In my experience as a dog trainer, many of the people I work with have assumed that solving behavioural problems between a dog and a family is as easy as a one time visit from a dog trainer or behaviourist. Unfortunately it’s not; if it was it would make my job a lot easier! In my experience, it’s not just about training the dog but the owner as well, I can’t express that aspect more.
Being an effective leader is essential – the dogneedsto understand that you and your family are in charge. Every second you spend with your dog it is taking in vital information; you want to make things as clear to the dog as possible. Behavioural problems in most cases stem from the misleading behaviour from the owner and family. It’s not about being aggressive or domineering, but simply letting the dog know that it doesn’t have to stress about protecting it’s family.
I will go right back to basics and explain very simple methods of communication you have to be aware of to make sure there is a good line of communication between you and your dog.
It’s that time of year once again, Christmas is upon us!
Looking back at 2013 it has been an incredible year. I look back at all of my blog posts and I’m amazed just how busy and action packed it has been from leaving the boarding kennels and rescue after 6 years and starting with Dog Law and events such as Discover Dogs and Crufts.
Richard and Boo the Beagle!
A few days ago I’ve had the time to visit an old friend who rescued a Beagle from my kennels 5 years ago to catch up and see how they were doing. Richard was a WWII Veteran who once fought with the Gurkhas and has lived with a Beagle by his side for over 30 years. After loosing his last Beagle 6 years ago he eventually decided to rescue another more than a year later and thus he met ‘Boo’. Boo was 5 years old when she was rescued, and is 10 years old now.
As I was walking up his driveway I saw two Beagle ears popping up on the window with absolute excitement and Richard opened the door before I was able to knock! “She’s never like that with anyone else but you!” Richard greeted. I had Boo by my feet the whole time, my heart strings were truly pulled when she recognised me. I remember very well when she first came to rescue, she was very timid and confused like the majority that come in. Now she’s a completely different dog, adapted perfectly to her environment and Richards daily routine. “She keeps me going!” Richard claims, and I can see why!
Probably the most rewarding aspect when you work in rehoming is to see a happy ending, knowing you’ve made an impact on a dogs life (and indeed, the owners!). So 2013 has ended on a happy note and more determined next year to make a difference in welfare.
A full story on Richard will be out next year along with more photos!
Oh! And before I go, I have a brand new guest blog by Junior Hudson (pictured left) who runs Positive Canine Leadership, is a KCAI scheme member (working toward accreditation) and Health Coordinator for The UK Eurasier Club. His blog post focuses on raising puppy with young children, very informative and easy to read.
You can read his blog ‘Raising a Puppy with Young Children’ here.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And without further ado I leave you some photos of the highlights of this year wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The past few years I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into dog food, learning about proteins and essential nutrients and it’s a topic I didn’t want to write about until I could get facts and opinions from both sides of the ‘debate’. That is, to feed raw or not to feed raw?
I understand this is a very controversial subject many dog owners are rather passionate about, some on the other hand may never have heard of raw diets at all. I’m not looking for a concrete answer but I’m genuinely interested to hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter because part 2 of this feature will includea poll and discussion page so everybody can have their say.
Before I go into my thoughts on the matter, I’ll briefly go through some of the pros and cons of raw and kibble along with some interesting statements. These points are based on the testimonies of four people with different material interests in different diets as well as things which I was taught during my apprenticeship. However, this is NOT a scientific list and includes just a few opinions to get us started. As it stands, and as far as I’m aware, there is no conclusive scientific research. I would love to hear from anybody but particularly people who are trained in nutrition or who can present a relatively unbiased view!
At the bottom is a gallery of everyone’s submitted pictures of their dogs eating. I needed one for a featured picture and the response I got was overwhelming so I wanted to show everybody off!