One dog represents the catalyst, the trigger for my transformation into a writer specialising in canine training and behaviour with particular focus on the sensitive souls that come under the label of 'reactive dogs'. A dog needing extra help, empathy, and understanding to cope with our world, and my devoted companion laying at — or when cold, on — my feet as I type. Finn is the reason that I found my way into the dog world, and the inspiration behind all that I do now I am here.
This is something that is so close to my heart, having been there as the guardian of a scared and misunderstood dog. One of my passions has become providing help and support for these dogs and the humans who live with them, My aim is to guide both canine and human towards a more relaxed and easier relationship with the world around them, whether by talking through what the dog is feeling, how to help change those feelings, or providing emotional support and an empathetic ear for the people involved.
Send me a message via the Contact page if you need some completely non-judgemental help and support.
Dogs are one of the most popular companion animals, and many of them go through life confident and happy with the world around them. A significant number do not - the scared dogs, the anxious dogs, the ones who are terrified when approached by another dog, person, or a whole range of possible things. These dogs react to the causes of their fear in a range of ways, all of which combine to make what are called 'reactive dogs', the ones who cannot cope and have to find a way to tell us. They may be labelled 'bad’, ‘aggressive’, or 'vicious' when they are none of those things. They are scared, and it is up to us to learn and to help.
Learn how fear, anxiety and stress affect the dog. Follow the chemical and physiological changes that happen in the fear response. Find out the potential causes of reactive behaviours, and how to help a puppy have the best chance of avoiding reactivity as they grow and mature into an adult. Discover how to help the reactive dog develop a better relationship with the world. Finish reading this book better understanding reactive dogs.
Find my ebooks via my Books2Read page. Paperbacks available from Amazon. UK purchasers can order paperbacks direct from me. Message for more details via this site's 'Contact Me' page.
An empathetic guide to Impostor Syndrome, including information on what it is, how to tell if you are suffering from it, and techniques to help reduce its impact and influence on your life and career.
I am very proud to say that I am now part of the wonderful tutor team at Canine Principles. My opinion of the courses CP offer is clear, and I am so happy to have the chance to help future students learn.
I have written blogs for Canine Principles on a range of subjects: quality dog walks, dogs as a career, and solving some common problems. Check them out, and the brilliant CP founder, Sally Gutteridge!
A great subscription learning resource, with a range of courses to help people understand their dogs better. There are also loads of video workshops (including some from yours truly) all for £20/month!
Blue Merle Minion Facebook page, with links to blogs, some funnies, anecdotes about the chaos of living with a blue merle whirlwind and other snippets of fun and information.
Many pictures of a certain handsome blue merle boy, infographics, funnies and links to interesting things. The original IG account I created, and the busiest.
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