Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly (Series 6, Episode 2)

Graeme, Sally, Charlie the dog

In this episode, we delve into three unique and challenging cases of canine behaviour, each presenting its own set of complexities for expert Graeme Hall to tackle.

The episode begins with Allison, who had longed for a dog that would be adored by her entire family, especially her father, who is in declining health. Arlo, a Spanish Griffin, seemed like the ideal choice and fit well into their home. However, there’s a significant issue: Arlo harbours a deep-seated dislike for Allison’s grandparents.

His reaction is so severe that even their scent on belongings like clothing or a puzzle book triggers aggressive barking, making visits nearly impossible.

This case stands out as one of the most unusual and challenging for dog behaviourist Graeme Hall. can Graeme uncover the root of Arlo’s behaviour and forge a peaceful coexistence?

Next, we meet Sally, a divorcee whose children gifted her a puppy as they embarked on their own lives.

Initially, the puppy served as a delightful companion for Sally. However, as the lurcher grew larger, its behaviour became increasingly uncontrollable.

The dog’s aggressive tendencies, including lunging at almost anything, have not only disrupted Sally’s daily life but also hindered her chances of finding new love.

The situation has reached a point where Sally’s social life is severely affected, keeping her isolated and single.

Graeme is faced with the task of tempering the lurcher’s behaviour, but can he transform this canine’s aggressive traits into a more manageable disposition?

The final story revolves around Dawn, a professional hairdresser known for her satisfied clientele. However, her skills are put to the test with her own dog, Winnie, a Schnoodle who turns into a snarling menace during grooming sessions.

Winnie’s behaviour is so extreme that she has been banned from professional grooming salons. Dawn, determined to care for her pet, has even invested in protective gear for herself. Despite these challenges, it’s crucial for Winnie’s wellbeing to receive regular haircuts.

Graeme Hall steps in to tackle this hairy situation. Can he help Winnie overcome her fear of grooming and convince her to calmly accept a haircut?

Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly airs on Channel 5 on Tuesday, 9 January 2024 at 8:00PM.

The episode is the second from the show’s sixth series.