Alfie the Dachshund, Reactive Behaviour – S.2

I posted about Alfie and Betsy a few weeks ago.

Alfie and Betsy are showing several undesired behaviours both inside the house but also outside.

After dealing with the basics, we decided to work with Alfie first, to improve his behaviour outside around other dogs.

Alfie will bark and lunge at any other dogs which are not dachshunds and if necessary, he will bite them.

This was our second session where we started to see already some improvements in his behaviour in comparison with the previous session.

Nevertheless, we still have a long road in front of us.

Keep checking, I will be posting about their training process in the future.

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro


Dakota the Staffie, Reactive Behaviour – Conclusion

Do you Remember Dakota the Staffie?

I have been posting about our training process for a while.

If you have not seen previous posts about Dakota, I encourage you to do it so that you can see the beginning of the process and how we have been progressing over time.

Dakota (brown), Bella (blue) and her mom came to see me some time ago because Dakota would bark and lunge at other dogs and Bella would also bark at them.

After our consultation, we decided to work with Dakota only because I had a feeling that Bella was just following her sister.

We worked with Dakota for some time on her reactive behaviour until we felt it was time to bring them together again.

Last week we had a training session with both and all went as planned.

Because Dakota is feeling so much better around other dogs she’s not lunging, barking or even showing any sign of discomfort around them, Bella is completely neutral and is not reacting to them anymore like before.

I am so proud of the success I have achieved with them and happy that Dakota’s mom avoided other trainers who, before myself, advised on punitive methods (slip leads, kicks, etc) to deal with Dakota’s reactive behaviour.


I would like also to mention that Dakota’s mom worked very hard throughout all the process and without that component, we would probably not have achieved what we did, especially in such a short time.

I will still meet them one more time in a couple of weeks to make sure all is going well, nevertheless, well done!

Thank you Dakota, Thank you Bella, and Thank You Dakota & Bella’s Mom for the awesome journey.

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

Constructional Affection – Practical 2

Back with a video based on Constructional Affection Approach that I learned from Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz.

I posted a couple of videos on this topic before and if you did not watch them I really encourage you to do it so you understand what I am working here.

Also to see the original Ruby’s behaviour and how much it has changed since I started to apply CA with her.

In this video, you can watch me staying inside of her kennel for the first and applying CA for the first time as well in that environment.
Naturally, the kennel itself increases stress and overall arousal and results in Ruby’s behaviour becoming more intense.
Although she did engage in jumping, it was not as intense or repeated as in the first times even when outdoor.

Again, check the previous practical video to see how her behaviour was at that time.

If your dog jumps on your or others, this is a good approach to deal with it.

If your dog is overly aroused, this is a good approach to deal with it.

If your dog seems restlessness, this is a good approach to deal with it.

Constructional questions, thoughts or comments are welcome.

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

Simple but not easy

My training sessions with Harvey the pup are still running.

A few days ago we started to work on connected walks, just in time for Harvey to start learning how to walk when on lead, now that he starts to grow bigger, taller and stronger!

It was our first session on connected walks and for sure Harvey and his dad need to work on it.

This is one of the skills that are fairly simple to teach a dog, but not that easy.

The reason why it is simple is that the rules are just 2.

And the reason for not being simple is that you need to stick to such rules 100% from the moment you start if you want it to work.

The interesting part is that I went over it with my own dog,

and I know exactly what it means to have a dog that pulls.

And I also know what it feels to do the training and be super consistent with those rules.

And Now, I am happy to say, I know what is on the other hand of the process.

I know what it feels like to really enjoy a walk with my dog without this issue anymore.

Want to see a training tutorial?

Check out the one in my video library!

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

How Long will it take?

“How long will it take?”

Is a question that many people has.

How long will be the training process?

How long will it take to solve the issue?

How long do we need to repeat this exercise?

And the honest answer is,

As Long As Needed.

Every dog is different, every problem is different, every behaviour issue is in a different stage and is provoked by different events.

But there are few factors that will actually increase, or decrease the length of the process and the speed of it.

Watch the video for more 🙂

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro