Being stubborn (determined?) pays. After about five months Brian’s training looks more like training, not just rehabilitation. Funnily enough, Brian, as any dog, only finds it hard to do something the first time. Once the fog of fear is lifted following commands can become a pleasure.
Apart from considering people a threat, he is an ordinary, if hyperactive puppy. Of the herding type…Exercising him has been a challenge as I couldn’t trust him around anyone he didn’t know well-but he’s getting better. As with everything, we find it hard to find a compromise-we live in the city centre, so meeting lots of people and dogs is unavoidable.
I wouldn’t like Brian to be anything else. I like a challenge, every tiny success makes me feel over the moon. My goals are clearly defined, I change the deadlines and methods but I will get there. I rearrange my life, work, social life but it won’t be the first time-and it helps me: I tend to obsess about controlling everything so I need a ‘difficult’ dog to make me take a step back, rethink my life and let go of some self-imposed limitations.
I might have mentioned it before, but just in case: Brian is perfect. For me.