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Episode 131 - The Gift of Growl and Difficult Dog Training


Released Sat April 21, 2012
Length: 0:54:18
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The Gift of Growl

A dog when he growls is saying something along the lines of, "Please go away, I really don't want to hurt you".
 - Pat Miller

Most of us have heard our dogs growl - but do you realise how precious a gift your dog's growl can be? A growl is a warning that a dog is unhappy, and should alert the owner that action is necessary. However, the form that action takes is crucial to your dog's happiness - the important thing is never to scold a growl; so just how should we respond to a growl? Pat Miller has the answers. She explains why dogs growl and how we should react.

Pat was a humane officer at the Marin Humane society in California for over twenty years, before qualifying as a CPDT trainer and opening her own training establishment, Peaceable Paws. She is also the training editor of The Whole Dog Journal. In this interview, host Julie shares how she found Rusty's growl to be a very useful warning, and how she found and greatly appreciated Pat's article, The Gift of Growl. You can hear Pat giving some great advice on how to have a calm dog in DogCast Radio Episode 72.

Difficult Dog Training

Until I started doing what I do there wasn't anywhere that people with disruptive, challenging, noisy dogs could actually go and get their issues sorted out.
 - Steven Havers

While most dogs and owners take to dog training with very few problems, and enjoy classes and the company of other dogs, what happens to those who have a demanding or aggressive or noisy dog? It can be difficult for them to find help, and almost impossible for them to find a situation to let their dog work out how they should be behaving. Steven Havers is an expert on difficult demanding dogs, and many of the dogs who attend his classes have been rejected by other trainers.

Steven doesn't use treats, toys or fear in his training, and insists that if you get the relationship right between you and your dog, the dog will start to behave better. He runs classes and offers home visits to cope with a variety of problems. His greatest reward is when he sees a previously trouble dog relax. To find out more about Steven visit his Specialised Dog Training website, and you can hear him talking about the dog sport of Schutzhund in Episode 108 of DogCast Radio.

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