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[15 Nov 2018 | 3 Comments]

Hi, I’m Ted, and I’m fed up. Every day I go for a walk with Big David and we generally have a great time, sniffing around, checking out the pee-noticeboards, leaving my mark, riding in the bike basket between bridle-path and park before coming home for a good towelling down.
So why am I fed up? Because every day I meet at least one dog with no manners (on a bad day there are many). Now I don’t blame the dogs, they don’t know any better. Dogs are like your children, …

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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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[26 Nov 2017 | No Comments]

You thought it was a good idea to get a puppy for Christmas? Right, well now it’s time to shape up because you have just become responsible for a life. You’ve done the jokes – “A dog is not just for Christmas, with a bit of luck there’ll be some left over for sandwiches on Boxing Day” and you thought you’d thought it through – after all, everybody knows  it’s just a dog – they basically look after themselves don’t they?
Except they don’t. This little pup has just become your …

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[12 Nov 2016 | 2 Comments]

In these uncertain times we all have to try to scrape by as best we can and, to coin a phrase, “look after the pennies …” or as those on the Scottish side of my family would say, usually after several pints of heavy, “mony a mickle maks a muckle”.
So I got to thinking, pound coins are quite small and people often lose them. I know I do. Many’s the night I’ve come home thinking, “Where did all those pounds go?” and conclude I must have a hole in my …

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[30 Oct 2016 | No Comments]

Yes folks, it’s what we always knew, but now we have proper evidence that playing with your dog makes them clever, in the findings of a great new study out from Lincoln University[1].
I’m on record as saying that there are no really robust dog behaviour studies, mostly because they lack numbers, and in that respect this one is no different as they only used sixteen dogs – comparing eight in one group to eight in another – but, hey, you try training a hundred dogs in an object discrimination task. …

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[4 Jul 2016 | 6 Comments]

It is Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week (no, I wasn’t aware of it either!) and they’ve published the dog attack figures for April 2014 to April 2015, which are DOWN by 10% from the previous year to 2660.
Whilst even one attack by a dog is one too many, to place this in context the Royal Mail deliver to 29million addresses in the UK, but many will not be households (business addresses for example), so let’s take half as being family homes, and about one in four households owns a dog …

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[30 Apr 2016 | 8 Comments]

There’s a bit of a furore on t’internet. Apparently “Science says” dogs don’t like to be hugged, and the face-twitter-sphere is awash with the repercussions.
I like “science”. I like the way it informs and changes over time.
So where did this “science” come from? It was widely reported in the Telegraph and the New York Times, so it must be true – but where did their “science reporters” get it from?
They lifted it from the University of Columbia’s respected Dr Stanley Coren’s Psychology Today article entitled, “The Data Says ‘Don’t Hug The …

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[25 Jan 2016 | 12 Comments]

She will not be grateful for you adopting her. Why should she? You are just one more thing that has happened to her over which she had no control, some of which have been worse than others. She may come to love you and her new home in time but don’t expect gratitude for “rescuing” her, because she doesn’t understand what you did.
Adopting an adult is not easier than adopting a new puppy. Okay, she may be house-trained (but not necessarily in your house) and not need to toilet through …

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[15 Oct 2015 | No Comments]

Teaching your dog to make eye contact on request is extremely useful because it is an easy behaviour that you can reward with any of your reward options (food, interaction or activities – see Guide & Control for an explanation). It can be variously described as teaching a “look” or “watch me”, or simply paying attention to you. Use it as a preamble to any other request or as an alternative behaviour to anything you would rather your dog didn’t do. I use it extensively in Dogs That Bite & Fight, …