Kimba the rescued staffie, Obsessive and Destructive Behaviour towards balls

Good morning,

Today I am posting a video of the work I have been doing recently with Kimba the rescued staffie.

Kimba is staying at Staffie Smiles Rescue waiting to be adopted and meanwhile, I had the opportunity to assess him and see what behaviours might be problematic at the moment.

The only behaviours that I see as “problematic” are around toys and especially balls. Kimba gets overstimulated in the presence of balls and will be very motivated to get them. He will chase them, grab them, and sometimes destroy them. He can also take them from our hands and that can obviously be an issue.

As the majority of behaviour issues in dogs, this is something that he learned in the past and now he is in the process to learn something else, and it is my responsibility, at the present moment, to teach him that.

Although I have been working with dogs in the past with the same issues, it was only when I had the chance to get in touch with Sarah Owings to actually fully understand, or getting a different, more clear perspective of what is going on in this type of behaviour problems (Thank you Sarah!).

Obviously, through learning, the balls, the environment itself, became cues for the behaviours of “intensity”, “chasing”, “grab”, “destroy”, “steal”, “runaway”, “protect”.

Now, with the work I am doing, what we want to do is that the balls and the environment where they are present will cue “calm”, “relaxed”, “controlled excitement”, “ability to wait”, “play”, “chase and share” “gentle approach”.

This video was based on video footages recorded previous to Christmas, but I decided to share with you the beginning so that you can follow the process.

Thank you, Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro

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