One day you wake up to your four month old puppy, always sociable and friendly, suddenly growling and barking at strangers on the street. Or maybe your young eight month old dog, categorically refusing to climb the stairs to your apartment and cowering in fear. It can happen just like that, out of the blue. Before resorting to drastic measures, like obedience training or do-it-yourself solutions, let’s consider that it might just be a developmental phase. It's important to fi
Is your dog an only dog? Does he spend all of his time with humans? Do you ever wonder whether he is missing anything? He most likely is!
Or perhaps you have multiple dogs at home - shouldn’t that be enough canine company? Imagine you never had any close contact with anyone except your family. You might greet strangers in the street but would you call that a fulfilled social life? Neither would your dog.
Perhaps your dog sees other dogs at the park every day, and is enc
Many dogs need and prefer a reasonable amount of space around unfamiliar dogs. Some dogs need a lot of space with unfamiliar dogs. Planning and selecting a walk to match the needs of a Dog In Need Of Space (DINOS) is a great start to setting the walk up for success.
Sometimes on the DINOS walk an unfamiliar off lead dog may appear. If the unfamiliar dog has good social skills he will be able to pick up on the DINOS body language and will naturally respect the dog's space.