GORDON SETTER – HUNTER
PROBLEM – DOG AGGRESSION DEVON
Angie Pearman, experienced dog breeder, exhibitor and groomer, contacted me in desparation about her male show-dog Hunter’s dog aggression.
This had been a problem for some time and although she had sought previous professional help, it had not resolved the issues. Hunter is a large, entire male and of course there was no way I was going to be recommending neutering of this dog. I’m sure Angie was pleased to hear my views on that subject, because neutering him would have effectively ended his show-career.
I attended Angie’s home and did some initial work in her local area, involving contact with one of my stooge dogs and also other dogs which happened to be in the area. We made immediate improvements in Hunter’s dog behaviour which was consolidated on subsequent environmental sessions at various public parks etc in the Exeter-area. Not only did Angie and I make huge improvements in Hunter’s behaviour, but we also did some excellent work on his control, ie dog obedience, all of which was real-world training, as opposed to some of the almost robotic training which can often be witnessed at dog training classes.
Here’s what Angie had to say a few weeks after we first started work with Hunter:-
"Thank you so much for all your help with my lovely excitable Hunter and for giving me my confidence back in such a short space of time. I am aware that I most probably caused Hunter’s problem. I did all the early groundwork with his obedience and then I got really cocky and let him get away with far too much and didn’t know how to rectify it.
I have always had bitches so having an entire, beautiful male was a whole new ball game for me.
I had seen you training other people’s dogs (and your own Rottweilers) many times and admired the way you worked. I felt that Hunter and I would benefit from your help and I was so right.
I can’t believe how quickly he has improved. His aggression towards other dogs has completely gone. He can be walked on-lead past other dogs and it is also lovely that he can now play so well off-lead with other dogs too. His down-stay at distance is now really good, which was impossible four weeks before I first met you. Thank you so much for all you have done for us."