KAISER’S owners Mark and Emma, contacted me following an incident where he had snapped at a young boy who he had normally been very friendly with. Keiser had escaped from his garden
and on being recovered by Emma was being led home when the boy approached and tried to stroke him in the normal way.
Keiser also had a tendency to ‘go ballistic’ at most other dogs whilst being walked and Emma had no
confidence in her ability to walk him alone.
This had been a culmination of some over boisterous and dominant behaviour in the home. Theirs was a busy home with three children and possibly not much time for teaching this young hooligan some basic do’s and don’ts. Emma told me how other parents wouldn’t let their children come around any more and some of her
friends were also not too happy with Keiser’s over-bearing behaviour when they came around for coffee.
In assessing the situation, it was clear that whilst Mark felt he was the ‘pack-leader’, albeit making some common mistakes, in fact Keiser was the pack-leader whilst Mark was his number 2, with Emma and the children some way below that.Again, there had been some inappropriate rough play with the dog indoors and a lack of basic rules, boundaries and limits. Keiser was allowed, or should I say Keiser decided he
was allowed on the furniture and there had been little by way of obedience training. He had attended early puppy training, but Mark had given up as he felt they weren’t getting anywhere.
Following the assessment, some time was spent in teaching the owners how to have some control over the dog in the house, so that his respect for them would increase. Emma was then instructed on how to walk
him correctly and was shown how to prevent him from becoming fixated with other dogs whilst out on his walks.
There was a total reluctance to allow him off the lead at all as they had no confidence in re-calling him. Instruction in the basic obedience techniques followed. I feel it is imperative with the guarding breeds that they can be recalled at any time whilst off the lead, no matter what the distraction.
At the very least, an owner should be able to drop their dog into the down position from distance if neccessary, when required. Emma was delighted when on the very first session we were able to conduct a 75
metre recall of Keiser, with him running to her like an arrow, when called.
When introduced to one of my ‘stooge’ Rottweilers, his initial aggressive reaction, where he literally pulled Emma off her feet,was rapidly reduced to zero and he walked happily alongside my Rottweiler as if he they had known each other all their lives. Things have very much changed in their household now that Keiser has been given consistent leadership from both of them in setting rules, boundaries and limits as to how he should behave.
Emma and Mark were lucky that their Rottweiler’s rapidly deteriorating behaviour had not ended in disaster. If your dog is showing the sort of behavioural traits you are reading about on this and the
other clients reports, consult a professional trainer as soon as possible – hopefully me!
Emma and Mark have been delighted with such rapid progress and report
“Keiser is 2 years old and was a complete nightmare. He had been to puppy classes when he was younger, and nothing seemed to work. I trawled the internet for professional dog trainers specialising in large guarding breeds, then came across Yell.com, where I saw Peters advert.
Ex-Police dog unit Inspector, involved in guarding breeds for 30 years and specialising in Rotties. So I
called him and he came over to help us. Within two sessions we honestly had a completely different dog. We are still working on him, but there has been a massive improvement thanks to Peters training techniques. Rotties are big powerful intelligent dogs, but they do have a stubborn streak. It was amazing what Peter achieved in just two sessions. I would highly recommend Peters services. If you own a Rottie (or any other problem dog) and are about to give up on him like we were, phone Peter first. You won’t regret it”. Mark and Emma