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[2 May 2019 | No Comments]

I’m being instructed in more and more cases where people have been injured when they intervened in a dog fight. The typical scenario is that they will be happily walking their dog along, sometimes on sometimes off the lead, when another dog comes along off-lead and attacks their dog.
It can happen anywhere but is often close to the attacking dog’s home, because it has just escaped. Quite often the attacking dog latches on a bite and won’t let go.
The attacked dog’s owner then tries to pull the dogs apart and …

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[26 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on Canine Principles 2019 Spring Conference]

David is pleased to announce that he will be speaking at the Canine Principles Spring Conference to be held on May 11th and 12th at Cumbria’s Rheged Centre in Penrith, on the subject of Why Do Dogs Behave Dangerously? (and what we can do about it). Tickets are available through Canine Principles’ own website

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[17 Oct 2018 | No Comments]

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, to which I was privileged to give oral evidence back in June, today published their report Controlling dangerous dogs, calling for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public, under the banner headline:
Dangerous Dogs legislation fails to protect the public while harming animal welfare  (Their words, not mine)
The inquiry was launched to investigate Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and wider dog control, amid concerns that the current approach was not protecting the public adequately. The Committee …

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[18 Jan 2018 | 2 Comments]

Last year when we managed to explain to a court that a dog that bit a lady when he was tied up outside a supermarket did not constitute a danger to public safety (we think she accidentally backed him to the end of his lead and then stood on his foot when he couldn’t get out of her way) I Facebooked a plea to people not to leave their dogs tied up outside shops, schools or anywhere else alone, and it sparked some debate. There seems to be a feeling …

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[18 Dec 2017 | No Comments]

There are many new things that appear around the festive season and I know some dogs can get a bit confused about the best ways to behave, so here are my festive tips for fun-loving pooches to get the best out of the season…
Trees: People often bring a tree into the house at this time of year. The reason for this is that it is very cold outside and frosty ground can freeze the balls off your pads, so an indoor pee-stick is just the job. Don’t ignore their kindness …

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comments]

Cheshire Dog Training School – Saturday 21st February – The Holistic Nature of Canine Behaviour Problems – Weston Primary School, Runcorn, WA7 4RA,
Contact Ami on 07825 119 188 or Mike on 0777 563 4228, or through their website
Dog Trainers South West – Saturday 21st March – Predatory Chase – Highampton Village Hall, Okehampton, Devon EX21 5LE.
Contact Viv Last on 01308 485416 ( or see Seminars for booking form.
Positive Training for Canines – Saturday 11th April – Dogs that Bite & Fight – Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne, SO21 2ET.
Contact Leah at …

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[12 Aug 2014 | No Comments]

The concept of resource control has been around for years, but over those years it seems to have been corrupted. In some cases it became an attempt to control dogs through denying them access to the things they want and need; about “pack leadership” and “status” – which it never should have been.
The idea became so tainted that not long ago questions were asked on the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors’ forum as to why we professional behaviourists were using it (the answer is that we use it because we …

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[12 Oct 2013 | No Comments]

Once upon a time in a galaxy quite nearby…
Scientists have announced that sentient life has been found in a galaxy not too far from our own. We’ve been observing a planet through video-linked satellite relays in space-time until we can establish if it is safe enough to make contact.
It isn’t an inspiring planet, just a small rock circling a slowly dying star, and the inhabitants are fairly uninspiring too.
The top predator species is a fluorescent green upright biped with multiple multi-functional appendages and aerial-like detectors that register perception frequencies we …

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[1 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments]

David currently has four presentations available for booking:

How to Change Predatory Chase Behaviour in Dogs
The Holistic Nature of Canine Behaviour Problems
Scent Training for Dogs
Dogs that Bite and Fight

All presentations are designed to last one full day with coffee, lunch and tea breaks but can be tailored to individual requirements. Informal questions and discussion are encouraged and attendees are supplied with a code with which to download notes from David’s website after the event. If you are interested in other subjects, David is always open to suggestions for new presentations. If you’d …

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[5 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Launch of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council

For the past three years David has been working on behalf of the APBC with other interested parties towards the formation of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), which is being developed to regulate the education and training of those working in the animal behaviour modification sector.