Blaine, Over Stimulation around balls and Recall Issues

Good morning everybody,

Here is a short clip of my session with Blaine a few days ago.

Blaine and his parents came to see me because they were having problems with Recall.

Soon we understood that the problem was not really “recall” but the over-excitement Blaine showed in the presence of tennis balls and that was creating issues in other areas.

We implemented different exercises to improve this and on this video, you can watch one of the exercises where we are working with several tennis balls, picking one after another, delivering them to Blaine, either to his mouth or to the ground, and sometimes throwing it a bit further.

The main goal of our training process will be to improve calm behaviour in the presence of tennis balls, develop exchanges on cue, lower arousal during play and ability to wait for playtime.

You can watch how excited Blaine gets when is dad picks one ball, because in his brain he still associates it with intense fetch games. Although, this past history and behaviours are what is creating issues in other areas like “Recall”.

Blaine would get over-excited with the balls, his arousal would go up, his ability to respond would lower and keeping the ball for himself would avoid losing it, which would make him not come back to his parents on a walk. This is a short explanation of what is going on with Blaine.

Feel free to ask anything, I will happily reply.

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro



Thank you 2019!

2019 Portrait

A letter to you.

Thank you.
Thank you for being part of this.
This reality that was just a dream in the past.
Thank you to all of you who follow this page, my work, and my evolution.
Thank you to all of you who took a few moments of their 2019 to show some appreciation and support for my work.
Thank you for all my clients for being such amazing humans and do their best for their dogs, making my work a daily pleasure.
Thank you also to some of you, humans who follow my work, and then gossip about it in my back. Thank you for spending your time speaking about me.

This year was definitely a breakthrough year for several reasons.

I must thank you all, but there are a few to whom I should not only do that but also mention how important part of this year you are.

Thank you John McGuigan for all the opportunities and support over this past year.
Thank you Steve Mann for literally guiding me in one of the most challenging training situations I ever had and would not go through if it was not for your simple and direct reply. “keep attending and keep doing the best you can”.
Thank you Agnieszka Janarek for providing the possibility to make part of such amazing team at Tromplo and connect with all of you.
Thank you Dani Birnie for the lovely images captured during my sessions.
Thank you Bruno Santos, for guiding me in this path of self-development and find strategies to accomplish my goals.

Thank you, honestly. I feel blessed.

Best wishes for 2020!

Thank you,

Ricardo Ministro

Stanley the staffie, massive progress.


Stanley is showing Reactive Behaviour around other dogs and will bark, lunge, whine and spin around when he sees one.

Although today we achieved massive success throughout the session.

Stanley took food reinforcers which he did not do in our previous session.

He was able to check a few dogs at long distance without showing Reactive Behaviours.

He was able to switch very fast from a reactive episode to work with his mom for food reinforcers.

He was able to move away from a dog at distance and take a food reinforcer.

Massive, massive progress.

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

Nero, Resource Guarding – Working on future Exchanges

Here is a short clip of my previous session with Nero.

I posted about Nero previously, but if you have not seen any of the posts, here is a short intro.

Nero showed aggressive behaviours towards his family on several occasions while he was eating food items and also when laying on the sofa.

We are working together for a couple of weeks now to improve Nero’s resource guarding behaviours.

This short clip shows the current exercise we are practising at the moment to develop further his skill to not grab or to drop a food item.

Once this skill will be fully developed, it will be used to ask Nero to leave or drop an item in exchange for something else and avoid any possible stress and/or negative reactions from Nero.

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro