Walking in their shoes – The truth behind reactive dogs.

We’ve all seen these dogs. Lunging, pulling, barking with hapless owners dragged behind them. Many people have crossed the road or walked the other way to avoid these dogs and their owners. Some of the dogs are wearing the “Yellow” jacket asking owners to give them space. There are countless dogs like this up and … More Walking in their shoes – The truth behind reactive dogs.

Choosing professional help for your pet – A how to guide to finding the right person

  I remember many years ago before I got into Animal Behaviour attending a class with my own dog. At the time I had no idea what I was doing or what was a good class or anything about how dogs actually think. Looking back the class was horrendous, full of people shouting at dogs, … More Choosing professional help for your pet – A how to guide to finding the right person

Treating fear with pain – Why does it appear to work and what really happens under the skin?

Over the years I have been working in Animal Behaviour I am always amazed at how many people disregard science and research. The world of dog training has really moved forward as science has discredited some of the more outdated methods such as Dominance and pack leadership style methods. There has been a huge amount … More Treating fear with pain – Why does it appear to work and what really happens under the skin?

Christmas Paws

A number of years ago I read an article in which a dog owner recounted what was on the surface an amusing story. It was Christmas and the owners had gone out to do some shopping. The dogs had been left with free rein of the house including the room where the Christmas tree was. … More Christmas Paws