Gun dog. Easing off the training, giving him choices.

Gun dog Black Lab Bentley is extremely well-behaved and polite, an absolute delight.

The young dog seems, however, careful. He follows anyone who gets up to walk about, looking worried. He can be jumpy. 

Gun dog training

gun dogHis young lady owner is very conscientious indeed. She is keen to make a good gun dog out of him and is very disciplined with the training. Each family member helps her by walking him and they are well-trained too – very keen to help. All walks include training sessions.

The girl voiced concern that if she follows my behaviour route, Bentley’s training may go downhill.  I suspect that easing right back on the gun dog training and giving Bentley more choice will instead enhance their training sessions.

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Attack Prompted by Doorbell

When someone knocks on the door, Willow morphs into a little monster. This gentle, affectionate 20-month-old Cocker Spaniel goes into a sudden frenzy when someone comes to the front door resulting in an attack on the nearest person including the twelve-year-old son. Willow has drawn blood. The question is, why? We know that the immediate trigger for attack Read more…