Hi, I'm a mum living in Horley, Surrey, UK. Right near the lovely Mole River so lots of doggie walks! I grew yup with dogs, but until 18 months ago the last time I had a dog of my own was 27 years ago, before I got married. Kids are now fast growing up (youngest is 13) and as I'm now separated from my husband I wanted a canine companion again. Choosing a 12-week old dalmatian pup from a non-registered breeder was, I now realise, great for keeping me fit but not exactly a smart move for someone with minimal recent doggie experience. Frodo is now 18 months old and still a handful - especially as I had a haemorrhagic stroke last year and have been diagnosed with amyloid angiopathy. Currently, he's attending beginner/pup behaviour classes, but I'm really confused with all this "reward them for being good, ignore when bad" stuff, as there are times when he really needs some form of Cesar Milan punishment. Sometimes I feel forced to muzzle him although he hates it, as he can be good as gold but then suddenly start barking and lunging at people and dogs. Hopefully coming here will help!