The online dog video magazine
January 2012 - videos in this issue
4:33 Wood Green rebranding
In this video we find out about the re branding of dog rescue charity Wood Green Animal Shelter to "Wood Green, The Animals Charity". This is more than just a change of name. As Rhiannon and Caroline from the charity explain, it's part of a desire to raise awareness of Wood Green as a national charity and of the work they do in rehoming a large variety of animals. Wood Green also wants to take more of an educational role. Part of this will be through their exciting new web site where children can find interactive materials and activities and teachers can find teaching tools.
10:11 Victoria's story
In this video, Victoria Stilwell (super nanny for dogs) tells us her story of how she went from dog walking to TV appearances and starting 'Positively' dog training. Victoria, Dog Trainer and Behaviour counsellor from the TV program "It's Me or the Dog" recounts the story of the path she took to becoming a widely recognised authority on dog training with a successful TV series. "It's Me or the Dog" is now in it's 8th series, is shown in over 50 countries in the world, and Victoria now also runs a successful training organisation. She talks of her early years working as a dog walker, and doing voluntary work in animal shelters, when trying to be successful as an actress. Her love of animals, and her desire to get the message out about training methods based on positive reinforcement, lead her along the path towards television. She explains who inspires her in the world of dog training and talks of her plans for the future.
9:57 Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment
In this video, dog training expert Sue Ketland explains the EMRA technique of assessing and changing dog behaviour and discusses how it can help with behaviour problems. EMRA, or Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment, forms the outline of the behaviour modification programme at COAPE (the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology). There are a number of elements to this programme. One looks at how certain behaviours in dogs can be reinforced either intentionally or unintentionally through rewards and what this means in practise. It also looks at the difference between mood and emotion and what a dog needs to have a contented mood. Sue Ketland, Behaviour and Training Consultant with Woodgreen Animal Shelter, here looks at the practical application of this method and at how breed type can influence a dog's needs.
9:34 Rehoming older dogs
In this video we find out about some of the benefits of taking on an old dog as a rescue from an animal shelter instead of getting a puppy. Jean Adams rehomed 10 year old Chihuahua x Jack Russell dogs Bubble and Squeak from the Oldies website a year ago and hasn't looked back. They've settled well into their new home and both dogs and owner look very happy and comfortable together. Jean has owned a number of dogs in the past and has always chosen rescue dogs. She explains the adoption process to anyone considering rehoming for themselves and the benefits of rehoming older dogs.
6:01 Gundog training: The basics and benefits
In this video, canine behaviourist and dog trainer Adem Fehmi explains the benefits of, and how to teach, the basics of gundog training. Adem BSc (Hons) is a canine behaviourist and trainer who enjoys taking his gundogs out on shoots. The gundog group includes breeds such as Retrievers, Pointers and Spaniels and these dogs are bred to use gundog skills such as flushing, setting and retrieving. Adem tells us what is meant by those terms and explains that if such a dog is not given the opportunity to use those skills then behavioural problems can arise. Even if you don't want to join in with shoots, or trials, teaching your gundog to use the skills he has been bred for can be an enriching experience for both dog and owner.
8:11 Talking Dogs Rally
In this video, dog training instructor Pam Mackinnon tells us about the dog sport "Talking Dogs Rally" and explains the details, from training to competition. "Talking Dogs Rally" is a new dog sport launched in the UK in 2010 by Pam Mackinnon and Rebecca Skelhon. It is based on Rally-Obedience, created by Charles Kramer in the USA ten years ago. Pam and Becky here give a bit more information about how it works. Each dog / handler team starts with 200 points and moves round an obedience type course following given instructions on signposts and trying to lose as few points as possible. Classes are available up and down the country where you can train in the skills and all dogs are welcome as are all owners. It sounds a lot of fun!
9:54 Dog-to-dog aggression
In this video, dog training expert Jez Rose explains dog aggression and teaches how to train your dog to prevent a dog fight. Jez Rose suggests and illustrates a number of methods that can be employed to tackle this, such as using a harsh tone of voice for punishment and using food and / or praise as a reward. He also tells us about the kinds of early training we can do to help to avoid problems of dog aggression from developing in the first place.
14:05 Galen Myotherapy in practice
In this video, Nicola Wreford demonstrates the dog physical therapy 'galen myotherapy' and tells how it can help in the treatment of many dog veterinary problems. Galen Canine Myotherapist, Nicola, outlines what to expect from a Galen therapy session. She tells how she makes her initial diagnosis and then goes on to demonstrate some of the practical techniques the therapist might use, explaining how these are helpful. She even offers some guidance on how dog owners can help by learning techniques to administer between treatments. Lurcher Willow certainly looks like she's enjoying being on the receiving end.