Well, what have I done this week? Its school holidays so quieter than usual as I like spending time with my boys. The training room is still out of action because of a leak in the roof so I have been all over the place visiting dogs at their homes. Though often its much better to see dogs in their ‘natural environment’ to see how they (and their humans) behave at home if clients live a little too far away it means I can fit them in sooner if they can come to me.
An unusual week as Ive had cats and guinea pigs to feed which has been fun as they are all lovely. Ron (one of the cats) doesn’t even mind me giving him his tablets! 🙂
I few dogs of I have met this week: A very exuberant but beautiful Red Fox Lab in Harrogate who was just too excited and super bouncy about everything in his life and needed to learn to chill. I have also ordered his owner a harmony harness to help with his pulling as he has a back problem so teaching Hunter not to pull like a steam train needed urgent attention. Monty the miniature Schnauzer over in Farsley looked like butter wouldn’t melt with his adorable little face – “its always the quiet ones” hahahaha – can’t wait to go back in a couple of weeks to see how he is doing with his ‘screaming’ at other dogs. Had loads of fun with two adorable Springer pups on Thursday, Piper and Poppy. Poppy is starting to copy all the older pup’s bad habits and needed to help Piper’s owners solve her serious lead pulling issues before Poppy is allowed out for walks and tries to do the same. Rosie the labradoodle won my heart this week, her owners just need to first undo Rosies ‘I have to give my paw eveytime I am asked to sit’ behaviour so they can start with some focus practice without getting pawed at every time she looks at them! . It won’t take long though, it’s a habit easily taught by accident as a puppy and can be undone easily with plenty of rewards and consistent marking of the right behaviour.
….. Then my handbrake cable snapped, so off to the garage I go.