Beyond yelp: why collies top the list of naughty dogs

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Beyond yelp: why collies top the list of naughty dogs

These are the breeds most likely to be naughty, but it's worth noting there are many reasons a dog is 'badly behaved'

Louise Glazebrook

Having to advise a family with young children that their appallingly bred puppy should be put to sleep was one of the worst moments of my life.

By the age of three months, the puppy, a terrier cross, had bitten nearly 20 times; one bite resulted in the owner being taken to hospital. When my clients spoke to the breeder about what they should do, they were told to hit it around the face with something hard.

In 11 years as a dog behavioural therapist, I’ve been in homes where the dog is tied to a radiator, and pulled to the ground by a dog who leapt up and grabbed me with its mouth; I’ve seen a dog crying and trying to crawl up a wall to escape its owner, and dogs who “have it all” but are sad and lonely because the “all” doesn’t include being taken out much...

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