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A Story of Success!

Charlie's Story

by Liz

Charlie, the golden retriever, was one of my first clients and still regularly comes out on walks with me now. I am so pleased with his progress and he is true testament to what my adventure style walk can do for your dog.

I was asked to come and walk Charlie as his owner was having difficulty walking him herself. Anne has recently lost her husband so both her and Charlie were experiencing big changes in their lives. Charlie had begun to pull on the lead more and run off. He had pulled Anne over (he’s a golden retriever so a big strong lad!) and was jumping up at people. Anne had consulted a trainer but was still struggling to walk him on her own and therefore her confidence was low. She had even considered whether she should have Charlie rehomed.

Charlie began walks with me, the aim was to provide him with the physical and mental stimulation he needed as Anne was struggling to give him this. Charlie and I would walk in his local area as he is not keen on traveling. Although this is something I rarely do, I had the availability.

The first thing I did was introduce Charlie to a 10metre static long line. This gave him some freedom to run around without going missing. Something he had not been able to do for a while. I would work on recall with him, although this has always proved to be unreliable! He still uses a long line to walk.

I used distraction techniques to get past known areas where he would run off or get over excited. He responded well to this and soon did not require the distraction. I used toys to build a relationship with Charlie and to add to the fun and excitement of his walks. I also encouraged sniffing more by scatter feeding.

Although Charlie was getting shorter walk than he was used to, his owner was reporting calmer behaviour at home. He would come and snuggle with her on the sofa more, rather than pacing or looking for this to destroy.

It was not long before people were stopping me on walks to say how different Charlie was. He looked so much calmer they told me and was like a ‘different dog’.

Charlie continues to walk with me and is working towards joining group walks. He currently walks with my own dog, Theo, and this has proved beneficial for both.
What Charlie’s owner, Anne says;

‘I first met Liz in May 18 recommended by the Pet Taxi Service I use.
My Charlie was a nightmare, running away with his lead still attached. It was as if he was looking for someone possibly as he had just lost his dad and I was told that could have been his problem, grief.
Then Liz came on the scene, he loves her and she seems to take all his anguish away and mine. He was back to how he used to be. He responds to her in everyway and I just hope Liz can train me as well.
Some days I go out Liz and she puts him on his training lead and he runs around with Theo (Liz’s dog) and enjoys life again. She has done wonders for my dog and I would recommend Liz to anyone’

Anne Gray

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