Behaviour is….

“any measurable response of an organism”

But what does this mean to us and how does it help our relationship with our dogs?

Looking at the 2 photos below, we can see both similarities and differences:

Both dogs have been trained to come to their owners when called and both dogs are responding correctly to their recall command by rejoining their owners when instructed. The dog in picture A is returning happily and is enthusiastic to join his owner. The dog in picture B is returning sluggishly and is reluctant to join her owner.


These observations are measurements that contribute to the study of behaviour. So…by studying a dog’s behaviour we observe not only WHAT the dog can do but the WAY that they do it.

In this example, dog A is returning because he wants to. Perhaps he has been rewarded with games, food and affection throughout his recall training and randomly been put on lead, walked for differing lengths of time and then allowed to run free again during his walks?

Dog B is returning because she has too. Maybe she fears being shouted at? Could it be that her reluctance is because she knows the walk is over?

In communicative terms, dog behaviour can be thought of as a language. A language that requires translation to ensure, restore or maintain a balanced relationship between dogs and their owners.

Using logic, various disciplines from the science of psychology and lateral thinking, Rachel Worley helps owners understand how their dog’s mind works, how their dog sees the world, how their dog learns and why he or she behaves the way they do.

  • Rachel Worley PPDTI Adv.

    Professional Behavioural Trainer for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

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