Harley is a ten month old German Shepherd. Her owners hadn’t had a dog before and contacted me because they had serious problems with walking Harley. She was pulling, lunging and barking at other dogs and was in need of some behavioural dog training. Walks were becoming a nightmare and it was getting to the stage where they didn’t want to take her out.
Within minutes of meeting Harley, I had her walking to heal on a slip lead. With a breed like a German Shepherd, known as a guard dog, owners can reinforce a stereotypical fear of the breed by their own behaviour. Negative energy can feed down to the dog through tightening of the lead, as the owner assumes others will be scared of their dog. My confidence with Harley allowed me to walk her calmly with just my little finger holding the lead.
I used my dogs to teach Harley how to behave around other dogs and had her lying down next to them, submissive to my command. Harley’s biggest problem had been a fear of the unknown; she was unsure of her pack position so had tried to dominate. After just one lesson she knew her place and was a calm and content dog.
Just a quick email to say thank you and how impressed we are of how much Harley has come on in just 2 lessons. From dreading walking and strong boisterous German Shepherd constantly pulling and trying every harness and walking aid out there to making walks a pleasure again with a simple slip lead. Best decision we’ve made was booking training with you.
Tony, Lizzie and Harley
In Harley’s second lesson I used one of my labradors to recreate the experience of walking past other dogs. I created a positive walking experience for the owners, building their confidence in taking Harley out on the lead. The change in her already is remarkable and she will be returning for further behavioural dog training to maintain this progress.