Read more…
They fetched their Romanian rescue pup, Toby, four days ago from a temporary foster. He’s seven months old.
A couple of weeks previously he’d been transported on the long journey across Europe from Romania in the back of a van.
The Romanian rescue organisation had picked up Toby’s mother and siblings from the streets when he was two weeks old. Both the original rescue and the subsequent foster had looked after multiple dogs.
Now, probably for the first time in his life, he’s an only dog. (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
Belle was found with her siblings, at just a few weeks old, by the roadside. From the beginning,, in her loving home, the Whippet mix was a scared and nervous puppy – in total contrast to their two Labradors.
When someone comes into the house the scared dog will leap onto the lady’s lap for reassurance.
Belle is now three years old and the behaviours her fear generates are hard for her family to deal with. She is extremely jumpy and scared of many everyday household things.
It’s easy to get cross with too much barking when one seems powerless to stop it.
Emotions behind the behaviour
The main message for helping Belle is for them to consider the emotions that cause her behaviours and deal with them instead of trying to stop the actions themselves. It can help to translate it into human terms. For instance, they wouldn’t scold a child who was crying due to fear. They would address the fear itself. (more…)
Another anxious dog.
When I arrived he was very frightened though, unusually when someone new comes to his house, he didn’t bark at me. I had choreographed my entrance carefully.
These first two photos show his anxiety. One with the lifted leg. The other in the way he is lying, kind of hugging himself.
Little Jack Russell Jasper, age two, has been in his new home for six months. One half of the couple he lives with is off work just now but goes back in a month.
Being left alone terrifies Jasper. (more…)
She seldom feels completely safe. Lucy’s fearfulness affects everything, most importantly her reactions to their baby daughter.
So many things she fears
With fear being at the root of all the issues that are a problem for the seven-year-old Cocker Spaniel’s owners, general fearfulness is what we must address. (more…)