Monthly Archives: November 2013

New Guest Blog by Alice Crick – Help for Fearful, Shy & Anxious Dogs

Alice and Olive (Right)I have a new guest blog up! This time it’s from Alice Crick at The Dog Blog giving advice on helping dogs that are fearful, shy or anxious.

You can view it here.

I thoroughly enjoyed the article. It reminded me of a rescue Retriever ‘Ben’ whom I had the pleasure of living with in the final 3 years of his life. Ben belonged to my partner, Jennifer. Unfortunately for Ben who was rescued and shipped from Ireland, he was thought to have lived in a metal crate for most of his life. When it came to the outside elements that he wasn’t used to he was absolutely terrified. Things from pots and pans, going through doorways, sticks – even flashing lights!  His joints were work down from sitting on concrete for most of his life.

What Jenny and her family did when they first adopted him was to try to gradually introduce him to those things he was scared of to try and combat them. For example with wooden sticks, they had a pool cue and placed it around the living room so the dog would see and pass it everyday. Gradually as there were more pool cues around the house he got used to them and after about 4 months he had lost his nervousness, just as well as the amount of pool cues became a trip hazard!

As you can imagine, after that he was not only combating his fear of sticks but his trust grew within the family and his confidence grew. Reading and understanding your dogs behaviour in this process is key, not fully understanding the basic signs of dog behaviour could potentially make the problems worse so you have to be careful if you decide to apply this method. Alice’s guest blog describes how to identify the signs of stress and fear but explains how to control them and eventually eradicating them.

Enjoy!

KCAI Blog #2 – Runcorn (Part 2) Guest Blog – Kim Lyddon

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The Confident Dog Instructor

Runcorn KCAI Event

By Kim Lyddon, Founder of www.TheDogBusinessAcademy.com

I’m back home now reflecting on what a great day I had at Runcorn at the KCAI event. I’m sitting in front of my computer in my office with my cup of coffee ready as I reflect on the day. My two dogs, Tyler 5 year old handsome red tri Border Collie and Little Archie a cute but very giddy Pyrenean Sheepdog, are lying quietly beside me.

I remember being delighted when I received the invite from Laura at the Kennel Club to speak at the KCAI event; particularly on a subject I am passionate about which is helping people become more confident to increase their credibility and influence as a Dog Instructor.

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KCAI Blog #2 – Runcorn Regional Event (Part 1)

Welcome to Part 2 of my KCAI Blog!

Today I’ll be writing about the recent KCAI Regional Event that was held in Runcorn, Cheshire on the 2nd of November.

As a KCAI member I took the opportunity to go to Runcorn. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like initially so I grabbed my KCAI folder, a camera, notepad and pen and off I went!

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The event consisted of 3 seminars throughout the day. Here, I write what the seminars consisted of and my thoughts on them. *Spoilers* They were all brilliant!

Seminar 1 – Working Inside the Dogs’ Minds: Behaviour and Training in Action at a Large Dog Training Centre – Jane Ardern BSc (Hons), DipCAPBT, APDT,COAPE Tutor

I thought this was fascinating, since I’ve previously run a boarding kennels I could certainly empathise with her in many areas.

Jane took voluntary redundancy with British Gas to venture into her own dog business. She ended up opening her own dog training centre in Manchester and explains the ups and downs of the process. Giving us tips and advice, she often reflected back to suggest what she could of done differently.

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