Frustration

1. the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. 2. the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfilment of something. Frustration is at the root of children’s tantrums, but continues to surface well beyond childhood years. Aggressive outbursts are signs of ‘active’ frustration – leading to behaviour which vents outwards. Self medication, […]

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Symptoms and causes

If your dog was hopping about on 3 legs, would you insist that it walked on all 4, or would you check the carried leg for a problem? Silly question I know, but bear with me please . In that situation it’s really clear that the carried leg is a SYMPTOM and there is an underlying CAUSE of injury or […]

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Informal survey of causes of dog aggression/ reactivity

On his FB page, English trainer John Rogerson asked for people’s opinions on this topic. Please note this is an INFORMAL survey of OPINIONS. This still makes it interesting and worthy of discussion because most responses came from trainers with experience of dog training/ behaviour issues, but it isn’t a well organised random sampling of the population. It’s a sampling […]

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