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Please find attached some pics of Charlie. We have just about got
his Wait command sorted, I can make him wait in one room while I hide
his ball in another room, as for outside I just have to touch his
neck so he thinks I’ve got hold of his collar throw the ball
and I come away and he waits till I give the command to fetch it.
The lead control is taking a bit longer sometimes he will heel and
walk by my side and other times try and pull but I think he is making
progress, its the same while dogs pass to sometimes he concentrates
on me and other times not but I think that’s mainly my fault
for not getting him to sit and 'watch me' in time.
I have purchased some of those training discs (off eBay) and wow what
a difference they make,
You were right about some days being better than others, sometimes
its so easy to think 'o sod it' but I no I want a well behaved dog
with me when im up in the peaks walking and camping so this spurs
Thanks for your advice and showing me the right way to do things,
will keep you informed on our progress
Thank you so much for the update on Charlie and for the photo’s,
I am really pleased how well you are doing in such a short time, just
think when you are walking in the peaks and people say, look at that
lovely dog, isn’t he good, how proud will you feel then. I am
glad you managed to get some discs; they are such a useful tool. Be
careful not to over use them and rely on them too much.
Well keep up the good work and I look forward to the next email.
Hi Sue, Merry Xmas
thank you for the email card it was lovely. Charlie n I are doing
ok but seem to be stuck and not getting on any further, its seeming
like its just getting to be a routine I only have to say good boy
and he's by my side with his nose in my hand wanting his treat, then
when he gets it he’s of in front til i correct him, but sometimes
it seems he totally ignores me. On our way back from the walk its
great he walks by my side carrying his ball. I was not doing well
taking control when another dog passed by I would try to sit Charlie
and give the look command but he would pull and wriggle as if he wanted
to get out of his collar, (mind you it doesn’t help when other
dog owners come up with there dog) anyway now what I do is hold his
collar he sits and gives me better attention when I say look, if I
let go and he should pull towards the dog I shout AA n he is ok I
have only just started taking better control this way so its early
days. Hopefully when the lighter nights arrive I can work more on
the heel command because like I say it just seems were in a routine
at the mo unless you can give me some tips.
a happy Xmas and happy New Year
me see now.
Have you tried letting him carry his ball on the outward journey,
by giving him a job, it is less likely that he will pull or take notice
of other dogs.
Sounds like you are gradually getting there, but not always assertive
enough, what you describe when you hold his collar and say AA! Then
at that moment you are exerting more positive energy to Charlie, if
you see what I mean. You need to sound as if you mean it to him.
Always a problem with other peoples dogs, be careful that you don’t
stop him totally from meeting and greeting other dogs, if you feel
that the other dogs are calm and friendly and off the lead then try
letting him say hello, you could drop his lead on the floor and relax
and see what happens, the lead is there to enable you to take control
if you need to.
The heel work really is about not letting him progress forwards unless
he is by your side or following, so patience is required there I am
afraid. Maker sure your husband is not letting him pull when he walks
him; you both have to be consistent.
Try with holding treating for a little bit longer each time, so that
he doesn’t pre-empt moving forward straight away each time.
Teach him to follow your hand for a distance then to treat.
Hope this helps.
While we have the dark evenings, then do more walking on lead, along
the streets, changing routes and directions and speed often, so that
he doesn’t build up to the excitement of being let off every
time you set out. About 30-40 minutes a day would be great.
Sue thanks for the info, I think you've hit the nail on the head about
me not always being assertive enough I know I have not been loud enough,
I think the problem is more with me, lee is doing really well, I will
try that dropping the lead never thought of it, thanks again
merry xmas, Tracey
Happy new year. We took Charlie to Filey New Year days, every man
and his dog was there even the cafe and amusements were open. Charlie
was very well behaved, well of the lead, we walked and played on the
beach he never bothered any dogs they all approached him but he was
more interested in playing with his ball, he did have little sniffs
and a little run around with other dogs but a click of the tongue
and he came back to us to play, he played a bit with another choc
lab. (do dogs recognise there own breed). I cant believe what I fret
about, so this morning I took him to the field played ball with him
and carried on if a dog was near by, were normally I would stick him
on his lead, Lee said he's more interested in playing fetch then concerning
himself with other dogs. My next challenge is to take him through
the woods without worrying.
we arrived at the seaside we got out the car put Charlie on his lead,
other dogs were walking down to the beach so Charlie was his usual
self on the lead, pulling towards other dogs barking at them, so we
really need to concentrate on lead control, brilliant of the lead
not good on it. He was overexcited when we 1st got out of car, when
returning from beach he weren't too bad when on lead but I was also
grabbing his attention with treats.
a pleasurable day, and I feel a bit more confident, I no my fretting
comes from our last dog Murphy, but Charlie is a total different character.
a lovely New Year present for me, to hear such positive news from
you. I can’t tell you how proud I am of you.
It just shows you how it can be done when the right energy and confidence
is present with yourselves.
one thing and only one thing that I would say to work on and that
is when you arrive at a place, before you let Charlie out of the car,
it will be worth spending a little time on gaining calm submission
and complete attention on you before he gets out of the car, and then
again before you set off, however I do understand that the whole thing
was new to him and the excitement was ten fold. Mine also love the
smell of the seaside and get very excited, but I don’t let them
out of the car until they are calm and listening to me.
sure on the breed recognition thing, I like to think they do, but
I think that they recognize the same energy levels.
the next step is the woods, but don’t get anxious about it or
Charlie will pick up on this, positive thoughts, say in your head
“he is fine” and he will be!
The thing is, there is always the possibility of conflict with some
other dogs, this will be because the other dogs are not as well balanced
as Charlie, but remember, dogs do not like conflict and will avoid
it if they can.
Keep throwing that ball!
Hi Sue, Charlie n I are doing brill I love takin him out my confidence
with him now is 100 per cent and i think it reflects on Charlie, he
is a little more better when on the lead when other dogs are about.
I even get a bit silly with him as you suggested when were out, and
your right it is more fun for Charlie(and me) than just walking plainly.
He still loves his ball n he loves to play with other dogs. He comes
when called, well just a click of the tongue or whistle, sometimes
if he's having a to good o time with other dogs it can take a while
to recall him but he does come when he realises its time to go.
Our 1st visit with him to the vets
is in Feb, I am just a bit worried how he will be in the waiting room,
I thought I would walk him round across the field play a little ball
to burn a bit of energy of, because if I take him in the car he will
be excited and think he is going somewhere nice and he will be hyper
when we get out of the car. Do you think this is best or has he to
learn that not all car journeys lead to an exciting walk, im not sure?
Apart from that worrying me everything is great.
Hope your keeping well and your dogs
Many thanks Tracey
PS hope you like the pics
Thank you for the photos, Charlie
looks really happy and so do you. I am really pleased (as I have said
before) with the effort you are putting into his training, he is making
brilliant progress and of course the more confident and calm you become,
so will he.
Regarding the Vets, first and
foremost stop worrying as your negative energy will transmit to Charlie,
don’t forget he needs a calm and assertive leader. Your suggestion
of walking him there and tiring him first is one that I would suggest,
of course only if you are within walking distance. Also getting him
used to just getting in and out of the car for nothing exciting, you
can do this at home, say give him his dinner in there then take him
out again, or just put him in drive around the block and home again,
or taking him for a drive, and stop every few minutes, get him out
and then put him back in a again, but the essential thing here is
to wait for him to be calm submissive before you go through any door,
that includes the car door, this can be practiced every time he gets
out before the walk. If you drive there then arrive early and take
him for a 20 minute walk around the area before going in.
When you take him to the vets,
take loads of his favourite treats, make sure you enter first and
if it is busy, then sit as far as you can from any other dogs, ask
him to sit, but try to relax, take big deep breaths and don’t
tense up on the lead, give him little checks, tugs to get his attention,
be firm with him if he tries it on, firm Ah Ah! Or No! you can click
your tongue to get his attention and treat then relax again reward
him every time he is good, continue with this when in with the vet,
ask them to give him a treat first. DON’T WORRY! ?
Hi Sue, thanks again for the advice
I will put it into practice. I don’t have any probs with you
putting my emails on your web site, go for it
Sent: 05 March 2009 09:21
To: Sue Fryer
Subject: charlie's vet visit
Hi Sue, I forgot to let you know
about Charlie's visit to the vets, you will be pleased to hear that
he was good as gold, Lee ended up takin him as i was workin but he
said he was fine, didn't pull towards any other dogs in the waiting
room just sat quietly till it was his turn, the vet gave him a bill
of health and that he had lovely mucsle physique, said she can see
he is exercised well.
I bet Charlie would enjoy that gun
dog training but unfotunatly i cant make Sunday's,
I think our worrying is over, couldn't
ask for a better dog,
Thankyou for all your help and advice
Monday 20th July 2009
Hi Sue, i enjoyed reading your news letter, sorry
to hear of your dog Milly, its heartbreaking when you lose a pet,
even though now we have Charlie i still miss Murphy.
We took Charlie to Scotland in June, he loved every
minute, out swimming in the sea and the Lochs, long walks in the Forests.
The people were so dog friendly invited in all pubs they had water
and biscuits for all four legged friends. I've attached a couple of
Tracey, Lee and Charlie