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  1. Good luck with your mission. The first thing that needs changing is that dogs must have a change of status from a mere "belonging" to that of a family member. Perhaps to keep the dog haters happy we should call them "minor family members" or something similar. Of course we should not limit it just to dogs. Cats and other animals can mean just as much to people.qui A further area for you to consider is the problem of finding accommodation for the person who wins custody of the family pet. So many people have to relinquish their much loved pet due to landlords imposing restrictions on pets in properties. I am sure that children do just as much damage in a property as many pets.
  2. The OP had already been guided in the direction of COAPE and APBC. There was no need to provide a further list of people, many of them duplicates, but most of them trainers rather than behaviourists. By your own admission a behaviourist was needed so why add a whole lot of trainers into the mix? The OP was more than capable of doing their own internet research and just needed some guidance towards a quality source of behaviour advice. That quality is more than adequately supplied, in this country, by either APBC or COAPE. Job done.
  3. We have the British APDT @arealhuman. Their motto is Kind, Fair and Effective. All members are required to have some experience, to have been studying and, most importantly, they have to be assessed. This means that another, experienced, APDT member sits in on one their classes and writes a report to the APDT. If the trainer passes on all these points it does not end there. They are required, for continuing membership, to undertake regular CPD (Continuous Professional Development). The APDT run lots of courses that trainers can attend and have an extensive library of appropriate books for members to borrow. So you see that any old Tom, Dick or Harry cannot just put their names on a register, as with some organisations, they really do have to have a good understanding of dog training in a Kind, Fair and Effective way. Most importantly, they also have to be prepared to keep learning. If you scroll through the posts on here you will see many recommendations for the APDT whether it is for Puppy Classes, Adult Classes or One-to-One sessions.
  4. Much easier, surely then, to just go straight to the APBC website and choose a Fully Qualified Behaviourist form there. Why sift through all the names of trainers on another list? Will you just concede please, Leashed for Life, that those of us working in the sector over here know more about it than those from other countries? I would not presume, for example, to question your knowledge of how to find a good behaviourist in the States.
  5. Does he cock his leg when he pees? This is a sign of sexual maturity and helps with knowing what might be going on. What ages was he neutered? I concur with all that JoanneF has said about a re visit to reward based house training. You will know that he has "got it" when he seeks you out to accompany him to the garden so that he can get a reward for his outdoor pee! Was he a summer puppy? Some dogs that are house trained in the summer confuse the inside and outside of a house and are not really fully house trained. So, again, back to basics. Is he worried about anything in the outdoor environment? Any loud noises, new neighbours etc? Fear can produce and need to seek "relief". That can lead a dog to pee in order to feel "relief" even if only for a short time. Anxiety of any sort can produce this behaviour. What is his relationship with your other dog like? Would he be worried, for instance, to stop and pee in the garden for fear of being pounced on? It might be fun to the other dog but not so much for him?
  6. I think you will find that this is a "register" of like minded people. I know several of the members listed and they are dog trainers. Yes, the ones I know, are very good dog trainers but they are not qualified Pet Behaviour Therapists. If they were they would almost certainly have become members of the APBC or COAPE.
  7. COAPE and APBC behaviourists in the UK will not see any dog unless it is referred by a vet. That vet will be happy that the dog is free of any physical condition that may be contributing to the problem behaviour. If the behaviourist judges, after meeting and assessing the dog, that the dog needs medication then they will convey this opinion to the referring vet and discuss with that vet what is the best way forward. Both of these professionals will have seen the dog in question. It is not appropriate, in any behaviour cases. to do any sort of remote diagnosis or treatment.
  8. As JoanneF has suggested, I would contact a behaviourist from either COAPE or APBC. I am sure they both have vets on their register. Indeed, one of COAPE's directors is a vet, another a professor so you are in good hands. In the meantime I would note down all the little things that worry you about him. You have done a good job in you post but I am sure you will remember more. The behaviourist will want to list history right back to birth so any little thing that you can remember will help with a diagnosis.
  9. He seems to have some troubling behaviour going on that is nothing to do with his lead walking. You say he used to try to sleep behind you and that you "discouraged that". Then you describe him following you around the house close to your legs all the time. These two behaviours seem a little worrying. Is he a nervous dog? What happened in his first few weeks with you from 8 weeks to 12 weeks? Did he get out and about seeing the world or was there some reason for him to be confined to the house (after vaccination was complete)? His indoor and outdoor behaviour could all be tied in with some sort of anxiety state. Do you recognise this description of his emotional state? In other words does he seem an anxious dog? Anxiety can cause manic type behaviour where dogs try to escape from any restraint and try to seek comfort at other times.
  10. A "Training Treat" is just some sort of food that the dog likes. I tend to use left over bits of meat from our own meals. As these vary they keep the dog really interested. A recent favourite was the fat cut off from lamb chops and diced. If I am doing a long session then I will cook up some sausages. My dog loves the chipolates from Lidl deluxe range. They are easy to cut up into small bits and not too messy to handle. I do have some freeze dried sprats for the times when all the fresh food has run out. They smell in the pocket though A friend, who has several dogs, uses the tubes of cream cheese and squirts it into each dog's mouth when they all come rushing back to a recall. This is also useful to use through a muzzle
  11. Hope she soon improves. Such a worry aren't they?
  12. There is a separate thread for this problem now.
  13. Dogs certainly do, in my experience, grieve. Did Teya see the body of her companion? This can sometimes help as the surviving dog knows what has happened to their friend. If their friend just goes out one day and does not come home it can be very puzzling. Add to this the emotional state of the people around her and it can have a profound effect. Routine is important to our bereaved pets but the odd little trip out somewhere different might also be welcome. Hope she picks up soon. Remember that you can have advice over the phone from your vet on things like this. Sometimes the nurses have done a bereavement course and will help you out too.
  14. Great minds and all that Joanne!