Learn dog language

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 23, 2016, 08.30 PM IST A friend recently shared a video that has been making the rounds on the internet. She was not able to comprehend what was going on. The video showed a dog sitting in front of a big cake, curling his lips back in a … Continue reading Learn dog language

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 http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/images/cache/cache_6/cache_4/cache_4/Dog-Massage-Table-2-ab818446.jpeg 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

Transitioning dogs indoors

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Nov 9, 2015, 09.28 PM IST One of the most frustrating problems new pet parents face is when their dog pees in an inappropriate place. Dogs are often punished for this behaviour. Pet parents often reach out to me asking for the dog to be toilet-trained. But more often … Continue reading Transitioning dogs indoors

Understanding barking

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jul 13, 2015, 10.15 PM ISTBarking is a component of a dog's language. It may be annoying to humans, but it is meant to communicate something. Given our desire for fast and easy solutions we might just shush the dog and not really listen to what he/she is saying to us.Unfortunately … Continue reading Understanding barking

Dealing with unwanted behaviour

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jul 6, 2015, 08.51 PM ISTIn a recent video making the rounds on the internet, a boisterous Dane is nipping at his guardian. When my clients came to me with a similar problem, I did a simple exercise with them, trying to understand what was causing this behaviour and how to … Continue reading Dealing with unwanted behaviour

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

Toilet training a puppy

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 1, 2015, 09.10 PM ISTToilet training puppies is the simplest in terms of technique, but the most demanding in terms of patience. It relies on some basic traits of a dog. A puppy, without any training, has some natural preferences when it comes to elimination. Puppies like porous surfaces to … Continue reading Toilet training a puppy

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