We choose to share our lives with one or more amazing dogs. We ask our dogs to put up with many human foibles, and we control every aspect of their life.
Not feeling in control is strongly correlated with feelings of anxiety. When our dogs feel anxious, they might try and hide, or they might growl/snap to say they can’t cope.
Giving back just a little bit of control can make all the difference.
For Freya, she plays games where SHE makes the noises, rattles, engine starting happen.
For Scout, he tells Clare when it’s okay to do the next (probably uncomfortable) physio exercise.
(watch this amazing video https://www.facebook.com/clare.harrison.12/videos/10156099491904184/)
This is more than just training. This is building a relationship of trust and communication.
- A willing human
- A dog
- Some experience of learning and training together – where the dog can experiment, build their confidence and learn to make choices
If you want to build a better relationship with your dog, the best way is to learn together.
Build joyful experiences.
Don’t make it all about the serious stuff!
You can come and play with us at the following events:
Sunday 25th March Parkour Intro one-day workshop with Sian
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/7PiXe9TEmJxg5ui23
Monday 26th March 7-8.30pm Noise Fears – Practical Help
a seminar for humans without dogs
Saturday 7th April Dog Training Fundamentals one-day workshop with Morag
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/
Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to listen to your amazing dogs!
Morag and the Collie Girls