'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Me and My Girls.

I'm a nineteen year old girl, and a complete dog-lady.

I have problems controlling my temper, and have anxieties in some social situations. I have a hard time learning new faces and names, and I don't open up well to new people. I'm more likely to spend my money on old books of working dogs and stuff for my dogs and mice than on hair products, make-up or new clothes. I'm a lazy person with an obsessive personality, and I'm happier to spend an afternoon reading, discussing dogs, literature or psychology, or playing with my pets than to go drinking or bowling.

I currently study English Literature at the University of Central Lancashire; I hope to become either a writer or college-level English Literature teacher. I spend the vast majority of my spare time with my girls, and I love them both despite their issues: Jess is my first dog, and special for that, and Lola is my heart. I don't know what I'd do without either of them.

Despite the fact that I own two dogs that aren't, by any stretch of the imagination, 'big dogs', I was always a big dog (or at least medium-sized dog) fan when I was younger. I hope to eventually own a smooth-faced Pyrenean Shepherd and Border Collie, amongst other breeds, but for now I'm stuck with my loopy, pushy and sometimes obnoxious terrier cross hound and terrier. Terriers are intelligent, driven dogs, but they can be stubborn; although Lola usually does work with me, I'd love a dog that was actually bred to work with me rather than independently of me.

Jessie's dog aggression is something we've never gotten past, but maybe I could have done something if I'd gotten her more recently when she was the age she came to us. We're working on Lola's reactivity toward people and dogs, and sometimes we have great days, sometimes they aren't so great. She was shy already when she came to me, and I didn't do her any favours by under-socialising her around people, but we're working on it.

The girls are pains in the asses sometimes, but I wouldn't change either of them for the world.

Welcome to our home.