Ettie looking out of flat window

Stressed in Scotland?

Had I had time to think, relocating Ettie from a house to a flat might have caused me some anxiety. To have people moving around above, below and across from her might trigger alarm barking. Not having her own garden to toilet in could prove very distracting. And being in a whole new environment, not …

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terrier looking through boundary gate


What do you think of when you see the word boundaries? Do you see fences? Do you see yourself safe inside them, or trapped? Are you keen to see what’s on the other side? Or are you happy to stay in a very defined world? Maybe boundaries makes you think of ‘knowing your place’. Or …

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hiding from feedback

Feedback phobia

I’ve never been comfortable asking for feedback. On one hand I worry that folks think I’m asking for praise – and for a good Scots lass this goes completely against the grain. ‘Aye, it’s OK’ is high praise where I come from. So the thought of asking for more detailed feedback smacks of being ‘showy-offy’ …

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Management of Ettie with her friend Pan

Miss Management

Management is the poor cousin of training and behaviour modification. It’s only when it is missing that the spotlight starts to turn on this critical element. From the earliest stages in training, helping pups to learn in class, good trainers know to create a calm atmosphere. An environment full of noise and movement is not …

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