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Dog behaviour therapy of a streetdog: a mystery to be solved

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Behaviour therapy cases are often a mystery to be solved. We get a very detailed history from the owners, we have a long conversation with them and ask tons of questions, we test and observe the dog. And then a picture can form. Take this one whom I saw recently. This adorable young man was   …Continue Reading


When is it OK to pick up my dog?

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  Author: Laure-Anne ViselĂ© Written on: 17 Feb 2020   Is it OK to pick up your dog? Actually, that depends.   My dog is scared, and I want to help him In the following situations, it is absolutely a good idea to pick up your dog, as long as…  Your dog does feel safe in   …Continue Reading


Fear Free veterinary handling

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Laure-Anne, one of OhMyDog’s behaviourists, is Fear-Free certified. This means that you can book training sessions to help your dog cope with veterinary procedures and help reduce fear/aggression or stop them from developing.  Without Fear-Free training, many dogs, particularly chronic patients, become scared of veterinary treatments.  Fear-Free training help dogs feel calmer, and even collaborate, during   …Continue Reading


Separation anxiety? Different diagnoses

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Summary of the findings of: Santos de Assis et al, 2019: “Developing diagnostic frameworks in veterinary behavioural medicine: disambiguating separation related problems in dogs“       The ‘separation anxiety’ diagnosis gets thrown around quite a lot, but is that justified – or even helpful? There seem to be different forms of separation problems, and   …Continue Reading


Well of course he listens. You’re using TREATS

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Grrrrr! In one dog walk, I was told:   – When I had to call my dog a 2nd (not 3rd, not 4th, not 5th; SECOND time) as I called him at a distance while he was playing with another dog.    “Well. What do you expect when you work with treats?”    – When   …Continue Reading


Definition, victims and facilitating factors of severe dog on dog aggression (research article summary)

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Schilder, van der Borg, Vinke – 2019 – Intraspecific killing in dogs: Predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes, and motivations (link to partial view here) – Jnl Vet Beh Vol. 34 Nov-Dec 2019, pp. 52-59  The University of Utrecht’s team of dog behaviour specialists has had another noteworthy article published.   …Continue Reading


Dog chews: safety tips

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Tip: Give your dog tons of opportunities to chew. Do ensure that:  1. It has as little added to it as possible (no added sugar, salt, etc.). Standard raw hide is good. 2. Choose irradiated (bestraald) raw hide over bleached.  3. Choose a size that is too large for your dog to put completely in   …Continue Reading


Ledoux’ assertion that animals have no emotions. Don’t confuse fact and opinion

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Joseph Ledoux (neuroscientist) has made the headlines of most popular newspapers recently, with the statement that animals have no emotions. This is a huge deal, and you shouldn’t keep spreading the one-liner without context. Another example of science journalism getting it wrong, with a massive impact for animal welfare the world over. 1. Joseph Ledoux   …Continue Reading


The little pug that barked…

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And we get another review! This time, about behaviour therapy.  I am particularly proud of Melanie’s words, because it we ((Melanie and I) have worked hard on this case. This was absolutely no quick fix. Gryneth had gotten into the habit of barking on many situations: when she was a little confused, when she was   …Continue Reading


Dogs and kids: do you make the right choices?

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  OhMyDog focuses a lot on the dog-child dynamic. Dogs and kids can be a wonderful combinations, or it can be a disaster waiting to happen.  It turns out that interactions between child and dog are surrounded by myth and hear-say, and it can result in unsafe practices. Well-meaning parents often miss red flags that   …Continue Reading