The online dog video magazine
May 2013 - videos in this issue
8:13 Explosives search dogs
Treo is now retired from a life in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and lives with his handler Dave Heyhoe. Treo is one of the many dogs who have been trained by the army to use their refined sense of smell to locate explosives. Dave explains how appropriate training is undertaken which will enable the dog to be effective while remaining as safe as possible. Dave tells us about the bond between dog and handler and what life is like with Treo now that their war days are over.
9:40 Medical Detection Dogs: alert dogs
Serena Courtney is the proud owner of a Medical Alert Dog called Molly. Molly is a terrific asset to the family because Serena's son, Steven, suffers from type 1 diabetes and Molly is able to warn when Steven's blood sugar levels are too high or too low. This is helpful because there are so many factors that can effect blood sugar that the management of this condition is incredibly difficult to get right without that warning. Molly was actually a recently acquired family pet and was already showing some awareness of Steven's impending attacks when Serena heard a talk on the subject. After proper training by the charity Medical Detection Dogs, Molly was fully able to take on the role of invaluable support to Steven and his family. Serena tells us about some of the many ways in which the reassurance of a having Medical Alert Dog has brought benefits to the whole family, a fact they are happy and willing to share.
7:34 Correcting 'wrong' behaviours
Dog Trainer, Grisha Stewart, uses reward based training methods to promote the behaviour she wants to encourage but what do you do to discourage behaviour you don't want to see? Grisha emphasises the importance of minimising any reinforcing of unwanted behaviour. She also demonstrates how you can catch the moment when the dog seems to display the intention to perform an unwanted behaviour so that you can redirect them onto something else. She warns against the use of negative reinforcement and asks the thought-provoking question: "Does the dog need to know it's done something wrong?"
4:04 Teaching tricks: Hide
Sally Marchant, with her experience of training dogs for film and television, here shows us how to train your dog to "Hide" behind your legs. She breaks the training down so that you can clearly see how a dog can be trained to do this great party trick.
9:39 Socialisation: how, when and why
Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Tamsin-Jane Sewell, has been studying the importance of socialisation in dogs and finds it particularly useful with her 'type' of dog - the Spitz breeds. Her long coated Akita, at six months old, has already been introduced to other dogs as Tamsin feels that socialisation from an early age is important as long as it is done in the right way. She demonstrates how best to train socialisation skills in a young dog and talks about the different kinds of things to socialise them too, it's not just about introducing them to other dogs.
12:40 Homeopathy for itchy skin
In this video, alternative Vet, Richard Allport, explains how homeopathy can help with skin irritations in dogs. Michelle took her Jack Russell, Jake, to see Richard, to find out if Richard can help with Jake's chronic problem and we see what happens at one of Jake's consultations. Skin problems, whether treated using conventional or alternative methods, are notoriously difficult to deal with effectively. One essential difference between conventional and alternative treatments is that you are taking into account the dog's nature as well as the condition. In addition, for a condition like this, conventional medicine only suppresses the symptoms whereas homeopathy aims to encourage the body to heal itself. In this video, Richard discusses the pros and cons of different treatments and explains why he has chosen the treatments that he has selected for Jake.
7:54 Reiki for stress and anxiety
Rob Fellows, a Reiki Master Teacher, has been practising reiki for the past 13 years. With willing participant, 13 year old Springer Spaniel, Monty, he demonstrates a couple of hand positions that can be used to alleviate stress. Everyone has the ability to give reiki healing but they need to have their inbuilt ability triggered by a reiki master like Rob. He, himself, offers courses though 'Reiki 4 dogs' for this very purpose and tells us how to find more information about them.
9:32 Working as a...dog lawyer
Tina Hay is a partner at Wheldon Law, a Hertfordshire based, Criminal Defence firm of Solicitors who specialise in dangerous dog cases. About 7 years ago, she worked on her first dog case which went well for the owner. Now, dog cases now make up about 20% of the work that Wheldon take on and they've become expert in this specialist area. One of the downsides of that is that they can be called to cases all over the country. This involves a lot of travel and some very early starts. Tina tells how she spends a typical day and about some of the cases she has worked on. The majority of their dog cases revolve around issues to do with banned breeds or where a dog is deemed to be "dangerously out of control in a public area". The owners of these dogs are usually just ordinary people with a generally well behaved dog who have found themselves in trouble with the law. Wheldon Law usually work with video footage of dogs, taken by dog experts. They often get to meet pet and owner, afterwards, though, when they pop in to say thank you after a successful outcome. They keep a jar of treats ready for those occasions!