CANINE HEALTH WARNING
We have been informed recently that dogs are being taken ill after walking in the Sandall Beat, Cantley Park areas of Doncaster and more recently in Kings Wood Bawtry. Several dog have been treated for excessive vomitting and diarrhoea, some have been very lethargic. In anticipation of another autumn of SCI (seasonal canine illness) we have decided to give health warnings on our facebook site. A very good reason to befriend us, we liase with local vets and council rangers can spread the word about health concerns in the local area very fast.
Our own research into this issue leads us to belive that this illness is probably linked to Harvest Mites that bite both dog and human. The advice that we give to our clients is to stay out of woodland from August to November, this is obviously weather dependent, a note of caution is that we would expect a freeze by November which should kill the Harvest Mites.
Due to the increasing popularity of our classes we can no longer accept people just turning up on the day for training classes. As of the 18th of January 2014 new clients will have to enrol their dogs onto one of our classes before they can start.
Also we have made changes to both class structure and our aims and objectives, this is due to changes to legislation and the Dangerous Dogs Act. We now offer a Controlled Dog Award rather than good citizen award (which we feel does not prepare owners for the changes in legislation). This is a three stage progression ending with a final assessment. We have decided that we will now be running classes mid week as requested by many of our clients.
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Welcome to Dog Whispers
Many people struggle to control their dog because they do not understand that canines need a hierarchical structure with boundaries rules and limitations, without this structure dogs would not survive in the wild. Dog Whispers bridges the gap between dog and owner and helps people and dogs understand each other.
We now offer more services to the community including one to one workshops, CPR and first aid courses (taught by a veterinary nurse) educational courses (taught by a qualified lecturer) nutritional advice (given by a qualified nutritionist) expert witness and risk assessment for the courts (prepared by a professional psychologist BPS Recognition).
As always Dog Whispers does not advocate or promote harsh training. We do not trade with any company, groups or individuals who promote harsh training methods or associated products.
Dog Whispers uses a combination of reward based training with consequences of action for negative behaviour that the dog understands but does not induce fear or stress in the dog. Dog Whispers is headed by a trained dog psychologist and retired search and rescue dog trainer/handler.
The Dog Whispers Team is encouraged to strive for and achieve academic qualifications, our team consists of graduates and undergraduates. When considering a trainer or behaviourist you need to ask what qualifications they have and what type of insurance they have. However the best measure by far is to simply ask the trainer/behaviourist to see their own dogs and see for yourself how well behaved they are and how much control the handler has. Any trainer that refuses to let you see their dog/s should be avoided at all costs.
Dog Whispers aim is to help as many dogs and owners as possible at a very competitive rate that is manageable to the owner.
In our first nine years, Dog Whispers specialised in helping rescued dogs of all ages, breed and temperament to fit in with their new owners and surroundings. In that time we have helped over 2500 dogs overcome problems from a lack of confidence to dog on dog aggression, dog on human aggression and severe canine separation anxiety. We also offer our services to local rescue centres helping dogs in extreme circumstances and possibly facing euthanasia. In the last six years we have saved over sixty dogs lives by helping with behaviour problems and re-homing.
A great deal of people ask what is the difference between a dog trainer and a dog psychologist and how do they know which one they need. This is easy ask yourself am I the leader of my pack, to help you look at the checklist below:
- Does your dog listen to YOU?
- Does your dog wake up when YOU get up in the morning?
- Does your dog let YOU answer the door to visitors?
- Does your dog wait patiently and calmly for YOU to return home from work?
- Does your dog stay off YOUR furniture?
- Does your dog move out of YOUR way when you want to pass?
- Does your dog greet YOUR visitors calmly with respect?
- Does your dog urinate and defecate where YOU want it to?
- Does your dog wait patiently for food?
- Does your dog wait patiently for attention, such as play and affection?
- Does your dog go through doorways in front of YOU?
- Does your dog allow YOU to take food from him/her?
- Does your dog allow you to take toys away from him/her?
- Does your dog walk nicely on the lead?
- Does your dog recall when YOU call him/her?
If you answer no to any of the above your dog has leadership issues, if you answer no to all don't panic all is not lost. With problems such as these you need a dog psychologist not a dog trainer.