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* Unforunately Jacob had to be euthanized after christmas 2012 due to issues with his back legs. R.I.P to my beautiful gentle giant. Lost but never forgotton xxxx *
Jacob is a 7 year old Rotweiller cross Lab. I adopted him 4 years ago as his elderly owner could no longer cope with him.
Jacob was very under socialised when he came to live with me and walking him was a disaster.
He had a very severe case of fear aggression towards other dogs and if he came across another dog while out he was more than ready to fight if needed. This made walking him a very difficult task as he would lunge and bark at any dog. He would completely ignore any attempt at me trying to take control of the situation, he felt he needed to take on the whole world on his own. He is a strong boy and was quite the puller on the lead, I did not feel I had control over him and he never enjoyed his walks as he could not be let off for a run and was constantly on edge.
No one could see the gentle giant in him that I could and he was looked down on by family members and friends. I felt for Jacob and knew that something needed to be done to help him have a more fufilling life.
After 6 months of connection training, halti training, re-call work, safe dog meets (using the 3 second rule) and a lot of reassurance, Jacob has come a long way. He is now enjoying off lead walks with his new doggie pals, stress-free on lead walks and has become a true loyal companion.
Working with Jacob has helped me expand my methods of training and after experiencing it first hand, I can empathise with other owners.
Jacob will never be fully trusted around other dogs as some issues can be too in-grained to be elliminated completely. However, in some cases it is not always about entirely solving the issue, but more to manage it to the best of your abilities to give your dog the quality of life they deserve and of course to help you feel more at ease and confident.
Training your dog can be a challenge that involves many ups and downs, frustration and joy but you wont find a more rewarding feeling than seeing the results that have benefit from yours and your dogs hard work.