Pets Corner: Possessive behaviour in dogs
13 December 2018 | 10:00 am

One of the most difficult issues I see in behaviour work is the dog that has become aggressive about guarding food, objects, space, other dogs or even people. The resource guarding dog does not want to share the stuff he values with anyone. Occasionally these dogs become so anxious about a perceived need to compete for possession, that they use serious aggression to take control. The instinct to control resources is strong in all of us because it is necessary for survival. However sharing our home with a pet dog that has started to guard proximity to something as innocuous as paper tissues as though his life depended on it, or that lunges and bites anyone near his empty food bowl, is a recipe for disaster. We do not know why some dogs become resource guarders. The most likely explanation is that some dogs have a genetic predisposition triggered by events in the course of development. Litters of pups fed from the same food bowl may learn to compete for food early on but while …

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StraightUp Comedy @ East Dulwich Picturehouse
12 December 2018 | 4:14 pm

After selling out venues in Clapham and Barnes, StraightUp is once again making the best live comedy local – this time in East Dulwich, just in time for Christmas. On December 13th, in the plush surroundings of the East Dulwich Picturehouse, enjoy an exciting and varied lineup of London’s top professional comic talent at an equally hilarious price – a mere ten pounds in advance. This is pro comedians for peanuts: anaphalaughtic shock guaranteed (We’re asking for some self-respect this Christmas). Featuring… BEN POPE– “He throws the punches quickly and relentlessly and it pays off, with the crowd left gasping for their breath” Ed Fest Mag YUMNA MOHAMED– So You Think You’re Funny 2015 and BBC New Comedy Award 2017 FINALIST FATIHA EL-GHORRI– “powerful female acts rising through the circuit, such as Fatiha El-Ghorri…are challenging stereotypes and creating raw comedy.” Chortle WILL PENSWICK– “Laugh out loud funny with many pleasing whimpers of approval throughout.” Broadway Baby ALISON THEA-SKOT– “Thea-Skot is a force of nature…full throttle character comedy” Chortle Hosted by PITY LAUGHS– “I don’t know …

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Winter window boxes
11 December 2018 | 4:16 pm

Now’s the time to smarten up window boxes for the winter season. Here’s how: Make a plan A visit to your local garden centre is a great way to get inspiration, but do some planning first. Measure your container for a rough idea of how many plants to buy. And think about the style and colour of your house – exterior and interior – you might fall for an orange plant, but will it clash from inside your sitting room? Thrillers, spillers, fillers You could block plant a simple row of white cyclamen or dusky pink heather– contemporary and stylish. But for more variety, it’s useful to think ‘thrillers’, tall evergreen plants for structure, ‘spillers’ like ivy to trail down containers and ‘fillers’, for the gaps. Compact evergreen shrubs such as pretty small-leaved hebes make good structural ‘thrillers’ as does Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ – go for symmetry here, one or three. For something bright and festive Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ has jolly red berries, Gaultheria Procumbens pink ones and Solanum Capsicastrum has cheery orange …

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Bell House – December events
10 December 2018 | 9:30 am

Tuesday 11th December: Surveying the Queen’s Pictures: Desmond Shawe-Taylor 7 – 9pm.  Join us as Desmond Shawe-Taylor (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures) talks about his task of curating the largest private art collection ever assembled. Sunday 16th December: Christmas Cupcake Decorating Workshop 2 – 4pm. A fundraiser for an adult literacy project at Bell House, this cupcake decorating workshop is perfect for children aged 7+. Dawn Welton, an award winning cake designer, will teach the children six ways to festively adorn cupcakes. Children must be accompanied by an adult (who can assist in cake eating!) Tuesday 18th December: Finances for Students 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Are you terrified of checking your bank balance? Join this workshop with the Money Charity to learn how to manage your money so you feel confident enough to take control of your finances. Wednesday 19th December: Cooking for Students 2:30 – 5pm. Tired of pot noodles for dinner? Expand your repertoire in this workshop for quick, cheap and (most importantly) tasty meals. This course is aimed at those who have just left or are leaving home for study, but it …

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