Fergus and William’s Owner Very Pleased
Just under four weeks ago I visited William and Fergus – Whippet brothers that fought (their story is a few posts down). Walks were a nightmare as the excitable William would redirect his stress onto Fergus, especially if they came across a cat – to such an extent that they were muzzled on walks. Both dogs would pull. They might fight at the gate and they might fight in the car if they saw a cat. As in most cases, there were other issues that contributed to the problems the lady was having with her lovely dogs.
Their story deserves another write-up, because it is a perfect example of how progress is closely linked to how carefully, calmly and diligently the owners stick to their plan and apply themselves.
I have just received a lovely email, together with this picture of the two dogs:
“I’m really pleased to be emailing you to tell you how well behaved the boys have been this week (in fact I’m bursting to tell you!). I want others to know that this really does work – and I am enjoying it and enjoying my dogs even more than I did before. It is such a pleasure to walk well behaved dogs!
William has at long last put some weight on, and I put this down to the better food that you recommended and the fact that he is not anxiously running about anymore.
Last Sunday we went for a walk along the canal, which was very busy. I walked both dogs together, they were excellent. When we started off William was over excited and trying to rush ahead, I did the work and after about 10 mins and only covering about 10 metres he finally calmed down and we were on our way with two very well behaved dogs. The best bit was when we approached a couple sitting on the bank next to their barge, they had five (yes five) Italian Greyhounds basking on the grass beside them along with two CATS!!! I was astounded at how well behaved my boys were, we stopped to speak to the owners for a few minutes (the cats moved on to the bow of the boat) and either the boys didn’t see them (although not sure how they could have missed them) or they really are settling and feeling more relaxed (I know I am).
Further on we let them off individually and as seems to be the norm now they came back when called and were generally little stars. A bit further on we had to walk through a field with sheep in it. Once again the dogs were brilliant and I was whooping with joy, they walked through the field and showed no interest at all (the sheep were very helpful and didn’t run away) about two fields on we met sheep again, these sheep did run off and William got a little excited (but I think that was more about the sheep poo that he was trying to hoover up) so I did a little bit of ‘lets go’ and once again he calmed down and we continued. When we arrived back in the village we met a cat – they definitely saw it and their ears went up, I turned round immediately and walked back down the road, once they seemed settled I turned back again and walked calmly back to the car – amazing, this would never have happened before and I would have been a nervous wreck.
Its amazing that in almost 4 weeks we have had no aggression between the dogs, I am feeling so much more confident.