What is “aggression” anyway?

What is “aggression” anyway?

Aggression. It’s a pretty emotive term. It feels awful to be told or accused of having an aggressive dog. But...

Getting away with it

On a recent trip to Perth WA, I noticed some people doing their best to get away with stuff that...

Just say no to on-leash greetings?

There’s a few memes going around advising to “just say no” to on-leash greetings. Largely I agree – if possible, regardless...

Consistency

Consistency

Let’s start with the definition again, cos that was fun last time: noun consistent behaviour or treatment the way in...

Jumping Jack dog is not such a gas gas gas

Jumping Jack dog is not such a gas gas gas

Especially when you have a large dog, jumping up is not considered a polite behaviour. Some people don’t mind, some...

My dog eats things that aren’t food, like poo!

My dog eats things that aren’t food, like poo!

(inappropriate eating / pica / coprophagia) Yep, they’re dogs and sometimes they gross us out by rolling in something stinky...

The barking is driving my neighbour nuts!

The barking is driving my neighbour nuts!

Inappropriate or excessive dog barking and howling is one of the most complained about things, not just by neighbours but...

My cat poops in my pot plants / outside the litter box!

My cat poops in my pot plants / outside the litter box!

(inappropriate toileting in cats) Cats are actually kind of good for this – if toileting habits change, it is a...

My dog poops in the house!

My dog poops in the house!

(inappropriate toileting in dogs) Where are they allowed to go? Always use lots of praise when they go there. It...

Waiting for dinner

Waiting for dinner

A really good skill to teach, waiting for your release before chowing down teaches impulse control (ie, the dog or...