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Older Dog

Older Dogs

April brings new challenges for me usually in the shape of older dogs who have had some training in the distant past, but who now need to be “brushed-up” or corrected for various reasons. This training may have worked at the time, but some how things have gone wrong, or owners have fallen by the wayside and not kept the training up for various reasons or quite simply the training was not quite what they had expected. Whatever the reasons may be I find that both dogs and owners come to me for help.

After a 10 minute assessment of the dog and the owners with the owner being the more important at this stage. I recommend the type of correction work and training that needs to be done including the length of time that it will take to achieve. The owner’s all need to be clear about what they want from their dog and their dog needs to understand what is required.

I love meeting these older dogs as they are so interesting almost all of them are real characters. As these dogs have been around for a while they have had time to work out the best way to get the better of their owners and also the best way to make life easier for them!

Dogs of all shapes and sizes arrive, some eyeing me suspiciously and steadfastly refusing to get out of the car! They have a built in radar that says “watch it life is going to change now – I won’t be able to get away with anything after a visit here!” Some leap out full of misplaced enthusiasm and jump up and try to knock me over with the attitude of “Whose the strongest thee or me?!” whilst others leap out of the car with the owners hanging on for dear life and then both dog and owner disappear down the road both at break neck speed!. I usually sit in my garden and wait patiently for them to return breathless.

These kind and sometimes exasperated owners’ usual comments are …. “He just gets excited when he meets new people”

The dog that I remember best though is the one who arrived from Birmingham. He was a little Jack Russell, four years old who was so full of himself. The owner, a lovely kind older gentleman, had for all these years put up with constant barking in the car when ever they went out together. They arrived 10 minutes after I heard them coming down the road. The owner got out and I introduced myself – he took no notice of me – I thought what a rude man; but he wasn’t at all …. When he realised that I was there and that I had spoken he removed his hat and earmuffs and pulled out his ear plugs!! This was the only way he had found that he could stand travelling with his barking little dog and keep some of his sanity!

We spent a very nice half hour together driving around the countryside in his car enjoying the views and doing the training. When we arrived back to my house my two new friends were very quiet. The little Jack Russell was sitting on the back shelf of the car sulking, and his owner because of tears of happiness in his eyes couldn’t speak as he was so happy that at long last his life had changed so quickly and he could finally enjoy his little friend in the car together without ear plugs or muffs!!

So all you older dogs out there who think that you have got away with it – you haven’t if you come to me!


Ingrid Grayling
Blendbetter Carlisle. Blendbetter Pet Foods, Westlinton, Carlisle. CA6 6AA. 01228 791608
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