Philip rescued Willie from as an older dog who had never been exposed to the world.Our first lesson was in a empty park and poor Willie had trouble with the odd person at over 100 feet away. She wanted to bolt and run.She was also distant and detached from Philip which isn’t uncommon in dogs who didn’t bond to a human early in their lives.
Right from our first lesson Philip noticed how well Willie took to training and her focus and connection to Philip started to emerge very quickly.
By lesson three she became accustomed to riding in the car and we had to work with her around a huge school day in a park in the west island - hundreds of kids running around and yelling and loud music - all the things to stress poor WIllie out - yet she did great.By lesson 5 she was working alongside all the people coming in and out of Fairview mall as well as the trucks and buses passing through the parking lot.
There was a crowd of people getting off of a bus at the mall and everyone wants to pet Willie. Many of the people from the bus were in wheelchairs which can be stressful even for a confident dogs without the issues that Willie has.This was a great opportunity to see how far Willie has come.In the past she would have tried to climb on top of Philip or run away - but she sat there and accepted the petting and even leaned into the people’s hands - showing comfort and trust.
Ray is a wonderful German Shepherd who came in for training a week and a half befoe this was filmed he has great working potential and is progressing nicely in his training as you can see here in this clip where he is heeling alongside me and completely focused and engaged in his work.
Ray is not a 2 headed beast but the nature of the 360 degree filming as displayed on youtuibe will present all the angles in one flat “pancake” view which is disorienting - pls try one of the brownsers or apps to get the awesome 360 effect where you can pan and adjust the angles while you watch.