Dukie's had a troubled life so far!
Purchased as a Border Collie off of the internet from a suspected
'puppy farm' and being delivered to his owners from somewhere in darkest
Wales, he's certainly had more than his fair share of setbacks and
He was laid up when he suffered a leg injury and had to be
quarantined because he contracted lungworm, so has suffered from a
severe lack of both human and canine socialisation, making him
This has resulted in an extreme amount of human and inter-dog
aggression and when I was called in after his vet was bitten, he had to
be tied to a large dresser in order to prevent me from getting attacked.
(The vet actually advised the owner to have Dukie put down and that
she'd be very happy to do it!)
I couldn't begin any dog training, spending most of the first session
discussing Cesar Millan's techniques with Pam, Dukie's owner. And with
a muzzle on him, I finally managed to get within a couple of feet of
him without being lunged at!
The next visit I started off feeding him bits of chicken through his
muzzle and slowly gained his confidence to the extent that we untethered
him and he remained calm, without attacking.
Pam's son Michael arrived home and we took Dukie for a walk. When we
set out, he would lunge at any people or dogs that came remotely near
us but by me staying 'calm assertive' and using gentle corrections
applied through the lead, he became calmer and the walk became more
Dukie then lunged at a cat in a driveway! We stopped and I got him
to turn his back on the cat and gave gentle corrections when he tried to
look at it, so that he ended up calmly lying down without looking round
at the cat.
Each visit has seen great improvements and my control of him is now
so good, we've even managed to dispense with the muzzle. I've also
started cycling with Dukie as part of his obedience training and he just
loves to run...fast!
And then on my last visit, at the beginning of June, Pam told me that
a tradesman had been round during the week, she'd put Dukie on the lead
and he just laid there, totally ignoring the man. Needless to say, Pam
was very happy.
I took him for an off lead walk round the local playing fields and
there he was interacting with another dog, no aggression at all!!
ARC Dog Rehab.