Sometimes it feels as if everybody else has their dog perfectly under control and well trained, and you are the only one in the park with a troublesome dog. Or perhaps you have stopped inviting visitors to your home because you are afraid of your dog's reaction, or are struggling to contain a case of undesirable behaviour in the home around food, beds or the kids. Fear not, you are not alone, you are not the first and you will certainly not be the last person to struggle with some of these issues. A few examples of common problems are described here, but by no means is this an exhaustive list. Help is at hand whatever your problem, just give us a call and book a consultation!
Pulling on the lead is an extremely common problem and can make dog walks uncomfortable, damaging to the back or even frightening. Give us a call to help put you back in charge of the situation and to learn to banish pulling on the lead.
Dog on dog aggression is frightening, embarrassing and completely unnecessary when you understand how to handle the situation and how to react when it occurs. This will take time and effort to sort out, but is well worth it to avoid gaining an unwanted reputation or having to always walk with a muzzle on your dog.
Resource guarding in the home is particularly common when your puppy starts to push his weight around, or if you have adopted a rescue dog. Your dog might be guarding his food bowl, or toys, or perhaps his bed. He may growl and bare his teeth when the kids come near, or even insist on getting between you and your partner on the sofa every time you want a cuddle. There are procedures to follow to readjust the status of family members and reassure your dog that there is nothing to guard.
Toilet training is crucial to get right. Nobody wants to come home to a mess, or to have to worry about what the dog is up to every time he or she is out of your sight. Toileting on command is a high level skill, but extremely useful if you travel with your dog.