Food Guarding Poster Released in Association with Vet’s Kitchen – how to stop dog’s growling around their food

One of the most serious and problematic behaviour complaints of pet dog owners is dogs who snarl, growl or otherwise demonstrate guarding behaviour in the presence of food or prized objects such as bones and toys. Outdated methods of removing the dog’s food to demonstrate dominance are not only ineffective and dangerous but often exacerbate …

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Compulsive licking, making your dog happy, fearful puppies & house training a new puppy

To kick start the New Year, animal behaviour specialist answers questions on compulsive licking, making your dog happy, fearful puppies and house training a new puppy… IS LICKING HIS LEGS NORMAL?… “My Golden Retriever licks his legs a lot and we’ve noticed that he does this more when he is scared. He has started to …

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Do I have to use food to train my dog? Is training a dog with food bribing?

A question I am often asked when referring to reinforcing the dog’s desirable behaviour with a treat, or using a clicker and following up with a treat is: “Do I have to use food to train my dog?” You don’t have to use any particular tool to train your dog. Professionals like food because it is one …

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Top 10 Dog Behaviour Myths Explained

TOP 10 DOG BEHAVIOUR MYTHS EXPLAINED 1: Dogs are naturally pack animals with a clear social order. This one falls apart immediately, because all the evidence suggests that free-ranging dogs (pariahs, feral and semi-feral populations) don’t form packs. Dogs actually form loose, amorphous, transitory associations with other dogs. And males do not participate in the …

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