I walk the dogs for about 4 hours each day. I walk them together and separately. I want to be able to walk them together everywhere but to do that Brian needs to be trained separately. He will always follow Lily’s orders and she’s a rubbish trainer. She seems to love egging him on. When walking them both it’s hard to find good behaviour to reward, anchor and reinforce.
Training them separately works much better (it always does when both dogs are reactive-or both have issues) but my aim is to have dogs who can walk together and behave in all sort of circumstances.
I’m tired. My wild dog Brian (like all my dogs) has his training chart. It looks pretty depressing, but it doesn’t matter. I love him and it doesn’t matter how slow we go as long as we’re heading in the right direction. And we are making progress – which is all that matters.