Some insights for the upcoming classes
I know you are all here for different reasons, your dogs are all unique and are in need of different mental and physical stimulation; that is the reason why I want to make sure that I will address each of your requests during the upcoming classes. I am open to suggestions and questions.
No doubt it will be stressful for everyone, being in such close proximity to other dogs is not something dogs would chose themselves in the wild. Dogs are pack animals and you are their pack, they would never get close to other packs unless they are defending their territory or fighting over food resources.
Socialising is important when they are still pups, but not all dogs will have had that opportunity, and some are as unsociable as they come. We need to remember that we do not like everyone we meet, so why should our dogs.
So when we are all meeting here I need you to keep your stress outside and be calm, patient and consistent with your dogs` so they know that you will keep them safe and are in control of the situation.
There will be no doubt some growling, barking and showing of teeth, that is why you need to make sure to keep a good distance between your dogs and give them time to make some sort of sense of the situation. Try to keep your dogs focused on you … and do not panic.
It will take a while until everyone will find their feet or paws for that matter.
I am here to help you to realise that special relationship you are having, or hoping to improve with your dogs, one of trust and commitment. Everything I do will be regarding the safety of your companions, this means that I am not an obedience trainer, I will encourage you to teach your dogs to walk on both sides of you to keep them safe when walking on roads etc. Although I am happy to support you if you feel that is not what you want to do, or you taught your dogs` in a different way.
I will never encourage bullying to get the desired end result, I will only encourage positive reinforcement training, and of course assertiveness and boundaries play a big part in this also.
I will do my best to get to know everyone’s names, humans and dogs alike, and learn a bit about your background.
We will also need to look at the breeds of the dogs to be able to work with their instinctual and inherent behaviour and psychology.
All this has to be fun for you and your dogs though, it is not supposed to be a chore for either of you, so please come with an open mind and leave your stress behind. Don`t expect too much and just enjoy the journey.