I saw Steve Collins, his wife Tina and their son Bill a couple of weeks ago to help them with their dog Marley (appropriately named). After the consultation, Steve contacted me to say that he was so impressed with the improvements in Marley that he would like to make a testimonial video for me. He had explained that he and Bill ran a video production company called Taking The Pixels. But I wasn’t prepared for how professional they were, and seriously underestimated the quality of their work. And what a really lovely family too, with a wonderful, positive attitude towards their dog, and a fierce determination to work together to achieve success. They are the embodiment of those clients that we always hope we will get as we leave the house on the way to meet them. As for their video production, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough, but I think it speaks for itself.
We should always try to do our best for our dogs, after all, they never asked us to buy them. But sometimes there can be a disparity between what’s best for them, and what we think is best for them. I see too many dogs who either developed behavioural problems through their daycare, or had some pre-existing issue made much worse. That is not to say that all daycare centres are bad, some are excellent. But some most definitely are not. Which is your dog in?
For me, this is one of the most irritating phrases. It tells me that the owner has little or no control of their dog, but lets it off the lead to inflict itself on anyone or anything it chooses, and tries to reassure everyone by shouting that he’s friendly, or he’s just a puppy, or he just wants to say hello. What they should be doing is keeping their dog on a lead until they can recall it effectively.
Part of the pleasure of owning a dog is watching them play. Having fun with them strengthens their bond with you, and encourages them to see you as a valuable resource, which is an invaluable part of their education. But sometimes, we are so engrossed in letting them have fun with others, that we forget to provide amusement for them ourselves. The result can be a dog who would rather run away from you in the park to play with ANYONE or ANYTHING other than you. Which is the main reason why recall can be so difficult to achieve.
Rob has been interviewed for television on a wide variety of issues, such as aggression, diet, puppies, and so called ‘dog experts’ and has helped campaign against Breed Specific Legislation.
On Dog Aggression
Rob teaches model Caprice, some basic dog training skills, when several others have failed.
Marc the Vet interviews Rob about neutering
We are constantly reminded about the importance of socialisation – how we will end up with a problem dog if we don’t adequately socialise our puppy. But no one tells us what correct socialisation is. How do we know how to do it, and if we are doing it correctly? This video helps point you in the right direction, so that you will see the difference between socialisation and over-exposure, which are two VERY different things.
Rhoda Wilson interviews Rob on what it takes to be a good owner, and more importantly to see dog ownership as a long term commitment, and discusses his book “The Trouble-Free Dog” .
End Breed Specific Legislation
Filmed at the London Peaceful Protest 2013 at the Houses of Parliament
What We Should Know About Dog Food
Do you have any idea what it means when your dog food uses the word ‘meaty?’ It usually means little or no actual meat. Or when it uses the word ‘with’ tasty chicken, which usually means 4% chicken. This video will help you to understand some of the jargon intended to mislead you.
Teach Your Dog To Recall Reliably.
This has to be one of the most important lessons that you will teach your dog. But many owners spend the first few months with their puppy teaching it to obsess with everyone and everything other than them through inappropriate socialising. They are then surprised to find that after encouraging him to want to play with every dog, and be handled by every person, that he then doesn’t recall.