Bandit

BANDIT – BRITISH INUIT

BANDIT lives with his owner and partner. The male owner has a reasonable level of control, but
Bandit his female partner rang me in desperation stating that she had no control whatsoever over the dog and that she actually dreaded being in the house alone with him. Bandit would charge from room
to room in a very exciteable state, would often excessively mouth and had also caused fairly significant damage to the fabric of the house.

On assessment, it was apparent that Bandit’s male owner had more control, but had made simple errors in the dogs first few months which had developed a state of hyper-activity.

There was too much aggressive play within the home – wrestling, tug of war and the like and there were clear issues between the owners.

I ascertained that Bandit slept on his owners bed at night, which I found highly unusual – this is a very large dog! His male owner stated that this had not always been the case, but as he had been initially well behaved and slept quietly at night in the kitchen, he had thought it ok to let him sleep on their bed!!!! Put simply, “You promoted him in the household hierarchy,” I pointed out.

Advice was given on diet and the dog was removed from the bedroom to more appropriate sleeping quarters in the kitchen. Improvement in his behaviour was almost immediate and there followed a number of obedience sessions designed to give the female owner more confidence in walking the dog. By her own admission she had previously been unable to keep him under control on the lead and he would literally drag her along the street.

Heelwork and general obedience sessions were conducted and Bandit’s behaviour quickly improved. He walked correctly on the lead and would also carry out down-stays and other obedience basics to a reasonable standard. Like many of this type of breed, Huskys, Malamutes and the like – off-lead work is not so easy to achieve with good results, particularly where there are distractions such as other dogs. The owners are now conducting obedience training themselves to improve these aspects.

“I undertook the services of a dog trainer as I was having a dominance issue with British Inuit dog. My partner was the “alpha” male and Bandit (my dog) would listen implicitly to his every word. When I was left alone in the house with him it was a totally different story; he would jump all over (he is a very large dog and I am not very big!) “mouth” and tug at me and my clothes and be a general pain.

I had never previously owned a dog before and my partner and I felt that one of the main issues was a lack of confidence on my part. I had no confidence in taking out for a walk as he used to pull me and jump around on his lead and there were a few instances where I was concerned for our safety.

I rang around a few dog trainers and I was most impressed with Peter, mainly because he had previously worked with larger breeds of dogs and also because he breeds larger dogs. Peter carefully listened to all of the concerns we had and drew up an action plan so that we could see what we were working towards. He worked both my partner and I together and with me separately. He advised on what Bandit’s
diet should consist of and suggested that we tried changing his food as a lot of dog behavioral problems are closely linked to their diets. We followed his advice and there was a notable change within a few days.

One of the main issues was me taking Bandit out for a walk and I was most impressed with the new collar that Peter introduced us to. Since using the collar, I feel a great deal more confident in taking Bandit out. Bandit’s walking to heel has greatly improved and taking him out is now a more pleasant and relaxing
experience. He is much calmer at home, and he responds to me now just as much as he responds to my partner.

All in all we have all greatly benefited from Peter’s advice. Bandit is much calmer and manageable and I feel a lot more confident in looking after and walking my dog”. Vicky.