Written by Emma Tucker on November 22, 2013
Written by Emma Tucker on November 14, 2013
Many of us are now making the connection and the shift towards more alternative and holistic health care choices for ourselves, so it makes sense that we do the same for our dogs. We are lucky to have a much wider range of choice than we did a few years ago, from mainstream vets who offer additional holistic treatments through to animal naturopaths, healers and chiropractors.
Written by George Lygidakis on November 13, 2013
Another weekend and again I have had to help several families whose dogs have previously undergone positive only based dog training. On every occasion this approach has proven to have been either detrimental or at best totally ineffective. This unfortunately happens week after week and while it is great for business, it is unfair on the families who have often spent a lot of money and time only to be disempowered by questionable ( however well meaning) dog training or behavioural advice from a supposed expert in their field. An 18mnth correspondence course and lots of treats and scientific terms does not make you a credible dog trainer or behaviourist. It takes many years of trying many different approaches before you can really understand dog behaviour and how to deal with each individual case.
Written by Emma Tucker on October 23, 2013
“But we walk him every day!” Many clients are confused or stuck as to why their dog still seems frustrated, bored or anxious even though they are getting their daily walk and family time. What may seem like enough to you may not be enough for your dog. Exercising your dog’s muscles is one thing, but what about his brain?
Written by Emma Tucker on September 4, 2013
There are myths floating around that things like separation anxiety and hyperactivity in dogs cannot be fixed and we say that’s a load of rubbish! Knowledge is the key! and owners simply need to understand why the situation or issue developed and how they can reverse it.
Focusing on the SYMPTOMS instead of the CAUSE will have you running around in circles with little to no results.
Written by Emma Tucker on July 18, 2013
This is a fantastic poem (written by Emma Hawkins – thanks Emma!) about how we mirror each other – people and dogs (and life in general!) tend to throw back at us what we suppress and struggle with inside. It is very easy to blame, misunderstand and become emotional towards someone or something “out there” and we forget that is most probably our own reflection we are judging! This is very true for the majority of issues we deal with in our work in human/dog relationships so we felt it very relevant to share this.
Written by Emma Tucker on May 25, 2013
Does your dog have separation anxiety?
We believe this is a very misunderstood “condition” and contrary to popular belief it is reversible in most cases. If your dog, or one you know is experiencing anxiety (destructive behaviour, barking, escaping, chewing, digging, self harm, howling etc) when left alone, high chances are they fall into this category.
Written by Emma Tucker on October 22, 2012
Behaviour problem – overview.
Both Luke and Candy have responded well to training. Candy has shown tremendous improvement in her behaviour over the 13 episodes, which were actually filmed over three 2 hour sessions. In this episode we overview all that Candy has been taught and add some polishing touches. We also show Luke how to bring guests outside without the dogs harassing them.
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Behaviour problem – excessive barking.
Candy has a problem with barking at the back fence and at birds. Because this is a difficult problem to address in this situation, we suggest a spray collar, which ends up fixing the problem and habit. Again this is not the best solution in every situation. Every dog and each case requires a different strategy, and anti bark collars are not always the best solution so please check with us before you purchase any collar. Collars often fix the symptom but not the root cause so a holistic approach is best.
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Behaviour problem – not playing well with other dogs.
Candy chases and bites Socks whenever he chases a ball, making it hard for Luke to play with him. In this case, Socks goes into high ball drive/prey drive while Candy doesn’t like him being in that state of mind so tries to stop it. This is quite a common problem we see at dog parks or on the beach. In this episode we show Luke how to manage this problem.