Dogs learn by association, linking a series of actions, sounds or observations with a particular outcome. Dogs don’t really know what we’re thinking – though they might sometimes look as though they do! While many dog owners have a balanced and harmonious relationship with their pets, many others are beset with behavioural problems in their dog. Each year, hundreds of such owners bring their dogs to my practice and, as part of my work, I show them what makes their particular dog tick and, … [Read more...]
A Dog's Basic Instinct
A dog’s behaviour is basically governed by his instinctive survival drives for living in the wild, like his cousin the grey wolf. These inherited modes of behaviour regulate how a dog will relate to both humans and other dogs. It’s up to us – as the supposedly more intelligent species – to try to understand the dog’s mind. That is, how it functions and what we can do to accommodate the dog’s natural needs and produce a relationship that is straightforward, harmonious and mutually enjoyable.
When owners cannot discern their dog's real limits of reasoning then they can become frustrated or feel let down by their furry friend's behaviour when their dog appears to be being difficult. A psychological insight between owner and dog. On a quiet evening as you relax by the fire (or is it a radiator these days?) your dog asleep nearby, we often wonder and try to imagine what our dog thinks, why they do the things they do and quizzically ask ourselves what our dogs think of us. We think … [Read more...]