the years I have had many friends and also people who I
tried to teach a better way of dog training. Both friends
and students have fallen to the wayside through the years.
I had to preface this story because it was important to
me that you know this.
many years ago I received a telephone call from a couple
that was having a nipping--teething problem with a young
Doberman puppy. The wife was getting nipped black and blue
all over her body. She did not know how to stop it but since
she was a humane and intelligent person she knew not to
yell or hit the dog. The husband was at his wits end because
his wife was being abused by the dog and he also being intelligent
and humane did not yell or hit the dog. The couple wanted
to keep the dog but they could not live with the dog the
way he was acting. I was called to see if I could help.
visited the couple and the dog was perfectly normal and,
imagine this, so were the people. I went through a three
hour briefing with them on the dos and don'ts, starting
from food to an exercise program, and everything in between.
I could see after a couple of hours the wife thought I was
crazy and the husband was showing definite signs of fatigue.
I think he also was in agreement with his wife.
consented after the briefing to have me train the dog and
them also. I specified certain rules that must be followed
and never broken. One of those rules, on training day, the
dog is just to be walked, kept as quiet as possible, and
positively no exercise.
their first training day I pulled up in my car, walked through
their gate into their yard, took a two second look at the
dog and told them that the dog was tired. I will not work
a dog that is tired because it is not fair for a novice
training dog to be subjected to that kind of stress. By
the way, I already had been paid up front. I then told them
that I was leaving and if it happens again I will not be
back. I never asked them if the dog had been exercised I
did not have to the dog told me.
following week I returned. I found a happy robust puppy
and a couple that had no idea what to expect from me. We
did the training session and from the other advice I had
given them at the briefing the nippy biting had stopped,
they were happy and the training proceeded very well.
husband kept mentioning to me that he always wanted to have
a kennel and train dogs without abuse or physical torture.
Well the husband learned very well. Now he and his wife
own a kennel to be proud of. Dogs get a lot of exercise,
his training platforms are done without abuse, the dogs
and the owners are happy. So are he and his wife because
their lifelong dreams have been fulfilled. By the way these
friends have never fallen to the wayside. They have been
there for me when I needed them and vice-versa.
couple's names are Jim and Debbie Heverly and they are the
owners of Aldo's Acres. Need I say anymore!
Written by Neal Seaman