Today was a new experience for me, I have been dog trained. Most people think a dog trainer trains dogs, but they don't, they train people. Dave is a dog trainer, and Henry has been a little bit naughty just lately, so Dave came to show us what we should be doing when we take him, or any other dog for that matter, for a walk. I don't walk Henry but I went along to learn something.
We all know that dogs are pack animals, and if you don't show them that you are the leader of the pack, they will assert themselves and claim that role. That's when the problems start, the dog becomes the head of the household and you become it's slave. Dave has already had a training session with Henry, about a year or so ago, but Henry has started to push the boundaries a bit and a refresher course will get him back into line.
Dave started off by giving us an insight into how a dogs mind works. They actually need boundaries to be set. A lot of people think they have human emotions but they don't, they are dogs. Then off we went for the road walk, with Dave explaining the technique for walking to heel. This is not a time for the dog to stop and sniff at every lamp post. The human has to be in control, to set the pace, and choose the route.
More road walking and Henry is getting the hang of it.
We came across a garden with two very vocal large dogs jumping up at the fence and acting quite threatening. Henry didn't like that at all and pulled on the lead to get away. After a few reassuring words from Dave, he was not quite so nervous at passing the house on the way back.
Dave is a very knowledgeable chap, he has been doing it for £35 years. He has his own German Shepherds, and is also a rehabilitation centre for GS's needing rehoming. German Shepherd Dog Rescue.
Dave's web site is here. And his Facebook page is here.
Only one thing for it after that.....WE ATE CAKE :o))