Milo is a great example of what can be done with little dogs in training.He is full of character and is showing it off here - working both on and off leash after only a week of training.
I love how he bounces up and down in his heel - showing how happy he is to be working.It is very interesting to note that up until a week ago Milo would not want to go out for a walk and hated being out on a leash. Now he can heel both with and without a leash!
Look for more videos of Milo and other little dogs at work - coming soon!
No one expects things to go this way when they set out to add a dog to their family. We bring home a dog with the best of intentions and love in our hearts. We romanticize about how things are going to go - and then BAM your own dog sinks his teeth into you - and shatters your image of what dog ownership was supposed to be. It feels like a betrayal and owners are both scared of their dog and emotionally shattered when they realize their dog who they love dearly is a danger to them.
Ozzie’s owners were referred to me by a past client who also had aggession issues with their dog who we succesfully trained several years back.
At our first encounter Ozzie bit me a number of times - only on leash and during a walk. In the house - he was very sweet and affectionate just as he is with his people - and true to form they only saw the aggression out on a walk as well. We had originally set out to do an in home intensive course but we all felt that an in kennel program would be better suited and set out to have him come into the kennel the very next day.What you see in this video is Ozzie just shy of 2 weeks into his training. he has transformed from a dog who would bite multiple times and even attepmt to bite me with a muzzle on - to a dog that is no longer wearing a muzzle and very attentive,obedient and happy.
There is no magic pill. No cure. Anyone who tells you different is lacking knowledge and experience or trying to sell you something.Aggression issue never go away - they are managed. It is important to never lose sight of this fact.
Ozzie came into the training program feeling tentative and I took the opportunity to build a relationship with him - not just “train” him. In other words - I showed him that there is a different way to relate to people and that this can be a positive experience and you can see in his attitude that he really feels good about what we have done together. His body language is loose and flowing. He has a bounce in his step when we work together and is very playful. He’ll climb up on me for petting and hugs and jump all over me any time he is invited to do so.
I believe in teamwork. of course I am the boss - there is no mistaking that - especially with a dog that is ready to bite me. BUT - I always have the end goal of working as a team and take every opportunity to show the dog I am supporting his efforts, encouragin his good choices and making training fun.