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Is there such a thing as 'Dominance' in dog behaviour?

It used to be believed that the way to influence a dog’s behaviour was by exerting ‘control’ in order to establish superiority over the dog and overcome what was felt to be the dog’s desire to be ‘dominant’. Very few responsible behaviourists use these methods anymore, but regrettably these outdated methods can still be...

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Dog, Man's Best Friend

The theory of stress causing dogs to attack their owners is one that is now developing a wide following. Instead of training our dogs to be our minion and trying to rule them with fear, we should try to build a strong bond with our dog and share respect

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How best to use a Kong

Kongs are a great way to calm dogs down. Licking has a calming effect on most dogs. It is also mentally stimulating for them.

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Should I follow the advice of a TV Behaviourist?

Dog snarling at trainer's foot

Before trying to copy something you may have seen on television, you should stop and think about why the programme was made. The main purpose of TV is to entertain. A thorough professional canine behaviour consultation takes quite a bit of time, relies a lot on the behaviour counsellor asking the dog owner...

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A dog at a supermarket

On witnessing an incident outside a leading supermarket I wondered what I could do to give people an awareness of just what it might be like from the dog’s point of view. Also, it is an important message to put across, due to the increasing number of dog bite stories hitting the news headlines...

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