Mark's Dog Blog

Where is society heading, and what does the future hold in regards to our relationship with the domesticated dog? We have an extremist and fanatical element pushing false and misleading information for no other reason than to push an emotive agenda, and this is apparently ok by societies standards now. The truth doesn't matter any more. Using emoti...
This is an article written by Dr Kersti Seksel on news.com.au . My response to her major points are in blue   AS A vet specialising in behavioural medicine, I see a lot of dogs with complex problems. About 20% of pets have an anxiety disorders (mental health issues), just like people. But sometimes the problems can occur when owners do not und...
Training or modifying simple behaviours has become too complicated and drawn out due to the fact that emotion in training has overridden simple logic. I was involved in a conversation in a FB group, about conditioning a dog not to jump on people. A dog trainer posted a video of him giving a simple but effective leash correction to stop a dog from j...
Did you know that anxiety in dogs is the major reason behind so many behavioural issues, such as; obsessive compulsive behaviours aggression (towards human or dog) fear self mutilation incessant barking separation stress bullying (other dogs or humans) lead pulling and frustration over the top excited behaviours and the list goes on. Don't listen t...
It's not OK for dog owners to say NO to their dog, but now its ok for a dog to say no to its owner! WTF?   The trainer in this article is advocating that we should allow dogs to make their own decisions by teaching the dog to say "No" to its owner   I agree, dogs should be conditioned to make the right choices, however to now say that the...
When we were young children, our parents taught us to respect their and other people's personal space. Hopefully as parents now you do the same for your children. However, how many teach their dog this very important rule? Not many. The number one rule I always advise my clients to adhere to is to teach their puppy/dog to respect personal space. Th...
I don't follow Victoria Stilwell, as in my opinion she has done a lot of harm to the dog training fraternity, with a lot of lies and publishing misleading information to push her ideology. A follower of mine (thanks, Sue Wright) sent me Victoria Stilwells latest blog, and I read it with interest. Some of what she says is true, in that there is no s...
As professional dog trainers and behaviour specialists, it is always important to be open, upfront, and honest with our clients, and of course the general public at large. Over the past 15 years or so, there has been a number of training methods that have sprung up, believing that the particular ideology or method is the saviour of our dogs, and is...
When we get a new puppy, we should never wait until unwanted behaviours such as jumping or overly excited behaviour has been learnt, before we then decide now that the dog is too big or out of control, we need to stop the behaviour. Its much easier and less stressful on a young dog if we set the rules from day one, at 8 weeks. Of course, it is much...
Many people ask me what the difference is between a dog behaviour specialist like me, and a Vet Behaviourist. Doesn't a Vet behaviourist have more qualifications than you, and therefore is our best option to help our dog? My reply is usually. A Dog trainer that also refers to herself/himself as a behaviour specialist, does so for very important rea...
Over the past 16 years or so, 2 words have had their meanings totally changed within the dog training world, by those that have an agenda to push, based on political correctness and pushed by emotive rhetoric, to enforce a new ideology that has no basis in reality. These 2 words are dominance and punishment. Both are now understood to mean abuse, i...
I have been working with dogs full-time in a professional capacity for 36 years now.. So I feel this gives me a right to voice my opinion on the major changes I have seen in dog behaviour over this period. I tell you... I have seen it all! This graph is borrowed from the website 'Victoria's future in responsible canine guardianship' ( https://respo...
Conditioning a dog to avoid a behaviour is not punishment, as we would punish a child for example. Punishment of an animal tends to come from a place of anger and/or frustration. When we punish a dog in anger or out of frustration, we are conditioning the dog to avoid the anger, frustration or person, and not the behaviour we actually want the dog ...
Whilst the practice of positive only training is allowed to influence dog owners through deception, the reliance on practices such as administering psychotropic mind altering drugs to dogs to mask behaviors will become an epidemic, if it hasn't already. Its a known fact, that you cannot replace an unacceptable behaviour by ONLY introducing an alter...

Latest Blogs

25 September 2018
Many ask why are a lot of my posts about punishment? Well, isn't that the major issue we have now in regards to raising our dogs correctly, not understanding the appropriate application & the misrepresentation of "positive punishment" and "negati...
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08 July 2018
I like to simplify things as much as possible when I am with clients to help them understand their dog better. One of the major hurdles most dog owners have when working through modifying behaviour is remaining consistent, and this means 'forever'.Wh...
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11 January 2018
It doesn't surprise me the emotive backlash I received from a 'few' dog owners in regards to my Facebook post, that a major part of the problem in regards to people humanising dogs and therefore the continuing rise in dog bites, dog attacks and aggre...
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01 January 2018
I don't mind people visiting to my Facebook page and disagreeing with my professional views, as everyone has a right to an opinion. What surprises me is how many become emotionally unhinged, just because a 'professional' has rocked their core beliefs...
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31 December 2017
"Your dog does not love you!"That is the number one comment I make that surprises many of my clients, and many even become upset that I would even suggest such a thing about their dog. When I am with clients where I can see that they are allowing emo...
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10 December 2017
One of the most difficult concepts for many of my clients to fully accept, when they have called me out for dogs that are highly strung, hyper-aroused, or suffer anxiety issues, is to cut back on the amount of affection they are giving to their dog, ...
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03 December 2017
Psychotropic medication should ALWAYS be a last resort.. Not the first go-to option that is now becoming so popular with Vet Behaviourists.The medical quick fix for behavioural issues at the expense of our dogs overall well being is at epidemic level...
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02 December 2017
I am angry..Yes angry, for 2 reasons. A beautiful GSD, forced onto psychotropic medication, and mainly due to a training methodology that wasn't offering him any guidance, discipline or structure around the home. Please note, I am in no way blaming m...
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