Jester suddenly barks at inanimate objects. Why? Something tips him over. He looks about and he looks up. He spots a burglar alarm box high on the wall of a house or a security camera, a clock, a satellite dish, a street light or even the moon. Jester barks uncontrollably. Read more…
One-year-old Angus’ has moved from living with one man to living with a family of three in an active household. Previously he had to be left alone for hours in a crate or put into kennels for weeks at a time. The family have taken him in and immediately – Read more…
Jumping to conclusions If we jump to the wrong conclusions as to what’s behind a behaviour, it stands to reason the behaviour’s unlikely to improve. When the dog does something we want to change – like digging the carpet – we should be dealing with the underlying cause. When the Read more…
(An online consultation). A friend said this and it’s so true: ‘If we don’t like the output, we change the input’! Beautiful Beau is a clever mix of Beagle and Border Collie, an adolescent at ten months old. He lives with a couple and their five-year-old twins who are very Read more…
Feeling insecure is at the root of little Jasper’s problems.
Outside, he barks and lunges at other dogs, rearing up on his hind legs with all his tiny weight.
When left alone, he cries and barks. It has got so bad the lady, who lives in a flat, even wondered whether she could keep him.
She has had the dear little Yorkie for six months now. His first owner had died, he ended up in a pound and then he spent time in a rescue before coming to the lovely home he now has. It’s little wonder he feels insecure. (more…)
I walked in the door to be met with frantic barking.
Brave Luna, with frantic barking, came right up to me. Her sister backed her up but with less enthusiasm.
Luna and Bear are same-sex siblings. They are two-year-old Cavapoo Collies. What a mix! They were a bit smaller than I expected.
Walks are a nightmare due to the dogs’ reactivity to everything, their frantic barking and pulling. Consequently, the family don’t walk them regularly.
Their frantic barking at every sound when at home is annoying the neighbours. The lady has tried all sorts of things to stop the barking, some not pleasant for the dogs. None worked. (more…)
Obsessing; pacing; compulsively licking the floor. The root to everything is down to Cocker Oli’s permanently aroused and stressed state – he only gets respite at night or when shut away during the day. If he’s not compulsively bringing things to be thrown he is licking the floor (I suspect this will have Read more…
It’s as if Willow, the over-excited one-year-old Wirehaired Vizsla, is driven by rocket fuel!
Trying to stop her being so excited
All their efforts are understandably around trying to stop Willow jumping up at people, flying all over them, grabbing feet and so on. (more…)
Five-and-a-half-month-old Harry leash wrestles; he tugs and bites it. It’s in one set of circumstances only. At the end of his walk, when they they get to the entrance of the park, Harry goes into some sort of frenzy. Flying about nipping, he attacks the lead and tugs at it as he swings about, growling.
Recent change in behaviour
Always excitable and a jumper, he has only started this ‘wild’ behaviour where he wrestles the lead in the last couple of weeks. The lady is actually scared. Harry suddenly changes character. She feels like he’s attacking her. (more…)
I rang the doorbell bell. Betty barked – as most dogs do. I sat down, she barked at me. She continued to be vocal on and off for most of the time I was there.
At first I thought she wanted to chase me away, but it soon became apparent that she was excited by my presence in a friendly sort of away. They seldom have callers and to Betty I was therefore a major event. If I touched her she went quiet but then would bark at me for more when I stopped.
Betty is an extremely vocal little dog.
I couldn’t however get on with my job and pet her all the time. By doing so I was merely reinforcing here for being loudly vocal. If we had put her in another room she would have continued to bark and I didn’t want her even more stressed. (more…)