I am prompted to talk, a little, about how we deal with dogs who have experienced some traumatic event. There is an increasing trend to ‘help’ dogs who are maybe fearful or ‘reactive’ (a much-overused term in my opinion) to keep them away from situations that cause them problems. There are many people that only exercise their dogs in private fields, away from other dogs.
We must learn to take responsibility for our dogs. If there are any issues, we must accept them a do something to help our dogs. It is, simply, not good enough to say ‘he does that sometimes.’
Watching the Olympics over the past few weeks got me thinking about dogs and how we approach training them, or trying to change their behaviour. Let me explain.
If we consider two Olympic disciplines – diving and gymnastics. Competitors choose a level of difficulty for a vault or a dive for instance. Their resulting scores reflect their performance in relation the the degree of difficulty they faced. Of course, the judges take into consideration the level of difficulty and score accordingly. So, why is this relevant to our dogs?
He does that sometimes… Walking with Sue and Clint (my fostered and muzzled dog) in the woods today a, potentially, very dangerous situation quickly developed. We came across a woman with a couple of dogs, one an ageing German Shepherd cross and his offspring a young, around 18 months, cross, probably a Rottweiler cross. Both […]
I have touched upon training issues in the past. A meeting with a dog owner today prompted me to revisit this.
The level of really bad advice dispensed by ‘experts’ is a source of concern for me. The following example illustrates this all too well.
Who advocates for assistance dogs? Over the past few years there has been a significant growth in the use of ‘assistance dogs.’ Dogs are trained to help people with their physical and mental health problems. Although, fundamentally, this is a good thing for the humans being helped, I wonder about who advocates for the dogs? […]
My dogs’ reactive – it’s a thing… I have touched on ‘reactive dogs in the past. I am prompted to touch on the subject again. Increasingly, people are asking on social media for places were they can exercise their dogs away from other dogs. The reason usually given is that their dogs are ‘reactive’ so […]
Training worries… or when training becomes coercion or dominance of our dogs I’ve touched on current training practices on a number of occasions. One or two things in recent days prompted me to write a few words. The use of treats is an issue for me. The ‘modern’ trend seems to be too bribe a […]
A dog’s life… We lost Ziggy to cancer last week. Over the past few days, I have been thinking about her life with us. My conclusion is that it was fantastic, both for her and us. She lived life to the full. In the six years with us, Ziggy had a ball. There was never […]
The ‘Prettiest Star’ shines bright in the sky tonight. My beautiful, furry, companion Ziggy, passed yesterday. She was spared the ravages of suffering from a malignant tumour. She was nine years old.