Control – Carrot or Stick?

GSD lying down

Murphy

Update on two dogs I saw some weeks ago.

After a run of German Shepherds who are very reactive to anyone coming into their home, it was great to go to a Shepherd who welcomed me immediately.  Murphy and Mastiff-type Bailey are well socialised, well-trained and gentle with their children.

Carrot – or stick?

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Leash Wrestles. Lead Grabs. Tugs Wildly

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…)

Giving the Dog Choice

Giving a fearful dog choice Joey, the four-year-old Collie Labrador mix, came over from Ireland at a year old. Isn’t he gorgeous. Over the past three years his family has done great things with him. A lot of the general day to day stuff I usually recommend they do already. He is very Read more…

Sent Away For Dog Training

Two-year-old German Shepherd Fonz is a beautiful, friendly German Shepherd. His lady owner has worked very hard with him and is very much on his wavelength – that is until other dogs enter the equation. He left his litter and mother too young – at six weeks old, and had Read more…

Too Reliant Upon Commands

The decision was that Billie shouldn’t jump up at people anymore. Up until now jumping up has been very rewarding in terms of attention. The 6-month-old terrier cross (right) is looked at, spoken to in terms of reprimands and also touched – pushed off. She may get down but it Read more…