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.
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 have been invited to join the wonderful team of tutors at Canine Principles. My opinion of the courses CP offer is clear throughout my site, and I am so happy to have the chance to help future students learn.
I write blogs for Canine Principles on a range of subjects: quality dog walks, dogs as a career choice, 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 very handsome blue merle boy, infographics, funnies and further links to interesting things. This was the original IG account I created, and is the busiest, full of new posts.
Clothing and accessories featuring the beautiful artwork created for Conversations with Collies. More products may well be added as time goes on.