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Present for your dog

Posted on September 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Everyone likes to receive a present, right. This is not about going to the pet shop or the clever marketing of dog toys. What I am going to discuss is a much richer present to give your dog, being PRESENT.

Animals in comparison to humans are relatively unburdened of a restless mind, it is not a good survival trait. Conversely in western society humans are subjected to mass pollution of the mind eg. television, phone, social media, advertising. Whilst all of these...

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Education and Employment

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (28267)

Similar to your own start in life your dog’s starts with education then moving to employment and ideally becoming a productive member of society. You may be thinking my dog does not earn qualifications but you are responsible for their schooling. So in order for our dogs to perform tasks we need some core skills to achieve this. An example of this would be some foundation obedience work stay, heel and recall or simply teaching them how to behave socially and appropriately wh...

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Posted on November 3, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (41291)

Imagine going through your own life where you could do anything you liked whenever you wanted, sounds great doesn’t it. You could ignore all social or safety implications of your actions. Ultimately exist to gratify only yourself, most people would term that selfish. Now some people do believe that dogs exist to simply please only themselves.

One of the most common problems I see dog owners face is when their dog begins to self-reward. Now a simple example ...

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Stress Recognition and Interrupters

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (22917)

Stress Recognition

We all want our dogs to have the highest quality of life and a major part of that should be helping reduce our dog’s daily stress. Unfortunately there is no clear black and white diagram for you to follow. Sure there are plenty available illustrations of dog body language on the internet but none I have found to be accurate or helpful for clients. I viewed one recently that said if your dog’s ears were back, sideways or forwards it was a...

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Wilful Neglect

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (18825)

Most people are horrified with abuse stories and pictures of dogs on social media, rightly gathering mass disgust and contempt. These are often emaciated dogs or shocking terms of abuse. Some dogs have endured extreme ordeals and it highlights the remarkable ability that dogs have to adapt and survive even in adversity. What I want to discuss is the more common distress that is overlooked wilful neglect. To clear the terminology up one short definition would be for s...

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Fear, Survival and Motivation

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (15224)

The word fear usually brings to mind something dangerous, harmful or painful. We must be aware what impact an environment, distraction, sound, smell or noise has on our dogs. It is natural for a dog to be fearful otherwise it would not survive. However we must ensure that natural level of fear they have is adapted to our lives.

For example a gunshot should evoke a fear on animal being hunted ...

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Emotional Regulation & Perceived Love

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (7754)

Emotional regulation is the ability to focus attention to a task and the ability to supress inappropriate behaviour or emotional responses. It involves initiating, inhibiting, or modulating your mental state or behaviour in a situation. Emotional regulation is a highly significant function in human life.

Ok, so you may be wondering what does this have to do with dogs. It has everything to do with a human’s ability to clearly reflect, control, compose thems...

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Dog A/A Help

Posted on December 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (17757)

The human version of A/A most people would recognise as an organisation helping people with a dependency. Understanding Dog A/A is the gateway to having insight into preventing problem behaviours and offering your dog quality of life.

Firstly I would like to explain dog’s relaxation and rest time. In nature most dogs would hunt and scavenge involving stalking, chasing, climbing, jumping, killing, eating etc. These activities woul...

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Rewards and Social Drive

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2582)

By nature dogs are inherently social animals with each other. The vast majority of dogs these days are heavily exposed to humans when young so this drive to be part of a group or sense of belonging easily transpires to humans. Within each dog the level of this will vary depending on individual character and socialisation in puppy hood. This is what I refer to as social drive within a dog.

A dog with a high social drive left uncontrolled can be a socia...

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Quality Time

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1091)

Everyone needs to and should be walking their dog daily but rarely do most people think about the quality of this time we spend with our dog. A common approach is that we must physically exhaust our dog on the walk to satisfy their needs. Our dogs obviously do need physical exercises daily but we must be aware of what habit we are creating for our dogs.

Your dog’s mental state can be the cause of so many unsocial and dangerous behaviours. This is why some d...

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