Friday, 28 December 2012
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
When youare assisting in a dog's behavioural problem, don't think about the end 'perfect' product - deal with the situation as it is NOW!
There is a centre for animals in Italy (FISIOPET) that provided top class physiotherapy for a whole range of disabilities - and it is TOP QUALITY
AND... we got to listen to Turid Rugaas IN PERSON! How good is THAT?!
Check out the PDTE website : http://www.pdte.org/
Thursday, 20 September 2012
She has three books out that are compelling reading, not just because what is written in them makes so much sense, but also because they are written in such an empathetic manner. Every dog owner should buy these (they are only small so there is no daunting prospect of ploughing through hundreds of pages of statistical information etc etc!), so - what are you waiting for?
On Talking Terms with Dogs : Calming Signals (i.e. how our dogs communicate with us) - problem is that most of the time WE just don't listen. (Thats OUR opinion, not hers!!!)
Barking : TheSound of a Language (there are lots of reasons why dogs bark, and they use lots of different tones and pitches too). Everyone should be able to interpret their dogs' different barks.
My Dog Pulls : What Do I Do? (as it says on the back of the book - 'at last, a simple way to teach your dog to walk on a leash without pulling your arm off!)
Now - as if that is not enough to be going on with - Turid has a fabulous website with a few articles on it to help us all understand our furry friends. YOU can find it at http://www.canis.no/rugaas/
Last BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST, are you able to get to Edinburgh on the 29th and 30th of September? If so, you can book a place at the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe annual meeting, where there a right good few speakers giving talks on all things canine. From the speaker list and subject matter it would appear that this will be right at the cutting edge of training. And, GUESS WHAT, Turid Rugaas is one of those very speakers. Interested? Well check it out at http://www.pdte2012.co.uk/.
Whey hey - we just can't wait for this....................................
If you have an extra day, then the 1st of October sees Catherine O'Driscoll from Canine Health Concern running a workshop, covering :
How canine diet affects physical health and behaviour
Friday, 7 September 2012
Keep 'em coming. EVERY SINGLE COMPLETED SURVEY COUNTS.
Once again, the link is :
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
397 children were tracked for this purpose.
There are a number of articles that have been published with regard to this research, and you can read them here :
Monday, 27 August 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012
The survey is still ongoing, with over 600 responses now - keep 'em coming folks. Thanks to everyone who has completed one so far.
Here is the link again :
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
He told me tearfully that he had to have his own dog put down recently. I asked him why. Apparently someone came in his back door to 'see what was worth taking' and the dog bit him. The result was that the dog had to be put to sleep. Surely not I thought, but this man was very upset.
On looking into it, its true, especially for Scotland. The Scottish Government was emailed for clarification of the matter, and we received the following reply :
'Many thanks for your email. While it would not be appropriate for the Scottish Government to comment or intervene in specific cases, I can provide you with some general advice on this matter. Ultimately, the decision on whether a dog should be euthanised after biting an intruder/any person would rest with the court. The court has the power, on conviction to order the destruction of the dog if it is considered dangerous. An appeal procedure is built in to the provision to allow for a person to contest a disqualification order or a destruction order'.
Section 10 of the Control of Dogs (Scotland)Act 2010 amends section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 so that a dog owner or the person in charge of the dog for the time being can be held criminally responsible where a dog is found to be dangerously out of control IN ANY PLACE rather than only a public place or private place where a dog is not permitted to be.
All this seems to lead to the fact that it is fairly pointless to put up a sign on your door/gate etc saying 'beware of the dog' as this section contends that liability will be incurred IN ANY PLACE. That said, it would presumably help the case if these signs were in fact displayed in a prominent position on your premises.
Any thoughts on this subject?
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Obviously, we want to get more and more surveys completed and then do some in-depth analysis of the findings, so 'KEEP THEM COMING FOLKS'. (We have accosted people everywhere we go, including Dublin, Belfast, Manchester and Arnhem in the Netherlands - these is no hiding place from our cards requesting completion of the survey - you have been warned!!!!)
The link for completing the survey is still
IF YOU ARE COMPLETING A SURVEY FOR EACH OF YOUR DOGS - COMPLETE A SINGLE SURVEY FOR ONE AND SUBMIT IT - COME OUT OF THE SURVEY SITE - GO BACK INTO THE SURVEY SITE AND COMPLETE FOR THE SECOND DOG - REPEAT FOR HOWEVER MANY DOGS YOU HAVE
Once again, thanks to all who have completed it. It is much appreciated.