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

Don’t hog the hug

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 9, 2016, 08.40 PM IST If you've been following any doggy news online, you must have come across the ongoing discussion about hugging dogs. For those of you who haven't, here's a gist. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor and neuropsychological researcher who has published award winning books regarding … Continue reading Don’t hog the hug

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

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

Good and Bad Touch

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Aug 18, 2014, 10.55 PM ISTTouch is such an important part of social lives. If someone punched me in the face, I would have no trouble identifying it as 'bad touch'. If someone shook hands with me I would identify that as 'good touch'. But then again, is it? Is it a … Continue reading Good and Bad Touch

Sacrosanct Meal Times

I often get the question of what kind of "training" once needs to do when feeding a puppy. Some trainers recommend taking away a puppies food to teach a puppy not to guard. I believe that taking a food away from a dog actually teaches the dog to guard food. Turid Rugaas, International Behaviourist and … Continue reading Sacrosanct Meal Times