Dog Attacks: Keeping You and Your Dog Safe

Dog Attacks: Keeping You and Your Dog Safe

The rate of dog attacks in England and Wales has risen by over a third in the last 5 years. Increased dog ownership during the pandemic, decreased responsible ownership, and the changing demographic of dog breeds in the UK…all of these factors and more have led to...
Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is when a dog shows defensive behaviour to keep a human or dog away from a particular item or “resource” that they value highly. A resource can be food, toys, a dog bed, a sofa, or even a person.  Resource guarding can look like: Standing over the...
Dog Body Language

Dog Body Language

Do you know your play bow from your greeting stretch? This poster shows the most common dog body language signs and what they all...
Jumping Up

Jumping Up

Four paws on the floor Focus on the behaviour we do want (four paws on the floor) rather than the behaviour we don’t want (jumping up.) Dogs do what works for them and so most dogs jump up to get our attention. Your dog is likely to jump up at you when they’re excited...
Looking After Teeth

Looking After Teeth

Most adult dogs have 42 teeth, though our genetic manipulation of the species has resulted in dogs with fewer or more. Most adult dogs have six incisors (front teeth) on the top jaw and six on the bottom; two canine teeth (the largest “fangs”) on the top and two on...
Barking

Barking

Barking is a completely normal part of dog communication. But if your dog is barking frequently or for long periods of time, this isn’t only annoying for you (and your neighbours) but could be a sign of stress. Why dogs bark Boredom – This a common source of barking...
Loose Lead Walking

Loose Lead Walking

Stop your dog pulling on the lead Our first step is to focus on what we do want, which is loose lead walking. Eye contact We train this because our dog cannot be looking at us and pulling on lead at the same time, so we are focussing on what we do want. The first step...