So, to cut a long story short, he has not been let off the lead, apart from in his own garden in three years.
He has had aggression issues with specific types of people and has managed to control/manipulate his owner for the past three years resulting in her carrying a lot of anxiety every time there are people in the house or when people walk towards them with another dog in a park or on the street, or when there is a dog off the lead.
Ultimately the owner, a lovely quiet unassuming lady, has had the last 3 years governed and the time she takes the dog out controlled by the dogs behaviour and her inner fear that something might happen as well as 'the promise' being at the back of her mind so she would always walk away from other dogs in case of a set to and because she naturally wanted to protect the dog.
With the problems she was having in the house and any visitors she asked if we could help, so an appointment was arranged, although the first appointment had to be shortened, but even in that hour she and the dog seem to learn a lot about what is acceptable on a 50/50 level of communication. Going away with homework they returned 4 days later and the following photographs brings you up to date with this wonderful little dogs story.
|Mmmm, they're bigger than me, I'd better protect my Mum and out stare them!|
|Well, actually they are okay and I'm not being pulled back, |
so it must be okay to sniff
|Actually I would quite like to smell you a bit more!|
|Mmm, there's another one over there - I can't quite smell it though,|
a bit closer please Mom.
|Wow, now these are big Mom, maybe I had better behave and not bark!|
|Mmm think we'll stay clear of that thing!|
|Well, it's smaller than me, maybe if I go from behind it'll be okay!|
|Wooooooops, maybe I shouldn't have done that! or, maybe, maybe the|
little thing wants to play!
|And the big girl comes in - now little blonde just you behave yourself|
|Freedom for the first time in 3 years - YIPEEE|
Mom has no nails by this time!