Apart from the numerous insights into dog understanding which I was able to take home with me, Jeannie, my dog, changed quite considerably. Previously she was very nervous when she heard a loud crack like thunder or a skate board hitting the pavement. She would run and seek shelter in a cupboard in the house, or in my car. A couple of days after the class, there was a thunder clap. She didn’t rush to hide but stayed beside me, content with me as her protector, which is what you were encouraging to happen at the class. In addition, once freed of various entities, her eyes became more relaxed as was her whole being.
Almost a year later:
Jeannie is doing really well thank you. She is the perfect soul mate and a source of inspiration to my partner and I.
Both Carmen (who came to your class with Chloe – very excitable staffy) and I now explain to our dogs what we are going to do, or the reason why such and such is happening, and we are sure there is an understanding of our intent. They are more at ease with whatever action we take. My partner notices this with Jeanne and does the same.
Also I utilise the concept of being the leader in your dogs life all the time with good results.
When my partner and I are walking Jeanne on the beach and there is a loud crack from a skate board or skim board, Jeanny pulls on the lead dramatically and wants to run away.But if my partner goes ahead of us, as the leader of the pack, and I deliberately walk with Jeanne in linebehind him, Jeannie then is perfectly calm and doesn’t want to flee the area.
Hope you are continuing sharing your wonderful love and understanding of animals.