Advice

Acceptable toys and games

By Paula Jordi

Playing with your dog is not only important for the dog’s development, but also strengthens the human/canine bond.

Puppies begin to play with their mother and each other as soon as they start to walk, around three weeks of age. They first start, in a clumsy way, by waving a front paw at each other, progressing on to more dominance-related games. These games teach puppies...

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Leadership is not dictatorship

By Paula Jordi - Accredited Animal Behaviourist

Whenever I think of the necessary requirements in assuming pack leadership, whether in the animal or human world, words that come to mind are “calm”, “quiet”, “consistent”, “creating balance” and, most importantly, “mutual respect”. It never ceases to amaze me how differently my clients’ perception of what assuming leadership means. To them, leadership is about being harsh, loud, violent and...

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Protection - True or False?

By Paula Jordi (Accredited Animal Behaviourist)

Balanced pack members will instinctively protect their pack.

In this modern world of ever-increasing violent criminal activity, it is no wonder that people are concerned, some to the point of obsession, about the need for security and protection. High walls with electric fencing, alarm systems, cameras and the employment of security companies are not sufficient –there must be dogs too, preferably powerful breeds, and a whole pack of them. Humans have...

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Dog Attacks - Canine or Human Criminals?

By Paula Jordi

Over the last few years, dog attacks have been steadily on the rise, the most shocking fact being that the majority of the victims knew the dogs that attacked them.

Children seem to be at a greater risk of being bitten by a dog than any other age group, including sleeping infants. Not all dog attacks are fatal, but the sustained injuries can be both cosmetically and psychologically devastating. Most dog attacks are preventable...

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Jobs for dogs

By Paula Jordi

The importance of exercise and discipline in a dog’s life

Left - Paula Jordi’s Golden Retriever, Mistrall thoroughly enjoying himself

Dogs, like humans, accumulate energy. Excessive energy not channelled in the right direction will result in unacceptable behaviour. I often consult with clients whose dogs are described as displaying “out of control” behaviour, only to find that their basic needs of exercise and discipline are not...

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ANTHROPOMORPHISM – when owners humanise their dogs

By Paula Jordi – Accredited Animal Behaviourist

Photograph by Pet Photography

“Anthropomorphism” is the term applied to the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to inanimate objects, animals or natural phenomena.

When consulting with clients, humanising their dogs is normally the first problem I address. Surrounded by an ever-increasing world of movies, television and books, where animals are constantly depicted as  being dressed up, speaking and thinking like humans,...

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Inspired by nature

By Paula Jordi – Accredited Animal Behaviourist

People do not intentionally set out to become bad owners but become that way through lack of simple common sense or instinct.

Dog attacks on people seem to be recurring more frequently than they did in the past. Aggressive dogs were few and far between, and I would consult with maybe one or two dog-on-human aggression cases within a year. I...

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The Benefits of a well trained dog

By Paula Jordi - Accredited Animal Bahaviourist

Training is the best gift you can give your dog!

Left:Exie with all her certificates and rosettes – she is the highest qualified dog in the country.

What do you think would be the best gift you could give your dog? The latest toy? The softest bed? A bling collar? No, none of the above – the best gift you can give your...

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Follow my leader

By Paula Jordi - Accredited Animal Behaviourist

The art of loose leash walking

Modern day domestic dogs were bred for specific purposes, mostly working. What cannot be bred out of the dog, however, are its primal instincts, one being that dogs are natural born followers. Puppies are natural born followers and follow their mother, their first pack leader and role model. A pack leader is consistent, confident and stable. Puppies...

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