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The Insecure Anxious Dog That Was Mothered Too Much

The Insecure Anxious Dog That Was Mothered Too Much

A Facebook post from 2018 that I wrote about dogs that are overly dependent and obsessed with their owner came up on my news feed. I decided to re-post it here with some additional information.  I find one of the biggest issues I come across here in Vietnam (but not only Vietnam), is dog owners mothering their dogs way too much, instilling overly obsessive and dependent behaviour. This is not healthy for any type of relationship, even between humans.  My 2018 Facebook post (edited) Social animals in the wild will in most cases display aggression if another animal is becoming to

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Are Some Rescues Being Responsible, Or Overly Emotional To The Detriment Of The Dog & Prospective Owners?

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Overall, dog rescues do an incredible job helping save the lives of so many dogs that have been abandoned, or taken off the streets, or as here in Vietnam, saved from the meat markets. These rescues work tirelessly for little to no financial gain, to try and help these dogs find loving homes. They do this job for no other reason than a deep love for dogs.  For this I commend them. The problem we have though is that many rescues believe every dog should be saved or adopted out, no matter its psychological or behavioural state. The belief is, by

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Without Discipline You Can Only Have Chaos

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Dog aren't born into this world for us to just shower them with love and affection, at the expense of discipline. Dogs, like any social animal, require guidance, structure, rules and boundaries. Without these your dog can only ever be in a state of psychological confusion (chaos). Whenever we offer a dog any interaction that makes the dog feel good, we are reinforcing a behaviour. Sadly, in many instances, dog owners are unintentionally reinforcing behaviours and emotional states that are not healthy for the dog, such as fear, hyper-arousal, overly anxious states; and mainly because humans can tend to be more

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My Dog Wants To Socialise, So Why Does He Become Aggressive?

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I had a discussion with a dog owner last week. His dog will unexpectedly display unprovoked aggression towards dogs and people, if he is allowed to approach them.  Client: "He looks like he wants to go and be friendly with the dog and will go up behind it and sniff it, but as soon as the dog turns and looks at him, he becomes aggressive, so we have to take him away". He will also walk up to people and sniff them like he wants to meet them, he looks friendly, and yet if the person then tries to look directly

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But My Dog Loves All Dogs! Really?

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I come across way too many dog owners with hyper-aroused or overly anxious dogs out walking their dog and allowing it to socialise with other dogs (or people), then get mad and punish the dog when contact with the other dog goes bad! Emotion is a good predictor of behaviour, not unlike humans. Your emotional state will determine how you will react to any given situation, and how the other person will perceive and therefore respond to your actions. You know yourself, when and what situations to avoid dependent on your current emotional state. Sometimes though we choose to ignore our

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Oh, Just Ignore The Behaviour

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I have lost count how many homes I have attended over the years (in the thousands), to find dogs totally distressed, and the dogs owner believing their dog is happy, and its current behaviour is cute. Also, therefore believing, its an indication their dog loves them so much, and missed them immensely whilst they were away from the home. They then actually encourage and continually reinforce this 'distressed' state their dog finds itself in believing the above to be true. In the majority of cases, ignoring a dogs unacceptable behaviour is not informing the dog that the current behaviour is in

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Are You A Good Guardian For Your Dog?

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This blog post is a continuation of my previous post Humanising Dogs Is Resulting In So Many Emotional & Behavioural Issues In Our Dogs. I cannot stress enough. We need to respect dogs for what they are. We need to understand and acknowledge that they have natural instincts and drives provided to them by mother nature that need to be satisfied for them to live a well balanced and psychologically stable and healthy life. Dogs (just like humans) need and instinctively seek structure in their life. They need to know and understand their social groups rules and boundaries, because without consistent

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Humanising Dogs Is Resulting In So Many Emotional & Behavioural Issues In Our Dogs.

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I find by far, the biggest obstacle confronting the family dog, and the major reason so many of them are not well balanced members of the family and suffer so many behavioural issues, is directly related to an unrealistic and overly emotional connection many owners have with their dog. Too many dog owners are allowing their emotions to override any sense of balanced reasoning, logic, and critical thinking, when it comes to their relationship with their dog. The majority of these are with the smaller breeds, however, definitely not limited too them. People are being flooded on social media, TV and

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Muzzle Choice Is Deadly Important!

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I see this way too often here in Vietnam. So many people walking their dogs with wrap-around muzzles on their dog. Your dog needs to be able to pant to pass air over its tongue to help it cool down. If you require that your dog wear a muzzle when out walking, please get a basket type muzzle that allows your dog to freely open its mouth to cool down and can easily drink whilst wearing it. Wrap-around muzzles restrict your dog’s ability to open its mouth enough to help cool down. Also, never place a muzzle on your dog without

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Dominance Theory. What Is It?

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I was asked a question by a live video consultation client yesterday. My client, whom has a new puppy, is currently doing live video and Zalo/WhatsApp support consultations with me to help guide her to raise her puppy correctly. This question, I believe, is very important for all dog owners to understand as there is so much misinformation about this subject. I therefore thought I would also post my response to my client here. What do you think of the dominance theory? That all depends on how one interprets "dominance theory". It is a fact, but so many misunderstand its true

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