Commands or Negotiations

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jul 4, 2016, 09.37 PM IST I was recently in conversation with a friend, discussing the difference between "heel" and loose leash walks. "Heel" is based on the principle of instructing a dog. Loose leash walks on the other hand are based on negotiating with a dog. So the … Continue reading Commands or Negotiations

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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?

Socializing children and dogs

Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Apr 18, 2016, 10.03 PM IST When Nishi, my boxer, was a little puppy, a few friends came over to see her. A couple brought their daughter along. The couple themselves were not very comfortable with dogs. So I once asked why they wanted to meet Nishi. The mother told me … Continue reading Socializing children and dogs

Snipping puppy dog tails?

Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Apr 12, 2016, 02.49 PM IST Today I'd like to share my thoughts on tail docking, earcropping and removal of the dew claw. Such practices have been around for a long time, and each time, different reasons are cited for them. At one point, dog shows mandated such amputative procedures, making … Continue reading Snipping puppy dog tails?

How to walk your dog

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Apr 4, 2016, 08.23 PM IST We all know that our dogs need to be walked. We also know from experience that a dog that's not trained to walk could end up pulling a lot on the leash. This habit can not only get difficult for pet parents to … Continue reading How to walk your dog

Say NO to punishments

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jan 11, 2016, 09.24 PM IST  Dog training is a relatively young profession. The upside is that there are many trainers springing up. The downside is that there aren't any regulatory bodies or certification organisations for trainers. Research in the area is picked up a lot of momentum … Continue reading Say NO to punishments

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