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Is my dog talking to me?

By Dimosthenis Moumiadis and Koula Papadopoulou  Communication is important to all living organisms. Either they live on earth, or fly in the air , or live in the waters, they have developed communication patterns that enable them to promote their...

From Foes to Friends

From Foes to Friends Exploring the reward-based training methods used to teach a cat and dog to happily co-existby Tori Ganino CDBC, CPDT-KA  Background Si is an approximately six-year-old domestic short haired tabby cat. He was found as a stray when he...

Giving your dog a choice

Giving your dog a choice It is often underestimated how important it is to give our dogs choices. How many of you ask your dogs to follow you an a walk rather than you following them? Unless there is a very good reason I will always let my dogs lead the walk. I go...

Chasing the dream dog

Chasing The Dream Dog   When I was a child my Nan had two Dobermans, Kaiser and Monty, they were the most beautiful dogs. Monty was my favourite and I have all these wonderful memories of being round my Nan’s and playing with the dogs (this was the 1970’s so a very...

Puppy Socialisation – Why is it going wrong?

By Lyn Fleet and Angela Pitman   For the last twenty years or so, trainers have been drumming it into owners they must socialise their puppy with people and other dogs. In many puppy socialisation classes all the puppies are let off lead together so they can play....

To rescue or not to rescue: that is the question

As a behaviourist, I love working with all kinds of dogs, large dogs or small dogs, pure breeds or cross breeds. The dogs that I really love working with are rescue dogs and I have a real soft spot for stray dogs that have been brought in, as we have no...

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