Mouse, Weasel & Badger's Tips on Dog Training and Behaviour

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Weasel: Motto - 'never give in, never surrender!' ive in, never der

Passion: Chasing anything that moves & jumping

Achievements to date: Uckfield and District Dog Training Club holder for one year of club shield for; recognition of a difficult dog to train.


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Weasel's Tip - 'Dont' get caught escaping otherwise this will happen!'

Weasel: Ancestry chart: Whippet one side crossed with a Terrier on the other - a pure bred hunting lurcher. See home page for weblink to DNA swab tests for crossbreeds.

Julia's Tip:

Weasel is hard wired genetically and as a learnt behaviour (with other dogs) to hunt, she came from a large travellers camp and was found by a busy Maidstone roadside with a dislocated leg. Although still an adolescence when rehomed; even with obedience training aimed at emergency stops, re-directs, retrieves and recalls, this dog will always be hard to call off once a chase has started. My tip is to train from a puppy, dogs that have been bred to hunt such as sighthounds and terriers to 'Tattle' it is a valuable training tool aimed at giving the dog a job to do which requires the dog to break eye contact with its prey and back onto the handler. See Eva Bodfaldt, Follow Me book a very good training book for owners and trainers alike.


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Mouse: Motto - 'Love your mummy'

Passion: Food, Mummy, Scent work

Achievements to date: KC Good Citizen, Bronze, Silver & Gold. Puppy class mentor, Scent work all types but specializes in searching for 'lost dogs' successfully finding one lost dog after it had been missing for three days!



Mouse's tip: 'A lunge and grab for a toy, a person, dog or food is often successful'

Mouse: Ancestry chart: Mastiff on one side and Labrador on the other.

Julia's tip:

Large strong dogs can quickly learn that with one lunge they can drag their owners anywhere they decide they wish to go. We adopted Mouse from Foal Farm rescue centre where he had sat waiting for a home for five months. First picked up as a stray in Newham, London aged around 9 to 10 months, his size went against him for adoption. Rude, incapable of walking on a lead without lunging and pulling, Mouse still showed through his lovely temperament that he could be, with a lot of training, a very fine dog. The use of a head collar or a shoulder harness like a Halti can help with training a strong dog to walk on a loose lead. However training aids such as head collars should be seen as being a stage in the training process, working towards a collar and lead being the norm when out walking.

I recommend for all dogs and owners who want to learn how to walk on a loose lead Turig Rugaas book: My Dog Pulls. What Do I do? See also: On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by the same author a good book that looks at appropriate greeting signals between dogs.


Badger: Motto - 'Protect your pack'

Passion: Her pack

Achievements to date: KC Good Ciizen, Bronze, Silver & Gold. Mentor to dogs with aggression issues or nervousness. Rally Display work

Badger's tip: ' Dont' bite the hand that feeds'

Badgers ancestry chart: Akita crossed with a Terrier on one side and GSD crossed with a Labrador on the other - quite a mix of dog!

Julia's Tip:

Badger came to us from a local rescue centre (Kit Wilson Trust) see home page for link, aged around two years. This dog was keen to bond with the humans in the household - too keen; her main aim was to get rid of the other two dogs in the household and take over. Badger was territorial aggressive, aggressive over food and towards other dogs. Badger was showing a lot of fear based complicated behaviours as well as a lack of trust towards us, keen to bond, she was just as keen to bite. In short this dog had already decided having been rehomed more than once that humans were not to be trusted. Badger was put on a behaviour programme which included being hand fed for a period, affection had to be earned by showing appropriate behaviour, trust rebuilt by consistency in training. However, aggression in dogs can be related to physical pain. Noticing that Badger appeared conflicted over being stroked or handled and had a 'hot spot' along her back we decided on X-rays to find out if there was a problem. A back problem was discovered, regular acupuncture has seen a large improvement not only in her physical movement but within her behaviour towards being handled and mixing with other dogs and people in general. My tip is to be aware of possible physical causes for changes in behaviour. See Brenda Aloff's book: Aggression In Dogs an excellent book which details the many different types of aggression and practical management, prevention & behaviour modification. Also Grisha Stewart's BAT (behavioural adjustment training) a must for all trainers and behaviourists.