Is your dog embarrassing you?

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 16, 2016, 08.34 PM IST A client once described his problem as "My dog is acting dirty." It took me a while to figure that one out. But then I realised that we have all seen this so-called "acting dirty". Some call it 'humping'. Some call it 'mounting'. … Continue reading Is your dog embarrassing you?

Be attentive, but give your dog space

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Feb 15, 2016, 06.33 PM IST Are we giving our dogs adequate attention? Are we giving our dogs enough space? Surprisingly, in the case of many hyper dogs, the answer is "no" to both questions. Sounds contradictory? Let me explain. Clients with hyper dogs that are excessively vocal often … Continue reading Be attentive, but give your dog space

Pain always affects behaviour

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Dec 15, 2015, 04.00 AM IST I am not a dog trainer. I am a dog behaviour consultant. What that means is that I look at a dog's behaviour, try to understand what is causing that behaviour and address the problem at its root. Behavioural problems cannot be … Continue reading Pain always affects behaviour

It’s not child’s play

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Nov 30, 2015, 10.28 PM IST A friend of mine just had a baby. They also have two lovely dogs. As I sat at the hospital indulging in some baby-talk with the adorable baby, I got to thinking about how the baby might be introduced to the dogs. It … Continue reading It’s not child’s play

Keep calm and calm your dog

Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Nov 2, 2015, 11.44 PM IST My clients are often surprised by how their mood effects their dogs. But this should come as no surprise. Gone are the old days where we assumed dogs were dumb animals with no cognition. According to a study at Duke University, dogs are known to … Continue reading Keep calm and calm your dog

Not so fetching after all

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 8, 2015, 10.34 PM IST Posted in The Pet Professional Guild on September 25, 2015 by Sindhoor Pangal As science sheds more light on the popular game of “fetch”, it is fascinating to learn that “fetch” may not be that “fetching” after all. Stressed dogs in particular take longer to … Continue reading Not so fetching after all

Post adoption guide

Published: Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 26th, 2015 Have you made up your mind to get home a dog? Well, then there is something you need to know about moves – dog’s find moves very stressful. Your home may be the most loving home in the world. But your new dog has no way of … Continue reading Post adoption guide

Smelly Delights

Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 4, 2015, 08.35 PM ISTDogs don't act on the world by handling objects or by eyeballing them, as people might, or by pointing and asking others to act on the object (as the timid might); instead, they bravely stride right up to a new, unknown object, stretch their magnificent snouts within millimeters … Continue reading Smelly Delights

Self soothing objects

Published: Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Apr 27, 2015, 07.32 PM ISTWhen we feel tension in the body, we relieve that tension through movement. This results in hyperactivity or repetitive movements in an attempt to self soothe. What kind of self soothing we choose to use will depend on the individual, learned behaviours and the environment. We often see … Continue reading Self soothing objects

Rambunctious Teenagers

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jan 26, 2015, 09.37 PM ISTThe most common case I encounter at work is of juvenile hyper big dogs. Many pet parents are ill-equipped with information. So they struggle with the dog. Some abandon dogs. Some endure till the dog becomes mature and calmer. Some dogs may never get there. Pet … Continue reading Rambunctious Teenagers