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There is no such thing as a forgetful dog.

Having completed a walk with the dogs, my friend Monika and I were having a drink in the most famous bar of our village. While talking I saw a lady crossing the street holding a pulling dog on the leash.

Immediately I recognized her as a former pupil of my dog training school. She proved to be one of the ladies who had trouble understanding what it means to behave like a pack leader. Often she was hiding her embarrassment behind a laughing and smiling face when her dog once again ignored her. Pupils like this lady helped me come to the conclusion that many persons came to my dog training school because they had, what they called, a problem with the dog. That is what they thought. According to me they did not have a problem with the dog. It was the way they behaved with the dog that caused problems for the dog.

When I visit my clients in their homes and observe how they behave with their pets I can easily find the solution for any problem. If the clients are willing to change their behaviour most of the problems disappear. If they are not willing to change their behaviour they might keep on saying they have a bad dog. They might even say I could not help them.

Entering the bar my ex-pupil came to say hello to me. She also said, I quote That her dog had forgotten most of what she had learned from me.

I did not want to embarrass her in front of her friends, but what she said is not true.

It is one of the excuses used by some dog lovers. In order to cover up their own inconsistency and lack of calm assertive energy they blame their pet.

Let me tell you about the gift my dog Baerli offered me on a birthday.

He has been an agility champion in the official Spanish agility trials until I had to retire him when he caught the Leishmania disease. Although he is a stocky Labrador male he was able to sometimes beat the Border Collies because he was so fast and accurate when dealing with the obstacles.

On this particular birthday I had the opportunity to visit Monika’s agility course in a nearby village. Having seen that the jumps were on their lowest level I asked Monika permission to take Baerli over the course. Although he had not been on an agility course in five years I took him around the course over the low jumps, through the tunnel, over the seesaw and even through the weaving poles. I was absolutely stunned and my eyes filled with tears. He absolutely remembered everything and did not make one mistake. Not even when he weaved through the slalom poles or when he had to run up the seesaw, slow down just before reaching the middle, make it tip over and then run on. This dog remembered everything although had not been able to train for five years.

If you have been to dog training classes in the past and your dog is (for instance) still pulling on the leash, do not say (s)he is pulling because (s)he has forgotten what (s)he learned. That is not true. The truth is that your dog is still pulling because you have not been consistent enough while teaching him to walk with a slack leash.

Agreed?

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglisener

Listen and read your dog

Learn from your dog

Lead your dog

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There is no such thing as a forgetful dog.

Having completed a walk with the dogs, my friend Monika and I were having a drink in the most famous bar of our village. While talking en enjoying my Chaparran I saw a lady crossing the street holding a pulling dog on the leash.

Immediately I recognized her as a former pupil of my dog training school. I remembered her as one of the ladies who had trouble understanding what it means to behave like a pack leader. Often she was hiding her embarrassment behind a laughing and smiling face when her dog once again ignored her. Pupils like this lady helped me come to the conclusion that many persons came to my dog training school because they had, what they called, a problem with the dog. That is what they thought. According to me they did not have a problem with the dog. It was the way they behaved with the dog that caused problems for the dog.

When I visit my clients in their homes and observe how they behave with their pets I can easily find the solution for any problem. If the clients are willing to change their behaviour most of the problems disappear. If they are not willing to change their behaviour they might keep on saying they have a bad dog. They might even say I could not help them.

Entering the bar my ex-pupil came to say hello to me. She also said, I quote That her dog had forgotten most of what she had learned from me. It was clear to me the lady was still seeking excuses and blaming her dog for being forgetful.

I did not want to embarrass her in front of her friends, but what she said is simply not true.

It is one of the excuses used by some dog lovers. In order to cover up their own inconsistency and lack of calm assertive energy they blame their pet.

Let me tell you about the gift my dog Baerli offered me on a birthday.

He has been an agility champion in the official Spanish agility trials until I had to retire him when he caught the Leishmania disease. Although he is a stocky Labrador male he was able to sometimes beat the Border Collies because he was so fast and accurate when dealing with the obstacles.

On this particular birthday I had the opportunity to visit Monika’s agility course in a nearby village. Having seen that the jumps were on their lowest level I asked Monika permission to take Baerli over the course. At his age I do not want to make him clear high jumps. Although he had not been on an agility course in five years I took him around over the low jumps, through the tunnel, over the seesaw and even through the weaving poles. I was absolutely stunned and my eyes filled with tears. He absolutely remembered everything and did not make one mistake. Not even when he weaved through the slalom poles or when he had to run up the seesaw, slow down just before reaching the middle, make it tip over and then run on. This dog remembered everything although had not been able to train for five years.

If you have been to dog training classes in the past and your dog is (for instance) still pulling on the leash, do not say (s)he is pulling because (s)he has forgotten what (s)he learned. That is not true. The truth is that your dog is still pulling because you have not been consistent enough while teaching her/him to walk with a slack leash.

Agreed?

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglisener

Listen to and read your dog

Learn from your dog

Lead your dog

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