The trainers at Wythall German Shepherd Dog Training Club wanted some guidance with how we could work with dogs in a class environment that we were unable to accommodate due to their behaviour. Especially so we didn’t disrupt the calmer dogs.
Ross McCarty was asked to do some training with our trainers and a few of the dogs in the club that were struggling to stay calm in a class and were also aggressive when on lead out and about. Some of the dogs were only aggressive to other dogs, but a couple of the dogs did not cope well with people either.
Ross was more than accommodating in swapping the session around, putting the trainer’s session at the end, so owners could get away with their dogs (due to the heat) while the training was aimed at class structure.
The whole session was great. We had 8 problem / aggressive dogs enter the room and 8 relaxed dogs at the end of it, some were so comfortable they were drifting off to sleep.
It was a great mix of general theories and methods and also targeted one to one solutions to specific problems, all well managed between Ross and his colleague Vicky.
There was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone’s questions were welcomed and well answered.
Overall a brilliant session and some great ideas to take forward into our classes to help all the dogs, whether the ones that can react or the ones that don’t want to be reacted to.
The feedback from all who attended has been excellent!