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Causes of destructive behaviour:

Causes of destructive behaviour:   Attention-seeking: Chews many different items.  Happy to see owner on return.  Doesn’t appear stressed.  The same behaviour can be observed when the owner is present.  If owners are asked  to totally ignore the dog, the dog...
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Adopt a Senior Pet!

No Time To Teach New Tricks? Adopt a Senior Pet! The upcoming holiday season may be an excellent time to put some balance in your life and adopt a senior pet. Senior pets can and do bond very strongly with adopters. Many seem to understand they have been given another...
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Who is to blame?

An adult or child is attacked or killed by a dog, I blame the owners. Children should never be unsupervised with dogs. Never trust a child alone with a dog. Those who do are courting with danger. During the past year in  Europe many children have been killed by dogs...
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Do Dogs Reason?

Do Dogs Reason? All training should be based on the assumption that the dog does not reason and that he learns by association of ideas. For training purpose we try to create associations we want by reward. Reward: this can be applied in many ways depending on the...
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Coping with Bereavement

When our dog dies we feel we have lost a relationship based on mutual trust, unconditional love and understanding. Our dogs understand us better than our closest human companions, they read our body language and their sense of smell lets them know whether we are ill...
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You and Your Vet (1)

Preparing your dog for vet’s inspection:It is essential that all dogs are regularly inoculated and wormed, that is; inoculations and boosters every year, worming treatments every 3 months. The only effective worming products are available from your vets. Many...
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Divorce- Will Your Dog Come Off Worse?

Divorce is a sad fact of life. These human problems can cause stress to dogs. A dog is a social animal bonded to a family routine and a way of life, that relies on us for their mental, physical and emotional welfare. Dogs of course are frequently denied consideration...
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Can dogs see colours?

Can dogs see colours?  Answer: Yes Are dogs colour blind?  Answer: Yes Let me explain these two answers to you in a bit more in detail. Dogs can see coloursDogs not only see in shades of grey but also can see distinct colours contrary to what most people belief. About...
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Faeces eating

Faeces Eating ‘Coprophagia, to give the proper name  is a natural form of behaviour which most dogs learn from puppyhood when their mother will clean up after them. It happens more in puppies which come from rescue kennels and pet shops. It can also be started...
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Decide Whether to Get a New Dog

After the loss of a dog, you may question whether the time is right orwhether your family is emotionally ready to bring home another dog. Considerseveral factors before making your decision. How do we make the decision to bring another dog into our lives?Before...
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On the Forest Floor

This is a sad poem if you appreciate the beauty and innocence of a lovely bird. This little bird is dying and nobody stops to help.

Beneath some fallen leaves;
On the forest floor,
Lies a bird; silent.
Chirping no more…
The once esteemed beauty
Of his golden feathers,
Are now washed away,
By the rain and awful weather,
His wings are bent and broken;
He can barely fly,
The eagle-like heart he once had,
Is now beginning to die.
No one looks up to this bird anymore.
He is just another fallen object,
Lying on the forest floor…
The little bird, as he dies,
Looks up at the blue skies,
And no one even stops to cry,
Or to feel any emotions inside,
As his heart beats its last song,
No one wonders if they have done wrong.
As it was, the bird just needed love;
Love, all along.
But there was no one there,
To mend his broken wings,
There was no one there,
To listen to the song he would sing.
The people were too busy,
And too controlled by wealth,
To care at all about nursing a bird,
Back to proper health.
They could not look down,
To the broken, sad, and poor;
And spot a little bird,
Lying there,
On the forest floor,
They could not bend down,
And cup him in their palm.
They could not sooth him,
And make his beating heart calm.
But there was Someone,
Up in the sky,
He watched sadly,
As the little bird slowly died,
His hand reached down,
From the place in the sky,
It carried the bird up, up,
Way up high.
Now the bird is free,
Free again.
Free to chirp, free to sing,
A song of no end,
But, down here,
Where the bird once lay;
On the forest floor,
Things get harder;
Worse than they were before,
More things die,
And drop to the ground.
Things vanish away,
Without making a sound,
And while they are now happy,
We can not ignore,
The bird we left there to die,
On the forest floor.

© James V. Harker, Jr.

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David has been working with dogs for over 65 years starting his canine career in Israel serving with the K9 Police for 5 years.

He has been involved in all forms of dog training, including air-sea rescue, air scent work, along with drug and explosives detection. Before retiring David ran schools in Spain for 24 years specialising in free socialisation which he pioneered. David has devoted over 30 years to studying behaviour and the passive approach to dog training.
David is an Honorary Life Member of the British Police Services Canine Associationfor for his work and dedication to the canine industry. He is a Member of The Dog Training Industry Assoc. UK. and Federation of Dog Trainers & Canine Behaviourists.
David has his own Radio Show on Talk Radio Europe now in its 21st year inviting consultants behaviourists, trainers and many interesting people in the animal world. David every has appeared on many TV shows in the UK and the USA and writes for many weekly newspapers and magazines.
David was the pioneer and founder of the Nottinghamshire Hospice. You can listen to David the Dogman on Talk Radio Europe every Saturday at 10.00 CET, to listen TRE Live now, click here.

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