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THE QUEEN CALLS IN DOG ‘SHRINK’ TO CALM HER CORGIS

By Rebecca Johnson

Monday August 27,2012

 

 

 

The Queen out and about with her Corgis

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen has taken drastic action following the attack by her beloved corgis on Princess Beatrice's favourite terrier

She called in Britain’s top “dog whisperer” to restore peace among canine members of the Royal household.

The corgis ganged up on Beatrice’s elderly pet, Max, while they were being walked by a member of staff at Balmoral.

One savaged him so badly he was left with extensive flesh wounds and nearly lost an ear.

 The Queen was said to be “very upset” and turned for help to animal behaviourist Dr Roger Mugford, a regular on the TV show Britain’s Worst Pet.

He revealed he already knew Max, an 11-year-old Norfolk Terrier, and had “an inkling” as to what could have caused the hostilities.

"If you socialise these dogs with other dogs and people they will become well-rounded dogs"

Stan Rawlinson
Britain's Leading expert in canine aggression

He said: “There is a pack mentality that a group of dogs can develop which means that they regard any newcomer as a threat that has to be addressed.”

The Queen appears to have forgiven her corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly and her three dorgis – corgis crossed with daschunds – Cider, Candy and Vulcan.
 
She walked the animals herself yesterday at Balmoral, looking at ease and relaxed in an old mac and walking shoes. She even played with a golden labrador which came bounding up to her. Dr Mugford was called in before to help out when one of Princess Anne’s bull terriers attacked a corgi so savagely the victim had to be put down.

He also testified when Princess Anne was convicted under the Dangerous Dog Act in 2002 after another of the bull terriers, Dotty, attacked two children and he saved the pet from being put down.

Fellow dog behaviourist Stan Rawlinson, Britain’s leading expert in canine aggression, said yesterday he thought the problem which caused the corgis to attack Max could relate back to lack of early socialisation when the dogs were puppies under 16 weeks old.

“If you socialise these dogs with other dogs and people they will become well-rounded dogs and you might not get the problem the Queen has,” he added. Buckingham Palace would not comment on the matter

 

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