Enrichment is about providing mental and sensory stimulation to enhance your dog's physical and psychological health. At the very least, an enriched environment aims to prevent boredom and stress but in the case of our dogs, it's also about finding and sharing in what gives your dog joy. Why does it matter? Considering that the symptoms of boredom can include destructive … [Read more...] about Canine enrichment: top 10 tips for a happier, healthier and better behaved dog
You don't have to be a behaviour geek like me to have heard of a recent study that proclaimed dogs preferred praise over treats. If you haven't, the following article from The Bark magazine by noted Applied Animal Behaviourist Karen B. London explains it best: https://thebark.com/content/study-dogs-preferences-praise-versus-treats. So is it true? The answer is: It … [Read more...] about Praise vs Treats: You might be feeding but are you reinforcing?
You’ve seen those dogs riding in cars - head stretched out the window, ears flapping in the wind and an expression of pure joy on their face. Yet your young dog has to be physically forced into the car and once inside is a drooling, barfing picture of misery. Car sickness can be a common problem for puppies and young dogs. It may start off as motion-related but can quickly … [Read more...] about What to do if your dog gets car sick
Having a dog with separation anxiety is heartbreaking and stressful. Unfortunately it's also not uncommon. Some dogs experience true separation anxiety where they are so closely bonded to their human that they can't cope when that person leaves, even if there are other people around. More prevalent is isolation distress in which a dog can tolerate their main human's absence as … [Read more...] about Separation Anxiety in dogs
You may have heard people describe a dog, past or present, as their Heart Dog. You may have had one yourself. It's a term used to describe that ONE special dog in someone's life, a canine soul-mate so to speak. Kali was very much my Heart Dog. But was it something pre-ordained or was it a product of the way we grew and worked together? I think it was both. How it all … [Read more...] about Kali: the evolution of a Heart Dog