Author: emmalee72

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Why Arousal Matters with Anxious and Fearful Dogs

We all know that unpleasant experiences are not created equal. This is especially true for our dogs. If you have a dog who panics at the vet, you will probably have experienced this first hand. There are plenty of experiences in life that are not the end of the world, but our dogs categorise those…
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October 24, 2023 0

Distinguishing between fear and anxiety in dogs

Is it important to distinguish between fear and anxiety in dogs? Can we even distinguish between them? Does it matter? Thinking about canine emotions can be very tricky. On the one hand, if we think of our dogs experiencing the full range of emotions in exactly the same way humans do, we misunderstand the canine…
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October 17, 2023 0

How To Create Predictability for Fearful Dogs

Many of us spend weeks, months or even years trying to help our dogs feel better about unpleasant situations. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not that we’re putting dogs into awful situations. It’s just that there are things they’d rather not do. Vet visits, for instance. Grooming or handling sometimes. Usually these involve mildly unpleasant…
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October 10, 2023 0

When Fear Paralyses Our Dogs: How to Move On

A few months ago, I started working with a dog named Barley whose fears were increasing. It had got to the point where he’d freeze on walks and refuse to go any further. Some days, he wouldn’t leave the house at all. His caregivers didn’t know how to cope and it was increasingly overwhelming. Barley’s…
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October 3, 2023 0

Dog Skills #101 for Resilience

If you’re anything like me, you may be reluctant to accept that training could make the difference for your reactive dog. It may whiff of women in tweed and brogues, completely at odds with how you want to live your life with your dog. You may also think that there’s not much benefit in doing…
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September 26, 2023 0

Why Our Teen Dogs Struggle With Resilience

It’s not a surprise that many shelters, behaviour consultants and dog trainers see a lot of adolescent dogs. It’s almost inevitable that the perfect pup that seemed to have made such a great start with life then seems to struggle later on. This is more obvious, of course, if our dogs did not have the…
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September 20, 2023 0

Socialisation: a misunderstood concept in dog training?

Last year, one of my clients said something that made me really reflect. She had a ‘pandemic puppy’ and wondered how much this had been responsible for her dog’s behaviour around other dogs. She was almost weeping as she told me how she felt entirely responsible for her dog’s reactive barking and lunging. “I didn’t…
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September 12, 2023 0

How to Build Vital Resilience Skills with Puppies

In the this short series, we have been looking at the factors that contribute to an adult dog’s coping skills as far as life is concerned. We know that genetics plays a role in building emotionally stable adult dogs. Most people understand that parental traits can be passed on to puppies. It’s no different with…
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September 5, 2023 0

Vital Strategies for Canine Resilience: Nurturing Puppy Growth

In the past two posts, we’ve looked at key components to resilience in dogs. Genetics plays its role. Stable personality traits like anxiety, pessimism, curiosity and optimism have heritable qualities. We also looked at the role played by prenatal stress. Unfortunately, with commercial breeding establishments and puppy farms, it’s more likely that looks are prioritised…
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August 29, 2023 0

The hidden impact of prenatal stress on dogs

Many dogs struggle to cope with all kinds of stressors in life. Often, I see strategies that focus on reducing stress in day-to-day living. Good quality sleep, exercise, mental stimulation and nourishment are a vital part of that. However, sometimes we run the risk of thinking that we can turn a highly sensitive dog into…
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August 22, 2023 0