Canine aggression

Rehabilitating an aggressive dog with kindness and compassion

The inspirational story of Calgacus, a dog-to-dog aggressive Bull Mastiff, and a first-time dog owner. Learning how to understand Calgacus and encouraging him to direct his own learning alongside clicker training, TTouch, trick training, and lots of fun, allowed him to conquer his issues, and find joy in playing with other dogs.


Caring for a dog who lunges, barks at and even bites other dogs is incredibly difficult. This book follows the inspiring story of a Bull Mastiff called Calgacus, and his carer, first-time dog owner Tracey McLennan. For Tracey, the arrival of Calgacus in her life was a lifelong dream come true ... but a dream that became a nightmare when Calgacus attacked and badly injured another dog, and showed every sign of doing the same to any other dog he came into contact with. Help came from many amazing people, and enabled Tracey to understand Calgacus, and how to encourage him to direct the pace and direction of his rehabilitation. TTouch, clicker training, walks with other dogs, and trick training, all played their part in allowing Calgacus to discover joy in knowing his own kind, until he became a dog who loved to be with other dogs. He would play with those who liked to play; be gentle with nervous dogs, and would calm tense situations, encouraging other dogs to be kind to each other.


The story of rehabilitating an aggressive dog using a compassionate approach
How Calgacus the Bull Mastiff learned to be playful and kind to other dogs
How a first-time dog owner rehabilitated a dog-to-dog aggressive Bull Mastiff
Learning about dogs opens up a new world of friends and interests for Calgacus’ owner
Allowing dogs to direct their own learning makes progress easier
Why obedience can be dangerous, and why disobedience can be useful!
Draws from behavioural science, human psychology, and student-led learning practice
Tellington TTouch played a crucial role in helping Calgacus
Deals with the difficulty and stress of regaining lost trust
Dogs are complex; helping them requires thought and creativity

About the author

After welcoming a puppy into her home, Tracey found her life transformed. Since then she has trained as a Tellington TTouch practitioner, and is a member of the UK TTouch Guild. Tracey also has a BSc(Hons) in Canine Behaviour and training. More importantly, she has gained a group of valued and supportive friends.
Tracey is a director of community interest company, Paws for Progress. She also shares her TTouch knowledge with some of the company's students, and has contributed to talks and conferences. She is a volunteer for the small charity Staffordshire Rescue Scotland, helping out however she can.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-787113-89-3 • eV number: eHH5389 • Published: June 2018 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £7.49 / $7.99 / €8.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

HH5079 • Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • £9.99 • 160 pages • pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787110-79-3 • UPC: 6-36847-01079-9. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Canine aggression

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