We spend a lot of time training our George. We’re not fanatical or anything, we fit it in as and when we can. We probably spend more time socialising him than anything, taking to see new places and faces. We start him at his ‘proper’ dog training in 2 weeks so, we hope that will cover everything else – it’s a 10 week course but we’ve joined the club for 12 months so we may well take further courses to keep George going.
So, as a responsible owner you put time and effort into training your dog. You, hopefully, get some positive results and start getting an understanding with your dog. You feel like you are ‘getting there’ and then something’s changed.
For us, it was being let down by a dog boarder – not their fault – circumstances outside of their control but still caused an issue and we had to house George with in-laws for the weekend – very last minute and we were grateful.
Nice people, have dogs and kids of their own so we know George isn’t going to have a problem as he loves people and other pets.
The problem comes with attitudes towards the behaviour of your pets.
We were having regular photos sent to us whilst we were away and could see George was loving it – having fun with everyone but it certainly came at a cost.
When we picked him up he’d gone ‘feral’. 😳
The in-laws have a very relaxed attitude to dog training which means they (the dogs) can do whatever they want until they get shouted at to stop when they take a quick break before carrying on where they left off.
So, back up to the story – we collect George and it’s all hugs and missed-you kisses until we get home and almost immediately you can see he has a change of attitude.
More ‘i will do what I want, when I want’.
Now, this doesn’t get anyone very far in our house but, with a dog, it’s a fight to get him back where he was.
3 weeks later, he’s pretty much back to normal except for a couple of points and so, when I am completing the paperwork for his course I find I am adding a few things into the ‘problem areas’ box which shouldn’t be there.
It’s not the end of the world but, to have your hard work undone so quickly, it’s frustrating.
They say ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ but, maybe, do some background checks 😊.