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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