canine behaviour

Canine predatory chase behaviour

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Photo credit: © Cumbria dog training photography When Fenton, the black Labrador, chased deer in Richmond Park hotly pursued by his frantic owner a few years ago, he become an instant social media star.  His owner repeatedly called after Fenton but the dog kept running; this video (see below) illustrates canine predatory chase, one of […]

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Two hearts beat as one

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Talk to most dog owners and they’ll agree that nothing beats that pleasure we get when greeted by our pet after a separation.  You could even argue that this outward display of affection, when we return home, is when owners feel at our most ‘loved’ by Fido.  We know that the special connection between dog […]

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Did my pets know I was ill before I did?

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners that suggest their pets have sniffed out or alerted in some way their human friend to an illness or disease.  Indeed, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of dogs being trained to alert when an owner is likely to have an […]

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Mirroring and matching in dogs

Most people know I’m almost obsessive when it comes to how dogs communicate, especially canine body language.  But I’m also hooked on human interactions too; whether that’s understanding how a person recalls an incident by watching their representational systems, or being completely honest – useful when asking the other half how many pints he had […]

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Dog’s memory – more important than smell

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A new study from Duke University’s Canine Cognition Centre suggests that memory may be more important than smell when dogs are trying to find a hidden treat.  The team used data from more than 500 dog owners around the world via their online website – Dognition, the brainchild of Dr Brian Hare.  The scientists wanted […]

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Watch Hanne in action: Retrieva Tracking Collar

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60 Seconds With Dr Ian Dunbar

Dr Ian Dunbar is an animal behaviourist, veterinarian, trainer, writer, educationalist and seasoned broadcaster.  Ian revolutionised dog training in the early 1980s when he taught the world’s very first off-lead puppy socialisation and training classes.  Known for his wit (he does great impressions of a German Shepherd) and considered a leading authority on all things […]

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Traditional training versus Modern methods

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It was only a few centuries ago that scientists and philosophers believed dogs were dumb animals incapable of thought.  Descartes, suggested dogs had no intelligence, reasoning or consciousness, instead they were controlled by physical reflexes and unthinking responses to things that stimulate them. Darwin challenged this with the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’ […]

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So your dog humps? It’s ok.

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I was speaking with one of my students at Puppy & Dog School and the discussion of mounting cropped up.  Her not quite 11 weeks old puppy had mounted some friends recently and she was told it was because her little one was being dominant.  It is sweeping statements like these made by well-meaning friends […]

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Dog massage – ‘Galen in action’ with Caroline Durrant

Our four-legged friends stand on their toes, ankles in the air with their knees forward.  Imagine doing that all day and you will have a better idea of the weight and stress Fido puts on his muscles and joints.  It takes lots of energy, strength, and flexibility to chase squirrels, scratch behind ears, wrestle with […]

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