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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!

Website under development

Just a quick post to say that I’m currently redesigning the website. I’m hoping for it to be up some time next week. The blog posts are piling up so I’d like to get it done as soon as possible.

Note to my faithful subscribers: Nothing will change! Website will still be live the same until then.

Thanks!

Next Interview: Nicole Rivera – Children’s Author

I haven’t done an interview in ages! This time I interview someone out of the UK, across the world the United States.

Nicole Rivera is a children’s author and educator. She has published her own books, 4 of them involving Max, a shelter Pit Bull Terrier she met while volunteering at a animal shelter. Many of you may know, there’s a lot of controversy (to put it lightly) surrounding the Pit Bull as it is a banned breed here in the UK while over there, it isn’t (except in certain areas) so I briefly discuss these issues.

Nicole is committed to inspire children all about the wonders of animal compassion, while raising awareness about respect and responsible ownership to tomorrows pet owners through the power of reading and learning.

Here is a small preview of her book ‘Max the Shelter Dog’ presented by American television personality Rachael Ray.

Click here for the full interview.