Understanding and appreciating the behaviour of dogs underlies everything we do at Dogs Trust. As every dog lover knows, each dog is a unique individual, with their own quirks, delights and challenges! Behaviours develop through a combination of multiple elements including breed, individual personality, medical issues and prior experiences. So understanding why an individual dog develops a problem behaviour can be like a detective mystery - identifying all the different elements which tell his or her story. 

In our re-homing centres we are committed to caring for and rehabilitating dogs which have behaviour problems. In Dogs Trust Dog School our mission is to work with owners to prevent problems developing in the first place!

Understanding your dog

Does 'dominance' have relevance in modern dog behaviour?

The idea that dog behaviour is motivated by 'dominance' has been around for a long time. However, research over the past 20 years suggests that this is not a good way of explaining the behaviour of our dogs...

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How do dogs communicate with each other?

When our dogs meet another of their own species, how does each know what the other is thinking? Why do some dogs bark and lunge when they meet other dogs, or try to run away? Why might our dogs want to play with some dogs and not others?

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How do our dogs see us?

When we look at our dog’s eyes gazing in our direction, we might wonder what they are thinking about us. Why do they listen to us sometimes, and not others? Why might they want to cuddle up to us when we are feeling sad, or want to play with us and share our homes?

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Understanding what your dog is telling you

Many of us talk to our dogs, but did you know they do ‘talk’ back to us? Read on to understand how learning what your dog is telling you means you can be a better companion!

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Behavioural problems


Aggression in dogs is often misunderstood by us humans. It’s difficult not to take it personally if your dog growls at you, and it’s upsetting if he or she barks at another dog. Check the articles here for some advice about preventing and dealing with aggression.

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Noise Fears

Dogs can become panicked by strange or loud noises, so for your dog’s well-being and safety, you should start helping them get used to these from a young age. Check the articles here for some advice about preventing and dealing with fear of loud noises.

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Separation anxiety

Dogs are naturally sociable animals, so unless they learn that being alone is OK, they can become very distressed if left alone even for a short time. Check the articles here for some advice on preventing and dealing with "separation anxiety".

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Help, my dog has a behaviour problem!

A behaviour problem is really any behaviour shown by a dog that people find a problem! And because people vary in how much they tolerate different behaviours in their dogs, ‘problems’ can range from jumping up to serious aggression. Read on to find out where to go to get help!

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Puppy development & behaviour

Ouch! Helping your puppy play nicely

Just as we use our hands to explore and interact, puppies use their mouths. Read on to pick up tips for showing your puppy that there are better ways of playing with you!

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House-training your dog

Dogs Trust Dog School’s how-to guide and top tips for house training your puppy!

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Chew-barker? Understanding your puppy's desire to chew

Many pups explore their environment using their mouth and teeth, but they need our help to learn what's appropriate (and inappropriate!) to chew...

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