One of the biggest reasons for dogs to show aggressive or reactive behaviour.

Good morning,

Yesterday during my session with Stanley, his mom said:

“It’s like he did not know that he could just move away from the situation” (Bingo)

In this video, I am discussing one of the biggest reasons for dogs to show aggressive or reactive behaviour.

If your dog is showing aggressive or reactive behaviour, or if you are a dog trainer who works in this type of cases, listen to this!

Let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have.

And don’t forget to click like if you watch this video so I know who you are!

Thank you,

Dog Behaviourist Ricardo Ministro




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