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[25 Jan 2016 | 17 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, …

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[29 Sep 2015 | 2 Comments]

Those of you who have been to one of my seminars will have seen video of our last dog Fox stooging for me (that’s her on the front of the Bite & Fight book). She was a fantastic communicator and helped many dogs. When she died we knew we couldn’t replace her, and we won’t – ever. And many of you will have heard me say that we have no intention of adopting another dog.
Well.
Meet Ted.
I help the Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue with some of the dogs that come …

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[23 Jul 2015 | 7 Comments]

I hate socialisation. Well, not socialisation, but “socialisation”. You know, puppy “socialisation”; that thing where you take your pup to three “puppy socialisation classes” on consecutive Tuesdays in the village hall when they are twelve weeks old, unless the last one coincides with a specially gripping episode of your favourite soap, when you can officially give it a miss – after all, you’ve paid for the course so it’s your choice to go or not. And that’s it done and dusted – your dog’s been “socialised”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, …

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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 http://www.cheshiredogschool.com/index.htm
Dog Trainers South West – Saturday 21st March – Predatory Chase – Highampton Village Hall, Okehampton, Devon EX21 5LE.
Contact Viv Last on 01308 485416 (dogsatlast@aol.co.uk) 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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[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 …