Working with the beautiful Cracker today.
Cracker struggles with personal space since being attacked by another Dog. Whilst building her behavioural background her owner said she had no bite history and she doesn't hurt other dogs when she has entangled with them but she does rugby tackle them to the ground.
Cracker has made amazing progress and then unfortunately Lockdown happened. Crackers owner normally walks her at 7am as a rule. And said that it was like suddenly everyone had found their Dogs lead.
This made Crackers walks much harder and knocked her Owners confidence.
Cracker has been off lead around other Dogs in class and was a star. Played nicely with the other Dogs no problems and then lockdown.
This is her second session since lockdown and today the old cracker was back. Lots of off lead dogs came charging up to her and everytime she fell back and checked in with her owner.
She also played ball off lead when it was quiet and had a lovely time. Another loose dog appeared and she came back to her owner and stayed by her side.
Lockdown has knocked alot of people's confidence. Your not alone. Many people feel low about the progression they had made to only being allowed out once per day and either flooding of socialisation or none at all.
There doesn't seem to have been a happy medium for many. If you have experienced a blow of confidence during lockdown. Your not alone and just like Cracker you can get back on track. All is not lost 🐾
Side note: if you see another Dog on a walk out of courtesy please recall your Dog and if you don't trust your Dog to leave the other Dog then please just clip a lead on whilst they pass. For Dogs like Cracker this has been a life changer. Owners feel deflated, anxious and stressed when this happens and its not fair to anyone involved. Let's just be a little kinder and respectful of others 🐾