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12.07.2019

Dog Behaviour. Why does my dog ‘fake’ yawn?

Why do dogs ‘fake’ yawn?
The fake yawn is one way the dogs body relieves stress.
He or she may have ‘had enough’ or getting frustrated in a situation.
They may be highly aroused in anticipation of an event such as, ‘I’m waiting, waiting, for that food bowl to be put down….come on!”
It pays to look at the overall situation to gain clearer insight as to the route cause of the ‘fake’ yawn but worth then addressing if this is a stressful situation/event requiring resolution, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

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06.07.2019

Dog Behaviour. Why does my dog roll in feces?

A smelly topic but…
Why do dogs roll in feces?
Recent studies suggest that for dogs, rolling in feces may be to help camouflage them from larger predators in more wild situations - from predators such as Mountain Lions etc.
Also, when rolling in prey feces, it may be a way to carry information about where that individual has been and what they have then found (food wise from rolling in their preys feces) Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant and Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

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28.06.2019

Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Nipping and Mouthing by Puppies on Us Humans! - OUCH!

Nipping/Mouthing in Puppies - The ouch of the little puppy needles on human skin!

Firstly, do not play any games with your dog that involve putting your hands into his or her mouth, chasing him/her or allowing him or her to jump all over you.

DO NOT alpha roll (forcefully rolling your pup onto their back) or scruff, this can lead to a fear of hands and so hand biting. [Read More…]

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21.06.2019

Dog Training. Getting your dog to listen to commands!

If your dog does not initially respond to a command, do not repeat the same command again and again (unless for the ‘Recall’/'Come’ or ‘Stay’). This sends the message to your four legged friend that 2-3 repetitions are what the command is made up of.
Be patient, you can say your dogs name, but then wait. Also, we can call it nagging to a dog as well ;-) Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

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16.06.2019

Dog Behaviour, The Dog Walk

Have you ever really, taken thought about the walk from your dogs perspective?
The picture of smells, sounds, sights that may be of interest to them (obviously all the while, our senses for the most part being less developed than dogs).
What I’m really talking about is, I think sometimes owners forget that ‘the world’ is pretty interesting and more so, it is pretty interesting to a dog because they are likely to be confined away from this ‘world’ (backyard for example) the majority of the time. [Read More…]

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