To enable me to work with very aggressive dogs and rehabilitate , them I need some assistance in the form of a really strong team with me – I simply couldn’t do it alone. I am very proud of my colleagues! They are balanced and happy dogs who trust me to keep them safe in some very tense situations. The first port of call for me with dog on dog Aggression is to assess the issues of each individual dog.
I achieve this by introducing carefully the aggressive dog to one of my girls and watch both dogs behaviour to diagnose the root cause and the severity of the aggression.
I watch my girls’ reaction as I can read how they are feeling next to the clients dog and this gives me valuable information on the clients dogs behaviour. From there I work with the dog and my team to positively rebuild the social skills of the dog and rehabilitate them with other dogs in a variety of social settings.
My first Bullmastiff Daphne has taught me a lot in the 18 month since I brought her home as a puppy! I wanted a new working dog and also thought I would try my hand at dog showing with her.
I waited a long time to get the right dog for me from the world famous Optimus Kennels. We started training for showing together and really enjoyed the challenge. Within a year we reached the pinnacle together and astoundingly won Best Bitch at Crufts in 2017 barely 10 months since our first show. An achievement that I am beyond proud about.
The important thing that Daphne really has taught me is that In the pursuit of training for shows and working with her at no point do I think she is my child or my baby or fur baby. She is my companion, my friend, my colleague, my Team Mate..and she brings a huge love and passion into my life – sharing it with a completely different species, a predator, a canine who lives among my family, we have become her pack, I have become her leader, she knows she can trust me and that I have her back, she knows I am strong enough to make good decisions for her and help our pack survive, she knows she is safe but wants to protect me it’s a really cool agreement we have it’s what canines were domesticated for it’s the age old mans best – she’s my best friend and I get a huge pleasure from my relationship with an animal and I make sure she gets an amazing life with me. #TeamDaphne
Seven is a special girl – she is 2.5 years old and originally came to stay with me for a short period of time from the Optimus kennels to get her back into showing as it wasn’t her favourite pursuit!
After working with her and totally falling in love with her beautiful temperament it was agreed that she would stay with me permanently! A natural when it comes to helping dogs with problems and such a sweet girl, she has also helped people nervous around Large Breed dogs. She brings a lot of happiness to my home, she works hard, plays hard and is a great friend to my toddlers who she is completely devoted to!
Waz is my 9.5 year old Dogue de Bordeaux. Her mother Amber was my first colleague for rehabilitating aggression in dogs and Waz was bred to replace her mum who I sadly lost aged 9 4 years ago.
Waz is semi retired and is happy being the matriarch over the 2 Bullmastiffs at home and keeping them in check!!
I take Waz still on severe cases that I need a little more experience with as the Optimus Girls are still learning and it’s a long process for them.
I always feel a deep gratitude for my working dogs, the life and fun we have together is priceless and I have long ago, lost count of the amount of dogs who have been saved and rehabilitated by my dogs.