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Ingrid Grayling June Blog

It's very easy to take things for granted, especially our health and well being. When you have a health scare it's a wakeup call which does make you stop and think twice and appreciate the body that you have - even if it's only working a fraction of its capability, not 100%, as it has been in my case recently.

I have had key hole surgery on one of my knees recently. The hospital, consultant and my family and friends were all absolutely amazing and so very kind to me in the care that I was given both before and after the surgery. I felt blessed to have such a strong support network around me. The Physiotherapy that I had for a few weeks afterwards was a life saver and gave me back my confidence, which I had lost whilst I was on my crutches. After a couple of months of hard work, doing exactly as I was told, I am now 90 per cent fit again and back on my feet walking the fells with my dogs which I had missed terribly as I was unable to spend time with them.

I learnt a lot during those few months, I learnt how horrible and dependant it feels to be in a wheel chair or on crutches. And how frustrating it is to have to depend on other people for everything you need especially when you have been so independent previously. It was a real eye opener for me, a small look into the world of people who live permanently with a wheelchair. I noticed that some people wouldn't look at me, let alone acknowledge me when they see the wheel chair and how that can make you feel like a totally inadequate human being. But mostly I was really surprised that generally, where ever you go, the facilities for disabled people are not adequate.

I visited one of the big nationwide department stores who didn't have a big enough lift so we had to go in the service lift with all the boxes! On another occasion when I needed to borrow a wheel chair to get around a very large store, it took over 30 minutes for the staff to help me, I was left in a corridor leaning against a wall.

I also learnt how fast and impatient people can be, of course not everyone I came across was like that, I experienced some very kind actions from people, but generally I found people's reactions very surprising, and I was saddened by this. Are we all too busy to take two minutes to see other people's plights and have a little empathy for them?

I have over the years had a few disabled people ask me if they thought that they were capable of owning or caring for a dog. My answer now is definitely a very big YES, Although this does depend on the nature of the disability, they could certainly gain as much as anyone else from the love and companionship of a dog.

The disabled people that I have had come to me to train their dogs have always been determined and therefore have successfully maintained the training after they have left me. And because they have found the time and patience have turned out to be very good owners in the long term. Their dogs have had plenty of exercise, fun times and a very happy fulfilling life style.

These clients have all had a very positive outlook on life and have been willing to go that extra mile to own and train their dogs properly. I always show them the physical side of the training and then between us we adapt the training to suit them and their situation. Laughter and sometimes tears of happiness are part of the lessons and over the years I have made many new friends.

As I train on a hand signal and a whistle this is usually the easy bit for my clients and I am always amazed at how all the dogs, whichever breed large or small, adapt with them; it's always rewarding and emotional for me to watch both owner and dog after a few weeks of really hard work enjoying life with each other and achieving a special bond together. As with all training time, patience, love and pack leadership always works. It just goes to show that however hard life is anything is possible.

Ingrid Grayling has become one of the UK's leading experts in professional dog training and obedience, and runs a highly successful business in the heart of rural Cumbria offering training and residential care as well as a training school in Bath, Somerset. With over 25 years' experience, Ingrid has built up her business which sees clients come from all over the UK to learn her unique training techniques.

Services include: personalised training on a one-to-one basis, training the owner to train their dog, residential training and day courses, help with livestock worrying & behavioral problems, pre-puppy pack and active holidays for dogs.

www.ingrid-grayling.co.uk / 00 44 931 715282

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