Gentle Leaders – Really?

Gentle Leaders, Head Collars, Halti…

The tool that, unfortunately, still many humans use with their dogs.

Either to “solve” the problem of pulling on the lead, or to “control” the dog better.

Although, there is more to say about such a tool.

Watch the video below for more info on it,

And let me know your thoughts, if you use them or not, and why.

Thank you.

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro


Construction Affection Approach – Practical

Yesterday I posted a video on Constructional Affection, a new training approach I learned recently from Dr Rosales-Ruiz.

If you did not watch it, please do so that you understand what it is about and you will be more aware of what is going in this video.

Here I am implementing this approach with Ruby, a rescued staffie from Staffie Smiles Rescue who would jump over and over again towards me (or any other person who would handle her) in different events.

Check out the video to see how her behaviour changed over the session.

Please feel free to ask questions, Thank you.

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

Constructional Affection Approach

Recently I learned about Constructional Affection with Dr. Rosales-Ruiz.

This approach aims to build relaxation and calmness in dogs who are showing certain behaviours in the presence of people.

I have been using it with rescued dogs and I am so excited about it!
Watch the video for more details 🙂

Link mentioned in the video:

Thank you!

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

Dog Equipment – Does it matter?

I have always been a bit of an equipment geek.

But at a certain point, it became the top 1 priority when working with dogs, or even to any person who handles dogs in any way.

My focus on dog equipment started when my visits to dog shelters became more regular and I was more attentive to the type of equipment that other workers and volunteers would use with not very stable rescued dogs, which was not appropriate and many times not safe.

This focus grew even further when I started to handle bigger and stronger dogs and I felt many times that certain equipment was somehow impacting my confidence to be with these dogs.

That is why now…

More on the video

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro