If you ever talk to people about dogs, you've probably come across someone who espouses "dominance theory" - the idea that dogs are constantly grappling for rank with other dogs and with humans. Proponents of dominance theory often advocate for "training methods" (I use the term loosely) that seek to prove the human's "alpha" status … Continue reading Leader of the Pack
A wounded wolf (Canis lupus) licks its wounds after a territorial fight, Bavarian Forest, Germany. PHOTOGRAPH BY ARTERRA, GETTY IMAGES A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort. By Liz Langley Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights … Continue reading The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain
Article by Beverley Courtney from http://www.brillientfamilydog “She’s such a lovely dog at home!” And that’s normally the case. Just because a dog has an issue with other dogs does not mean she’s a bad dog in every way. You know what a smashing dog she is at home – a Brilliant Family Dog! – and … Continue reading Why is my dog barking and lungeing at other dogs?
It is very important to identify the main intention of the walk. The traditional intention of taking your dog for a walk is so the dog can have physical exercise, but a walk gives the dog much more. It provides the dog with mental stimulation. a dog gets to see the outside world, hear strange … Continue reading It’s Not Just A Walk
WHAT DOES A BEHAVIOUR SPECIALIST DO? A Behaviour consultant will consult with you in your home, assess your dog and identify Behaviour problems you are having. These may include separation anxiety, barking, fears and phobias, aggression and many more nuisance behaviours that dogs get up to. These are not obedience problems, obedience classes will not help. … Continue reading Do you need a Trainer or a Behaviour Specialist?