Chirag Patel

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Chirag is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Pet Behaviour Counsellor working in the UK. He is the manager for The Training and Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugfords Company of Animals. He also runs Domesticated Manners Pet Training and Behaviour. He holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College and is currently studying for a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour.

Chirag has and does work with a variety of animal species including dogs, cats, horses, parrots, rats, degus, tortoise and many more. 

His website is http://www.domesticatedmanners.com

Chirag can be reached at [email protected]

Blog posts by Chirag Patel

Irresponsible Ownership: Whats Neutering Got To Do With It?

There have been some discussion about irresponsible ownership and it inspired me to write part two to my original blog "Neutering: Whats behaviour got to do with it?"

Irresponsible people in my opinion doesn't equal "all dogs should be neutered". I believe it's about whats best for the individual dog.  It seems too me the attitude of many owners now is that dogs are a convenience thing and disposable. Many have the idea "The local rescue centre will take him when we can't have or don't want him any more. This just isn't good enough, a sentient life deserves more! Lack of understanding and knowledge of living with dogs doesn't equal "all dogs should be neutered". Neutering is not going to make people more responsible owners because in my opnion there are many other qualities that I think are far more important when it comes to looking at responsible dog ownership. 

 

Neutering: What’s Behaviour Got To Do With It?

The surgical removal of the male and female sexual reproductive organs, primarily the testicles and the ovaries is known as neutering. More specifically neutering male dogs is called castration and spaying when referring to bitches.

 
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Building confidence the clickery way.

Bella was unsure of walking down stairs so we do a few minutes of real time teaching trying to give her choices and predicability to increase her confidence. 

 
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Cody and the Chicken

My clicking is not the best in this video but its fun to watch. 

 
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Barking Mad

Barking is a huge problem for many owners and often I see so many people use various aversives to stop it. This video looks as possible explantions and suggests a few tips to try. 

 
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Talking Dogs

A short video clip from one of my workshops.

 
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Give and Take

 
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Aggression and Emotions

Often one of the most common reasons why animals show aggression is due to fear, however there can be other reasons too such as frustration. Dogs do not show aggression because they are trying to be naughty or stubborn, they often have very good reasons. If your dog is showing aggression ask yourself why s/he maybe doing this in terms of emotions such as anxiety, fear, frustration, panic, play... Don't think in terms of labels such as naughty or dominant. Dogs that often growl when people try to remove bones or walk towards them when they are eating do so because they do not feel comfortable

 

Top Training Tips

1. Prevent is better than a cure. 

If you prevent your pet engaging in behaviours that you find undesirable then they will not practice getting better at preforming these.

 
Canine Currency

Canine Currency

When working with your dog it is very useful to understand what they find motivating and rewarding. I have made the short video below to discuss this topic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuSgKZ-xkNU&feature=related

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