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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 05 August 2015
Created: 09 January 2015

There are a number of organisations out there who promote awareness of the fact that some dogs need their own space and prefer not to be approached (by other dogs or people)… we would like to join them in raising awareness of this issue.

I’m sure like us, most of you fellow dog owners out there know a young child, perhaps even not so young, who loves to come up to your dogs and give them a cuddle (and treat them like dolls or teddies)… sometimes this can be A BIGNO, NO” and this is one of the most important things we need to teach children. Dogs do not naturally like being confined in an embrace — A CUDDLE IS NOT NATURAL BEHAVIOUR FOR A DOG.

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 August 2015
Created: 14 October 2014

It might surprise you to know that dogs are not born with an ability to communicate with and understand each other. This is something they learn in a number of ways, they experiment with siblings as puppies in their litter, their mother teaches them by her actions which they will copy and by chastising them when they push boundaries too far… and responsible dog breeders ensure that the puppies learn by supervised socialisation with other dogs. There is no reason why a ‘responsibly bred’ puppy should ever exhibit any ‘unsociable’ behaviour — unless of course the ‘breeder’ was either inexperienced or uneducated in this aspect of dog breeding!

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 03 August 2015
Created: 24 July 2014

Have you ever seen your dog wipe their hind paws on the ground after they toilet? This may seem absurd but is a very common and natural thing for a dog to do – and they may not ‘need’ to do it every time!

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 11 September 2015
Created: 24 July 2014

It may come as a surprise to you that most issues people have with dog behaviour are the result of the way people behave around those dogs… what kind of leadership we provide is so important, just as it is with children… if we ‘neglect to act’ or ‘act to neglect’ then we should not be surprised by the consequences! When dogs don’t see the leadership they seek or see weakness in the ‘leader’ they will assume the mantle…

As that well know phrase says (attributed to Mahatma Gandhi), “You must be the change you want to see in the world!”

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 18 August 2016
Created: 30 September 2013

Just like humans, individual dogs have different personalities and temperaments, so there is no generalising here. Some dogs are not very vocal, others are quite ‘talkative’.

It’s important to learn to read our individual dog’s behaviour and understand the context when they are attempting to communicate with us ‘verbally’, before we can begin to process what it might mean.

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 11 September 2015
Created: 30 September 2013

Do you take the time to have a positive relationship with your ‘best friend’ or do you dwell on the negative ‘stories’ and carry emotional baggage into your dealings with your dog?

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