Enrichment activities-are we doing too much of the wrong stuff?

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I should start by saying that I do loads of enrichment, I probably own every active feeder ever designed, from the snakey ones, to the ones for really clever dogs, to the chewy and bouncy ones and I use them … Continued

First impressions

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If you’re a new client of ours, or you’re waiting to see us, or perhaps you’re thinking of coming to see us, this might be a useful read. Our consults for dogs with issues around other dogs or people are … Continued

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey

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If you’re an owner of a reactive or anxious dog you probably worry about the kind of life your dog will have. You may feel like you aren’t doing enough or worry that your dog is missing out on having … Continued

Why we don’t do residential training…

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Why we don’t do residential training at Dog Comm. I’ve been asked dozens of times if I would take a nervous, shy or anxious dog into my home with my 5 well adjusted dogs. People think it will be good … Continued

Dog Comm Guide to a Calm Christmas with your dog

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Christmas can be a stressful time of year for humans and it can be even worse for reactive and anxious dogs.   Changes to routine, lots of well meaning human visitors, busier walks with the appearance of dogs that you never … Continued

Turning heads in Dog Communication

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  Dog communication is often very subtle but sometimes it’s glaringly obvious too!  We spend most of our waking hours observing dogs interacting and we still learn something new almost every day. Most communication between dogs is about trying to … Continued

The Trials and Tribulations of a Teenage Dog

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I’m living with my second adolescent puppy in two years and I’m filled with empathy for our clients as puppies of this age are really hard work! The toilet training and bitey stage seems a piece of cake compared with … Continued

Suddenly spooked- Secondary fear phase in adolescent dogs

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If you have a puppy anywhere from around 6 months old to 18 months (and more!) and they suddenly spook at anything at all you will often be told by your doggy friends, with a knowing nod, ‘oh, that’ll be … Continued

Bitey puppies!

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Bitey puppies! All puppies are bitey but some are bitier than others. Dog Comm’s newest arrival, Sylvi, is v bitey at the moment (and draws blood she bites so hard!). There’s several ways to deal with biting and different approaches … Continued

Why we won’t use aversives to treat your dog’s aggressive behaviours

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At Dog Comm we work with lots of dogs with aggression issues, 500+ dogs in the last 5 years and most of these dogs bark and lunge at or would bite people or other dogs (sometimes people AND dogs if … Continued