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[8 Oct 2014 | 13 Comments]

This week we went to the Galleria Dell’ Academia in Florence to see a statue of Dave by one of the Ninja Turtles. I can see why he named it after me, because some of the physical attributes are clearly modelled on mine (no, I was thinking of the feet). Anyway, go see it if you can – it’s brilliant.

But imagine my concern when, in the exhibition of music, I saw an 1685 oil painting of “Grand Prince Ferdinando with his musicians” in which you can clearly see a …

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comments]

The DEFRA draft practitioners’ manual “Tackling irresponsible dog ownership” outlines the measures that can be taken to deal with people and their dogs, introduced and consolidated by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This is the same act that extends the Sec 3 Offence of “dog dangerously out of control” to private places and introduces the offence of “attack on an assistance dog”.
There is a range of measures; starting with the lowest level of behaviour right up to the main offences.
In order of severity we now have available:
Acceptable …

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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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[22 Jun 2014 | One Comment]

People ask “Are dogs dangerous?”
On a recent holiday in Italy I came across a peculiar phenomenon that illustrates the answer. All over the town different species were calmly going about their own business, without any interference from humans.
 
 
 
 
 
They differed in their level of dependency on humans for a living. There were some that were sometimes fed by folks, some that were feeding themselves courtesy of people, and some that just seemed to be living alongside humans, fending for themselves.

 
 
 
 
 
And, d’y’know what? They all looked pretty contented. No aggression, no fighting each other, no …

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[13 May 2014 | 6 Comments]

On the day when the law changes to criminalise the owners of dogs deemed to be dangerously out of control on private, as well as public, property it is interesting to note that the 2013 NHS figures for hospital admissions as a result of dog bite (or strike) show another an annual increase of 6%  http://www.hscic.gov.uk/4722
We’ll be looking at these in more detail in our seminar for Suzanne at Learning About Animals in Bookham on Saturday (details for booking at https://www.dog-secrets.co.uk/dogs-that-bite-and-fight-bookham/) and at our other Bite and Fight seminars later …

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[20 Feb 2014 | 53 Comments]

It is with horrible irony that whilst the press were reporting another fatal dog attack on a baby, I was in Court all day, explaining why a five year old collie that had never before shown any aggression to anyone, had bitten the face of a two-year-old girl.
I only have press reports to go on, so details are sketchy, but the latest sad death appears to be of a baby from attack by a Malamute that had recently been acquired from unknown provenance. Once again I find myself offering heartfelt …

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[11 Feb 2014 | 5 Comments]

 
Once again we hear of a tragedy in which a human being has lost their life through the actions of a dog. I have the greatest heartfelt sympathy for anyone whose lives are affected by such a traumatic event.  I can only imagine the heartache and sorrow, not to mention the guilt, that one must feel at the loss of a loved one, especially a child.
One should never judge, or even offer an opinion, on individual circumstances without being fully aware the all of the events that led up to …

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[29 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments]
Who is a Positive Dog Trainer? Not Me!

I’m NOT a “Positive Reinforcement” Trainer (and neither are you).
I’m fed up with being called a ‘positive’ or a ‘positive only’ dog trainer. It is usually in the form of an insult as in, “Them positive dog trainers with their clickers and their treats don’t understand what it is like to train a really dominant dog”. It is often used by the proponents of the ‘dominance’ theory of dog training who like to alpha roll and lead jerk to supposedly ‘show the dog who is boss’.
The term is also used …

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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.

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[5 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Canine Aggression – Frequently Asked Questions

Pet owners can become confused about the reasons their dogs become aggressive and what to do about it. Promoting public understanding is the important first step in reducing the number of dog bites and the number of dogs that are eventually put to sleep because of aggressive behaviour. This is a one stop resource for anyone who seeks that advice.