As a dog trainer, my goal is to help owners understand and train their dogs. So owners and dogs can enjoy a stronger, more reliable relationship. I often try to motivate owners take the time to train their dog because once they do, they have a more reliable dog and a reliable dog means a dog you can take almost anywhere.
There are too many dogs who spend their lifetimes locked away in the backyard because they are too boisterous, aggressive or frightened to come out into the real world and enjoy it sensibly with their families. Dog’s, who have been bought for the kids jump on them, frighten and hurt them.
Or older people who have bought a dog as a companion, heartbreakingly have to give the dog away because one more act of rough play may mean a broken hip.
This was not the dream.
Owners purchase a dog with the intention of the dog becoming their best friend, their constant companion, someone who will grow with the children or keep them company when they are alone. They do not expect their future best mate to scare the children, chew their furniture, chase the cat and knock down grandma at a family BBQ.
Minnie and Oscar were not the easiest dogs to train. We had our ups and downs. But I am so very glad I stuck with it. My hard work and dedication now means I can take the dogs almost anywhere. We have had adventures with rock climbers in NSW, at family christenings in QLD and even waterfall exploring in VIC. My husband and I have even been invited to go water skiing and stay on a house boat with the dogs this christmas. We can’t wait!!
Another example of the adventures we have had…Bagpipe Competitions (I bet you didn’t expect that one!)
My husband plays for a local Bagpipe Band (they are quite good, actually) and last weekend the dogs and I went along to a Victorian competition to support. We always get lots of people wanting to come up and say hello, but this time we got the attention of the local Newspaper.
So it seems the Canine Coaches, Minnie and Oscar are famous! Take a look at the pictures below.
What adventures have you and your dog been on (or dream of going on)?
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