Blind German Shepherd. Unable to read other dogs.

Blind German sShepherdToday I met a blind dog, a wonderful thirteen-month-old German Shepherd called Bear. He lives with Stan, an equally lovely young Golden Retriever.

Both dogs are a real tribute to their owners. It was lovely to be greeted so happily and politely by both dogs.

Blind Bear occasionally but increasingly feels threatened by certain other dogs on walks. If this weren’t the case they wouldn’t need me at all.

Being blind, Bear feels more vulnerable

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Aggression Towards Other Dogs Began Six Months Ago

Aggression towards other dogs when out on walks might be the problem but the causes probably have tentacles in other areas of her life.

Reactivity is always as a result of some sort of stress – fear being the most likely. Stress isn’t a thing that is there one minute and gone the next. The surprise or shock may be sudden, but the effects linger. We know with ourselves that once things start to go wrong nothing seems to go right. We get into a progressively touchy mood. Stress builds up. (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…

Enjoyable Walks Begin at Home

Enjoyable walks with Izzy can be better if she’s calmer before leaving Izzy, a stunning 14-month Old English Sheepdog, is extremely friendly, very bouncy and perhaps a little overwhelmed by the all the attention she gets. When I arrived she came to the door and gave one Woof. Thinking she may have been uneasy Read more…

Elderly Dog Can Unlearn Old Tricks

An elderly dog, he still has plenty of life in him I went to a delightful elderly Staffie yesterday, twelve-year-old Barney. I was told that his jumping up was a big problem, particularly for the little grandchildren, and that his pulling on lead was so bad he’d not been walked for nearly two years and that Read 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…