Alpha dog. Alpha roll. Pack leader. Pack hierarchy. Pack rank. Our intrepid blogger Tanya Hawkes from Wales, UK, takes on the controversial topic of Dominance Theory. Why is this outdated and harmful theory still around? Tanya discusses where it came from, how it harms our dogs and why it persists.
Zac is a rescue dog from Tunisia, now living in the UK with his adoptive mom, Sam. In part 3 of Zac’s adventures, we learn that Zac’s dislike of the freezer/garden in the cold of March, keeps him holding his bladder for up to 18 hours! In this funny but touching story of a dog born to the streets of Tunisia, his fear of everything new in his adoptive home in Kent, England, and of his blossoming personality and confidence, we see this wonderful dog evolving to his happier self. But we also see every rescue dog everywhere, doing their best to acclimate to a world of newness and uncertainty, but one filled with love and promise.
How do you know if your dog is in pain? Dr. Edward of The Healing Vet has found that more than 50% (!) of the dogs he’s assessed for pain are suffering and hardly any of their owners know it. In this blog post Dr. Edward discusses how dogs express pain with their body language, and he gives us a list of signs to look for—whether it’s acute or chronic pain. In Part 2 of Dogs in Pain, Dr. Edward will discuss treatments for pain—both conventional and holistic. Coming soon!
Do you ever pass homeless people and their dogs on the street? Have you ever wondered what their life is like – both the person’s AND the dog’s? Have you thought about the unique medical needs of dogs on the street? Ever wondered what you could do to help them? Blogger and trainer Tanya Hawkes gives us a look inside the world of homeless people and their dogs, with a particular focus on the UK, although the same challenges are faced by homeless people and dogs worldwide. Thanks to Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) London for sharing insights and stories of the homeless dogs and people they help.
Part 2 of a series on Zac—a Tunisian shelter dog adopted by Sam in the UK. Sam shares the story of how Zac’s nose led this frightened boy out into the big wide world one brave baby step at a time. Zac’s journey from being a shut down, frightened, homeless dog who spent his whole life in a shelter in Tunisia, to his journey to the UK to Sam’s home, and how he slowly came out of his shell, is one of shelter and street dogs all over the world. Sam’s love for Zac and humorous exuberant storytelling, make it fun to follow Zac’s adventures!
Dog-dog aggression is something many dog owners deal with. Dog trainer and trainer educator, Kristi Benson, has written an eye-opening and extremely informative blog post on how to approach dog-dog aggression, which often depends on the type of aggression. Sometimes, nothing needs to be done. In other contexts, dogs may need training and behavior modification using modern, humane methods. Fear is one common reason for dog-dog aggression, and Kristi explains why using techniques to scare or hurt dogs has no place in the training of dog-aggressive dogs. We have effective, humane methods for modifying dog behavior in the 21st Century. There is no place for yelling, shock collars, prong collars, choke collars, swatting, leash jerks, or collar pops. These outdated aggressive techniques can actually make dog-aggressive dogs more aggressive.