Roger came to us a year ago from Margaret Green, he had been removed from a dog hoarder, along with many other dogs. Now 10 years old (I think he may be younger) he has numerous scars and evidence of a broken tail. Initially was very thin, and subdued. He loves our other dog an 11-year-old jug Salli (also rescue) he bonded quickly with myself and her, he gained weight, but then completely shut down, refusing to eat, I hand fed him as he lost the weight he had gained, eventually he picked up, but then started to become reactive to everything, dogs, people, birds etc. I was put in touch with trainer recommended by Margaret Green, but this didn’t work out as this was the wrong type of training for Roger.
Thankfully we found Madeleine who has most definitely been Roger’s saviour, when we first met her, we couldn’t even get him out of the car without him “Effing and Jeffing” as she would say, after several 1-1s we succeeded and spend many 1-1s with both Madeline and with Abi getting Roger used to being with another dog in the field. Madeleine has also been to our house and given us guidance and support with visitors, of which Roger was not very welcoming.
He loves to train on the weekly zoom class, this is great as we can still train without being with other dogs. Roger didn’t know how to sit when we first started, but now is loving every training session and learning new skills each week, he loves the mental work this provides.
Now Roger will go into the field with other dogs - still some distance away, but we are in the field!
We can walk along the street mostly without reacting to people, his reaction to other dogs is becoming easier to manage all with Madeline’s guidance and support.
We are continuing our 1-1s with madeleine walking with her dogs and who know one day we may be able to attend an actual lesson!
I really don’t want to think about where Roger would be without Madeline and Abi today all I know he is living his best life thanks to their expertise and help which has given me the skills to help Roger.
I just wanted to say a massive well done to Team Roger.
Roger spent his first session in the car, as he was so hysterical with his barking.
Today wearing his new Red all in one equiefleece he manged to do half a group class.
I am so thrilled for Rodger and his family as they work with myself or Abi at least 3 x a week.
They have put in endless hours into helping this rescue boy and deserve the recognition and the reward they feel when Roger hits milestones in his training.
You can read more about Rodger here