anxiety, Behaviour, Dogs, help, kids, Puppies, scared of dogs, talking dog, training

Shut up and listen!

I am working through a mini parenting programme to assist with some concerns I have around parenting. One of the foundations that I have learnt is that we often try "to do" something when our kids are struggling with their big emotions. They (they being those that have infinitely more wisdom than I on the… Continue reading Shut up and listen!

Dog Aggression, Dogs, help, pulling on the lead, Rescue dogs, scared of dogs, training, Uncategorized

Trust your dog

I find that sometimes I am  so busy trying to control and understand my dog's and my clients dog's behaviour, I forget trust is a 2 way thing. Most of us understand that in order for our dogs to respond us to us, they need to trust us, but what about our trust in them.… Continue reading Trust your dog

a little piece of mind, anxiety, Behaviour, Damian Mark Smyth, Dogs, pulling on the lead, Puppies, scared of dogs, training, Uncategorized

Do you ever feel like there is just too much dog behaviour advice available?

Yes, I believe there absolutely is, strange coming from someone who is always adding to the pot of dog behaviour advice, maybe, but I think it's really important that we recognise this, if for nothing else but our own sanity  or mine anyway! As a conscientious  dog behaviour coach I try to keep ahead of… Continue reading Do you ever feel like there is just too much dog behaviour advice available?

Behaviour, Dog Aggression, Dogs, help, Puppies, Rescue dogs, scared of dogs, talking dog, training, Uncategorized

Curious about your dog’s behaviour

Are you looking to improve your dog's behaviour ? Sometimes something as simple as your frame of mind will help. I often see clients who are in a state of panic regarding their dog's behaviour. They have a lovely calm, cuddly dog at home that turns into  a crazy dog as soon as they step… Continue reading Curious about your dog’s behaviour

Behaviour, Dog Aggression, Dogs, help, kids, scared of dogs, training, Uncategorized

Are you scared of dogs?

I was inspired while at a party this weekend to write about how many people find dogs scary. Having worked with hundreds of dogs in the last 12 years, if I am really honest,  it's not something I ever really think about! However, I have spent a bit of time in a few Edinburgh schools… Continue reading Are you scared of dogs?