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Do you get complaints from the neighbours when you go out, or wish you could hear yourself speak while on the telephone? You're not alone! Barking comes naturally, but many people find it one of the most difficult problems to treat. Did you know that dogs can communicate...
There are many ‘quick fix’ products available to dog owners who wish to modify the behaviour of their pet. One such device is the electronic collar. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors advises that the use of devices that rely on pain or discomfort to modify behaviour are...
Does your dog dread a spin in the saloon so much that he refuses to get in? Or is he a poor traveller that braves the torments of the road?
The castration of dogs is an emotive issue which veterinary surgeons and behaviourists sometimes recommend to help cure certain behaviour problems. Sometimes the idea is met with resistance, particularly by some male owners, despite all the evidence and arguments raised in favour of the operation.
One in five of the dogs that Dr Valerie O’Farrell (1986) studied while conducting research at Edinburgh (Royal Dick) University Veterinary School had a behavioural problem to a lesser or greater extent. A similar, but larger, American study fixed the figure at one in...
Having looked at the theoretical aspects of early socialisation and habituation in Part 1, what are the actual mechanics required to achieve it?
Over the past few years an increasing number of people have moved away from the traditional idea of keeping a rabbit in a hutch by bringing it into the home.
After litter-training queries, the second most common problem encountered by house-rabbit owners is chewing. Rabbits in the wild spend up to high percentage of their waking hours obtaining food but providing a bowl of concentrate food and hay will, at most, occupy your rabbit for a couple of hours...
Here are a few tips to help you handle your hamsters without getting bitten: Make sure that you obtain a young hamster from a breeder who has been handling them frequently from the age of 4 weeks. When you are with the breeder get him or her to show you how to handle the youngster so...
Today, the dog owner who experiences problems with their pet is fortunate to be able to consult with specialist behaviour counsellors Whilst advice can be detailed in the resulting behaviour modification programme, the necessary steps needed to resolve those of an aggressive &...
The subject of how dominance should be defined is often discussed. In particular there has been criticism that it is often misdiagnosed as the cause of behaviour problems. Obviously such criticism is correct but some commentators have also tried to re-interpret the effect of...
When we describe a dog’s behaviour, character or temperament we use labels such as a “dominant temperament” to communicate to each other what we have observed, but as soon as we do we pigeonhole the dog into a type.
By the time puppies are 7-8 weeks old and ready to go to new homes, they will vary greatly in brain development depending on how they have been raised. This will have a profound effect on their future behaviour.
1. Introduction If you help raise puppies from birth until they are ready to go to new homes, you will have a tremendous impact on their character and behaviour as adults, and, hence, on their future lives. Following the guidelines in this article will help to ensure that the puppies you...
There are two things you need to consider when buying a puppy:
Many leading animal behaviourists are concerned that the “dominance” model of pet dog behaviour continues to survive, despite the accumulating evidence that it is at best unhelpful and at worst highly detrimental.
The information within these FAQs has been provided by David Ryan, Chairman of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). The advice offered is recognised by the ASAB Accreditation Committee as reflecting good practice by those working in the field of clinical behaviour in companion...
An evaluation of the use of resource control programmes in modifying dog behaviour.
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