Barkers Blog

Latoka’s Attack

Latoka’s Attack Two months ago a very important member of the Barkers in Balance team was rushed to the emergency vet after being  attacked and pinned down by a huge off-leash mastiff dog. I think it was the shock that enabled her to walk home but the pain began to be unbearable. She started to not …

Helping owners live an easier life

Helping owners live an easier life Yesterday afternoon I finished with a consultation with a leash reactive dog. As I left the backyard of the vet we realized that a vet client had positioned him in the laneway we were to exit through. On enquiring from a distance we discovered that his dog too was …

New Normal Behaviours

New Normal Behaviours It never ceases to amaze me with dog owners the great variety of  “normal” that dog owners accept. Do you sometimes think “oh my dog probably shouldn’t do this” but let it continue.. ? Here are some examples. 1. The other day a couple entered a park with a Border Collie that …

Preventably “Dangerous” Dogs

Preventably “Dangerous” Dogs Sometimes our work is more than you would expect it to be. Yesterday I saw a client with a dog that has been declared dangerous. The dog belongs to her nephew who is in rehab. The dog has had a colourful life and resided in some seedy places with the nephew. He …

The Return of Puppy School

The Return of Puppy School Recently we started a new round of puppies at Mayfield. Two of the puppies came with return clients and I want to tell you why this is more significant than the income they brought. The Staffie is a good little puppy, already with a few skills and a lot of …

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks People often ask, “Can you teach an old dog new tricks?” My answer is always “Yes”. Yesterday I saw an 11 year-old Poodle who has moved into a lifestyle village with her 80+ year-old humans. She has become reactive to other dogs on the lead and even hesitant around …