I have to say I’m incredibly proud of one of my clients and I’d like to share this with you.
Here is a dog that the vets suggested putting to sleep many times due to his anxious aggressive behaviour. My clients did not want to give up on him and refused to listen to the vets.
We came together and made a plan to resolve this lovely dogs many, many issues. From terrible anxiety, fear based aggression towards dogs, fear based aggression towards humans, resource guarding of objects people and areas, movement sensitivity, sound sensitivity, obsessive behaviours, unwanted prey/chase drive and complete lack of confidence just to name a few! Vet visits were just completely traumatic and were making his reaction worse year on year every time he went in.
For the past few months we have been working hard to understand is triggers and work through them one at a time.
I am so proud to say that my clients and others are no longer being attacked by him and today I managed to walk into the house and sit down on the sofa with him totally off lead. He then went on to relax enough to play and eat the food we had in the enrichment toys. Nose down and their eye off the triggers is one of the many things we look for in their body language. I then had an interactive game with him with one big wagging tail. Absolutely chuffed! 😃 For them, having visitors had not been an option for years let alone someone that he interacts with.
It’s been months working with this lovely dog, we have had our ups and downs but we have had a really great past few weeks and are now on a steady road to having a MUCH happier, confident and relaxed pooch! Behavioural therapy sometimes takes time and there is still a long way to go but it is well worth the patience that these loving owners have had.
They have been so grateful for my support, kind words, clear explanation of his behaviours and a specialised training plan to enable them to have a happier, relaxed household.
He will certainly not be put down and is a much happier dog already. Hurrah 😀 🐾
Adelaide Stewart-Jones BSc (hons) IMDT
Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant
UK Sniffer Dog Coach and Trial Judge