I got my first gundog around 15+ years ago, he was amazing, and a baptism of fire! I had no clue what I was doing and he was a working boy at heart.
I had problems with him on lead, I wish it was just dragging me around but he had a worse habit of just launching himself off the end of the lead when I wasn’t expecting it, at 36kilos he was killing my shoulders.
Recall was a challenge but I’ll be honest it wasn’t our most difficult one.
What was harder were lots of random behaviours he had, obsessing about leaves that moved when we walked, or stressing when left, or being more than a handful at puppy class then later gundog classes, to the point I actually walked out of one half way through!
I went to so many trainers and had so many awful experiences, especially with gundog trainers, that I eventually broke out on my own, I learnt what I could, I went back to my roots as a Reiki Master/Teacher and we created a different more gentle bond, I trained him to Trick Dog Champion level, he placed in working tests, worked on rough shoots, competed and won lots at agility and much more.
But all that only came after I gave up following what I now know is outdated training based on dominance theory (which has been thoroughly debunked) and I focused on us, I chose heart centred methods alongside positive reward-based training and never looked back!
Do you have a dog that won’t come back when you call them? or they come back but only if there are no dogs, people or birds to run after first?
Do you have a dog that can’t walk on a loose lead, or can’t listen when they leave the house?
Is your dog anxious, or reactive, or cannot stop, simply has no off switch?
Does this leave you feeling anxious, frustrated, tired of walks being anything but relaxing or fun?
Do you wish you had a fairydogmother to help you out, give you all the answers, teach you to understand your dog and work with them to build the kind of relationship that really reflects the love you share?