APBC members supporting PAWS at Dogs for the Disabled!
Stephanie Hedges, Justyna Ratczak, Ingrid Haskal, Tara Bates and Rebecca Heyworth spent a successful day learning about the unique new project by Dogs for the Disabled with Katie Bristow-Wade and Amy Davies (and of course India the dog!)
There is lots of information now available about puppy socialisation and finding a good breeder. However, I find that many prospective owners are usually ruled by their hearts as soon as they see the litter. It is difficult to resist a puppy once seen, be it because it is cute or perhaps because one feels sorry for it if it is being kept in bad conditions. As a dog will usually be living with its o
wners for between ten to fifteen years, it is vital that background research is done, before viewing the
APBC Approved Links to Dog Safety Resources for Children and Parents
Whenever a dog bites a child or is deemed a dangerous dog it often makes the headlines. Rows break out, social networking sites are established and media campaigns are fought with fury. Emotions run high especially when children are involved and distressing for all concerned including the child their family and not forgetting the owners of the dog.
Practical Handling Skills 2 Day Course – April 2012
Big issues in tiny packages
Rebecca Heyworth reports on how Sally Jones and Karen Wild, full members of the APBC, skilfully guided 24 willing handlers and 18 dogs through this course on practical handling for the behaviour professional.
An amazing day! Who knew there was so much to learn about a dogs nose? From a dog’s perspective, they see the world through their nose. Plenty of material for us to listen to for a whole day, as we did at the APBC 2012 conference on 3rd March.
Why setting boundaries can be all about negotiation
There has been much debate as to why humans started to keep other species as pets. Most of us these days keep dogs and cats to enjoy their company and to get pleasure from knowing that they also enjoy being with us.
It is partly because of this that I find very sad when I come across situations where this key element of the pet/owner relationship has been badly damaged.
Playing games with your dog is an important part of relationship building and also provides improved mental stimulation. Meeting your dogs ’mental stimulation requirements’ is just as important as meeting your dog’s exercise requirements. There are many dogs that can be ‘run’ for long periods and still seem full of energy when returning home - this usually indicates a degree of under-stimulation—your dog may be physically tired but not mentally tired.